Easter Egg Cake, Totally Overrated Dates, and Our Favorite Guest Blogger

Yes, it’s true May is in exactly 3 hours but that doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate Easter. I mean, we can’t be the only house that’s still missing a few hidden easter eggs!! Actually the truth is,our favorite guest blogger Danielle sent me this AMAZING recipe in late March and a bout with the flu, spring vacation, several projects and deadlines later I am finally publishing it!!!! Afterall who needs a holiday to make this totally AWESOME Egg Cupcakes!  So Danielle Take it away….

Easter Egg Cake

You’d think by now that every conceivable holiday theme has been exploited to the limit. Not so. The cupcake craze continues. This time the sweet confections are actually baked right inside a cleaned out eggshell. What a sweet little treat for an Easter brunch.

Kid Friendly Baking Project

This baking project is perfect for older kids to make for their younger siblings or other family members. The steps are simple, but an empty eggshell may be too fragile for little hands. The ingredients are straightforward, but if you want to make a lot of these little treats it may be hard to find enough eggs, they tend to fly off the shelves this time of year. Consider buying ahead of time or using grocery delivery to make sure they arrive in tact.

What You Need

  • favorite cake, brownie mix or scratch cake recipe
  • 9 large eggs per cake mix
  • pastry bag fitted with a large tip
  • cupcake pan to hold shells during baking
  • aluminum foil to prop egg shells

Preparing Egg Shells

Poke a hole into the small end of the egg with a large knitting needle or corkscrew. Gently widen the hole until the size of a dime or penny. Invert egg over a bowl and allow the white and yolk to drain. You can prop the egg in a strainer over the bowl while you poke the next one. Break the yolk with a toothpick to make draining easier.

Tip: Drain the number of eggs you need for the cake recipe into a separate bowl. Use the rest for a family sized frittata or scrambled eggs.

When all 9 egg shells are empty, rinse them out with cold water. Prepare a bowl of very salty water. Submerge shells completely (no air inside) and let soak for thirty minutes. Drain and let dry upside down on a paper towel.

If you want, dye the eggshells now. Just be sure to dry with the hole down to drain, then up to air dry thoroughly.

Making Your Easter Egg Cakes

Now comes the fun part!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare your cake mix according to the directions. For extra fun you can split the batter into several bowls and tint with different food colorings. Place the eggshells in a cupcake pan, hole end up. Use pieces of aluminum foil to hold in place.

Fit a large tip into the pastry bag and fill with the cake mix. Place the tip into the eggshell and pipe in the cake mix until 1/2 to 2/3 full. If you overfill, the batter will bake out over the top.

Place in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes. Test with a toothpick to check doneness. Remove from oven and allow cooling completely. Remove any cake that has baked over the top.

Tip: If you find your cake sticks to the inside of shell, next time pour some vegetable oil into the shell and rotate until the inside is covered. Invert to drain the excessAdd a teaspoon of sugar and shake around to coat. Shake out excess.

Presenting Your Easter Egg Cakes

Aren’t your baked eggshell cakes the cutest? Finish them by adding a dollop of frosting to the hole end. Top it with sprinkles, jellybeans, candy flowers or (my favorite) the head of a marshmallow peep so it looks like a hatching Easter chick. Peel back the shell if you need more room.

Serve them up in eggcups. No cups? Make circle bands out of card stock. Cut 4 1/2″ long and 1″ high. Tape or glue ends together.

When giving to friends and family, place them in small baskets of Easter grass. A half dozen in an egg carton lined with pastel tissue paper is a pretty presentation.

Your recipients will enjoy your Easter Egg Cakes as much as you enjoyed making them!

Danielle, who blogs on behalf of MyGopher and other prestigious brands, loves holiday crafts more than the celebration itself. From Hanukkah to Halloween she can’t help but bake, glitter and glue herself into frenzy. If she were a bumper sticker she’d say, “My other car is a muffin pan.” Read her work at cooksandtravelbooks.com