Pumpkin Spice Flan-Cake

Foodista Cookbook Entry

Category: Desserts & Sweets | Blog URL: http://girlichef.blogspot.com/2009/12/uniting-foods-of-our-different.html

This recipe was entered in The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook contest, a compilation of the world’s best food blogs which was published in Fall 2010.


for the pan:
pan spray
1 cup cajeta (goat's milk car
for the cake:
1 (18.25 oz) package Spice Cake mix
cup butter, melted
for the flan:
1/2 teaspoon vanilla


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Put a large pot of water on to boil.
Grease and flour a 10" wide, 3" deep cake pan.
Warm the cajeta in the microwave for 30 seconds to a minute, until it is a bit "loose". Pour into prepared cake pan, swirl to coat bottom and set aside.
Mix all of the cake ingredients for ~2 minutes by hand, or until very well combined (or use a mixer). Pour into pan over layer of cajeta.
Combine all of flan ingredients in a blender and blend until very well combined. Gently pour this mixture over the cake batter.
Set cake pan inside a roasting pan and place in oven. Pour boiling water into roasting pan, around cake pan, ~1" up the sides of the pan.
Bake for ~55 minutes or until cake appears "set". Yup, the flan and the cake switched places during the baking process...cool, huh!? The cake should look moist, but not wet and it will have begun to pull away from the edges of the pan.
Remove cake pan from roasting pan and allow to cool on the counter for at least an hour.
Run a thin bladed knife around the edges, to make sure it's loose. Place a large, rimmed dish upside down over the pan. In one swift motion, flip the flan-cake over onto the plate. Lift off the pan. The cajeta should pool on top and drizzle over the edge. Just scrape any excess from pan right onto top of flan-cake.




Helen Pitlick's picture

Yum! This looks really unusual and delicious.

girlichef's picture

Thank you! =)


In my search to incorporate our family's mixed cultures and traditions this holiday season, I combined pumpkin and flan...inspired by my favorite Chocoflan by Rick Bayless. I also entered this recipe into the Bakespace Libby's 100% Pure Pumpkin Puree giveaway! The really cool thing about this cake is that the longer it sits in the fridge...the moister it becomes...I think it has to do with the moisture from the flan layer on top. The combination of the two layers tastes oddly like pumpkin pie...only more complex...so addictingly wonderful.
Have you started any new traditions by mixing cultures and foods from the different backgrounds in your family or circle of friends?




Tuesday, December 22, 2009 - 6:21am


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