Monday, August 4, 2008

I made a soufflé “the easy way!”

Chocolate Souffle

Chocolate heaven

A warm, fudgey, melt in your mouth, cup of chocolate heaven. I’m not sure if I’ve ever tasted a soufflé before and I know I’ve never made one, so as far as I’m concerned, these came out superb. They may look a little flat, but what they lack in appearance, they make up for in taste. I made them for my mom and of course, I had to eat one, too. Actually, I ate three. What can I say, it was necessary for the photograph.

Empty Ramekins

Look, someone had to do it or else you wouldn’t know what three empty ramekins looked like photographed from above. Okay, I can see it on your face, you’re not buying my reasoning. Well, how about this one. They were just so dang good, I couldn’t stop myself. (Don’t judge me.)

Here’s the recipe if you need a little chocolate comfort.

Individual Chocolate Soufflés
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 eggs
2/3 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon powdered instant coffee
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup (1/2 pint) whipping cream
2 tablespoons powdered sugar

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Grease and sugar eight 6-ounce ramekins.
  3. In large mixer bowl, beat butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  5. Scald milk. Remove from heat and add powdered coffee, stirring until dissolved.
  6. Stir together flour, cocoa and baking powder. Add alternately with milk mixture to butter mixture. Beat 1 minute on medium.
  7. Divide batter evenly among ramekins.
  8. Place ramekins in 2 8-inch square pans. Pour hot water in bottom of pans to 1/8 inch deep and place pans in oven. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  9. Remove pans from oven and let ramekins stand in water for 5 minutes.
  10. Remove ramekins from water and let cool slightly.
  11. You can serve in dish or invert onto dessert plates.
  12. For topping: beat whipping cream and powdered sugar in small mixing bowl until stiff and spoon onto warm soufflés.

Recipe from Great American Favorite Brand Name Cookbook, 1993.

Need some ramekins?

Now, after doing some research, I realized that the above recipe is not what you would consider a traditional soufflé. One that uses egg whites to obtain that desired height above the ramekin.

So, I made soufflés “the real way!”

Chocolate Souffles

Here’s the second recipe I tried. I wrapped one of the ramekins in parchment paper per some suggestions on the web. YAY!!! I made it rise above the rim. Again, YAY!!!!! However, the ones without the paper looked like my first batch. Makes me wonder if those would have risen if I had used the paper with them, too. I guess you know what that means. More chocolate soufflés in my future. Oh, how I suffer.

Chocolate Souffle

Easy way or real way, both ways really were delicious. Extremely delicious actually. So good that I don’t know which way I liked better. I’m almost afraid to try these by someone who really knows what they are doing… I might not be able to handle it. (But, I’ll try.)

Delaina said...

I think I can taste those! They look wonderful!

August 5, 2008 12:21 AM
Melissa DiStefano said...

Looks so tasty!

Believe it or not, they actually need the the paper to stick too! that is why you aren’t supposed to use a non-stick pan when making angel food cake, they actually need the side of the pan to rise up… same reasoning…

Science lesson over :)

Happy Souffle’ making!

August 5, 2008 12:40 AM
Jade said...

Wow…I wish your blog was scratch n sniff. Those look delicious. I’ve been inspired to make souffle (hopefully sometime soon)!

August 5, 2008 02:09 AM
Michelle said...

Ooh, I can feel your “pain”!! Man, I wish I had some whipping cream, I don’t care if it’s almost 11PM, I’d be whipping up a batch of those right now!! You can bet I’ll be making a trip to the grocery store tomorrow :)

August 5, 2008 02:45 AM
sharyl said...

oh how i wish to share in your “suffering”. hehehe

August 5, 2008 02:54 AM
SarahHub said...

If you’d like to send me some from the first batch and some from the second, I’d be glad to taste-test them for you!

August 5, 2008 03:37 AM
cupcakesordeath said...

goodness, i’m trying to go on a diet and you’re not helping at all…
Hahaha! These look SERIOUSLY yummy!!

August 5, 2008 04:53 AM
krinadarling said...

i am vegan and i love love love cupcakes and other sweet things.
do you have any vegan cupcake recipes that are lovely?

August 5, 2008 05:28 AM
cookemila said...

I love soufles for the summer, accompanied by ice cream or cream … uhm … really know conquest

August 5, 2008 06:13 AM
HoneyB said...

