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Too many eggs?

post #1 of 7
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I found a recipe that I want to try. Most of the cake recipes I have call for 2 or 3 eggs. This recipe calls for 4. What would the affect be if I use 3,rather than 4?
post #2 of 7
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post #3 of 7

Use the recipe as is, add the 4 eggs, there is a reason for them you won't know if you like the recipe unless you try it as written, after you make it the first time if you decide you want to tweak it then do so, but unless you follow the recipe at least to start with you won't know what it was supposed to taste like. Why try to change it before you ever try it  as written?

post #4 of 7
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I wasn't saying I didn't or wouldn't like it. I was just asking what the affect would be if I used one less egg....

Here is the recipe:

1 (18 1/4 ounce) package devil's food cake mix
1 (4 ounce) box instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 large eggs

Preheat oven to 350°F.
Grease 2 9-inch round cake pans.
Dust with flour and tap out the excess; set pans aside.
Place the cake mix, pudding mix, sour cream, water, oil, and eggs in a large mixing bowl.
Blend with an electric mixer on low speed for 1 minute.
Stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl.
On medium low speed, continue to blend for 2-3 minutes more.
The batter will be very thick and should look well combined.
Pour batter into prepared pans and smooth it out.
Bake for 27-32 minutes
post #5 of 7
Eggs add volume, so maybe your cake could come out slightly more dense? But with a box mix base, those are supposed to be pretty foolproof, so you may not notice a difference with one less egg.
The only thing to do is try, I guess.
post #6 of 7

Sometimes if I'm low on eggs I'll reduce a recipe by one egg and replace it with 1/4 cup liquid. (One egg = 1/4 cup liquid.)  

 

Egg whites help bind, and egg yolks help tenderizer; so if you make too many egg changes you're creating a new untested recipe that might or might not work the way you want it to. 

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post #7 of 7
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Thanks for the inputs icon_smile.gif
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