Easter is never complete without Easter eggs and this time I made it into something innovative and surprising for my kids. During my childhood days, me along with my sis and bro would be so actively busy on Easter mornings, coloring eggs and designing them. We really enjoyed that.
Usually , I have also been doing that along with my kids, but this time I took them for a surprise. With so much being involved into the blog, new innovations is what I am hooked to now…lol…This was an instant idea and I did went through the net over various videos to get an idea on how I could go with this. After much referrals, I decided I would go ahead.
During the making, my son was assisting me and now he is so much involved into baking, that each time I pick my recipe book, he is around me offering his help. This cake is partially made by him too…. he also did the filling and coloring of the eggs. The cracking is the part that tests your patience and thanks to me for being a Microbiologist, as I had practical sessions to handle eggshells to get the close membrane of an egg shell !!!Those tricks came in handy here…lol. I choose the eggless orange cake recipe, that is so easy and simple to make and no mess. So soft and moist the cake is, that with the remaining batter we had a lovely spongy, soft cake that we really enjoyed.
A beautiful surprise it is for your family and my kids enjoyed the most, by choosing their colors and cracking them open…..( if you have the patience, you can keep decorating your eggs, but we stopped with the coloring itself…lol )
Wishing you all a very happy Easter !!!!
Servings – 12 Egg cakes and one small whole cake.
For the Cake
1 1/4 cups All purpose flour
1/2 cup oil
1 cup condensed milk
1/2 cup Orange juice
3 tbsp powdered sugar
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Orange Zest
1 tsp Lemon Juice
1 tsp Vanilla Essence
12 Eggshells carefully drilled and emptied. Washed and dried.
Cooking spray or some oil for greasing the eggs.
Muffin tray or muffin cups and some aluminium foil for creating the nest.
Food Colors to color the Eggshells.
. Bring the eggs to room temperature.
. Make a small hole at the top of the egg with a sharp knife and empty the entire contents to a bowl. Repeat for all eggs.
. Wash the empty shells under running water and leave them to dry.
. In separate bowl, take different food colors. Roll Each egg shell to the choice of your colors and let them to dry on a kitchen paper, making sure that they stand straight and do not touch each other.
. Once dried both in and out, they are ready for the filling.
For the cake batter.
. Pre-heat the oven to 370F.
. Sieve the flour, baking powder and baking soda and keep it aside.
. In a bowl, mix the Condensed milk, orange juice, oil, sugar,vanilla essence and lemon juice.
. Mix the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Add some orange zest to this mixture.
To assemble and fill the Shells
. Use either a muffin tray or just muffin cups will do. Fill them with some aluminium foil forming as a nest, so that the eggshells balance.
. Fill the batter to a piping bag.
. Use a cooking spray or just a normal filler to put in a few drops of oil in the shell and rotate so that the inner side is greased.
. Using the piping bag, fill about more than 1/2 , but not near to 3/4 of the shell.
. Bake for about 10-15 mins max.
. Let the shells cool and enjoy you wonderful Easter with these colorful eggs.
. In case the batter flows out while baking, nothing to worry. Once the cake is baked, just scrap of the excess cake that has spilled while it is still hot,
.In some cases the , cakes may not be in complete in the shell after baking, no problems, after all we enjoy it…:)
. Be very gentle with the shells during the entire process.