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Duck Eggs Are Perfect for Baking – Here’s Why

Basket of duck eggs with a goose egg and chicken eggs alongside.

Ingredients | 2nd July 2009 | By

Did you know that duck eggs are really good for baking? I use them in my cakes whenever I’m lucky enough to get hold of some. Read on to find out why they perform better than chicken eggs.

Why Use Duck Eggs for Baking?

People keep asking me why I use duck eggs for baking. Well, when it came down to it, I knew that duck eggs were meant to be much better than chicken eggs, but didn’t exactly know why. Where did I pick this up? I couldn’t exactly say, it’s just something I seem to have always known. Having been asked the question, I’ve had to think about it. Is it because the duck yolks seem to be much bigger in proportion to the egg whites? Cakes do seem to be a little richer, a little lighter. Am I imagining this? I think some investigation is called for.

It turns out I wasn’t far wrong, the yolks are larger and richer with a higher fat and nutrient content. To boot, duck eggs also have more protein in the white, which gives cakes a bit more structure and a higher rise. They have the added bonus of a longer shelf life as the shells are much thicker. For a complete nutritional comparison take a look at duck eggs vs chicken eggs.

Free Range Eggs

I’m very fussy about eggs and will only use eggs from poultry that are truly free ranging and are preferably raised organically (see Ingredients are the Key). I’m lucky enough to have several outlets for local organic eggs where I live and I’ve seen the birds scratching about more than happily on the farm where most of the ones I buy come from. Bright yellow or orange yolks are what you need to look for – these are usually a sign that poultry have access to fresh grass. For further information about the benefits of eating products from grass-fed animals try reading Jo Robinson’s Pasture Perfect.

Goose Eggs

If you can’t get access to good duck eggs, just substitute large hens eggs instead. If you find the concept of duck eggs novel and challenging, how about trying goose eggs? This picture comes courtesy of Walter Jeffries of Sugar Mountain Farm in Vermont. Goose eggs are meant to be the real business when it comes to baking – I haven’t tried them yet!
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  1. Lisaiz

    22nd February 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Yes – we bake with duck eggs, too! However, we started using duck eggs by pure luck. A vendor at a farmer’s market was selling duck eggs, and I asked about them out of curiosity. She mentioned the fact that she has several customers with sensitivities to chicken eggs, but that they have no trouble with her duck eggs. Well, both my daughters have a sensitivity to chicken eggs, so we gave duck eggs a try. Hooray – finally my daughters can enjoy yummy foods made with eggs, and as a bonus, the whole family is enjoying better baked goods! Unfortunately, I also discovered that I have to compete with local pastry chefs for available duck eggs. 🙂

    You have some delicious recipes on your blog; I look forward to exploring some more here!

  2. Grazing Kate

    27th May 2010 at 8:46 pm

    Interested to read about your use of duck eggs – we have three chickens and usually get 3 eggs / day. Love ’em. The yolks are so sturdy and bright yellow that they are actually quite tricky to whisk up – they just want to stay in one piece.

    A friend has just bought 3 ducks, so with any luck, I’ll be trying out some duck egg recipes soon!

    I have voted for your blog in the Dorset Cereals comp.

    Thanks so much for commenting on my blog – really trying hard to get it off the ground and amass some followers!

    Best wishes

  3. Grazing Kate

    27th May 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Oh, and I once made a Victoria Sponge with one ostrich egg – yep, just the one. It was great – and just felt so weird!

  4. Choclette

    28th May 2010 at 5:41 am

    Lisaiz – apologies for not responding to your comment before now, don’t know how I managed to miss it. I guess any chance of you seeing this is long gone, but just in case! Enjoyed looking at your blog – it’s always good to have another Sally Fallon fan – just hoping you will return to it.

    Grazing Kate – I’m very envious of your chickens, it sounds like your eggs are fabulous. Cooking with an ostrich egg does sound fun – it must have been one enormous sponge! Duck eggs are as exciting as it’s got for me.

    Thanks for voting for me on Dorset Cereals. If you’re not already on there, it’s worth getting yourself there – I do get the odd hit via that route.

  5. Dharm

    25th February 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Duck eggs huh?!! How interesting. We dont get duck eggs over here but it’s such an interesting fact to know. Thanks for that!

  6. Choclette

    1st March 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Dharm – interesting that you don’t get duck eggs in Kuala Lumpur – surly there are ducks in Malaysia?

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  8. Henk Kooiman

    27th September 2015 at 1:34 pm

    When I read this I really do miss those fresh eggs of my own chickens and ducks. In The Netherlands duck eggs are hard to find. People are not familiar with using them at all (anymore). They have a bad name for being a source of salmonella. I do not really like boiled duck eggs, but for baking they are excellent. Not only for cakes, but also for quiches and ‘frittata’.

    Goose eggs are great for baking too. This season I had a reliable source of really fresh ones quite nearby. The owner keeps only 2 geese, each laying one egg every other day. He would text me when the eggs were ready to be collected. Relatively expensive, but totally worth it.

    • Choclette

      27th September 2015 at 8:50 pm

      They aren’t really that common in the UK either Henk, I only have one source and the ducks have just gone off lay now, so I won’t get any for a few months. The same person also has geese, so I’m able to get a few goose eggs in the spring. They are fantastic for baking and make the best scrambled eggs too. Like you, I don’t like duck eggs on their own, but love them for baking.


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