Pseudo Souffles

Since the first time I saw the chick-flick Because I Said So (which I have now seen at least twenty times!) I have been wanting to attempt to make the chocolate souffles that not-so-subtly serve as a metaphor for Milly’s relationships in the movie. After a quick google search I learned that making souffles is nothing less than an art form and requires a bit more talent in baking than I possess. I’ve been biding my time until I can become a better cook, or find an easy alternative.

Luckily enough, in February I found my solution to the souffle! In February, my mom and her friends hosted a Valentines Dinner for Fourteen. Her friend, Leslie, was in charge of the desserts and used this quick and easy recipe to whip up fourteen souffle-like creations on the spot! There are only a few ingredients making these tiny treats are very inexpensive, yet impressive. I tried my hand at whipping them up and they turned out so well I decided I MUST share the recipe with you!

Mini Chocolate Pseudo Soufflés

2 cups devil’s food cake mix

½ cup milk

3 Tbsp oil

½ cup granulated sugar

2 Tbsp cocoa

1 cup boiling water

1 Tbsp powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease six 3-inch ramekins. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, milk, and oil, mixing well. Spoon batter into ramekins, filling them only halfway. In a small bowl, combine the granulated sugar and cocoa. Spoon mixture over batter in each dish, then shake each one slightly to even out the sugar topping. Place the ramekins into a larger dish to catch any batter that may spill over. Bring one cup of water to a boil, and pour into each ramekin, covering the sugar mixture. Bake at 350°F for 25 minutes or until the topping is crusted over and hard. A toothpick inserted into the center of each cake will not come out clean.

Remove from oven, sprinkle powdered sugar through a sieve over each cake, and serve immediately. Serve with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream, if desired.

I got too excited and forgot the powdered sugar part. Also I waited a little too long to take this pic and so the top sunk in a bit. I hope you enjoy this simple souffle substitute!

Do you have any other secret recipes that imitate a complex dish but are actually effortlessly easy? Share them here!

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6 Comments


  • Alison

    YUM – I can’t wait to try this one, Kendall! I love that movie, too :-) It’d be a great idea for a Girl’s Night – “dessert and a movie” instead of “dinner and a movie”!


  • Kendall, The fake souffle sounds wonderful and looks so easy. I can’t wait to try it. I am especially excited because I am highly allergic to egg whites and thought I would never have any kind of souffle again! Thanks for sharing. One of my Mermaids of the Lake. partners, Shelley contacted you about linking with us. She was so impressed with your sight, it was the first thing I had to see this morning. You really are a very multi-talented woman. I look forward to visiting you more often.


  • Kendall

    Debbie, I’m so glad this recipe is helpful; what a great story! I put up a link to mermaids in my blogroll. What a fun site! Y’all have obviously put a lot of work into it! I hope my readers go and check it out!

    Alison — great idea for the dessert and a movie! p.s. I miss you tons!!!


  • quick & easy? I am all about that when it comes to baking. i am certainly going to try this at my next sioree. hopefully i’ll dazzle ‘em with my baking.
    thanks for the recipe!


  • Kendall

    Heather, quick and easy is about the only way I roll when it comes to the kitchen!

    Let me know how they turn out for you!


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