Easy-easy Crumbly Cake with One Egg

This is a simple, fool-proof little cake to make on an winter Sunday afternoon to beat the blues along with a cup of tea, maybe while waiting for a favorite TV show.

It was a recipe passed over in my family, ones of those found written in the back of the envelope! 😊 I recall having it as a child, it was made by my grandmother, and then continued by either one of our numerous family. 


I just made it, but I wanted to serve just two, and also made it on single servings. 



  • 1 hard-boiled egg (yes, just one, and hard boiled!)
  • 100 gr unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 100 gr Sugar
  • 50 gr of flour 00
  • 50 gr of potato starch
  •  Vanilla extract 

Boil the the egg, let it cool.

Keep the butter out of the fridge so it gets soft. Mix butter with sugar until is soft and spongy.

Add flour, starch, vanillla extract,  and the egg, previously grated. 

Make a dough strong enough to work with your hands. Add a little flour if necessary. 


Butter some individual ramekins–I used the ones for créme brulée–with a teaspoon make small irregular balls and fill the ramekins by forming a spiral to the center. Make a second layer.

Put the ramekins in the oven at 180 degrees for about 45 minutes, but check the cooking from time to time.

The cake must be gold-colored and not too cooked.


Let it cool before serving. 


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I lived the most part of my life in Washington DC, now in Italy getting to know again my country. Plenty of surprises, for good and bad, and lots of nostalgia for DC.

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