Friday, April 6, 2012

The Cakeggs Experiment

Many people have asked my "How did you do that?" so I decided that my first entry would be....
My attempt at "Cakeggs"! It was pretty fun but time consuming. Everyone was really suprised when they found out that their Easter eggs were actually cake.
So, here's how I did it...
Step 1: For me, it was dye the eggs. If you don't want dyed eggs, skip this step. Also, you can get the egg out of the shell first and then dye them. The only drawback is you have to hold them in the dye as they will float to the top like it is in this photo.

Step 2: Empty the egg out. I poked the egg with a pin like when you blow the egg out.
That wasn't gonna work as I couldn't poke a hole in the other end. So I grabbed a corkscrew and made the hole much bigger.

Once the hole is bigger, dump the egg out. The tricky part of dyed eggs is the egg gets on the outside near the hole and, when you wipe it off, it takes off some of the dye. This won't happen if you remove the egg first and then dye it.
Step 3: Clean out the inside of the egg. I used a straw to wash it out with hot water. In hindsight, I thought that this might not be necessary as the eggs will be baked. You can make your own call on that. One site soaked the eggs overnight.
Step 4: I prepped my muffin pan with aluminum foil to hold the eggs still while baking.
Step 5: Put your cake batter into the eggs. This was accomplished by spooning the batter into a pastry bag. I used only the coupler instead of a frosting tip. The batter is thick so you need a larger opening. Fill the egg shells only 3/4 of the way full.
Step 6: Bake the cakeggs! I followed the cupcake directions on the back of my cake mix box... 325 degrees for 18 minutes. I used the toothpick test to know when they were done. As you can see from the first batch photos, I have no idea how full 3/4 is. Oops! It worked out great for my dad though, as he got the eat all the cake off the top.
The second attempt was better. I used red velvet cake batter and filled less full. Here are the final product eggs. You can see the holes where the cake is on some of them and the others are put in the carton hole side down so that no one would know they weren't normal Easter eggs.
Here is a photo of them in my little recycled Easter basket for my 90 year-old neighbor, Kate. The instructions for that is on my up-cycling blog