Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Start a family tradition: Learn how to make cascarones

This is my favorite Easter cake to date!

Easter is a big holiday in my family.  Three days of celebrating include a fajita cook off, a volley ball tournament, a live concert, and a PARADE -- to name just a few things.  My uncle rents a bunny suit every Easter 

It didn’t start off this big.  In 1953, my grandmother and her next-door neighbor simply decided to celebrate Easter together.  Year after year, activities and family members were added to the mix until it grew into the huge event it is now.
My grandmother, the woman who was behind it all.

This kind of family tradition is the coolest.   And, with a little effort now, you could have one of your very own!

If you’re interested,  follow these simple instructions for creating cascarones, a core component of my family’s Easter.  In my opinion, they are a must have.

Get started now to make sure you will have plenty of fun ready in time for Easter morning.  This process takes place in three stages that typically span a few days to a few weeks.  You will need eggs for the first stage, dye and vinegar for the second stage, and confetti, tissue paper, and glue for the third.  Note: white eggs work best since they are easier to dye.


  1.  Whenever a recipe calls for an egg, gently crack the crown of the egg by using the back of a fork, making a quarter sized hole.


2. Empty the contents and rinse the empty egg shell thoroughly. 

3. Place the rinsed out egg shell upside down in your egg carton and allow to dry.

Once you have accumulated enough egg shells, you are ready to start the next stages.

4.  Dye your egg shells (I usually use PAAS) and allow them to dry.  You will need one container for every color you want to use.


5. Pour confetti into your dry, vibrantly colored egg shell.  Aim for 1/2 to 3/4 fullness.  Be sure to not overfill as a tightly packed shell will not crack easily – ouch!


6. For each confetti filled egg shell, cut one 2-inch diameter circle out of the tissue paper.  Place a thin line of glue along the inside edge of the tissue paper circle and affix it over the egg shell opening.

Once the glue has dried, you are ready to roll!

In my family, “cascarones” are on the schedule.  At the appointed time, everyone grabs their arsenal of confetti-filled eggs and vies to crack them on as many heads as possible.  It may sound weird, but oh my gosh, it’s so much fun!

Have fun with this, and let me know how it goes!

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