Yeah, your making me want chocolate souffle at 3:17 AM. ha ha. Looks delicious!

August 5, 2008 07:19 AM
Robyn said...

OMG! That looks so good…I good bite the computer screen! Yummy!

August 5, 2008 09:03 AM
Lauriebelle said...

Oh! My! God! YUM!

August 5, 2008 11:51 AM
puglyfeet said...

OMG… I’m going to try this next weekend! THanks for the recipe. =)

August 5, 2008 01:37 PM
Holly said...

I have always wanted to try to make a souffle, but I guess the recipes have been rather intimidating. I will have to give your recipe a shot. They look so wonderful!

August 5, 2008 02:07 PM
addy said...

Oh my goodness. I am definitely trying this recipe! I have a whole bunch of ramekins and nothing to use them on… problem solved!

August 5, 2008 03:11 PM
La Pixie said...

I have never used the word “sinful” to describea dessert before, but those are totally sinful!
I wish that I could bite the computer screen, too!

August 5, 2008 03:18 PM
Janet said...

Those look so delicious! This may be a dumb question… but do you use regular tape to close the parchment paper? LOL! Thanks for the recipes!

August 5, 2008 04:04 PM
sara angel said...

Oh these look so good! Not helping the whole diet plan thing…

August 5, 2008 04:19 PM
Michelle Baker said...

I was going back through your blog and noticed the strawberry milkshake oreo pandas… do you plan to do anything with the new Banana Split Oreos? :)

August 5, 2008 04:34 PM
gingela5 said...

Looks SO GOOD. I will have to try these soon. Is the coffee taste strong b/c I’m not really a coffee fan?

August 5, 2008 04:46 PM
Kelly said...

I really need to get around to making these. How many did your orginal recipe make? They look so delicious!

August 5, 2008 05:13 PM
Robin said...

if they taste as good as they look, oh, how you suffered. I could almost smell them.

August 5, 2008 06:06 PM
Siimonetha said...

They look sooooo good!!!…
Hi this is my first comment here but not the first time I visit your blog… I love everything you do!!… Always keeping track!!..

August 5, 2008 07:58 PM
Katie said...

Rachel Ray has a pretty good recipe for a faux souffle in a cup too… it’s really easy and can be put into the fridge until you are ready to bake (during a dinner party for example)!

August 5, 2008 08:35 PM
carine said...

OMG I love that you ate three of these! I’m not surprised – they look lush.

August 5, 2008 10:13 PM
My Sweet & Saucy said...

Great job! The photos are superb! Always enjoy checking out your posts!

August 5, 2008 11:09 PM
Bakerella said...

Delaina – Thanks. My mom said they taste better than they look.

Melissa DiStefano – thanks for the info.

Jade – Scratch n sniff monitors. That would rock.

Michelle – hope you enjoy.

sharyl – I might just need some help putting another batch away, so come on.

SarahHub – trust me. It would be a tough decision.

cupcakesordeath – thank you

krinadarling – sorry, I don't. I haven't had the need yet.

cookemila – either way for me, too.

HoneyB – Any time is good for chocolate.

Robyn – Be careful. I don't want to have to send you to the dentist.

Lauriebelle – YUM! Yes.

puglyfeet – you are most welcome.

Holly – I know. I tried to find a couple that looked the easiest.

addy – Glad to help.

La Pixie – oh no. More dentist bills.

Janet – Not a dumb question at all. I thought the same thing. So since I wasn't sure, I wrapped the paper around enough so I could tuck the corner under the ramekin to secure it.

sara angel – Yeah, not so diet-friendly.

Michelle Baker – Oooooh. I did not know about those. I must get to the store. Thanks for the 411.

gingela5 – it's not too strong. But if you are not sure – Try the second recipe.

Kelly – I only had four ramekins, so I had extra. I think they would make 6-8 depending on the size of your cups. Mine were a little larger than the recipe recommends.

Robin – thanks

Siimonetha – glad you stopped to say hi

Katie – I'll look for it. Thanks.

carine – I really couldn't stop.

My Sweet & Saucy – Thanks so much. And I enjoy reading your comments.

August 6, 2008 12:35 AM
morgana said...

Who am I to judge you? I’d probably do the same… If you must do some sacrifice for the pics… you must do it and no one can judge you!!! ;-)

And now… I thing I need some chocolate. Now!!!

