11.22.2010

chocolate flan cake



When my friend Linders asked me what cake I wanted for my birthday, the answer was simple --- chocolate flan cake!



Before I elaborate on why this is my favorite cake du jour, here is the recipe:

Chocolate Flan Cake
1 box chocolate cake mix (devil's food cake)
1 small can/jar caramel topping, softened or at room temp
1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 12 ounce can evaporated milk
1/2 cup skim milk
8 ounces cream cheese — softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
5 eggs
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 12-cup bundt pan with flour-added cooking spray. Pour caramel topping into pan.
Cake: Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Pour the cake batter into the cake pan over the caramel topping.
Flan: Pour condensed, evaporated and skim milk into a mixer. Add softened cream cheese, vanilla and eggs and mix until smooth.  Do not over mix or flan will be tough.  Pour the flan mixture very slowly over the cake batter.
Spray a sheet of aluminum foil with cooking spray and cover the pan with the foil (nonstick foil is best, too).  Make sure that the foil covers the pan well and tightly at the sides.  Set the Bundt pan on a larger pan (with at least 4 inch sides) and set on the oven rack and slide in.
Carefully pour hot water into the larger pan to a depth of 2 inches. The Bundt pan will be sitting in 2 inches of water. Bake for 2 hours. 
After two hours, remove cake from water and allow to cool for about 15 minutes. Peel off the aluminum foil. Invert cake onto a large plate with rim. The caramel topping should drip down the sides of the cake. Cool completely, then refrigerate.

Let's deconstruct this awesome excuse for a cake -


1. Caramel topping.  


2. rich decadent flan.  


3. moist devil's food cake.


You have all these things in a single slice of cake.  
I like that you can use pre-made caramel and boxed cake mix.   Semi-homemade.  
This slice was the perfect companion to my soy mocha.

Our cake-testers agreed that the perfect part of the cake is where the flan meets the cake.  That's the best layer --- soft and creamy, just the right hint of chocolate and flan melded together. 


Awesomeness.  Awesomenessessess.


For your consideration this Thanksgiving or holiday season.  You have to try it for that family get-together or just because.

Luv,
Lease

1 comment:

Linders said...

That's hawt!

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