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!
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