chocolate flan cake recipeThis cake is part delicious dessert and part science experiment. I was watching the Food Network one morning and I watched Marcela Valladolid make this cake, she called it Chocoflan, and it amazed me. You pour this cake into a pan – caramel sauce, cake batter, flan mixture. But when it bakes, the cake ends up on the bottom and the flan rises to the top. They don’t combine, they switch places.

Insane.

I have no idea how it works. I sort of forgot about this cake until I was flipping through this month’s Cook’s Country magazine and there is was again. I put the magazine down, walked into the kitchen and made it. Magic. Pure magic.

I also love this cake because it needs to be made a day before you want to serve it. I love anything that you can make ahead of time. I also love it because it makes a gorgeous presentation. I love black and white. It is so pretty on a plate. And it tastes great. Everybody wins.

chocolate flan cake recipeCake:

1/2 cup caramel sauce (store bought is just fine)
1/2 cup plus 2 Tablespoons Gold Medal all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
4-ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
6 Tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

Flan:
2 (14-ounce) cans sweetened condensed milk
2 1/2 cups whole milk
6 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
6 eggs
4  egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla

chocolate flan cake recipeSpray a 12-cup Bundt cake pan with cooking spray. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

chocolate flan cake recipeAdd butter and chocolate to a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 2 minutes at 50% power, or until melted.

chocolate flan cake recipeAdd buttermilk, sugar, eggs, and vanilla to the chocolate. Whisk until combined.

Stir in the flour mixture until just combined. Pretend that this picture is of flour, not buttermilk.

chocolate flan cake recipePour the caramel sauce into the bottom of the pan.

chocolate flan cake recipeSpread the batter over the caramel layer.

chocolate flan cake recipeBlend sweetened condensed milk, milk, cream cheese, eggs, yolks, and vanilla for 1 minute.

chocolate flan cake recipePour flan over cake batter. Place the cake pan in a roasting pan.

chocolate flan cake recipePour boiling water halfway up the sides of the cake pan.

chocolate flan cake recipeBake for 75 to 90 minutes, a toothpick will come out clean, or you can take an internal temp, it should register 180 degrees.

chocolate flan cake recipeTransfer the cake to a wire rack. Let come to room temperature, transfer to fridge and chill for at least 8 hours. To unmold, dip the bottom of the cake pan in hot water for one minute. Place cake plate over cake pan and flip over. The cake will release and the caramel will drip down the sides.

chocolate flan cake recipeThis post is sponsored by Gold Medal Flour, but all opinions are mine.

Chocolate Flan Cake
 
Ingredients
Cake:
  • ½ cup caramel sauce
  • ½ cup plus 2 Tablespoons Gold Medal all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4-ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 6 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Flan:
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans sweetened condensed milk
  • 2½ cups whole milk
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 6 eggs
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Spray a 12-cup Bundt cake with baking spray with flour. Pour caramel sauce into the bottom of cake pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. Place chocolate and butter in a microwave safe bowl, heat until melted, 2 minutes at 50% power. Whisk buttermilk, sugar, eggs, and vanilla into chocolate until incorporated. Add flour mixture and stir until combined. Pour batter over caramel.
  3. Add sweetened condensed milk. milk, cream cheese, eggs, egg yolk, and vanilla to a blender, Blend for one minute, or until very smooth. Slowly pour over cake batter.
  4. Place the cake pan in a large roasting pan. Pour boiling water halfway up the sides of the pan and bake for 75 to 90 minutes, or when a toothpick comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack and cool to room temperature, about 2 hours. Transfer to refrigerator and chill for at least 8 hours.
  5. To unmold, place the bottom of the cake pan in hot water for 1 minute. Place a cake plate over the cake pan and flip over. Slowly remove pan and serve.