How to Divide an Egg


Ever had a recipe that yields 30 cupcakes (cookies, muffins, etc.), but you only need 24 (or 12 or 18 or…)?

Yeah, me too.

I tend to make a lot of baked goodies for this blog, but I seriously don’t need massive amounts of sweets sitting around my house.  Trust me, I’ll eat them all.

And even when I need to make treats to send to Doodle’s preschool, I still only need about a dozen [insert goodie of choice].

The problem with many recipes is that these often call for an odd number of eggs–and since I never really knew a good way to measure a partial egg, I just went ahead and made the full recipe.  Then I finally got smart and Googled tips on dividing eggs.  Maybe you all already knew this nifty trick, but if I can save one person from sugar overload, my good deed for the day is done.

Of course, Google told me dividing an egg was actually very easy.

You just divide by volume.

Ummm. why didn’t I think of this before?

How to Divide an Egg

  1. Crack your egg into a bowl and whisk until thoroughly combined.
  2. Google suggested pouring the egg into a measuring cup, but for a more accurate measurement, I measured mine by individual tablespoons.
  3. My large egg measured approximately four tablespoons, so I measured out two of the tablespoons for the half egg I needed for my recipe.

See, easy-peasy!

What great kitchen tips do you have?



  1. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes

    A digital scale works great for this too. Although I tend to be like you and just make the whole recipe. I’m also like you if the treats are sitting around with me all day I can’t resist them.

    • Ashley

      Great tip on the digital scale, Barbara. I’ve needed a kitchen scale for quite awhile, so maybe it’s about time–and I might not be as afraid to use a kitchen scale as the one in my bathroom. 🙂

    • Ashley

      Well, you know I’m the only one around this joint who eats many sweets, which equals bad news and tight-fitting jeans for me. So I decided I needed to scale it back some!

  2. amy @ fearless homemaker

    yup, i use the measuring cup trick, although the teaspoon/tablespoon trick is a good idea, too. with only two of us in the house, i frequently have to halve or even quarter recipes so we don’t have too many sweets leftover, tempting us to eat ’em all! =)

    • Ashley

      I wish I would have done this sooner–might have saved me a few pounds! 🙂

  3. Lou

    This was a fantastic/informative/funny post. I LOL-ed like a cat 🙂

  4. beti

    I always love to read easy tutorials like this one, it is fun to learn tips

  5. Sara

    I so needed this tip so many extra treats ago!


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