The first time I made these fun little treats was for my Grandmother’s 80th birthday. As a little girl she had taught me to cook pretending to be the famous Julia Childs. Grandma even made a funny voice trying sound like Julia herself. I can still remember the sparkle in her eyes as she would instruct me to do the “most important job” that only 4 year old Tennille could do. So when I was asked to make something for Grandma’s special day I knew it had to be something fun and unique. After searching the internet I came across brownies baked inside egg shells.
I’ll never forget the look on my Grandma’s face when she opened the gift box I handed her. First the look of puzzlement as I’m sure she wondered why I had given her 4 hard boiled eggs as a birthday present. As she peeled the eggs, after a little coaxing from yours truly, and saw they were filled with brownies a look of delight was followed by her warm laughter making this another happy memory for me and my “Julia“.
Bake Brownies Inside An Egg Shell
Since the egg shells take a little effort to prepare, I have decided to post step by step instructions with photos. Don’t worry, the whole project is very easy and will make a great Easter treat. You can even decorate the egg shells before adding the brownie mixture.
Don’t like brownies? I know sounds crazy but there us weirdos out there who don’t like chocolate. You can use cake batter instead and bake cupcakes inside egg shells. Yum!
You Will Need:
You will need your favorite cake or brownie mix, and a dozen prepared large egg shells. Each box mix will yield you a dozen egg brownies or cupcakes. I also find using a piping bag with a round tip is the easiest way to fill your eggs.
How To Prepare The Egg Shells:
Gently poke a small hole in bottom of the larger rounder side of the egg. You have a couple of options on how to do this part. Some people use a corkscrew bottle opener, a sewing needle, or the point on a small pair of scissors. I personally found using the point of a paring knife worked best.
Give the egg a gentle tap to get your hole started then use your fingers to expand your hole to the size you want. You want to make sure that you don’t make your hole to big. It only needs to be large enough to insert the round tip of your piping bag. Once you have created the hole just empty the content of the egg into a container to use for another purpose. You will want to make sure to set aside the number of eggs you will need to make your brownies or cupcakes.
Thoroughly rinse the insides of the empty egg shells. Next submerge them in a 50/50 solution of salt and warm water for about 30 minutes. If you are having a problem with the empty egg shells staying submerged in the saltwater solution, simply fill them with salt water and they should stay put on the bottom of your bowl.
Once the 30 minutes is up, rinse the shells in cold water and lay them hole side down on a paper towel to dry. They need to be completely dry before filling them with batter. It typically takes a couple of hours for the egg shells to dry out.
While you wait prepare your cake or brownie mix according to the directions on their packaging or if you have your own favorite recipe you could even make that instead.
How To Fill Your Egg Shells
Before filling your egg shells you need to pour a small amount of oil inside each one. Then roll it around so the oil coats the entire inside of the shell. This helps to prevent the brownie or cupcake from stick to the sides of the shell when baking. Finally pour out any excess oil that is still inside of the shell.
Connect the round icing tip to the piping bag and fill your bag with cake or brownie batter. If your icing tip is to large you can either replace it with a smaller one or make your hole a little bigger. Remember not to make the opening too large.
Place the egg, hole side up, inside a tart or muffin pan. If you are going to use a muffin pan then help prop the egg up with a piece of tin foil tucked inside each muffin cup. You will want to make sure that your eggs are standing up straight or they will not bake properly.
Fill the egg shell about 3/4 of the way up with batter. It’s important to be as accurate as possible with this step. If you underfill your eggs they won’t bake up enough to fill the whole egg and will look funny when cracked and peeled. If you overfill them, you will have a mess. If that happens to you don’t panic they clean up easily. Just pick off the big pieces while the cake is still warm but not hot and then use a damp cloth to clean up the shell. No one will ever know, I promise!
Finally bake brownies inside egg shells according to the temperature and time of your box mix or recipe.
Once cooled, simply crack, peal and enjoy!