How to Measure Partial Eggs for Baking

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Do you ever want to make 12 cupcakes instead of 24? {{What is wrong with you? I’ll send you my address.}} You’re dreaming of presenting your family with a fresh small batch of cupcakes when it hits you…the original recipe calls for ONE egg. **sob** You give up and eat raw break and bake cookie dough. Or maybe you want to live a little large but 48 cupcakes is too many even for your sweet tooth, but how are you going to get your hands on one and a half an eggs? {{Again, FedEx me, people}}

How to Measure Partial Eggs for Baking: A Tutorial from @katrinaskitchen

A funny thing happens when you start recording your thoughts and recipes on Internetland- people start asking you questions. I don’t think I even considered opening a special email account for In Katrina’s Kitchen until a few months into this entire process. Since then checking and responding to your emails has become part of my responsibilities here. Who knew that blogging would involve real life problem solving and big words like responsibility?

I figured since I get many emails asking how to halve or double a recipe that involves baking with partial eggs that I would put my Teacher Voice to use and lay it out here for you. Plus I have this nifty little scale from BigKitchen .com to give to one of you so this is going to work out well for us all. In this example I only need 1/2 an egg for my recipe.

How to Measure Partial Eggs for Baking: A Tutorial from @katrinaskitchen
  1. Crack your egg and whisk to combine the egg and yolk.
  2. Weigh the contents.
  3. Remove the partial amount that you need.

One large egg weighs between 40 and 50 grams. I have been measuring eggs like this for halved recipes since I was a young girl. You can also measure by volume.  One large egg generally contains 3 Tablespoons (1 T of yolk, and 2 T of whites). If you don’t have a food scale handy you can whisk your egg and measure out 1 1/2 Tablespoons if you need half of an egg.

How to effortlessly measure partial eggs for baking when you only need half an egg

- Katrina

96 Responses to “How to Measure Partial Eggs for Baking”

  1. #
    food_dreamer — June 15, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    I don't need a new kitchen scale, but this is a great post. I used to wonder how to do half recipes for things that took odd numbers of eggs. I learned this a while back, but it's very helpful!
    My recent post Garlic Parmesan Wings (Low Carb)

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    KatrinasKitchen — June 15, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Carolyn- am I not getting your posts in my Reader? Maybe I need to resubscribe?

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    Annie — June 15, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    My kitchen scale needs to be replaced! I've used it so much (daily!) that it recently earned a crack on the top of the glass. This one would be perfect (and a lifesaver). 🙂

  4. #
    Tracy — June 15, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    I often use my kitchen scale for dividing portions of dough for rolls, pizzas, etc. so that they come out the same size. Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. #
    carley — June 15, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    A kitchen scale really is the next thing I want in my kitchen, fingers crossed!!

  6. #
    chipchiphooray — June 15, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Oooh. My kitchen wish is for a food processor!! I dream big. 🙂
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    Rachael_LOTS — June 15, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    I don't actually own a scale and all the cookbooks I brought with me to the US from the UK are all measured out in weight so I haven't been able to use any of those recipes 🙁

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    akitchenaddiction — June 15, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    I love how thin this one is, doesn't take up a lot of room in a small kitchen!
    My recent post Going Fishin' Cupcakes

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    Sara L. — June 15, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    A scale has been on my kitchen wishlist for awhile now, so I would really enjoy this! Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. #
    flummel — June 15, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    I want a professional quality espresso machine in my kitchen but hey…a girl has to dream! Realistically…I'd like a mini cupcake tin and a scale.

  11. #
    BakeYourDay — June 15, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Fabulous tip, Katrina!!

  12. #
    Amy J — June 15, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    I checked out the Big Kitchen website and they have A LOT of neat tools! I think the slotted chicken leg griller is great! Would love that!
    My recent post TODAY IS THE DAY: Day 9 – CHICKEN

  13. #
    @amyscookingadve — June 15, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Supersmart! I never thought to weigh them!

  14. #
    @amyscookingadve — June 15, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    And my kitchen wish? A bigger scoop (for filling muffin tins!)

  15. #
    r.s. — June 15, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    I've been looking for a new kitchen scale for a while! this would be perfect!

  16. #
    Sarah L — June 15, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    I would love a nice coffee maker!

