Tuesday, March 2, 2010

100th Post & A Very Special Cake {Chocoflan}


I have been saving today's recipe for a very special occasion.  And today is that day.  This is my 100th post!

And every celebration needs a cake!

But this isn't just any cake.  It combines two of my favorite desserts...Chocolate Cake and Flan.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you...Chocoflan!




This cake is also known as Pastel Impossible (Impossible Cake), but my kiddies refer to it as pure magic,  because the flan magically seeps into the cake batter down to the bottom of the pan. 

I have tried a couple different Chocoflan recipes.  Some recipes have you make the cake from scratch.  Other recipes call for as many as six eggs for the Flan.  But I have found that a box of chocolate cake mix works best.  And that using 3 eggs in the Flan results in a firm but creamy Flan!

This recipe also calls for Cajeta, a Mexican caramel sauce made with goat's milk.  If you can't find cajeta, any caramel sauce will work fine.


Chocoflan

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cajeta or caramel sauce
  • 1 box Chocolate Cake mix (I used Devil's Food)
  • 6 eggs
  • 1-1/3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


Directions:
Preheat oven to 350ªF.  Spread the cajeta in the bottom of a 10-inch cake pan.  (The cake pan needs to be atleast 3-inches deep.)



Prepare the cake mix according to package directions with 3 of the eggs, the oil, and water.



Pour the batter into the cake pan.



Puree the remaining 3 eggs, the evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla in a blender until smooth.



Gently ladle the milk mixture over the cake batter.



Place cake pan inside of a larger baking pan.  Fill the larger pan halfway up with hot water.  (In Spanish this is called a Baño Maria, in English it's known as a Water Bath and in the cooking world it is known as a Bain Marie.)



Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean.  Remove cake pan from oven; let cool to room temperature on a wire rack.  Invert a plate on top of the cake pan.  Flip the plate and cake pan over.  Carefully remove the cake pan.  Ooohs and aaaahs are very appropriate!




Enjoy!!! (Keep any uneaten cake in the fridge!)



 With Love,

46 comments:

  1. Only one thing confuses me, what is "uneaten" cake? lol. That looks amazing!!!

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  2. Wow- fantastic! And congrats on #100!

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  3. Happy 100th post. I hope to get there soon. It'll be a great achievement. I've never heard of chocoflan but it looks so good. Once I've mastered making flan I'll have to give this one a try.

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  4. Stopping by from SITS and wishing you a great day :)

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  5. Thanks for the recipe Leslie. We had Magic Cake at a local restaurant recently and loved it. Now that we are going to have an oven (it is being delivered today), I will have to give this a try.

    Congrats on 100 enties!

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  6. Oh my goodness!!! That looks wonderful!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe. and thank you for coming to visit my blog on my SITS day!!! I'm thrilled you did!

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  7. first...congratulations on your 100th post! yeah!!!
    this looks amazing...i think my hubster would absolutely love this...

    popping by from sits!

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  8. My mother-in-law makes a similar version...Very similar, amazing cake!

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  9. OMG! I never thought this could be possible! About two weeks ago a new friend of my sisters mentioned a pastel-flan. She said she had this recipe for it and I should try it. This looks so yummy! Can I use any cake mix with it?

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  10. Congratulations for having ur 100th post! It definitely needs a celebration! I love leche flan! Great recipe!

    Stopping by from SITS!! Happy feasting!!

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  11. Happy 100th post!!

    That's like having a cake already iced and ready to go! I love baking, I may have to try this idea.

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  12. I have never seen a cake like this one. Wow, I love it. I wish I had a slice right now.
    Happy 100th post.
    Mary

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  13. Popped in from SITS! That looks sooo good!

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  14. Happy 100th post and yummy recipe. This is going in my "try" file! Thank you!

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  15. This looks and sounds so good!
    Following you from SITS!
    Stop by for a visit:

    http://extremepersonalmeasures.blogspot.com/

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  16. Leslie this looks so fab! This is next on my list to try. The tacos dorados are on my list too.

    When I lived in Mexico, flan became my favorite dessert. Straight out of the tin cans they baked them in, the lady on the street corner would slide mine onto a plate -- and I would be in heaven. Thanks for the recipe. :)

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  17. Oh my, this looks so good! Leslie, I am following from Follow Friday--Hello! I'm very excited about your blog, because it combines two things I love: Food and Mexico!! We have very good friends who are native missionaries south of Monterrey, and we have been down there a few times on missions trips with our church. Today 3 things happened which tied in with Mexico! I found another blog written by a lovely Mexican woman, and got my first follower from Mexico; I talked to my former Spanish teacher (from Chile) about starting up with my classes again, and I found your blog! Wow! I wonder what the Lord is trying to tell me. I love the recipes, but especially the photos that you put with them--thank you! And I want to look around some more when I come back--which will be soon!
    Please come by for a visit! www.faithfultojesus.blogspot.com
    Blessings,
    Wendy
    Faith's Firm Foundation

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  18. oohh leslie, i am going to a potluck in two weeks and your pollo a la valentina is going with me.

