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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.)

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99 comments on “I made a soufflé “the easy way!””

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

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

  4. Thank you very much Bakerella!!!!

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

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

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

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

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

  10. 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 ?
    Thanks

  11. 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

  12. 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!

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

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

  15. wow cool :O

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

  17. I am going to try this! :D

  18. 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!

  19. 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!

  20. 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!

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

  22. 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.

  23. any substitutes for the powdered instant coffee? :)

  24. 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. (http://www.roysrestaurant.com/whatsnew/recipes/) 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!!!!!!!!!!

  25. You should make pumpkin souffles for the fall!

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

  27. 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!

  28. my stomach is now growling.

  29. 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 :)

  30. eight six ounce ramekins

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

    Thank you,
    =)

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

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

  34. Alright thanks!

  35. Fabby’s Cupcaker – gracias!

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

  36. 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?

  37. 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!

  38. 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!

  39. She did a great job. Quite the little baker.

  40. 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: http://kobialkafamily.blogspot.com/2008/09/mayzies-chocolate-souffle.html

  41. thanks. just wish I could read it.

  42. judy – definitely eat three. Yummy!

  43. 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!!

  44. kristin – you’ll love it!

  45. yum yum yum

    those look amazing! i have to try this recipe!

  46. 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!

  47. 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

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

  49. how tiresome to have to make so many heehee :)

  50. 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!

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

  52. 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.

  53. 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.

  54. MMMmm thanks for making me hungry! They look great!

  55. 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.

  56. that looks so amazing!

  57. 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.

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

  59. Yum…

    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!

  60. OMG, those look divine!

  61. 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.

  62. 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

  63. 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!!!)

  64. 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!

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

  66. 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!

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

  68. 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!!!

  69. 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!!

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

  71. 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!!!

  72. 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.

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

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

  75. 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)!

  76. 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!!..

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

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

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

  80. 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? :)

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

  82. 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!

  83. 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!

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

  85. 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!

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

  87. Oh! My! God! YUM!

  88. OMG! That looks so good…I good bite the computer screen! Yummy!
    Hugs,
    Robyn

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

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

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

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

  93. 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!

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

  95. 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 :)

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

  97. 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!

  98. I think I can taste those! They look wonderful!

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