  17. #
    Rhiamom — June 15, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    I am hoping you meant to say that one large egg weighs 40 to 50 grams, not ounces. I have noticed that "large" eggs have become smaller recently. Back in the day a large egg was more like 60 grams, and was supposed to weigh an average of 2 ounces. Most recipes still assume a 2 ounce egg, which is 1/4 cup, making a half egg 1/8 cup, or 2 tablespoons. YMMV.

  18. #
    mrsblocko — June 15, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Two things I'd like for the kitchen right now and one of them happens to be a scale just like this, the other, a blender that actually works!
    My recent post Monte Cristo Casserole

  19. #
    nicole burris — June 15, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    My kitchen dreams are TOO BIG to fit on this comment section. But starting small I want a gas double oven .
    My recent post Softball / Baseball Cookies

  20. #
    Beki G — June 15, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Thank you for such a useful tip! I've really need a kitchen scale so I hope I win 🙂

  21. #
    bakedbyrachel — June 15, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Did you see my crazy ocd egg measuring for the cupcakes this week? lol I had no idea you would be doing something similar 😉
    My recent post Reine de Saba (Chocolate & Almond Cake) – Julia Child {Giveaway}

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    nicole burris — June 15, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Sorry for the double comments BUT … I am sharing your giveaway on my FAN page not my personal. So instead of sharing it on Nicole Burris I am sharing it on Sugar and Stitches FB page.
    My recent post We will miss them!

  23. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — June 15, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    This would be awesome to have in my kitchen to get more accurate with baking!! Love this 😉

  24. #
    Athena R — June 15, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    My kitchen wish is a meat grinder attachment for my kitchenaid.

  25. #
    Elizabeth — June 15, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    This is just what I needed! I was looking on Amazon for some Kitchen Scales, so glad your doing this giveaway! *Crossing my fingers* Good Luck Guys! ^_^
    My recent post Blueberry Buckle Cake

  26. #
    amy marantino — June 15, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    i need a food processor, and a zester. and a spice grinder

  27. #
    MassachusEATS — June 16, 2012 at 12:25 am

    I have an analog kitchen scale currently – fine for bigger measures, but not for things like this! I'd love a digital one 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity 🙂
    My recent post Make It: Chocolate Chip-Oreo Cookies

  28. #
    lilaloa — June 16, 2012 at 12:46 am

    Umm…THIS scale would be my kitchen wish!!! I have wanted one for practically forever, but I don't want some huge thing that takes up space and makes me choose between having a toaster or a blender because I don't have enough room for everything. (I would choose the toaster by the way.) (Don't tell the blender)
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  29. #
    Laura — June 16, 2012 at 1:53 am

    Just for the record, I would like it known that I have never halved a recipe. Doubled? Why, yes!
    My recent post Congratulations on Your New Home

  30. #
    rusthawk — June 16, 2012 at 2:31 am

    A food processor.

  31. #
    Marnely Rodriguez — June 16, 2012 at 2:33 am

    My very own Kitchen Aid mixer. The one I use now is borrowed, from a friend, that his house was on fire and the KA survived. Kind of. It doesn't knead. I kid you not!

  32. #
    Jacqui — June 16, 2012 at 2:45 am

    I never have owned a kitchen scale before and I desperately need one!!

  33. #
    Shane Russell — June 16, 2012 at 2:52 am

    I wish I could have a KitchenAid Stand mixer

  34. #
    Kim M — June 16, 2012 at 3:00 am

    I've been looking for a kitchen scale recently. How convenient would this make my search?!? lol

  35. #
    myrna — June 16, 2012 at 3:04 am

    This had to be the best blog I have seen in forever. Also love the information.

  36. #
    Debra C — June 16, 2012 at 3:11 am

    I need a scale and a new stand mixer.

  37. #
    Abby — June 16, 2012 at 3:23 am

    I've been wanting a kitchen scale for a while to weigh ingredients for baking. What a great idea to weigh your eggs! I love all of your helpful tips!

  38. #
    rose — June 16, 2012 at 3:36 am

    I would love to have this scale as mine is so old & worn out. Thanks for all you do!

  39. #
    Terry Met. — June 16, 2012 at 3:52 am

    I would to win this scale! Love your recipes and tips.

  40. #
    Terry Met. — June 16, 2012 at 3:58 am

    But my absolute dream would be a gas stove with double oven. Okay really? All I really want is just the double ovens but it comes with a stove top and my husband wants the gas stove so I figure if he gets the gas stove I deserve the double ovens right? But smaller appliance dream would be a new Kitchenaid, mine is almost 20 and is starting to act up.

