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Chocolate Caramel Turtle Flan

  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 3 hr 30 min
  • Servings 12

Chocolate cake topped with a creamy flan and drizzled with dulce de leche. MORE + LESS -

Girl Who Ate Everything
March 8, 2017


For the cake:

cup dulce de leche
cup butter, softened
cup sugar
whole egg
cup Gold Medal™ flour
cup cake flour
teaspoon baking powder
teaspoon baking soda
cup plus 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
teaspoon ground cinnamon
cup plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk

For the flan:

can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
can (12 oz) evaporated milk
whole eggs
teaspoon vanilla extract
teaspoon coconut extract

Cake toppings:

cup dulce de leche
cup finely chopped pecans


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  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350°F and position oven rack to the middle.
  • 2
    Generously butter a 10-inch Bundt pan and sprinkle with flour or use Baker's Joy™ cooking spray.
  • 3
    Tip the pan and tap out excess flour. Warm the dulce de leche a little bit to soften it and pour it over the bottom of pan to coat evenly.
  • 4
    For the cake: In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until light in color. Scrape the bowl. Beat in the egg. Sift together the flour, cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and cocoa. With the mixer on medium-low, beat in about 1/2 of flour mixture, followed by 1/2 of buttermilk. Repeat. Scrape bowl, then raise the speed to medium-high and beat for 1 minute. Pour batter into the Bundt pan and spread evenly.
  • 5
    For the flan: In a blender combine the sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk, the eggs and both extracts. Blend until smooth.
  • 6
    Slowly pour the flan mixture over cake batter.
  • 7
    Pull out the oven rack, set the cake into larger pan, then set both pans on rack. Pour 6 cups of hot water around the cake. Carefully slide the pans into the oven and bake for about 50 to 55 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from the water bath and cool at room temperature for 1 hour.
  • 8
    Refrigerate cake for several hours or overnight. Carefully run a thin bladed knife around the edge of the cake to free the edges. Invert a rimmed serving platter or large plate over the cake pan, grasp the two tightly together, then turn them upside down. Gently jiggle the pan back and forth and let the cake release and drop.
  • 9
    Drizzle the reserved cup of dulce de leche over the cake and sprinkle with pecans. Slice and serve.
  • 10
    (Adapted from <a href="" target="_blank"> The Not So Impossible Cake - Chocoflan </a>)

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More About This Recipe
  • Flan can be terribly intimidating – chocolate cake topped with flan takes it to another level of intimidation! But this Chocolate Caramel Turtle Flan really could not be any easier and is pretty foolproof. I was really happy with how this turned out, and it was completely different from anything I've ever made. Once you have baked and cooled the cake, invert it on your serving plate. Now here's the moment that strikes fear in any and all bakers out there. Will it come out? Did you grease your pan well enough? Since we put some dulce de leche on the bottom of the pan, this cake is more forgiving than most. And yes, mine came out beautifully. This cake is moist and flavorful. It's a perfect ending to any Mexican meal!
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