August 6, 2008 06:53 AM
Michelle Ramsay said...

Will definitely have to make those, they look absoluytely yummy!!

August 6, 2008 01:35 PM
elizabeth said...

They look sooo incredible! And I agree with you. Anything to get a good photograph. If that means having to endure consuming three whole souffles, so be it. Anything for the readers!!

August 6, 2008 02:08 PM
Josephine Milkweed said...

Hi Bakerella: You are so brave and selfless for trying all of these recipes for us and reporting your findings…I only *wish* I was your neighbor so I could help you!!!

August 6, 2008 03:57 PM
We Are Not Martha said...

Hahah I love the empty ramekin photos! But the actual souffles look amazing. I’m very impressed!

August 6, 2008 05:14 PM
°¨¤ åñgël ¤¨° said...

judge you for eating 3?
if any of your baking creations were placed in front of me i would probably eat a dozen in one go!

and i loveee the fact that you make it a point to reply to every single of your commentors, it’s such a warm, sweet and sincere thing to do (:
that must be why your goodies come out nicely warm and sweet too!

August 6, 2008 05:25 PM
Kimberly said...

Oh my yum! These look divine! I am totally making chocolate souffle as soon as I have a kitchen again!

August 6, 2008 05:54 PM
Kim said...

Wow- those souffles look amazing. My hubby is going to love them. Thanks for such a great recipe! ALSO! I love your Pop Shop! So many great baking items. I would love to see baking cups at the shop as well- ever since you made those cupcakes with brown wrappers I have been looking for them! And other colors as well but they are so hard to find. (You did list a website but the shipping was pretty pricey.) Keep your fabulous pics and recipes and ideas coming! Thanks so much!

August 6, 2008 08:20 PM
Broken China Treasures said...

Those look amazing! You need to slow down, I don’t even have the nerve yet to try the cupcake pops! You are an inspiration.

Thanks for sharing your pics with us.

(where’s my dishcloth??? There’s saliva all in my keyboard!!!)

August 6, 2008 08:27 PM
Dizzy Broad said...

OMG!!!! You are like my baking idol!! I’m so glad I found you (via Heather’s Coffee Break blog). You’ve renewed my interest in baking! Thank you!!! – gigi

August 6, 2008 09:18 PM
Bakerella said...

morgana – right on!

Michelle Ramsay – and scrumptious!

elizabeth – Glad you appreciate my sacrifice.

Josephine Milkweed – I could def use it sometimes.

We Are Not Martha – thanks!

°¨¤ åñgël ¤¨° – You are sweet.

Kimberly – what?! No Kitchen? I feel for you.

Kim – the brown ones are pricey, but I can only find them online. If amazon starts stocking, I’ll add them to the shop.

Broken China Treasures – very cute!

Dizzy Broad – glad to do it.

August 6, 2008 11:15 PM
Jaina said...

OMG, those look divine!

August 6, 2008 11:23 PM
Mevrouw Cupcake said...


I just wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for an award, so please feel free to play along, if you so desire!

August 7, 2008 09:34 AM
The Blonde Duck said...

I just read your post about Savannah’s story. How wonderful for you to do that for her!

August 8, 2008 01:18 AM
Satisfying my Sweet Tooth said...

I love your blog! I have been so inspired by a few “foodies” that I decided to start a food blog of my own. Anyway, this chocolate souffle looks SO good and I can’t wait to try it. I’m going to post my Lemon Pudding Souffle in the next day or two, so be sure to try that one next time you are in the souffle baking mood.

August 8, 2008 01:39 AM
Anonymous said...

that looks so amazing!

August 8, 2008 01:50 AM
Ashley Mae said...

I love reading your blog, my mouth waters. Seriously you are so funny! I had to put a link to your blog on my blog, I love it.

August 8, 2008 05:21 AM
stephanie said...

MMMmm thanks for making me hungry! They look great!

August 8, 2008 08:57 PM
Bakerella said...

Jaina – thanks and they were delish.

Mevrouw Cupcake – thanks for the award.

The Blonde Duck – it was my pleasure.

Satisfying my Sweet Tooth – that sounds good to me.

Anonymous – thanks

Ashley Mae – Me, funny? thanks.

stephanie – no problem.

August 8, 2008 11:30 PM
Brook said...

