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Chocolate Flan Cake

Chocolate flan cake is one of the tastiest desserts you’ll ever eat! Moist chocolate cake meets traditional vanilla flan, topped with a creamy caramel sauce.

Friends, I have been so excited for this day to arrive. It’s time for an old fashioned recipe swap, and an amazing chocolate flan cake recipe!

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that I was paired up with Shatzi from Love & Laundry for this blog swap.  It’s been so much fun for me to get to know her and her great blog, and now’s your chance to do the same!
This chocolate flan cake is one of the tastiest desserts you'll ever eat! Moist chocolate cake meets traditional vanilla flan with a creamy caramel sauce on top. Get the recipe on itsyummi.com

I posted a recipe for Strawberry Banana Cupcakes with Banana Buttercream Frosting on her blog.

A special thanks and shout out to the three wonderful bloggers who made this event happen… Julie {White Lights on Wednesday}Kelley {Miss Information} and Rachel {i love my disorganized life}.  If you’d like to check out the entire lineup of the 30 bloggers who were paired up, be sure to visit one of those three sites for all of the links!

OK, Shatzi, the floor is yours, girl.  Take it away!

Hi everyone! I’m Shatzi from Love and Laundry and I’m so excited to be paired up with Becca for this fun recipe swap! Please check out the recipe she shared on my site. When I was deciding what to make, my very favorite cake came to mind.

I don’t make this chocolate flan cake very often.

 This chocolate flan cake is one of the tastiest desserts you'll ever eat! Moist chocolate cake meets traditional vanilla flan with a creamy caramel sauce on top. Get the recipe on itsyummi.com

Not because it’s difficult to make, because it’s actually pretty easy to make. I don’t make it often because it’s so decadent, and I’m afraid I’ll spoil my family! I usually make this when company is coming (it easily serves 16) and listen to the “Wows!” as everyone tastes this delicious dessert!

BECCA’S NOTE: Decadence and spoiling… the very same reasons that I rarely make my Snicker’s Cupcakes or my Snicker’s Cheesecake Bars

I remember the first time I ate flan. I had never heard of it until I went to college. One of my roommates insisted that flan was a birthday treat. I guess in her family, they got flan instead of cake for birthdays. I thought it was strange, but then I tasted it and I knew why. It’s a pretty special dessert. I think it tastes like creme brulee, if you’ve had that. When I ran across this recipe a few months ago for chocolate flan cake, it reminded me of my roommate!

Look below the chocolate flan cake recipe for step by step tutorial directions and images:

This chocolate flan cake is one of the tastiest desserts you'll ever eat! Moist chocolate cake meets traditional vanilla flan with a creamy caramel sauce on top. Get the recipe on itsyummi.com

Chocolate Flan Cake

Decadent chocolate cake and a layer of flan are layered together in this delicious dessert!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs
Servings 12
Calories 638 kcal

Ingredients
  

Caramel Layer

  • 1/2 cup homemade caramel sauce or caramel ice cream topping

Chocolate Cake Layer Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt (if you use salted butter eliminate this ingredient)
  • 4 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate chopped
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk (or you can substitute 1/2 teaspoon vinegar + 1/2 cup milk - mix and let it sit for 5 min before mixing in the cake)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Flan Layer

  • 2 cans of sweetened condensed milk (I used Eagle Brand and I definitely recommend using that! Different brands set the flan up a little differently)
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 6 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
  • 6 large eggs plus 4 large egg yolks

Instructions
 

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • For the Cake
  • ?You do not need to use a blender for this cake. It’s pretty much a one bowl operation. Get a large bowl. In the microwave, combine the butter and chocolate. Microwave at 50% power for about 1 minute. Stir it up. Keep microwaving in 10 second intervals, mixing in between, until the chocolate and butter are melted. One at a time, and mixing well between each addition, stir in the buttermilk, sugar, eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa and baking soda. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ones. Stir until just combined – don’t over mix! The batter will be kind of thick, but don’t worry…it’s supposed to be that way!
  • For the Flan
  • Add sweetened condensed milk, milk, cream cheese, eggs, and egg yolks to a blender. Combine on high speed for 1 minute, or until smooth. (If your blender has a small capacity, you may need to do this in two batches.)
  • Cake Assembly
  • Microwave caramel sauce to soften and pour 1/2 cup sauce into the greased bundt pan.
  • Spoon the cake batter on top of the caramel sauce.
  • Pour the flan mix over the top of the cake batter. Don't be concerned if the cake batter rises to the top. It will rise during baking anyway.
  • Place the bundt pan into a larger roasting pan and add enough tap water to fill about half way up the side of the bundt pan. The water helps the flan bake evenly.
  • Place the pans into the oven and bake for 75-90 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Check your cake at 70 minutes for doneness.
  • Remove the bundt pan from the roasting pan. Let the bundt pan cool on the counter for about 2 hours and then refrigerate for at least 8 hours (overnight is fine).
  • To Remove Cake from Pan
  • Use large roasting pan that you used during baking and fill it one quarter full with very hot tap water. Put the bundt pan into the hot water and let it sit for about 1 minute.
  • Place a serving platter or cake plate upside down on top of the cake. Try to center it as much as you can. Holding the plate down onto the cake with one hand, flip the cake over and onto the cake plate. Remove the bundt pan and enjoy your beautiful, delicious chocolate flan cake!

