© Akiko & Pierre
Active Time
35 MIN
Total Time
1 HR
Serves : 8

These soft, chocolaty sponge cakes are a cross between angel food cake and a firm soufflé. Adolfo Muñoz bakes his soufflé cakes in individual cake rings with parchment-paper collars. We simplified the recipe by using ramekins and had good results. Slideshow: Beautiful Desserts

How to Make It

Step 1    

Preheat the oven to 425°. Butter eight 1-cup ramekins and line the bottoms with parchment paper. Butter the paper and dust the bottoms and sides of the ramekins with confectioners' sugar.

Step 2    

In a glass bowl, melt the chocolate and butter in a microwave oven, checking every 10 seconds. Stir until smooth.

Step 3    

In a large stainless steel bowl, using a handheld electric mixer, beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt at high speed until soft peaks form. Add 1/4 cup of the confectioners' sugar and beat the egg whites until they are firm and glossy peaks form.

Step 4    

In another large stainless steel bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the remaining 1/2 cup of the confectioners' sugar until the mixture is thoroughly blended. Whisk the melted chocolate and butter mixture into the egg yolks, then gradually whisk in the all-purpose flour. Using a large, clean rubber spatula, fold in one-third of the beaten egg whites to lighten the mixture, then fold in the remaining beaten whites until almost no white streaks remain.

Step 5    

Spoon enough soufflé cake batter into each of the prepared ramekins to reach three-fourths of the way up the side. Bake the cakes for about 15 minutes, or until they are puffed and just set in the middle. Leave the oven on.

Step 6    

Let the soufflé cakes cool in the ramekins for about 5 minutes, or until the edges of the cakes start to pull away from the sides of the ramekins. Invert the cakes onto a large baking sheet, then peel off the parchment paper and set the cakes upright on the baking sheet. Reheat the cakes in the oven for 2 minutes.

Step 7    

Transfer the soufflé cakes to plates and serve them with vanilla ice cream that has been sprinkled with the chopped thyme.

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