Chef Jamie's Magic Chocolate Flan Cake

February 08, 2013

Perfect for Valentine's Day!

Chef Jamie says: This magic trick, I mean recipe, bakes like a cake, but when turned over onto a serving platter, tastes and looks like a flan. Oh so yummy and an impressive dessert for Valentine’s Day!

Ingredients for the Flan:
6 ounces cream cheese
3/4 cup evaporated milk
1 can sweetened condensed milk
4 eggs
Ingredients for the Chocolate Cake:
3/4 cup store-bought Dulce de Leche
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup whole milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup boiling water
Directions for the Flan:
Preheat the oven to 325°F. Using a stand mixer or food processor, beat the cream cheese, evaporated and condensed milks and eggs until well-combined. Set aside.
Directions for the Chocolate Cake:
Butter and flour a 9-inch tube pan and pour the Dulce de Leche into the pan, distributing it evenly. 
Combine the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl and stir until blended.

Add the milk, oil, vanilla extract and egg to the dry mixture and mix until combined. 
Stir the boiling water into the batter with a spatula, then pour the mixture into the prepared pan.

Pour the Flan mix evenly over the Chocolate Cake batter. 
Place the tube pan in a roasting pan large enough to hold the pan with at least 1-inch of room around the pan on all sides. 
Fill the roasting pan with hot water about halfway up the sides of the tube pan (you are making a Bain Marie). 
Bake for about 50 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean when inserted in the center of the cake. 
Cool the cake, then turn it out onto a serving platter.
Jamie Gwen is a Celebrity Chef, Certified Sommelier, Lifestyle Expert and four-time Cookbook Author. For the past 13 years, she has brought the best to radio with her weekly Live Radio Show filled with delicious conversation, heard every Sunday from 8:00am to 10:00am on KFWB News Talk 980 in Southern California and heard worldwide on iTunes and the Internet.

Jamie can also be heard on Martha Stewart Living Radio on Sirius/XM and she can be seen stirring up something delicious on television shows and in print nationwide.

Jamie’s most recent cookbook entitled “Good Food For Good Times 2” is now available as an eBook and has been featured on Emeril Live, Martha Stewart and QVC. She is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America and her website,, is a scrumptious resource for food lovers everywhere.
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