I just ran across your blog… and I am in love… where have you been my whole blogging life! (obviously in the kitchen) I love everything you make… can’t wait to try the cupcake pops.

August 9, 2008 11:35 AM
CookiePie said...

Beautiful souffles! I can’t believe you only ate 3! ;)

August 9, 2008 11:59 AM
Anonymous said...

I haven’t made souffle in a loooong time but the recipe I used said to run a knive around the edge before baking and would help with rising. I didn’t use paper and they rose fine. Love your blog!

August 9, 2008 10:09 PM
Ruth said...

how tiresome to have to make so many heehee :)

August 10, 2008 11:44 AM
Lina said...

I was always intimidated by souffles but this looks doable! Thanks~!!!

August 10, 2008 05:14 PM
en2zasm said...

What if I judge you nicely? Let’s just say I think you are a “Seize the day” kind of person. Never put off tomorrow chocolate you could eat today.

My DH would prefer I not read your blog as he’s afraid we’ll need a new keyboard from all the drool that seems to be happening here. :)

I feel inclined to bake now. :D

August 10, 2008 07:47 PM
Bakerella said...

Brook – you’re sweet. glad you stumble in.

CookiePie – well 3 at one time. the rest were eaten later.

Anonymous – thanks for the tip

Ruth – yes, painful work.

Lina – me too. But both recipes were pretty easy.

=en2zasm – Bake on!

August 11, 2008 02:57 AM
Kristin said...

yum yum yum

those look amazing! i have to try this recipe!

August 11, 2008 03:03 AM
Bakerella said...

kristin – you’ll love it!

August 15, 2008 02:10 AM
Judy said...

I’ve never made souffles but you make them look easy. I’ll have to try these soon. And I may eat three so I can take pictures too!!

August 20, 2008 01:51 AM
Bakerella said...

judy – definitely eat three. Yummy!

August 21, 2008 02:26 AM
jlastras said...

You can see also an easy version of the coulant in link to

August 22, 2008 09:35 PM
Bakerella said...

thanks. just wish I could read it.

August 23, 2008 09:23 PM
WishTrish said...

I just blogged about my 7 year-old daughter making these on Memorial Day. They were wonderful.

To read her adventure with your recipe, go to: link to

September 16, 2008 07:02 PM
Bakerella said...

She did a great job. Quite the little baker.

September 17, 2008 12:24 AM
As Cute As a Cupcake said...

I made these. They were every bit as good as you described. My husband suggested we put vanilla ice cream on top. You should definitely try it!

September 23, 2008 02:35 AM
Fabby's Cupcaker ;) said...

Bakerella, in spanish:

Wow!!! eres increíble, me encanta tu trabajo! todo lo que haces es hermoso y lo mejor es que te gusta compartirlo con todos. Muchas gracias!

You are amazing!

October 7, 2008 02:30 AM
Sherin said...

Oh my lord. Those look delicious. I’ll definitely be trying to make those soon (keyword – “trying”) Anyways, I have a question, in the second recipe which chocolate did you use?

October 27, 2008 12:32 AM
Bakerella said...

Fabby’s Cupcaker – gracias!

Sherin – good question. I can’t remember. But any bittersweet chocolate should be fine.

October 27, 2008 02:55 AM
Sherin said...

Alright thanks!

October 29, 2008 08:55 PM
Sherin said...

I finally made them! I used Ghiradelli. It’s sooo good. Thanks for the “parchment paper tip”. It looks, smells, and tastes great!

December 11, 2008 02:34 AM
Bakerella said...

You’re making me want these again. Glad you had success.

December 11, 2008 06:21 AM
His Mermaid said...

Sorry to bring up an older post but… What size ramekins did you use (approx how many ounces are each)?

Thank you,

March 31, 2009 09:04 PM
Bakerella said...

eight six ounce ramekins

April 1, 2009 02:19 AM
Pamela said...

Hello! This post is quite old, so I”m not sure if you’ve learned this yet or not, but did you butter and sugar the insides of the ramekins? It helps them “grow” by giving them stability to “climb” up the walls of the ramekins – I’m a Baking and Patisserie student at Le Cordon Bleu, Atlanta – we just did Souffle’s hope this helps for your next go round :)

February 12, 2010 09:40 PM
Maggie said...

my stomach is now growling.

March 29, 2010 09:07 PM
Gabi said...

