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Surprise Egg

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

I once saw on J's Kitchen, carrot cakes baked in egg shells. Wow is all I can say to her.

I saved up some egg shells, not sure if I want to do that for Christmas. But my mind was getting blur as what to bake for give away to my church friends. There was no idea... until just before the baking day (24th), did I only have the whole idea of making a sponge, filling it with cream.

Sponge: This method taught to me by Lydia's nanny produces a less fragile sponge, and I'd say, spongy sponge. It's rather stable, even piping the sponge into the shells didn't deflate the batter much. And it'suitable for all the peeling and breaking of shells.

6 eggs, separated
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
150gm sugar
150gm flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
50gm melted butter

30-35 pcs clean egg shells

1. Preheat oven to 180C.
2.Beat egg whites until frothy, put in cream of tartar and continue to beat until soft peaks, add in sugar gradually and beat until stiff (soft droopy hook peak, but won't fall when overturned).
3. Mix in egg yolks one by one.
4. Sift flour and baking powder. Fold this into (2)
5. Fold in melted butter.
6. Place batter into a piping bag with a 1cm round nozzle.
7. Pipe batter into egg shells(on egg trays) until 2/3 full.
8. Bake for 15 minutes. Cool down totally before filling.

1&1/2 cup whipped cream + 2 Tbsp sugar, if using non dairy, omit the sugar
Some strawberries, finely chopped, or pureed
1. Trim cake tops with a knife
2. Place filling into a piping bag fitted with a long filling nozzle.
3. Puncture cake through the top with the filling nozzle until 2/3 of the way into the egg. Pipe in filling, pulling the nozzle upwards slowly.
4. Chill before serving.

Pic above: Right after baked... the top looks like a small mushroom. Trim that off.
Pic below: Packed up and ready to be given away

How to eat:

Just knock the cake to crack the shells... The cake won't break but the shell will. :)

17 lovely notes:

Sonia December 29, 2009 at 7:26 PM  

I never see this before, really look interesting!!
By the way, use what kind of tray to stand the egg shell when baking ?

tracieMoo December 29, 2009 at 7:45 PM  

This is SO CUTE!! oh my.. I want to make this for mum and 'surprise' her too, also impress her as well. Thanks for the idea!

wendyywy December 29, 2009 at 9:25 PM  

Sonia, I just use egg trays(just like in pics)that came with the eggs :) They are made of recycled paper.

Tracie: Haha, my friends took some time to guess what I gave them. They said, it's so light.. and I can't be giving them eggs :) hahaha! Let ur mom guess, but I think she'll know cos u need to air dry them egg shells, won't she see them?

janei December 30, 2009 at 7:31 PM  

Wendy!!! Surprise neh, only came across agar-agar in eggshells before! Geng!!

Melody,  December 30, 2009 at 11:28 PM  

Sooo nice!! I'll be as excited as any child to get this! Preparing the egg-shells is a lot of work, but i'm sure it does makes u feel worth it when u see your friends' faces the moment they receive them...

DG December 31, 2009 at 1:23 AM  

This is really cute. You must have lots of patience in preparing the egg-shells. Thumb up :)

wendyywy December 31, 2009 at 10:11 AM  

Mel & DG,
Thanks. Actually preparing the egg shells aren't that tedious. Well, I bake cakes on a regular basis, so there's lots of eggs used. I just crack the top with a chopstick and stir the egg inside, and pour out the egg for use. Rinse the egg shell thoroughly and clean the outide by rubbing with my hands, no detergent used. Lastly air dry it.
I didn't prepare all the shells in one day, they were collected over 3 weeks :)

A Full-Timed Housefly December 31, 2009 at 5:27 PM  

So cute ! I bet it must be very good and a hit with the kids......... Happy 2010

Shirley @ Kokken69 January 1, 2010 at 8:50 AM  

Wow, this is ingenious and humorous too....

Jaymie May 7, 2010 at 3:55 PM  

em....then itsnt the cream is on top of the cake...so how to peel leh ?? blurcase....haha...actually though of making these cute eggs for my little angel to bring to her school for bday celebration...please advice

wendyywy @ Table for 2 or more..... May 7, 2010 at 10:59 PM  

The cream is not on top of the cake, like u see in the pic where I peeled the egg.
the last pic is after I bit into the cake.
When you fill the cake with cream, it will tend to leak some on top, but in fact the cream is in the middle of the cake.
Use a filling nozzle to insert cream

wendyywy @ Table for 2 or more..... May 7, 2010 at 11:03 PM  

Wait i think I knw where you got confused now.
After the cake is baked, it will fill up the whole egg shell, and it might even overflow, like pic just below recipe.
The filling nozzle has a long neck, so when u poke it in, it should reach the middle of the cake, and fill it in the centre of the cake, not on top.

Casey September 27, 2010 at 12:44 PM  

This is so cute, I will start to collect egg shells :)

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more September 27, 2010 at 6:49 PM  

Egg shells can be used for jelly too :)

Mumto4Angels October 13, 2010 at 3:15 PM  

Wow, I didn't know how come I have miss this posting of yours before, but thanks to you Wendy, now I have an extra idea what to do when I needed fresh to do ;)

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more October 13, 2010 at 5:20 PM  

You haven't read my blog la that time..
Which was why.
I hope to see this on ur blog soon :)

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