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Inside: Find out how to make Chocoflan, which combines the creaminess of flan with the richness of chocolate cake for an all-in-one dessert that you will love. This method is different from the traditional method which results in a cleaner, creamier, and more firm dessert that you will love. 

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Chocoflan side view

We love making and eating desserts in my house. Since moving to the United States, I have come to enjoy many different recipes that I never tried in Mexico. That said, I still love some of the classic Mexican desserts that I grew to love growing up in Mexico.

One of those recipes is what is known as chocoflan. As the name suggests, chocoflan is a fusion of chocolate cake and flan. The combination of these two classic desserts is absolutely delicious and always a hit when we make it. If you make it right, you will have a piece of flan and chocolate cake in every bite, which is so tasty! 

Chocoflan piece with cherry on top

Another name for this delicious Mexican dessert is “impossible cake”, but I can assure you that it is possible to make. The combination of a dense dessert like chocolate cake with a lighter, smooth dessert like flan is what gives it this name. 

Although it might look a little bit difficult to make, if you follow the instructions in this recipe you can be certain that it will turn out perfectly every time. 

chocoflan from above

How Do You Make Chocoflan?

The traditional method for making chocoflan is as follows. You start by making the caramel sauce, which is a very important step in the process. You do this by adding a cup of sugar to a pan and cooking over medium heat until it melts completely. It should have a light to golden brown color. This goes in the bottom the bundt pan that you are using for the chocoflan.

Next, you blend a combination of milks and cream cheese for the flan section, and separately you prepare the chocolate cake batter. You then add them both together in the bundt pan and bake them together. When you use the traditional method, the chocolate portion and the flan portion will separate while they bake. 

This, however, is where my method differs from the traditional. I used the traditional method for years, but to be honest I was never really satisfied with the final presentation. The reason is that the flan section always seemed to be darker in color than I would like because of the process of the chocolate cake separating from it. I learned a new method after a while, and it is the one that I still use today. 

The new method is to cook the flan first in the bottom of the bundt pan until it is partially cooked (not completely firm though). Then, I add the chocolate cake batter on top of the flan and finish cooking them together. The reason that I like this method more is that the flan comes out cleaner, smoother, firmer, and more creamy!

chocoflan from the side

Finally, you will let it cool for sometime before releasing it from the bundt pan. The resulting chocoflan will have chocolate cake on the bottom and flan on the top. It really is a beautiful dessert and everyone will think that you spent hours baking it!

chocoflan caramel in the bottom

Chocoflan is perfect to serve at gatherings with friends and families because it can serve a crowd. Every time that I have made it, everyone has loved it and there hasn’t been much left at the end of the night. 

chocoflan one piece with cherry

Make sure you try this recipe and let me know how it turns out in the comments below. 

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Delicious Chocoflan Recipe

Find out how to make Chocoflan, which combines the creaminess of flan with the richness of chocolate cake for an all-in-one dessert that you will love. 
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Cooling Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Chocoflan
Servings: 12 Slices
Calories: 418kcal

Ingredients

For the Caramel

  • 1 cup sugar

For the Flan

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1/2 can table cream
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the Chocolate Cake

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • Ingredients indicated on box

Instructions

For the Caramel

  • Add the sugar a non-stick pan over medium heat.  
  • The caramel will start to form within about 5 minutes, but it is important to stir constantly to prevent lumps. 
  • It is normal for it to start forming lumps at the beginning and then it will start to melt and once it has dissolved completely and has a golden brown color, it is done. 
  • Pour the caramel into a pre-greased bundt pan and carefully move it from side to side so that the caramel covers the bottom portion of the bundt pan (as shown in image). Please use oven mitts for this part, because adding the hot caramel to the bundt pan will heat it up in a hurry and you don't want to get burned. 
    chocoflan caramel in the bottom
  • Let cool for at least 10 minutes before adding the flan mixture. 

For the Flan

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. 
  • Add the flan mixture to the bundt pan where you already added the caramel. 
  • Cover the bundt pan with aluminum foil and cook using the water bath method for 35 minutes in the oven at 375 degrees F or until the flan is partially but not completely firm. 
  • Remove from the oven and remove the aluminum foil

For the Chocolate Cake

  • Prepare the batter according to the package instructions. 
  • Pour the batter into the bundt pan on top of the partially cooked flan. 
  • Bake at 375, uncovered, for an additional 40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. 
  • Let cool for at least one hour in the refrigerator before removing as this will make it easier to remove the chocoflan from the bundt pan. 
  • Remove from the bundt pan and enjoy your perfect chocoflan!

Notes

  • For the water bath, make sure that you are using hot water. Also make sure not to add too much so that it doesn't reach the top of the bundt pan. If the water enters the bundt pan, it could ruin the consistency of the flan. 
  • For the traditional method, follow the same instructions for the caramel sauce, but instead of cooking the flan first, add the chocolate cake batter first, and then add the flan mixture and bake for about 1.5 hours using the water bath method. 
  • Using the traditional method, some of the coloring from the cake will cause the flan to have a darker color. It still tastes amazing, but this method results in a cleaner flan. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1Slice | Calories: 418kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 421mg | Potassium: 363mg | Sugar: 51g | Vitamin A: 365IU | Vitamin C: 1.4mg | Calcium: 242mg | Iron: 2mg
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Find out how to make Chocoflan, which combines the creaminess of flan with the richness of chocolate cake for an all-in-one dessert that you will love. This method is different from the traditional method which results in a cleaner, creamier, and more firm dessert that you will love. 

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Natalie M.

Sunday 2nd of January 2022

How do I make sure that the flan sets correctly? I made the cake just like the instructions said and it’s delicious but the flan part is not completely firm. It’s still very creamy and runny.

Molly

Friday 31st of December 2021

I also had a problem with the “table cream”. Wish I had read ahead. Also, I would love pictures to help out. I forgot the foil, then ran back to the oven. We’ll see how it turns out! Making it fir my family New Year’s Eve!!!

Ramona

Saturday 18th of December 2021

I have made this cake several times and its delicious. Each time I have made it a lot of the Carmel sauce sticks in the pan. The last time almost all of it did. Can you please tell me what I’m doing wrong.

Stacy

Monday 22nd of November 2021

I made this last night, my first time making chocoflan. I didn’t have table cream so I used light cream instead. It came out great. The flan was a little cheesecakes, but still delicious. My family loves it! I will definitely make this again. Thank you for a great recipe

Nixza Y Hernandez

Saturday 20th of November 2021

I skipped the making of the caramel and used a sea salt caramel topping instead (see ice cream section at grocer.) It was so gooey soft when I flipped the cake over! I didn't put too much of it in the bundt pan because I figured I wanted a more loose caramel consistency, plus I was concerned about cleaning the pan later. I did use a fair amount (not excessive) of butter flavored non-stick spray on my non-stick pan before adding the sea salt caramel topping. Both methods worked very well with the sea salt caramel sauce. And clean up was easy too!

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