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  19. First, congrats on your 100th post. Each time I come to your blog, my mouth starts to water. I love Mexican food, but don't do much cooking. My grandparents were from Mexico, so I was lucky enough to get Mexican food a lot as a child. Your blog has inspired me to make a few of recipes, but it will be so tough deciding which ones to try.

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  20. Sorry I missed this post. Happy 100th blog post and what a great way to celebrate. yummmy!

    I saw something similar on a different blog (GirliChef) and it just looks so good!

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  21. I have all the ingredients to make this tomorrow for fathers day. Looks so great!!!! One question - did you flip it onto one plate and then back onto another plate? Otherwise how did the flan get back on top?

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  22. La Casona Rosa: To answer your question, I only flipped it on to one plate. The flan, magically sinks to the bottom of the pan while it bakes in the oven. So, when it finishes baking and you flip it over, the flan is on top! :) I hope you decide to make this for Father's Day, it is a really nice cake! :)

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  23. Thanks, Leslie. At first I didn't realize the flan magically sinks :) amazing!! I did make it, following your directions to a T and it came out just like your photos!! My dad and my husband both really loved it. Thank you!! I'm going to make it again for sure. It was SUPER easy using a boxed cake mix and putting the flan ingredients into the blender. Yeah!!

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  24. I'm finally making this tonight! Wish me luck!

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  25. Why didn't I know about this recipe sooner? I loved it! I made two small versions instead of the 10" pan. We had one for dessert tonight, the other I'm taking to a bar-b-q tomorrow! I hope they like it as much as I did!

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  26. Hi Leslie congrats on your 100th post. I have a question for you, you mentioned that you tried many chocoflan recipes and i am going crazy looking for a specific one. I am trying to find one that does not use a box cake mix or cream cheese did you by any chance come across a recipe like that every one i have looked up calls for a box cake mix and/or cream cheese also the flan eneded up at the bottom of the cake not the top. Please help if you are able to.

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  27. Hi Denise! To answer your question, I have encountered a few recipes for choco-flan that doesn't call for a box mix. But the cakes were just so terrible, in taste and texture, I threw away the recipes. Sorry I couldn't be of much help. :(

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  28. hi leslie,

    i rarely look at cooking blogs but just saw your chocoflan featured on la gringa's blog so i had to check out the recipe. OH, MY GOD does that ever look scrumptious!!! i too love chocolate cake and flan so i will definitely try out your recipe. do you have a recipe for cheesecake flan? can't remember if i've sent it to you but if not, i would be glad to do so.

    thanks for the compliment on my family on steve's blog. i don't have time for a blog right now but may start one when my husband and i retire in 5 1/2 years..

    have a great week!

    teresa

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  29. This looks amazing! You should see mine..it completely fell apart!! LOL

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  30. I am reading back through your blog as I have free time and am living in Xalapa for a few months and I keep finding new MX blogs to read and follow! I had to comment on this post - this combines two of my favorite desserts too! I am sad that I don't have an oven! I would make this tonight if i could but it will have to wait til I get back to the states in June...

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  31. This was sooooooooo delicious it finished all and it looked a little hard
    But it wasnt cause ur directions are easy to follow! Thank you

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  32. Hi Leslie,  I've made this cake 3x's - always a hit!  Thank you for the recipe.  Can you tell me if a vanilla cake mix or a marble cake mix will work with this recipe? How about a strawberry flavored cake mix?

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    1. Any cake mix will work with this recipe. One of my sisters-in-law prefers to make it with the vanilla.

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  33. Could you use a bundt cake pan as well?

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    1. Hi Anonymous! Yes, you can use a bundt cake pan for this recipe. I would prefer to use one, since I think it makes the cake look prettier. (But I don't have one.)

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  34. Just found this recipe and I can't wait to make it for my hubby. But he will have to wait until the kitchen is done with the remodel and we get an oven. Maybe if I waive the Chocoflan picture in his face we will finish faster.

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  35. Hey leslie do i follow the cake mix directions and add three extra eggs to that?

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  36. Hey leslie do i follow the cake mix directions and add three extra eggs to that?

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    1. Hi Anonymous!
      The eggs, oil and water listed called for in the ingredients list up above are for you to prepare the cake mix according to package directions. I just included it all together to avoid confusion. Sorry if I wasn't clearer. :)

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  37. OMG just made this today and must say it was sooo good. A total hit.. Thanks again...

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  38. OMG mine came out soo good thanks

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  39. Made this last night it is supper good!!

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  40. Just ate my first slice....YUM! My little one wanted a second slice :)

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  41. Excited to make this cake for the first time because I've heard so much about it. But, unfortunately I did MESSED it up! So excited to taste it....I didn't completely COOL down, flipped cake and part of flan fell apart! I was disappointed of appearance but TASTE was DELICIOUS!

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  42. Can i use flan mixture from a package or i must make the flan from scratch?

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  43. Hi Juri! I wouldn't recommend using a flan mix for this Chocoflan, as most mixes are instant and don't require to be baked. Making the flan from scratch is not difficult at all.

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