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Learn How to Make Disney Cruise Line’s Palo Chocolate Soufflé

Melanie Hager

by , Public Relations Manager, Disney Cruise Line

If you’ve been on a Disney cruise, chances are your mouth started watering when you read the words “Palo Chocolate Soufflé.” This guest-favorite dessert has earned its reputation as a “must-have” when dining at Palo, the signature adult-exclusive restaurant aboard all four Disney ships.

Lucky for you, this sweet treat is made with ingredients that are likely in your kitchen right now. So whether you want to relive date night on your Disney Cruise Line vacation or simply indulge in a decadent dessert tonight, check out this video for a step-by-step guide on how to make Palo’s famous Chocolate Soufflé. The full recipe, including how to make our delicious vanilla sauce, is listed below.

Next time you sail with us, treat yourself to dinner at Palo for an unforgettable dining experience. And when the server asks if you’d like to try the chocolate soufflé, be sure your answer is a resounding “yes!”

Palo Chocolate Soufflé (Serves 6)


  • 3 tablespoons butter, plus more for greasing the soufflé cups
  • 6 tablespoons sugar, plus more for dusting the soufflé cups
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons Dutch-processed cocoa
  • 2 ounces (2/3 cup) semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, melted
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • Vanilla Sauce (recipe follows)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Set a full kettle of water on to boil.
  3. Butter six 4-ounce soufflé cups and coat with sugar; set aside.
  4. Bring the milk to a boil in a small saucepan. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and cocoa to the butter and beat with a whisk to a smooth, paste-like consistency. Reduce heat and cook for 1 minute.
  5. Slowly add the hot milk, whisking until smooth, then blend in melted chocolate. Let cool for 5 minutes, then stir in egg yolks.
  6. Beat egg whites in a separate bowl until frothy. Slowly add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, until stiff, glossy peaks form. Stir a heaping spoonful of egg whites into the chocolate, then fold in the remaining whites just until combined.
  7. Pour the batter into prepared soufflé cups. Place cups in a large baking dish and add enough boiling water to reach halfway the sides of the soufflé cups.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes. Serve immediately, with warm vanilla sauce.

Vanilla Sauce


  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 small egg yolks


  1. Bring cream and vanilla bean to a low boil in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Combine sugar and egg yolks.
  3. Add 2 spoonfuls of boiling cream to egg mixture and stir well, then pour back into the remaining cream and continue to cook over low heat, stirring constantly for 3 to 4 minutes.


  • You didn’t add the chocolate sauce to the recipe. This is the most delicious part! Please … begging! AND…. thank you So much!

  • YUM! We absolutely LOVE the Palo Chocolate Soufflé and order it every time we dine at Palo. Thank you for sharing, Melanie. We will definitely try to replicate some of our Disney Cruise Line’s dining magic at home. That said, there is really nothing like experiencing Palo’s elegant ambiance with sweeping ocean views and delectable northern Italian cuisine.

  • Ahhhhhh. My favorite DCL treat!!! However, I need the gluten free version. Any chance you can update with the ingredient changes they make for gluten free??? Many thanks!!!

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