  41. #
    Corisa — June 16, 2012 at 4:02 am

    I'd love a slipat for baking!

  42. #
    McKinze — June 16, 2012 at 5:12 am

    Thanks for this giveaway! I've used a scale for batter, but never thought about it for eggs. Great tip!
    My recent post Knowledge is Power

  43. #
    Kesha — June 16, 2012 at 6:01 am

    I do not own a kitchen scale, so that is on my wish list!

  44. #
    Troy — June 16, 2012 at 6:37 am

    In addition to the kitchen scale, I could definitely use a food processor.

  45. #
    Sandie — June 16, 2012 at 8:27 am

    i need a kitchen scale! or a mesh sieve…

  46. #
    Kim — June 16, 2012 at 11:42 am

    I really need a kitchen scale. that would be my first pick

  47. #
    White — June 16, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    "One large egg weighs between 40 and 50 ounces." Some chicken!

  48. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dish — June 16, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    I have been doing this with eggs and other odd measurements forever, but so many people don't know. Great job with the tutorial!

  49. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dish — June 16, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    I don't need to be entered, I don't need a new kitchen scale.

  50. #
    Miranda C. — June 16, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    my kitchen wish is a le creuset french oven. A girl can dream.
    My recent post Pecan Pie Cupcakes

  51. #
    From the Bookshelf — June 16, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    THank you for the answer to that question! I was just trying to figure it out for a recipe I am halving!
    My recent post John’s Kitchen Sink Cookies

  52. #
    Misty Wotring — June 16, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    I need a new mixer. Mine is starting to die.

  53. #
    Sally P — June 16, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    This is just what I needed!!! I'm also in need of a new food processor 🙂

  54. #
    Parsley Sage — June 16, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Katrina, darling! I'm glad to see you're still my baking hero. Now you're schooling me on some essential knowledge. Yay!

    And I want to hug that scale…
    My recent post Great Expectations

  55. #
    megan — June 16, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Handy tip and a sleek looking scale!

  56. #
    Jessica W. — June 16, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    I would love to have the citrus juicer press!
    My recent post crepes

  57. #
    Tiffany — June 16, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Very cute post! I love how it is informative and presented in an eye-appealing way.
    My recent post Lots of good, all around. (The Wednesday Files)

  58. #
    Christina C. — June 16, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    I would love to get a stand mixer! And a food processor. And a new oven. 😛

  59. #
    Kathy — June 16, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    I don't have a kitchen scale but would love to have one!

  60. #
    Patti @ Bakeify — June 16, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    I would love this kitchen scale, awesome giveaway, thanks!!

  61. #
    KatrinasKitchen — June 16, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Oh Dear! You are so right- thank you for catching that. I made a quick edit 🙂 And good point about recipes; I never thought about that!

  62. #
    shugarysweets — June 16, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    Can you believe I don't have a kitchen scale? Keepin my fingers crossed! Love the tip on the egg!!

  63. #
    Christine — June 17, 2012 at 3:06 am

    awesome tip! I have been doing the super scientific way of just eyeballing or omitting the additional half egg and praying it turns out 🙂 My wish would be for a cast iron skillet, my hubby is always nagging me to get one so i can make him upside down pineapple cake in it!

  64. #
    Maddie — June 17, 2012 at 3:38 am

    I'm dreaming of a robin egg blue kitchen-aid mixer… I actually pet it at macy's

  65. #
    Andre — June 17, 2012 at 3:45 am

    This is just want I wanted to know recently! Thanks 😀
    I really love your blog and hope that you'll also drop by my blog and leave a comment!
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  66. #
    Andre — June 17, 2012 at 3:45 am
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    Sandras Easy Cooking — June 17, 2012 at 4:50 am

    You are the funnies blogger that I know…i just love your posts! Awesome giveaway! I have scale so I will pass this time:))
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  68. #
    Claudia — June 17, 2012 at 10:04 am

    I would love a kitchen scale. And a kitchen aid mixer (but my kitchen is wayyyy too small). I love all things cooking/baking, but since I have started baking more I have realized how important proper measurements are: making the kitchen scale the perfect wish list item.

