For almost a solid two weeks I’ve been thinking about what to make for Diane’s Harry Potter-themed Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten-Free! party. Coincidentally I recently started to reread Harry Potter, starting properly at book 1 and working my way up steadily; often knocking down a book or two in a day. As I read, I took note of all the food mentioned – and sometimes finding myself wishing J.K. Rowling had described some of them a little more, but I suppose that was left for the reader’s imagination to fill – and thought of what I could make. As it is, I’ve ended up not making anything directly inspired by the books but I thought that these cakes baked in eggshells, an idea I saw on Cupcake Project via Pinterest, would qualify as a magical food, perhaps something used as a lesson in Professor McGonagall’s transfiguration class or invented by the Weasley twins.
Harry Potter is a point of nostalgia for me, as I’m more than sure it is for many people. I remember unwrapping the first book for Christmas when I was a little girl and my Mum would read it to me as a bedtime story; it wasn’t until the third book, the Prisoner of Azkaban, that I started to read them myself. Later on, I went with my Mum and sister for the midnight launching party upon the release of the fourth book, the Goblet of Fire, and it was the scariest book I remember reading at the time, particularly towards the end when Harry faces Lord Voldemort – actually, at that age I was always on the edge of my seat when Harry faced Voldemort at the end but the fourth was especially frightening to me.
I have all the books except for the seventh: after the killing off a very important and integral character – won’t spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read it and doesn’t want spoilers – and the furious, sudden charge of hormones in the Half-Blood Prince (sixth book), Harry Potter was kind of ruined for me, although I wasn’t too happy either when another important and integral character was killed off in the Order of the Phoenix (fifth book) – again, not saying just in case – and that, I suppose, was the start. If you’ve read the books, you probably know who I’m referring two in both instances.
I’ve kind of held out reading the last book. When it was released, I honestly didn’t want to read it or even cared and it stayed that way as time passed on, yet I started to wonder when I was simply not interested, that I’d get to it when I’d get to it, or if I was simply holding out. (That doesn’t explain, though, why I read the plot summary on Wikipedia and gave a marvelous, rapid-fire recap to my parents at the time.) As the years went by, I began to feel in me a growing curiosity – the same kind of curiosity that one feels when after having distinctly told oneself that he’s not interested in something, which tends to quickly become an annoyance if it isn’t acknowledged and indulged. One might feel compelled to quickly criticize them at every turn to friends and family but privately adore them – or, if it’s in my case with Harry Potter, it happens as I just told it and wanting, eventually, to read it after four years and the movies are over. Yet despite having not read the last book I was fairly able to piece together the plot of the first part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Despite losing some of my loyalty, I still feel nostalgic at this time of the release of the last movie. I’m amazed that I can use the release dates of the books and movies (excepting the fifth and sixth that I haven’t seen yet; I thought the fourth was too rushed) as personal landmarks, in a way – and sometimes I’m shocked that I was really that young when one of the books was released. When I see Part 2, I can only imagine. I know I’ll love it.
Since I saw this eggshell presentation idea on Pinterest, I’ve wanted to try. Now having done so, I can honestly say that these cakes in eggshells are a tricky fish, as far as filling the eggshells go if you don’t have a proper piping bag – and it was a lot of frustration on my part, as batter spilled over, which was why I ended up filling the shells in the egg carton so I wouldn’t have to clean the pan every time I spilled. (I was filling the shells with while my little brother took on the job of refilling the Ziplock bag with batter. He ended up needing a restorative glass of orange juice.) To add insult to injury, I accidentally filled the eggshells a little more than I should have so there was some overflow – it’s hard to determine how full an eggshell is of batter. One eggshell even cracked so badly that it blew clean off just before I pulled them out of the oven!
It’s traditional for Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten-Free! to be an opportunity for new gluten-free recipes, although this time I’ll have to pass in that department. I need to work some more on the cake recipe I used for this presentation, however I will link to the instructions on Cupcake Project if you want to try this unique and unusual presentation. I think you can use any cake recipe for this. For a special Harry Potter presentation I would paint the eggshells in gold once they’re baked, in homage to the golden egg that was the prize from the first task in the Triwizard Tournament from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Original: Easter Cupcakes Baked in Real Eggshells