I made the soufflés here at home and everyone loved it!
its really easy and delicious!!
thank u for the really nice ideas…
kisses from Brasil!

May 17, 2010 02:32 PM
A bit of mayhem said...

These look good. I would like to make these. Don’t seem to hard.

July 22, 2010 01:21 PM
katherine said...

You should make pumpkin souffles for the fall!

October 20, 2010 07:15 PM
Shawna said...

I realize this post is from over 2 years ago, but I just wanted to let you know that I made something similar this weekend, using the “Melting Hot Chocolate Souffle” recipe from Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion. (link to I did a ton of research and this appeared to be the easiest recipe I could find. I used ramekins like you did, and lined the inside of each one with parchment paper (and cooking spray) so I could turn them out onto a plate. SUPER easy recipe, SOOOO delicious!!!!!!!!!!

November 22, 2010 07:55 PM
sayna said...

any substitutes for the powdered instant coffee? :)

January 2, 2011 06:47 AM
Mirjana McIlroy said...

When you click on the link to the “second recipe” it sends you to a site called Conde Nast. I was wondering if you still had the link to it? I would really like to make these somtime.

January 21, 2011 11:50 AM
Adriane said...

Oh my….. These look amazing!!! Thanks for sharing it with us!

February 9, 2011 06:35 PM
Jennie Posada said...

I had a question: Can I make these ahead of time or do they need to be eaten fresh out of the oven?

Thanks a bunch,
They look delicious!

February 10, 2011 05:56 PM
Amanda said...

awww… I just came across this and i was going to try the 2nd recipe, but it appears to be broken :( Any possibility that you have that recipe saved somewhere? I am so looking forward to making this for my sweetie on Monday!

February 11, 2011 10:13 AM
ambar said...

Oh man! I just made half recipe of this last night and they were awesome!!!!! My husband LOVED it. He said “why did you just make two?” Hahaha! Thanks bakerella!

March 16, 2011 07:05 AM
Meki said...

I am going to try this! :D

March 16, 2011 10:56 PM
i love food said...

hey, can you make one of those cakes with the flowers? you know, by piping it on.Those look really cool

April 1, 2011 03:48 AM
Sophie said...

wow cool :O

April 3, 2011 12:12 PM
Sophie said...

:) awesome i made it and it tasted great! it melted in my mouth

April 3, 2011 12:13 PM
Denyse said...

Hi. Can you make souffles using microwave? Can you recommend a good chocolate souffle recipe for that?

April 11, 2011 10:43 PM
Anonymous said...

Me and my husband made Capuccino Souffle for Two the other night. It was so amazing and so simple!! Cant wait to try out these chocolate ones. Yum!

August 13, 2011 08:28 PM
Jenny said...

I baked these slightly hotter and for half an hour and they did rise. It was an acident but now I make them all the time this way. :D x

November 5, 2011 11:54 AM
Charine said...

Hi i have questions. Why do you need to pour hot water in bottom of pans before baking?
Do your souffle fall eventually or they keep rise ?

February 9, 2012 12:19 AM
Grace V. said...

Oh, I won’t judge you! I do it all the time!! :) LOL!

March 18, 2012 08:33 PM
Doug Barnard said...

Great post, thanks for this! By the way, whenever i’m making something like this, I alway use Textuarants

July 26, 2012 02:45 PM
Molly said...

What kind of chips do you use. The Wilton ones that I tried to use just are not working

September 1, 2012 06:59 PM
Molly said...

Sorry… That was for the next post… Cake pops!

September 1, 2012 07:00 PM
Mindy said...

Finally a souffle that I didn’t destroy! These were delicious and the directions were easy to follow – thanks so much for sharing!

April 1, 2013 04:45 PM
Areej said...

Thank you very much Bakerella!!!!

July 2, 2013 03:36 PM
Aliza said...

This recipe looks amazing! I cant wait to make it and try it!!

May 2, 2014 10:00 PM
Shenaz said...

Hi, please please tell me if I can make chocolate souffle in a micorwave instead of an oven. Eagerly waiting for a response !
Thanks in advance.

July 28, 2014 08:44 AM
Brenda said...

Am trying to find your second recipe for the chocolate soufflés. Link takes me to Conde Nast site. Is there another place where I may find it? Anxious to try the recipe that you used with papers! Thanks much!

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