I don't like flan.  I would have never made this on my own.  My brother made me do it.  This is one time I am glad my brother made me do something!  I was having a dinner party and was stumped on what to make for dessert. In fact, I was considering forgoing dessert.  I wasn't in the mood.  Then I ask my brother because always knocks dessert out of the park.  He wanted to know what was for dinner ~ it was simple, a taco salad bar (beef and chicken) with chicken tortilla soup and my rockin' beans.    He knew immediately what I should make - Chocó flan cake & Habanera Lime Cheesecake.  (Really?  REALLY!) 

Here is the Chocóflan (forgive me for my bad pictures lately).


12-cup capacity Bundt pan
Softened butter, to coat pan
1/4 cup cajeta  (it is a caramel sauce made from goat’s milk found on the international isle of your grocery store)

For the cake:

10 tablespoons butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar 1 egg, room temperature

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup cocoa powder (make sure you use a really good cocoa powder!)
1 1/4 cups buttermilk

For the flan:

1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk

1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
3 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

For garnish:
1/4 cup chopped pecans


Put an oven rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F.

Coat Bundt pan with a little butter, then coat the bottom with 1/4 cup cajeta and put it in a large roasting pan. (The roasting pan will serve as a water bath during baking.)

For the cake: Add the butter and sugar to a bowl and using an electric hand mixer or stand mixer, beat until light and fluffy, then beat in the egg. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and cocoa in a medium bowl. Beat 1/3 of the flour mixture, and 1/2 of the buttermilk into the egg mixture. Repeat, ending with the flour mixture. Blend until well incorporated.

For the flan: In a blender combine the evaporated milk, condensed milk, cream cheese, eggs and vanilla. Blend on high for 30 seconds.

Scoop the cake batter into the prepared Bundt pan and spreading evenly. Slowly pour the flan mixture over the cake batter. Cover with foil and add about 1-inch of hot water to the roasting pan.

Carefully slide the pan into the oven, and bake 1 hour, until the surface of the cake is firm to the touch, or an inserted toothpick comes out clean. When cake is done, remove from the water bath and cool completely to room temperature, about 1 hour.

Invert a large, rimmed serving platter over the Bundt pan, grasp tightly together, giggle a little and flip over. Remove the pan and scrape any remaining cajeta from the pan onto the cake garnish with chopped pecans and serve!

Cook's Notes: The batters may appear to mix when you pour them into the pan, but they completely separate while baking, with the flan ending up on the bottom when it's inverted.

Traditionally flan is chilled 24 hours before serving, but many people like to eat it warm.  

You can find the original recipe here.

5/22/2011 09:53:52 am

Just browsing to see if you still had the Apple Cake recipe on here...any chance you could shoot it to me when you get a moment? I start getting cravings every time I think about it :)

7/11/2011 01:50:21 pm

Great hopes make great man.


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