Nutrition

Calories: 638kcalCarbohydrates: 82gProtein: 15gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 192mgSodium: 358mgFiber: 3gSugar: 64g
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Chocolate Flan Cake (step-by-step tutorial)

recipe adapted from Cooks Country

This cake looks WAY harder to make than it actually is. The layers of rich chocolate, creamy flan and caramel are really meant to be eaten together! It’s pretty magical.

Because there are different layers, you make 2 separate mixes plus the caramel sauce. You do bake it all together, so I’ll show you how to mix up each layer and then how to assemble it.

You do not need to use a blender or mixer for this cake. It’s pretty much a one bowl operation. Get a large bowl. In the microwave, combine the butter and chocolate. Microwave at 50% power for about 1 minute. Stir it up. Keep microwaving in 10 second intervals, mixing in between, until the chocolate is all melted. One at a time, and mixing well between each addition, stir in the buttermilk, sugar, eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa and baking soda. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ones. Stir until just combined – don’t over mix! The batter will be kind of thick, but don’t worry…it’s supposed to be that way!

Flan Directions:

Add all of the ingredients to the blender and blend about 1 minute (or until smooth). If your blender is too small, just blend it in batches.

Here’s how to assemble the cake:

First, microwave the jar of caramel topping for about 30 seconds to soften it up.  Pour 1/2 cup into the greased bundt pan.

pouring caramel into a bundt pan to make chocolate flan cake

Next, spoon the cake on top of the caramel.

putting chocolate cake mix into a bundt pan to make chocolate flan cake

Last, slowly pour the flan mix over the cake.

pouring flan batter into a bundt pan to make chocolate flan cake

Sometimes when I pour the flan, the cake batter rises to the top. If it doesn’t rise right away, it will during baking. It’s kinda fun to see it swap places!

THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP!! The trick to getting this cake to bake correctly is to bake it in a hot water bath. To do that, put the bundt pan in a larger roasting pan and add enough water into the roasting pan to go about half way up the bundt pan. The water helps the flan bake evenly. It really is the difference between a successful cake and a fail.

making a water bath to bake a chocolate flan cake in

Bake the cake at 350 for somewhere between 75 to 90 minutes. Mine took exactly 75 minutes. It’s done when a toothpick comes out clean.

Remove the bundt pan from the roasting pan. Let it cool on the counter for about 2 hours and then set up in the fridge for 8 hours. This is perfect to make the day before company is coming!

Here’s how to remove the chocolate flan cake from the pan:

First, grab that roasting pan that you used during baking and fill it with hot, hot tap water. Put the bundt pan back in and let it sit for about 1 minute.

chocolate flan cake in a pan

Use a serving platter or cake plate, placing it on top of the cake. Try to center it as much as you can.

chocolate flan cake

Then, flip it over. The cake should just magically slide out.

removing chocolate flan cake from a pan

My favorite part is lifting the bundt pan off, revealing the beautiful cake.

a beautiful chocolate flan cake - get the recipe on itsyummi.com

Yum!!

Now you can enjoy a delicious slice! It’s pretty much going to change your life, I promise!! Not just because it’s so good, but everyone will compliment you on what a talented baker you are!
And you don’t have to give away how easy this cake really is to make!
This chocolate flan cake is one of the tastiest desserts you'll ever eat! Moist chocolate cake meets traditional vanilla flan with a creamy caramel sauce on top. Get the recipe on itsyummi.com

 

This chocolate flan cake is one of the tastiest desserts you'll ever eat! Moist chocolate cake meets traditional vanilla flan with a creamy caramel sauce on top. Get the recipe on itsyummi.com

This chocolate flan cake is one of the tastiest desserts you'll ever eat! Moist chocolate cake meets traditional vanilla flan with a creamy caramel sauce on top. Get the recipe on itsyummi.com

 

Chocolate Flan Cake Recipe

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12 Comments

  1. I made this last night and took it to work today…one word, AMAZING!!!!! I have tried several Chaco-Flan recipes, and this by FAR is the best!!! Thank you for sharing ?
    This will be a recipe I will make over and over!!!!!

  2. Thankyou for sharing this recipe!
    Did you use a 12 cup or 8 cup sized bundt pan?
    Plus, if we fill the pan till the top, will the mixture not rise and go everywhere?

    1. Hello Uzma! We used a 12 cup bundt pan to make the chocolate flan cake. We’ve made this cake several times and surprisingly, we’ve never had an issue with overflow. If you’re particularly concerned, know that the roasting pan partially filled with water will likely catch any overflow. Good luck and I hope you enjoy the cake!

  3. Hi I’m baking this but did I miss where you add the 6 tbs of butter? It was in the list of ingredients for the cake but I didn’t see at what point you were to add it. I added it late to the wet ingredients but when I combined the wet with the dry, the cake batter seemed to be runnier than yours in the picture. Now I’m second guessing if I was suppose to add the butter……?
    -Tamara

    1. Tamara, I am so sorry about the missing instruction in the recipe! It was listed in the step-by-step directions under the recipe, but not in the recipe itself. The butter is supposed to be melted in the microwave, along with the chocolate. I’ve updated the recipe with the missing information.

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  5. Becca, thanks for being such an awesome swap partner! I’m so glad I found your awesome blog!! And I have to tell you, your cupcakes have gotten tons of pageviews (and +1s)!! We’ll for sure have to do this again sometime!

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