Chocolate Flan Cake

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Deciding to participate in the Bake-a-thon 2018 actually helped me clean up some of my to-do list. One of them was definitely this flan cake or magic cake, as it has been called in some places. Whoever came up with this fantastic idea needs to be patted at the back. When you want cake and pudding together, but don’t want to make it in several pans, all you do it is bake them together and let the magic happen! The base is a normal chocolate cake, and the top is a creme custard, duly topped with a caramel topping.

 

Now what happens? Here we apply a little bit of our chemistry knowledge. Haven’t you heard of density? Yes… so since the density of the cake batter is heavier than that of the flan batter, in the process of baking, the cake magically moves up and the flan pushes itself down, giving this beauty of a dessert! Science is amazing, isn’t it? I never liked science in school and that explains why I ended up being a commerce student throughout. πŸ˜€

 

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My only advise to all of you if you want to bake this is to either use a neat bundt pan, which doesn’t have too many designs or curves, or to make it even more easier, to use silicon bundts so that it would come off clean. The mistake I did was I used a flowery bundt pan for this and I had a tough time pulling it out clean. πŸ˜€ That is why you can see some untidy patches on the flan. But definitely that didn’t impact the taste, just saying… πŸ™‚

 

You can make the flan with chocolate flavors too, but I feel then you wouldn’t be really able to enjoy the lovely brownie like cake at the bottom. The eggy flan and the chocolate cake makes it an amazing combination. With the caramel topping, I found it a bit sweet, so next time if I do make it, I may end up skipping that process. If you also wish to skip, the only problem is that you wouldn’t have a pretty golden brown top to the cake. All in all, it is an amazing bake and a delicious one to have as a treat too… Off to the recipe…

 

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5 from 6 votes

Chocolate Flan Cake

Course Cake
Cuisine South American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6
Author Rafeeda

Ingredients

  • FOR CARAMEL BASE:
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp water
  • 1 squeeze lemon juice
  • FOR THE FLAN:
  • 1/2 can condensed milk
  • 170 ml can evaporated milk
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • FOR THE CAKE:
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 160 degrees. Grease a 6 cup bundt pan really well on all sides. Keep a large deep pan ready and settle the bundt pan in it.
  • Prepare the caramel first. Heat the sugar and water, swirling it till it boils and becomes an amber shade. Squeeze in the lemon juice and switch off.
  • Pour into the prepared pan and allow it to cool slightly.
  • Then prepare the cake. Whisk together ingredients from sugar to salt in a bowl.
  • Beat the wet ingredients till well combined. Pour into the dry ingredients and fold in till moist.
  • Spread the batter on top of the caramel sauce.
  • Whisk all the ingredients under "for the flan" vigorously till mixed well. Use only a whisk. Pour over the cake batter carefully.
  • Place the bundt pan into the large pan.
  • Pour hot water into the pan upto half of the bundt. Carefully slide into the oven.
  • Bake for 60 minutes till skewer comes out clean. Take out the pan and cool on a wire rack.
  • Cool in the fridge for two hours. To release, run on some hot water, tap the sides and push down onto a plate. Slice and serve.

Notes

You can use dulche de leche (DDL) as base instead of making the caramel. You can even omit this step.
To make the whole dessert as chocolate, you may add two tablespoons of cocoa powder into the flan batter.

 

Linking this up to Valli’s Bake-a-Thon 2018 event…

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  1. Two best desserts in one! Yummy!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Angie…

  2. 5 stars
    what delicious idea a chocolate flan cake Rafee, looks delicious !!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Gloria…

  3. The flan looks fantastic , I am sure it tasted delicious . The colours look pretty and I am drooling at the silky caramel ! Super dessert !

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Vaishali…

  4. Gayathri Kumar says:

    This is in my to do list for long, but I have kept postponing it. The cake really looks magical and super inviting..

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Gayathri…

  5. Cant take my eyes from this fabulous cake, even its in my bookmark list and am looking for an occasion to bake. Such a magic cake na.. So tempting and want to bake very soon.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Priyaakka…

  6. 5 stars

    This magic flan cake has been on my too-make list for a very long time. Yours turned out absolutely delicious – don’t worry too much about the stuck pieces – those are for the baker to nibble on πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Pavani… Oh yes, I did clean up that pan! πŸ˜‰

  7. Wow!!Such a fabulous dessert and your pictures make me drooling.Bookmarking and will try it soon.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Nalini…

  8. 5 stars
    With a bit of science i thoroughly enjoyed the flan cake and a nice read!!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Sharmila…

  9. My To-do list is also so long, one of it is this flan! You have made this so awesome.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sharmila…

  10. Rafeeda, you really crack me up with your intros, I so enjoy reading it more than actually checking out the recipe..so keep going. Coming to the recipe, this one is a stunner and I do agree on the chemistry part, cooking and baking is all about science. While some of my friends roll their eyes when I try to explain, I am so happy doing it in spite of all that!..so would love to create this and see for myself!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      I am glad that you enjoy reading my intros, sometimes I really wonder whether anybody reads it… hehe… Thank you so much Valli…

  11. 5 stars

    flan is one of my all time face desserts and I would love this combo of cake and flan in one. this is one I definitely must try

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Mir…

  12. What beautiful bake!! Two in one treat!! Loved reading the chemistry involved in baking!!! Super share!!1

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Swati…

  13. This is such a beautiful cake. A stunner. I wish I could have a slice

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Veena…

  14. That flan cake looks fabulous.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Suma…

  15. 5 stars

    Wow this looks scrumptious. I want it now please πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Renu… πŸ™‚

  16. Magical chemistry experiment. The texture of both flan and cake are really good. What a nice idea!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Varada…

  17. Wow, flan cake looks so delicious and tempting, I wouldn’t take my eyes from the pic. Beautifully presented.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Pavani…

  18. silky, gorgeous bake there & i simply love your freestyle-way of writing !! keep them coming….

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Kalyani…

  19. 5 stars

    A wonderful two in one smooth & silky delicious dessert.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Ritu…

  20. Chuck the chemistry, love how beautiful it looks!!! two desserts in one pan, lucky you!!!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Hehe thank you so much Priya…

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