Sunday, September 6, 2009

Mini Fallen Chocolate Soufflé Cakes -- Sweet Melissa Sundays


This week for Sweet Melissa Sundays Sarah at Blue Ridge Baker picked Fallen Chocolate Soufflé Cake for us to try from The Sweet Melissa Baking Book. This is a special recipe because it is the cover recipe for the book, and I was excited to give it a try. Thanks for the pick, Sarah! You can find the recipe here at Sarah's site if you do not have the book. I'm so glad to be back baking with SMS, I've missed most of the recipes this summer but can't wait to catch up and am looking forward to the rest of the SMS September recipes, we have some great picks coming up!

before baking

I was planning to make the whole cake then got the idea to make minis in my head because I was running low on eggs and thought the mini cakes would be fun for the kids. I noticed on the SMS site that a few other bakers did minis and had positive results so figured I would give it a go. I halved the recipe and used my jumbo muffin pan -- which is called a Texas muffin pan by the manufacturer but I don't like that name because I feel that a pan called a Texas muffin pan should make muffins in the shape of Texas, right? :) Anyway, I have two of these pans and they are great for making mini cakes and pies along with jumbo muffins, and I love that they clean up easily. I'm the kind of person who wants to toss everything in the dishwasher and be done with it. Even though these are dishwasher safe, they are just as easy to wash by hand.

After baking shot...these baked up and fell just like they were meant to.

But after unmolding from the pan I had quite a surprise...

Aren't those crazy? I've never had anything turn out like that before! They did not stick, but were very oddly shaped. It was almost as if they were tied around the middle of the muffin while baking. So instead of a fancy schmancy Fallen Chocolate Soufflé Minis, I had funny looking UFO shaped chocolate treats. The kids absolutely loved them, yay! I'm glad I wasn't making them for a dinner party or something or I'd have been a little embarrassed -- because of the shape only though, the flavor and texture were right on to me, and me not being a big egg or soufflé person thought these were pretty good.

Thanks to Sarah for a wonderful Sweet Melissa Sundays pick :)

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15 comments:

TriniGourmet said...

souffle pans are higher than they are wide so that there is extra support when it falls :) with a pan that is wider than it is high, you will get the UFOs :) Still looks yum though! :)

Andrea said...

Ahh, that makes sense! Thanks for explaining :) Guess I'd better invest in some actual mini soufflé dishes!

M and E said...

I learn something new every week in this group! I made the full size and it was pinched around the middle too, but because it was so big, you didn't get the UFO effect.

M and E said...

It's Melissa from Lulu the Baker, by the way. I sometimes don't pay attention to which account is signed in on our computer!

Lauren said...

i made the minis too... mine also came together from the middle down. sounds like it is supposed to do that! :)

Nina said...

The UFO ones look cute though. Perhaps it got your kids to eat it more? It's very nice and lovely.
<3

Stephanie said...

Oh i love how totally odd looking they came out, haha! They're adorable!!!

Sarah said...

Thanks for baking with me this week! Your minis are adorable, and I'm glad your kids enjoyed them.

k.a.r.e.n said...

Those are so cute!

Debinhawaii said...

I would be happy to eat them, UFOs or not--they look delicious

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

I think they are adorable! Love the little ufo shapes.

Tracey said...

Well, UFO shape or not, I think they look great! I made minis too though I used ramekins.

The Whimsical Cupcake said...

beautiful little UFO's you got there :D

and a TEXAS sized muffin pan?? why can't i get one of those?? i live in texas for cryin out loud!

Flourchild said...

So sad I had to miss this one. YOur souffles look so good!
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pinkstripes said...

Your souffles look yummy. Love the mini-pans--even the the shape.

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