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What If I Use Whole Eggs Instead of Egg Whites in a Cake? 

Would you love to have luxurious fluffy and light cakes? If so, then you’ll want to stick with the EXACT directions on the box thus using egg whites instead of whole eggs. Today I’ll show you the results of “what if you use whole eggs instead of egg whites in a cake”. 

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Why This Recipe

  • Many of the articles out there will trick you into believing that whole eggs MOSTLY just add fat. 
  • I’ll SHOW you the difference.
  • Nothing tells you the whole story better than actually doing it! 
  • You really need to know what happens if you use whole eggs instead of egg whites in a cake!

Here’s What Goes Down In, “What If I Use Whole Eggs Instead of Egg Whites in a Cake?”

STEP 1. Duncan Hines Classic White Cake Box Mix Made with Egg Whites

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STEP 2. The Same Cake Mix Made With Whole Eggs

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

What If I Just Used Less Eggs and Instead Used the Whole Egg? 

Nope, you need to use the egg whites for white cake. Egg Whites are fluffy and add a light and airy texture to the cake. In fact, egg whites are usually what flourless cakes are made from! 

When making a white cake, you will want to use three egg whites instead of whole eggs!

Do Egg Yolks Add More Than Fat? 

Yes! They add density! Your cake will be dense and thick and HEAVY! 

What Do I Do With The Leftover Yolks? 

That’s entirely up to you, but here are some ideas…

  • Great snack for the dog
  • Save to brush on the top of pies and other crusts
  • Freeze them individually for brushing on pies! 
  • Creme Brulee anyone?
  • Make Mayo!

Will Whole Eggs Make the Cake Taste Different? 

Well, yes and no. The cake will still taste like cake BUT the texture changes dramatically. A wet, heavy cake feels like a wet blanket when you are expecting light and fluffy. 

By the way, this is NOT the texture of “sad” or fallen cake (which I think is delicious), instead, it’s just wet. 

I’m so glad you asked, “What If I Use Whole Eggs Instead of Egg Whites in Cake?”

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 Tips and Tricks 

  • If you forget and have cracked the eggs but haven’t put them in the cake yet, use an empty water bottle to gently suck the yolks from the egg whites. 
  • Conversely, you can use one of the half egg shells to scoop the yolk out with. 
  • If you drop the shell into the eggs, use one of the half shells to scoop the broken pieces out with (easiest way ever, if you ask me). 
  • What if you didn’t realize and have already incorporated the yolks? Throw it out and start again with a new mix. That’s what I did. Conk self on head three times. Use a yellow cake mix next time. Lol. JK, don’t conk yourself. 
  • More Great Egg Advice from Cooks Illustrated

If You Enjoyed This Article, You Might Also Enjoy These Eggy Articles at Loaves and Dishes

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What If I Use Whole Eggs Instead of Egg Whites in a Cake?

Would you love to have luxurious fluffy and light cakes? If so, then you’ll want to stick with the EXACT directions on the box thus using egg whites instead of whole eggs. Today I’ll show you the results of “what if you use whole eggs instead of egg whites in a cake”.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: whole eggs instead of egg whites in cake
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 325kcal
Author: Wendi Spraker

Ingredients

  • 3 egg whites
  • cup vegetable oil
  • 1 Cup water
  • 1 Duncan Hines Classic White Cake Mix

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350
  • Prepare the pans with baking spray.
  • In a stand mixer bowl, mix together the egg whites, oil, water and cake mix. Mix on medium until well blended.
  • Pour evenly into two cake pans.
  • Bake at 350 for 22 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean.

Notes

Do NOT use three whole eggs instead of just egg whites!

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
What If I Use Whole Eggs Instead of Egg Whites in a Cake?
Amount Per Serving
Calories 325 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 9g45%
Sodium 468mg20%
Potassium 58mg2%
Carbohydrates 53g18%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 27g30%
Protein 4g8%
Calcium 142mg14%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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TristaLise

Thursday 9th of July 2020

Thanks for the info. I have been wondering the difference in 3 eggs to 4 eggs. That is what is on the cake box but gives no explanation the difference in the amount of eggs I use. But it was informational and informative

Wendi Spraker

Thursday 9th of July 2020

Hi TristaLise! Thanks for leaving a comment, usually if you use more eggs, the end result is a fluffier cake. Generally speaking, that's what eggs do in a cake, they fluff. :)

hidroizolatii

Sunday 14th of June 2020

It's an amazing article in support of all the online visitors; they will take benefit from it I am sure.

Wendi Spraker

Sunday 14th of June 2020

I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Karen in NH

Thursday 28th of May 2020

I really appreciate the info (it's exactly what I was looking for as I'm about to bake a white cake), BUT the music in the video is so loud that it overpowers the person speaking. PLEASE keep this in mind when/if you make future videos. Thanks!

Wendi Spraker

Friday 29th of May 2020

Hi Karen, Thank you so much for coming back and leaving a comment and for letting me know the music was too loud on your end. I adjust it here and I think it doesn't always stay the same levels when I get it posted through the venue I use for videos. I appreciate your feedback!

Wendi Spraker

Saturday 9th of May 2020

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Ann

Friday 17th of April 2020

Those that looked up a recipe but didn't comeback don't know what a wonderful and helpful website they are missing! Also a very special friend that sharing all this info! Take care, be safe and thanks for all you do!

Wendi Spraker

Friday 17th of April 2020

Hi Ann! Thanks so much! That is so sweet, I appreciate your kind comments!

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