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A trope that is little-used these days without actually being [[DiscreditedTrope discredited]], this could be found occasionally on [[DomCom Dom Coms]] up until the early 1970s, particularly those with child characters. A cook is attempting to bake a souffle for a fancy party or important dinner. Unfortunately, they must do so under riotous circumstances, with a consequent paranoia about the souffle collapsing. Naturally, some event -- rambunctious children or a slamming door or a car backfiring -- does indeed make the souffle fall, thus "spoiling" the event.

Two variations on this trope exist: In one, the rambunctious behavior around the souffle is quieted down with no ill effects, only to have a relatively-distant disturbance (slamming door, car backfire) collapse the souffle after it is "safe" (the souffle can be replaced by say, a sleeping baby). The other works much the same, except that it is the cook him- or herself which triggers the collapse.

In reality, the only way to drop a soufflé into a puddle of goo is to:
#Open the oven prematurely (sponge cakes are also subject to this)
#Improperly construct it so that the fat in the yolk mixture destabilizes the foamy whites mixture. Refer to the relevant ''Series/GoodEats'' episode. What Alton Brown doesn't say, though, is that it is ''laughably easy'' to do this, especially given mid-20th century ingredients and equipment.

See also CarryingACake.
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* ComicBook/GastonLagaffe once bakes an enormous souffle to cheer up his chronically depressed cousin. Initially it seems to work, but collapses at a critical moment, resulting in the "most depressing sight ever." Probably justified, since Gaston is a CordonBleughChef often bordering on a LethalChef.
* One of the storylines of {{MAD}} Magazine's "Monroe", had the titular loser try to impress a girl named Jolynda by making her a souffle. However, since he's the universe's [[CosmicPlaything personal chewtoy]], his delicate dessert is ruined by his brutish classmate, Dylan. Laughing, the bully strolls away with Jolynda in tow, leaving the poor antenna-haired teenager to stew in his culinary failure.

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[[folder: Fan Fic ]]

* Used straight but comedically in the notorious ''SithAcademy'' SlashFic series; the humor of the situation comes from the fact that the person baking the chocolate souffle is Darth Maul, a vicious-minded Sith Lord who otherwise has the patience of a hyperactive weasel, while what causes it to collapse (and Maul to fly into a homicidal rage) is two Jedi Knights (Obi Wan Kenobi and Qui Gon Jinn, as it happens) having noisy sex in the apartment next door.

* Played rather straight for [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/118359/pinkie-pie-vs-the-souffl Pinkie Pie Vs. The Souffle']] in the [[Fanfic/TriptychContinuum Triptych Continuum]]. The focus of the story has Pinkie attempting to make the dish as her master piece: the creation which will prove she's no longer an 'apprentice' baker. It goes about as well as you'd expect on the first attempt. And beyond.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina
* It happens with a cake in ''HarrietTheSpy'', only Harriet deliberately stomps and knocks over some chairs after the cook tells her to be quiet.
* The 2000 ''Film/CharliesAngels'' movie has Lucy Liu's character Alex attempting to keep her souffle intact while the trailer she's in is getting perforated with bullets. The souffle never stood a chance.
* Appears in ''HowToMurderYourWife'' with the wife's famous "lasagna souffle".
** There really is such a thing as a lasagne souffle. It is a Greek (not Italian) appetizer involving several different kinds of cheese.
* A recurring gag in the Shaquille O'Neal superhero movie ''Film/{{Steel}}''.
* Averted in the Christopher Reeve ''Film/{{Superman}}'' film. Supes is cooking a souffle with his heat vision, and Lois stops him just in time.
-->"You must never overcook souffle!"