  69. #
    burgundy — June 17, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    I would love the Cuisinart Stainless Steel 4 Cup Rice Cooker and Steamer

  70. #
    Loren — June 17, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    My kitchen wish is an ice cream maker, a dual-sided griddle/grill pan, a new coffee burr grinder… and that awesome scale.

  71. #
    Jeffrey — June 17, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    I want a waffle maker, in particular the Waring Pro Brushed Stainless Steel Turnstyle Waffle Maker.

  72. #
    Kelster — June 17, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    I have two wishes – a toaster oven and a new kitchen scale. Yes, seriously – a scale. The one I have right now only weighs up to a pound and has a tiny cup. Baking bread with it is fun!

  73. #
    Maggie — June 17, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Thanks for the great tip about 1/2 an egg! I would love the scale, it looks so handy!

  74. #
    Erin — June 18, 2012 at 1:33 am

    I have wanted a food scale for quite some time now! I hope to win 🙂

  75. #
    karrie — June 18, 2012 at 4:47 am


  76. #
    karrie — June 18, 2012 at 4:47 am

    That's what i would love to have!

  77. #
    Claire — June 18, 2012 at 5:40 am

    I'd love a food processor in addition to the food scale.

  78. #
    Jessica — June 18, 2012 at 9:27 am

    I really need a new food processor, and a brulee torch (the broiler just isn't satisfying my needs!)

  79. #
    Rachel Cooks — June 18, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Great post and I'm happy to see you went through with the Big Kitchen giveaway! PS: I've been dying for a scale. Pick me!
    My recent post Citrus Beef Skewers with Grapefruit and Garlic

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    Chung-Ah — June 18, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    I don't need a scale but I wanted to stop by and tell you what an awesome post this is! I would've never thought to weight it. I just eyeball it, which probably isn't the way to go.
    My recent post Bacon-Wrapped Sonoran Hot Dog #Sunday Supper

  81. #
    iwashyoudry — June 18, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    I would love a kitchen scale!
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  82. #
    Erin — June 18, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    I would love to have the Outset Copper Nonstick Grill Skillet with Removable Soft-Grip Handle. Perfect for summer grilling!
    My recent post Baker's Dozen Giveaway Event w/ Trudeau Kitchen Gadgets

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    Dianna Belle — June 18, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    the scale would be awesome. I think I would like a really good, really big assortment of utensils you can use with teflon material. not so long that they flip out of the pan (been there, done that!), and not so thin that they melt if you keep it in the pan (been there, done that!).

  84. #
    Melanie — June 18, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    I'm constantly seeing recipes that require a scale to measure out ingredients but I've always been a bit leery…

    I have been thinking about making some French Macarons…

  85. #
    nik — June 18, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    I wish for the MUbamboo Violet Bamboo Apron. 🙂

  86. #
    Beth — June 18, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    I don't have a kitchen scale at the moment, but sure would love one! As far as my kitchen wish, I'd love a good waffle iron!

  87. #
    Theresa Murphy — June 18, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    I do not own a kitchen scale so i think either way I will get one ^_^ But it would be awesome to win one! Love this post btw thee had been a few times where I didn't want to make 24 cupcaes!

  88. #
    Corin — June 19, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    I've never had a kitchen scale and I love love one. 🙂

  89. #
    theslowroasteditalian — June 19, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Katrina, I would love a new scale! I too have been measuring my half eggs for quite some time now.

  90. #
    @peanutjoy — June 19, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    I can't count how many times I have needed this info! Thanks for sharing!

  91. #
    Georgia — June 19, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Such a great giveaway, Katrina! Love the tip about 1/2 an egg too. Very useful!

  92. #
    Cori — June 19, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    They have a great selection! I'm eyeing the Cuisinart Griddler.

  93. #
    Kristin — June 20, 2012 at 1:26 am

    I want a Kitchen Aid mixer!!!

  94. #
    Wesley — June 20, 2012 at 3:08 am

    My wife needs a KitchenAid Mixer!

  95. #
    Baker Street — June 24, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Wow Katrina! That is such an easy idea! Great giveaway too! 🙂
    My recent post Bread 101: Burger Buns

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    Kimberly Ann — December 14, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    My kitchen scale is an oldie. I bought it when I was 17 and have used it often since, and it definitely shows. Poor scale. There is nothing more useful in a kitchen! Except maybe, you know, ingredients. This scale would definitely be welcome in my household. <3

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