It was time for our annual summer book club dinner. We all bring a favorite dish to share. Of course, I nabbed dessert. A chocolate dessert is always a hit with my friends, so I made a Chocolate Souffle Cake topped with juicy berries and cream.

Chocolate Souffle Cake on a white cake plate

Chocolate Souffle Cake

Like most souffle, this chocolate souffle cake puffs up to perfection then slowly collapses, making it less than picture-perfect with cracks and crevasses. But from gravity’s pull comes the ideal concave surface to hold a cloud of sweetened vanilla whipped cream and loads of ripe berries. Plus, it has the bonus of being a flourless cake which was terrific for one of my book club friends who follows a gluten-free diet.

Hold off on topping your souffle cake till right before your event. I knew I’d bring leftovers home so I added a packet of Whip-It, a whip cream stabilizer, to prevent the cream from separating. The berries deteriorated more quickly than I had hoped, so if you won’t eat this all in one sitting, I’d recommend serving wedges of unadorned cake along with cream and berries to garnish.

Book Club 2015 photo20 Years of Book Club

My book club starts its 20th year in September. My college senior was a chubby 3-year-old toddler when I walked next door to my first meeting.  Many who gathered were already friends, but the rest of the gang became dear to me as well.

We’ve been through deaths of parents, births of grandchildren, divorces, cancer and more. We don’t meet in the summer except for the highly anticipated pitch-in dinner. This chocolate souffle cake was my contribution. For those of you who love to read, here is our comprehensive book list with ratings on a scale of 1 to 10, with higher rank given to those books that elicited wonderful discussion, that we would recommend to friends and other book clubs, and that we personally enjoyed. I’ve only given a handful of books a perfect 10.

This chocolate souffle cake is perfect for gatherings with your dearest friends, family, on holidays and more!

Chocolate Souffle Cake overhead shot with strawberries and cream

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Chocolate Souffle Cake

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Yield 12 servings

A flourless chocolate cake topped with whipped cream and fruit. Adapted from Richard Sax



  • 1/2 pound (8 ounces) good quality semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, cut into pieces, at room temperature
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla


  • 2 cups sliced strawberries, peaches or whole raspberries
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Line the bottom of a 9-inch spring form with parchment.
  2. Gently melt the chopped chocolate in the microwave. Whisk in the butter, then 1/2 cup of the sugar followed by the egg yolks. Set aside.
  3. In another bowl, beat egg whites till foamy. Gradually add the other 1/2 cup sugar and beat on high till whites become firm but not stiff.
  4. Stir about a quarter of the whites into the chocolate to lighten, then fold in the rest of the whites.
  5. Pour batter into the pan and smooth the top.
  6. Bake till cake is puffy and the center is firm, about 35-40 minutes.
  7. Cool on rack. Note that center will sink as it cools.
  8. Before serving, gently toss fruit with a little sugar and set aside.
  9. Whip cream with powdered sugar and vanilla till soft peaks form. Fill the center of cake with whipped cream and top with fruit.
  10. Carefully run a knife around the perimeter of the cake to loosen, then remove sides of the pan to serve.


Cooling time not included in total time.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 239Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 111mgSodium: 40mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 1gSugar: 23gProtein: 4g occasionally offers nutritional information for recipes contained on this site. This information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased can change the nutritional information in any given recipe. Also, many recipes on recommend toppings, which may or may not be listed as optional and nutritional information for these added toppings is not listed. Other factors may change the nutritional information such as when the salt amount is listed β€œto taste,” it is not calculated into the recipe as the amount will vary. Also, different online calculators can provide different results. To obtain the most accurate representation of the nutritional information in any given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe. You are solely responsible for ensuring that any nutritional information obtained is accurate.


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Chocolate Souffle Cake | Watch this cake rise and fall leaving a perfect well for sweet cream and berries