Having a toddler really makes you appreciate your plastic ware…. I can’t tell you how many of my glass measuring cups and spoons have met their demise shattered all over my kitchen floor. The light bulb went on and I invested in plastic ware instead. Toddlers also make you realize how your alone time with your Valentine can almost become non-existant unless you carefully plan out an adventure for two. Me and my honey celebrated V-day early (that’s when we could get a babysitter) with a picnic in the woods…. I of course made one of his favorite treats, Choco-Flan. Thanks to all the stars in the sky my plastic carrier got the precious cargo from point A to point B in one piece.
Chocolate Cake Ingredients:
1/2 – cup cajeta
1 – box devils food chocolate cake mix (add water, vegetable oil, and eggs according to box directions)
1/4 – cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.In a mixer bowl, combine chocolate box mix cake water, eggs, and vegetable oil. Mix on medium for 2 minutes on slow, then bring the speed up to medium high for 2 more minutes.
In a 12 cup bundt pan. Coat with a non-stick baking spray, then pour in cajeta to bottom of pan.
Then take cake batter and slowly pour over cajeta.
In a tea kettle, fill with water and place over a high flame. While waiting for water to boil, make flan blend.
4 – ounces cream cheese (I use Philadelphia Cream Cheese at room temperature)
1 – 12 0z. can of evaporated milk
1 – 14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk
1/2 – tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 – tablespoon almond extract
4 – large eggs
In a blender add cream cheese, evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, almond extract, and eggs. Blend on medium speed for 2 minutes.
Once flan mixture is blended, slowly pour in a circle over cake batter, a little bit at a time. Then sprinkle chocolate chips over the top.
Next take a piece of aluminum foil (enough to cover top of bundt pan) and coat with non-stick baking spray. Loosely place sprayed aluminum foil on top of bundt pan and cover. Then place covered bundt pan in a large baking dish and fill halfway with super hot water from tea kettle.
Lastly, place the covered pan in hot bath in oven on middle rack and let bake for 1 hour.
Once cake is baked, remove from hot bath and remove aluminum foil. Let cool in the pan for 2 hours, next run a butter knife along the edge of pan to pull cake away from pan, then flip it over onto a plate. Or on the plate of a cake carrier.
Slowly lift pan up away from plate. There you have it….PERFECT Choco-FLAN! Put it in the fridge for another 6 hours and eat it chilled. If you are taking the cake to a party top with the carrier lid and transport your choco-flan safe and sound.
All Photos by Mando Lopez
Disclosure: This post is part of the Plastics make it Possible for Valentine Bloggers Bake OFF campaign. Thank you Ogilvy Public Relations for making me the featured baker. I was provided with bakeware to aid this recipe.