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* ''Series/TheCatherineTateShow'' does this with a pair of new parents attending a dinner party and being forced to eat in the car for fear of waking the baby.
-->"Are you insane? She's asleep - we can't ''move'' her!"
* Subverted in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' of all places, where they sneak weapons into a prison under the pretense of delivering a souffle, and when a guard demands to investigate it, they warn him to be careful with it...right before they knock him out with the [[InstantSedation Off-Button Hypospray]], causing his head to fall into the souffle and crush it.
** Also referenced by Sisko, when he relates to how his father used to say: "Worry and doubt are the greatest enemies of a great chef. The soufflé will either rise or it won't; there's not a damn thing you can do about it, so you might as well just sit back and wait and see what happens."
* In ''TheBradyBunch'', Alice keeps trying to shush the kids and then collapses the souffle herself by knocking over a pan with a loud crash.
* An episode of ''Series/AreYouBeingServed'' had the opposite problem, in which Mr Humphries was trying to hold down a souffle that was growing out of control.
* In the ''Series/MasterChef'' semi-finals, the contestants had to make a chocolate souffle. Whitney, the eventual winner had a case of both CarryingACake and EndangeredSouffle as she had to hurry and present the souffle to the judges as the souffle slowly sank.
* In one episode of ''MyThreeSons'', "Happy Birthday, World," son Robbie tries to earn extra money by setting up a home business making birthday cakes. At one point, while he's making a set of cakes, a door is slammed in the house and causes the three cakes in the oven to collapse.
** Oddly enough the cakes that do come out of the oven fine look very much to have been topped already and put back in the pans upside-down giving them perfectly square tops.
* Used as a major plot point in an episode of ''WimziesHouse''.
* ''TheGoldenGirls''
** Although the souffle in question is never seen (technically, it was some kind of cake with a very complicated name.) In the episode where Rose is revealed to have a dependency on painkillers, she has violent mood swings when her prescription runs out; a local producer is trying to film a commercial in the kitchen with Sophia, and Rose comes in and tears him a new one for endangering the souffle that no one knew she was making.
** Season 4, "The Impotence of Being Ernest," they get it in a restaurant and it figures into a boner joke. So the real souffle rises but the metaphorical one doesn't. I think that counts.
** Creator/BettyWhite was involved in another souffle scene: in ''TheMaryTylerMooreShow'', Cloris Leachman's character Phyllis deliberately collapses a souffle Sue Ann Nivens (White) is baking when Phyllis finds out about Nivens' affair with her husband.
* Played with in an episode of ''TheNanny''; Niles has just been told that the very complex meal he's been killing himself making is now worthless because their guest is recovering from a heart attack and needs a special menu. When Max opens the door and asks what smells so good, Niles snaps: "Oh, just a chocolate souffle that's been rising. Don't need that." (Slams the oven door closed '''HARD''' with his foot.)
* Oswin in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks "Asylum of the Daleks"]] keeps trying and failing to make a soufflé. [[spoiler:Turns out it was just a fantasy in her mind and the soufflés were a subliminal reminder that she had been transformed into a Dalek ("Eggs-stir-min-ate").]]
* In one episode of ''Series/MissionImpossible'' Barney (In his cover as the villain's cook) used this as an excuse to explain why the guards could not search the kitchen at this time (Thus granting him, Willy and Cinnamon time to hide their equipment before the search).

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* Averted by discussion in {{Babar}}.
* Talked about frequently in ''HarrietTheSpy''.

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* In ''BeetleBailey'', a similar thing is a recurring theme with Cookie's cakes, which can apparently be deflated by loud bangs when in the oven -- he [[ExaggeratedTrope even]] has a cake of potential Literature/GuinnessWorldRecords size fail due to a massive simultaneous artillery practice barrage being initiated at the critical moment.

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* A variation on ''TheMuppetShow'': The Swedish Chef's soufflé comes out of the oven so light it actually ''floats into the air''. He shoots an arrow at it in an attempt to get it to fall down. It falls down, all right...in both senses of the word.
-->'''Swedish Chef:''' [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign The freesbee soufflé.]]

