Chocolate Flan Cake

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This moist chocolate cake recipe is two desserts in one, cake and flan. This chocolate flan cake recipe doesn’t contain any frosting, like the usual cake. Rather, the chocolate cake is baked on the bottom with and egg custard baked on the top. The result is a creamy layer mingled with the fluffiness of cake. This cake recipe is easy enough that anyone will be able to make it, but is elegant enough to serve to guests at a dinner party. Whether your household enjoys cake recipes or custard, this dish is also a unique and creative way of preparing two desserts without the extra effort.

Flan, or crème caramel, is an egg custard dessert that originated in Spain and France. This custard dessert is similar to crème Brule; only the caramel is a drizzly sauce rather than a brule topping of crunchy sugar shards. This version of flan is not to be confused with another variety of custard that exists in the U.K., which is more cake-like. The oozing caramel and creamy pudding of crème caramel are what makes it such a desirable dessert to the point that it is one of the most popular desserts in Mexico and South America. As with many custard recipes, the flan component of this cake involves the use of eggs as a thickener, which combines all the milk ingredients and vanilla together into a smooth, creamy layer. If you are vegan or vegetarian, this cake recipe may pose a problem due to both the dairy and egg ingredients, but there are ways to get around using them. There are instant packages of flan, similar to packaged puddings that use agar or carrageenan as a thickener rather than eggs. Both are a variety of seaweed that poses as an excellent thickener in pudding and jello recipes. The dairy products could be substituted for any animal-free milk, like coconut milk, soy milk or almond milk to make this dessert completely vegan. If you can’t find instant flan or would prefer to make custard from scratch, you could easily follow the flan recipe from the ‘Portuguese Diner’ recipe blog, by substituting the dairy ingredients with your milk of choice, and by replacing the eggs with agar. One tablespoon of agar will be enough to replace one egg in a recipe. Simply combine the ingredients in a pot and either pour over the cake and bake as directed. Typically, agar needs to be boiled for ten to fifteen minutes to work, but in the case of this cake, the custard mixture is baked in the oven, which should be ample time for the mixture to set. As cake baking is a science, you may have to experiment with this process to achieve the best vegan flan recipe.

Nutrition Facts for: Chocolate Flan Cake from Portuguese Diner

Ingredients: Devil's Food chocolate cake mix, 3 eggs, water, vegetable oil, caramel sauce, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, cream, vanilla extract.

* The entire recipe has been calculated for 16 servings.

* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet

* Per Serving:Calories 343, Calories from Fat 232, Total Fat 25.8g 40%, Saturated Fat 5.7g 28%, Cholesterol 98mg 33%, Sodium 290mg 12%, Potassium 188mg 5%, Carbohydrates 45.4g 15%, Dietary Fiber 0.0g 0%, Sugars 36.1g, Protein 7.7g, Vitamin A 6%, Vitamin C 2%, Calcium 16%, Iron 6%

Baking cakes are often challenging, especially those that use a bundt pan because they don’t always come out clean. Always use a good quality bundt pan, with a non-stick coating. Another thing to remember to grease your pan generously, particularly at the bottom edges where the cake is more likely to stick. Thank you to Tia Maria, the author of ‘Portuguese Diner’ recipe blog, for sharing her chocolate flan cake recipe with us.

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