How to Keep a Souffle From Falling?

Last Updated on July 31, 2023 by Lauren Beck

Prepare to conquer the souffle challenge! As a seasoned culinary explorer, I’ve experienced the triumphs and pitfalls of creating the perfect souffle. 

Today, I’ll share my knowledge on how to keep a souffle from falling. So, whisk away any doubts and join me on this delightful journey to souffle success!

Ways to Keep a Souffle From Falling

  • Proper Beating: Whip those egg whites to stiff peaks, creating a stable structure to help your souffle rise and hold its shape.
  • Correct Folding: Gently fold the egg whites into the base mixture, ensuring you maintain as much air as possible to preserve the lightness of the souffle.

What Causes a Souffle to Collapse?

A souffle can collapse due to a few common reasons:

  • Temperature changes: A drastic change in temperature, such as opening the oven door too early or placing a hot souffle in a cold environment, can cause the souffle to deflate.
  • Overmixing: Vigorous mixing or excessive stirring can deflate the air incorporated into the souffle, leading to collapse.

How Long Does a Souffle Stay Up?

A perfectly risen souffle will stay up for a short window, typically around 5 to 10 minutes after it comes out of the oven. 

As the souffle cools, it will gradually begin to sink. So, serve and enjoy your souffle promptly to savor its lofty heights.

How Do You Make a Souffle Rise Evenly?

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To achieve an evenly risen souffle, follow these steps:

  • Prepare the mold: Butter it generously and sprinkle it with sugar or breadcrumbs to provide a surface for the souffle to grip and rise evenly.
  • Fill the mold: Pour the souffle mixture into the prepared mold, ensuring it reaches about 3/4 full. This allows enough room for the souffle to rise without overflowing.

Should Souffle Be Runny In The Middle?

No, a properly cooked souffle should not be runny in the middle. It should have a light, fluffy texture with a slight jiggle in the center. 

The souffle should be fully set but retain its airy and delicate nature.

Can You Serve Souffle Cold?

While souffles are typically served immediately after baking to enjoy their ethereal texture, certain types of souffles can be served cold. 

Cold souffles, such as chocolate or fruit-based ones, are usually prepared differently and often contain ingredients like gelatin to help them set and hold their shape [1].

How To Keep A Souffle From Deflating

To prevent your souffle from deflating too quickly, follow these tips:

  • Serve immediately: Bring the souffle to the table as soon as it comes out of the oven, allowing everyone to admire its impressive height before it begins to sink.
  • Avoid drafts: Keep the souffle away from drafty areas in the kitchen or dining room, as sudden temperature changes can cause it to deflate.

Tips for a Successful Souffle

  • Use room temperature eggs: Eggs at room temperature incorporate air more easily, resulting in a better rise.
  • Be patient: Avoid opening the oven door too early. Let the souffle bake undisturbed until it has risen and set.
  • Practice precision: Follow the recipe closely, measuring ingredients accurately and following the recommended baking times and temperatures.


Fear not, fellow culinary adventurers, for keeping a souffle from falling is within your reach! You can achieve souffle perfection with proper techniques, such as whipping egg whites to stiff peaks and gentle folding. 

Serve it promptly, avoid drafts, and savor its lofty height before it gradually settles. Remember, a souffle is a delicate creation that demands your attention, but the rewards are worth it. 

So, embrace the challenge, rise to the occasion, and let your souffles soar to new heights of deliciousness. With a little practice and a sprinkle of confidence, you’ll be a souffle master in no time!


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