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Egg Yolk Cake Recipes

Have you been making angel food cake or meringue? Need some egg yolk recipes to use up lots of left over egg yolks?

I am fundamentally opposed to wasting anything in the kitchen. For some reason, wasting any part of an egg – white or yolk – really, really, gets to me. Throwing away multiple egg yolks is an absolute sacrilege in my view.

But this does raise the issue of what to do when you have left over egg yolks.

One or two egg yolks can easily be tossed into scrambled eggs, omelettes or anything else that calls for eggs.

But what do you do with ten or more left-over egg yolks?

While there’s always creme brulee, lemon curd, pastry cream or homemade custard, here are some egg yolk cake recipes that are heavy on the egg yolks.

Gold Cake


Photo: Joe Pastry

Gold Cake is essentially an egg yolk sponge cake. The method is pretty much the same as you would use for an angel food cake. Interestingly, even with a dozen egg yolks, the cake has the same light and delicate texture of it’s more famous airy cousin.


Crepe Cake

Crepe Cake Recipe

Photo: En Mi Cochina Hoy

This clever Crepe Cake recipe uses such a genius technique you won’t believe it. And it’s easy too. With 10 egg yolks – plus even more if you fill the cake with an orange or lemon curd, this is the queen of crepe cake recipes.


Yellow Cake

Pink Birthday Cake

Photo: Cupcakes and Cashmere

This recipe uses an egg yolk heavy, yellow cake for a pretty-as-a-picture Pink Birthday Cake. With 8 egg yolks and a whole lot of butter, this really is a perfect celebration cake.


Tuscan Pine Nut Cake

Tuscan Pine Nut Cake

Photo: Jul’s Kitchen

This Tuscan Pine Nut Cake is beyond delicious. With 3 egg yolks plus 3 whole eggs, this cake has a ribbon of silky custard that’s studded with liqueur soaked raisins. Divine.


Gateau Breton

Gateau Breton

Photo: Lemon Pi

This Gateau Breton recipe is tres oh-la-la. A French butter cake with 4 egg yolks that’s so very easy to make. So very easy. So very buttery. So very French. Magnifique!


Know any other recipes for cakes that use a whole lot of egg yolks? Why don’t you leave a comment below or send me an email – I’d love to hear from you.


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