This magical cake mysteriously resurrects itself. Creamy flan sinks to the bottom, and the chocolate rises to the top cloaked in a sweet caramel glaze. Divine and devilish at the same time. Midwest and Grassfed would like to share this recipe in honor of Day of the Dead, a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular, the Central and South regions, and acknowledged around the world in other cultures. The holiday begins Oct. 31 thru Nov. 2nd and focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey.
Magical Flan Cake Resurrected
- 1 cup caramel topping, softened or at room temp.
- 1 box Devil's Food cake mix, plus ingredients called for on the box
- 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
- 12 ounces evaporated milk
- 1/2 cup milk
- 8-ounce cream cheese softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 4 large eggs, room temperature
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 12 cup Bundt pan with flour-added cooking spray or grease the pan with shortening and dust with flour. Stuff some aluminum foil in the center hole. Pour caramel topping into the pan.
Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Pour the cake batter into the cake pan over the caramel topping.
Make the flan. Pour condensed, evaporated and fresh milk into a blender. Add softened cream cheese, vanilla, eggs, and blend or process till smooth. (Side note, do not think that fill capacity line on a food processor is joking, they are dangerous, or you will end up with an overflowing mess. Just saying.) Pour the flan mixture very slowly over the cake batter.
Now, I know you are going to reread at this point. Yes, you put the flan on last. I know in the photo the flan is on the top of the cake under the caramel. This is where the magic happens… Slowly you will see the cake batter start to float to the top. It was interesting that it caught my husband's attention as he walked by asking if it was supposed to do that. Of course, I knew it was gonna do that; it's okay I said. (Not! Praying I read the instructions correctly I continued.)
Spray with a large sheet of aluminum foil with cooking spray. Cover the cake with the aluminum and seal tightly. Place covered bundt pan inside a roasting pan like depicted. Add about a two-inch depth of hot kettle water to the roaster. This will be a water bath that makes that flan cook evenly. Place in middle rack of the oven and set your timer for two hours.
After two hours, remove cake from water and allow to cool for 15 minutes on a wire rack. Then remove the foil cover. Cool one hour then invert cake onto a larger plate with rim. The caramel topping should ooze down the sides. Cool completely, then refrigerate.