Sunday, September 6, 2009
SMS: Fallen Chocolate Souffle Cake
This week’s Sweet Melissa Sunday treat was Fallen Chocolate Souffle Cake, which happens to be the “cover cake” of the book. It seems like it had been a while since the Sweet Melissa group made a fancy dessert and the photo is wonderful, so I was enthusiastic about this selection (even with a second chocolate soufflé looming around the corner for Tuesdays With Dorie). With the second soufflé in mind, I tried to actually get my act together ahead of time and make this last Sunday, but then I realized I had forgotten to buy an orange (for the zest) and Grand Marnier, so it got shelved until Friday afternoon (yay for an early-start holiday weekend). I kept vacillating on which size to make; it seemed most practical for me to quarter the recipe, but then I read on the Problems and Questions section of the SM site that this was not a great one to reduce. However, another baker had success with minis, so I decided to go ahead and make two in my four-inch springform pans.
I think I might have overbaked my soufflés just a little bit (about twenty-two minutes), nonetheless the flavor was divine; the essence of orange from the Grand Marnier complemented the fruity chocolate I used, Scharffen Berger 62%, very nicely. In addition to this dessert being simple to make and delicious to eat, it was also fun watching the soufflés fall as I photographed them; all around a very positive baking experience. This recipe received a 9 for Deliciousness and a 2.5 for Effort, giving it an EDR of 3.6. Many thanks to Sarah of Blue Ridge Baker for choosing this splendid dessert. You can find the recipe HERE on Sarah’s lovely blog (she makes so many scrumptious-looking treats, often with creative substitutions for cane sugar) and see how the recipe fell for the rest of the bakers via the SMS blogroll. The ice cream on top is the Cacao Nib Gelato from the post below this one.