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* To stop an insane conscious Castle Heterodyne kitchen in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080321 one only needs to shout]], "You'll collapse my soufflé!"
* Occurs in [[http://sliceofponylife.tumblr.com/post/56684756244/part-1-link-high-res-page-10-page-11-page this]] ''Blog/SliceOfLife'' installment, which shows off Pumpkin's depression and Pound's poor sense of timing.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'', Larry attempts to finish his latest creation- A Rose Petal Souffle when Tuddrussel and Otto come in to pull pranks on him.
* Inverted in ''TheTick'', where a mad baker attempts to create a giant souffle to smother The City. To collapse the souffle, the Tick must shoot himself out of a cannon at the speed of sound.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', Spongebob causes the collapse of Squidward's souffle ''after'' it's removed from the oven.
* ''{{Futurama}}''. When long-time chef show host Helmut Spargle is replaced by the Emeril-esque Elzar, Elzar "BAM"s and causes Spargle's souffle to collapse.
** Parodied and justified in later episode "The Mutants are Revolting", which features a souffle that contains nitroglycerin.
* A plot point in an episode of ''TheFairlyOddparents''. Early in the episode, Timmy's mom tries to make a pink souffle, which collapses and turns grey (due to her poor cooking skills, rather than noise). Later, when Timmy makes a wish that everyone and everything were the same, the world goes grey-scale, and everyone becomes identical blobs. Cosmo and Wanda can't find Timmy until he recreates his trademark pink hat using another of his mother's collapsed souffles, which was supposed to be grey.
* This happens to Reverend Lovejoy in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', when a phonecall from Ned Flanders distracted him long enough from his soufflé for it to collapse.
--> '''Lovejoy:''' Damn Flanders...
* Partially subverted in one episode of PBS Kids Go series, ''WesternAnimation/{{Cyberchase}}'', in which two characters are in a televised cooking competition with the main antagonist and one of his henchmen (Delete), when the henchman tries to sabotage the main characters' souffle by creating a loud noise to make it fall flat, but one of the two main characters, who has repeatedly been stated throughout the series to have some degree of cooking skill, says that it was possible to re-inflate the souffle by using a certain number of drops of water on it at a certain rate.
* ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian'' makes an 'Armageddon Souffle', not realizing that it is "not only a tasty end to any meal, but a tasty end ... TO THE WORLD!" It wreaks havoc, only being collapsed when Dave's family chops down a tree, which lands on Dave's toe and makes him scream like an opera singer.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'', the gang decides to save Vince from being sent to France by sabotaging his soufflé test by popping a paper bag, but they try to stop the sabotage once they hear that Vince actually wants to go.
* In one episode of ''StrawberryShortcake's Berry Bitty Adventures'', Berrykin Bloom's loud bassoon-playing collapses the souffles that Strawberry made.
* Discussed in ''WesternAnimation/AngelaAnaconda'', where Gordy and Angela's brothers are making a Souffle and tell her to be quiet because it's in the oven.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' episode "An Ed Too Many", Jimmy is moping about Sarah leaving him to go swoon over Edd when the souffle he's baking for lunch finishes; [[ButtMonkey it collapses almost immediately]].
-->'''Jimmy:''' Darn egg whites!
* A ''{{WesternAnimation/Madeline}}'' short where Madeline and her friends are learning how to cook at Cordon Bleu has this happen to Nicole. The souffle she makes is ''tres manifique'', but then it deflates. She cries.
* A common thing that happens not only to Greedy's souffles, but also his muffins, in ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBayMyButtWentPsycho'': Lampshaded in one episode when Deuce and Elanor's fighting is wrecking everything Zack does. He comments that he probably picked the wrong day to bake a souffle. Just as he takes it out of the oven, Deuce and Elanor thunder past. Miraculously, the souffle survives. The Deuce returns to shout (through a meagphone) how amazing it is that the souffle didn't collapse...
* In [[WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends "The Big Catnap"]]: While Garfield is sleeping, Jon receives a package containing his mother's cookies, which as he relates to the mailman, he hasn't eaten in years because Garfield always finds a way to trick him out of them. So, he sneaks around him... but and parade outside and auto racing on TV conspire to wake him up, so Jon goes to a park in another city. His biting of the cookie is what wakes Garfield up and brings him speeding to Jon's location.
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