Seeing Double

It is a well-known supposition that a dessert baker such as Yours Truly cracks open dozens upon dozens of eggs.

After breaking open the shell of an egg, I customarily visualize one egg yolk sitting cuddled inside the surrounding egg white. Pretty ordinary…correct?

However, infrequently, this same set of egg-cracking circumstances reveals two yolks from the same egg coyly peeking at me with a set of sunshiny “eyes.”

What are the odds of that event occurring? According to, the odds are one in a thousand that you or I will see a double yolker.

You can imagine my surprise then during my cake-baking extravaganza the other day as this scenario unfolded.


I had randomly selected three dozen eggs from my refrigerated egg stash and was nonchalantly cracking each one in preparation for creating white cakes.

Whites and yolks were divorced from each other as the process delightfully continued. You may recall that white cakes require no yolks in their batter.

However, the egg-cracking saga developed a unique “hitch” as I revealed the inner contents of the next-in-line oval-shaped ingredient.

Egg number five revealed double yolks. Not an issue!  Could that have been my one thousandth egg?

Egg number six revealed double yolks. Could that have been my one thousandth x one thousandth egg? Regardless, it was incredibly rare!

Egg number seven revealed a larger than usual yolk!

The Anticipation…

Of course, you can imagine my anticipation of the potential mystery contents inside egg number eight!

Alas, the unique adventure of will-the-next-egg-to-be-cracked-also-contain-a-double-yolk ended. Incredibly, the double-yolk story climaxed long after the odds makers would have even surmised!

But, Dear Readers, have you ever wondered if those double yolk oddities are safe to eat?

Rest assured, double yolks are safe to eat.

The sweet little laying hen that produced the egg gave doubly of herself by unknowingly releasing two yolks into the same shell. This often happens when the chicken is quite young and just beginning her life as an egg producer. Sometimes toward the end of the hen’s life cycle, this phenomenon recurs.

Consider the event a little “oopsie” in the egg-laying factory.

The conclusion to the saga is this, Dear Readers—seeing two golden globes from one egg—no matter how frequently they occur–is a fun surprise–especially for this baker!

Miss NiNi