Flan Cake
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Gluten-Free Soy-Free Nut-Free Peanut-Free

This layered treat, with flan on the top and cake on the bottom, is an elegant cake that’s sure to impress.

Ingredients

    Yield: 10 to 12 servings

    FOR THE CARAMELIZED SUGAR

    • 1 cup sugar

    FOR THE CAKE

    • 3 eggs, large
    • ½ cup oil
    • ⅔ cup water
    • ¼ teaspoon almond extract or 1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
    • 1 (21 oz) package Pamela’s Vanilla Cake

    FOR THE FLAN

    • 3 eggs, large
    • 2 (12 oz) cans evaporated milk
    • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Directions

    TO MAKE WATER BATH:
    Choose a baking pan large enough to hold Bundt pan with space around it and that will allow water to go at least 2 inches high up sides of pan. Fill baking pan about halfway with warm water and set on middle rack of oven. Preheat oven to 350°. Spray Bundt or tube pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.

    TO MAKE THE CARAMELIZED SUGAR:
    In small heavy pan or skillet, melt sugar over medium heat, stirring continuously, until liquefied and lightly caramelized, about 6 to 10 minutes. Immediately pour melted sugar into bottom of Bundt or tube pan; set aside.

    TO MAKE THE CAKE BATTER: In bowl of electric mixer with paddle attachment, beat eggs thoroughly. Add oil, water, and almond extract or vanilla and mix well. Add Vanilla Cake Mix and beat on medium/low speed for 2 minutes; batter will thicken slightly and become lighter in color. Set aside.

    TO MAKE THE FLAN: Blend eggs, evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla in a blender, or by whisking in a large bowl, until completely mixed.

    TO ASSEMBLE AND BAKE CAKE: Pour flan mixture onto caramelized sugar in Bundt or tube pan. Pour cake batter on top of flan mixture. Carefully set filled Bundt pan into pan of hot water in oven, adding more hot water if necessary (see note). Bake for 60 minutes, until cake is firm to the touch and pulling away from sides of pan. Cool and refrigerate for at least 6 hours in the pan. Flip onto a large platter to serve.

    NOTE: The water bath is important to gently cook flan cake without it burning. If after putting filled Bundt pan into water bath in oven, you notice water does not go up at least 2 inches, you can add more hot water to pan by pouring it from a teapot. Be careful to not burn yourself or splash water into cake batter.

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Curtis 09/269/2019 09/27/2019
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my cake stuck to the pan once and well, i recommend dusting with rice flour, after the greasing the bundt.
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Chris 10/297/2017 10/25/2017
Can I use regular milk or do I have to use evaporated milk?
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Chloe 06/165/2017 06/15/2017
Love this recipe. It took a little more effort than the cakes I usually make, but it was worth it. It tasted delicious. I followed the recipe from the cake mix for the amount of oil, and I followed the recipe above exactly for the rest. The cake was moist, and the leftovers tasted good as well. My family loved it. The flavor of the flan was great. I served it with fresh raspberries and their tartness complimented the sweetness of the cake very nicely. I would definitely make it again.
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Adelle 04/119/2017 04/30/2017
There is a difference in the oil and water listed here compared to what it says on cake mix- which are we supposed to follow? I tried it first with what's listed here and the cake was terribly dry/over cooked. I tried again tonight following the directions on cake mix plus put oven at 325 (I have a dark bunt pan). I really hope it turns out moist this time.
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    • Hi Adelle, For the flan cake, you would follow the recipe as listed here. Other reviewers found it to be moist... I'm sorry yours did not turn out.
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Cnnie 04/101/2016 04/11/2016
Can I use any vanilla cake mix
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Chotai 07/198/2016 07/17/2016
How many days in advance can you make this?
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Dona Aria 10/280/2016 10/07/2016
This is the most amazing recipe.. So easy . I make have used maple sugar with this and it is awesome.. Everyone raves about this cake . They have no idea it is gluten free. It has become my go to sweet for gatherings.
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Betty Castillo 04/95/2016 04/05/2016
Best Flan Cake I've made so far. Very moist not dry at all. Super simple!!
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Linda Wappler 09/246/2016 09/03/2016
Do you set the bundt pan in the water?
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    • Linda, Yes, the Bundt pan is set into the baking pan of water. We have adjusted the recipe as it wasn't clear.
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    • I did and it came out amazing. i have made this quite a few times.. Comes out like a charm so easy
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Dona Aria 08/218/2015 08/07/2015
I have made this cake many times with great success.. I make the cake following the cake mix directions, Then I do the rest. The most important thing I have learned do NOT use low fat milks. You have to use the full fat evaporated and condensed milk. Other then that the caramel part I have used maple sugar and organic cane . I have also added a tiny bit of liquor of different types to the caramel.. Everyone I make this for love s it and wants the recipe. Even if they are not gluten free.
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