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Apr 27 2010

Mini Chocoflan

Published by at 9:29 pm under Cooking at Home,Desserts

Chocoflan is a classic Mexican dessert that combines a rich decadent layer of chocolate cake, a creamy layer of flan, and topped with caramel sauce. It is traditionally made in a Bundt pan, but we wanted to make individual Chocoflans so we bought a mini Bundt pan that makes 12 separate cakes. Because of the delicate flan, this cake is cooked in a hot water bath in the oven. This was our first time attempting to make this dessert, and we think it turned out pretty good – especially the different textures and flavors, as well as the wonderful presentation of these Mini Chocoflans. We brought a batch to our friends’ Engagement Party and surprisingly, they were gone almost immediately! For those who were lucky enough to try these, you can now see what we went through to satisfy your sweet tooth! Recipe courtesy of Marcela Valladolid from Food Network.

For the chocolate cake batter, we mixed 10 tbsp of butter (Yes, 10!) and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Then in goes 1 egg. Finally, the dry ingredients gets incorporated, which consists of 1 3/4 cups of all-purpose flour, 3/4 tsp baking powder, 3/4 tsp baking soda, and 1/3 cup cocoa powder. In between adding the dry ingredients, 1 1/4 cups buttermilk gets blended in the mixture. This completes the chocolate cake batter.

For the flan, combine 1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk, 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk, 4 oz cream cheese at room temperature, 3 eggs, and 1 tbsp vanilla extract. We actually used vanilla bean instead of the extract! You'll see why later.

We sprayed the mini Bundt pan with butter, then added the cake batter half-way full.

Then we poured the flan mixture over the cake batter.

We placed the mini Bundt pan over a roasting pan filled with water and baked this for 1 hour, until the surface of the cake is firm to the touch.

The cake has to cool completely at room temperature (about 1 hour) before it can be inverted. Just jiggle the pan a bit and it should pop out easily.

The small pocket on top of each cake is meant for the caramel sauce, which you can buy or make from scratch at home. As you can see, the cake and flan is completely separated in its own layers even though they appear to mix when you pour them into the pan to cook. The pretty specs of vanilla bean in the flan is a nice touch! We're just glad that we were able to get rid--oops, I mean share--all 30 Mini Chocoflans that we made from this batch!

To view or print-out this recipe, click here: Marcela Valladolid’s Chocoflan

56 responses so far

56 Responses to “Mini Chocoflan”

  1. Nancy Goodman Ilandon 27 Apr 2010 at 11:04 pm

    The Chocoflan looks so beautiful and delicious!!! Fabulous!!!

  2. Connieon 27 Apr 2010 at 11:07 pm

    This was soo good!!! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! :)

  3. MaryMohon 28 Apr 2010 at 12:29 am

    That’s so cute and colourful and looks very delicious…..mmmm
    .-= MaryMoh´s last blog ..Beautiful Mt Kinabalu – Malaysia =-.

  4. sweetlifeon 28 Apr 2010 at 12:48 am

    love love love chocoflan, usually make rick bayless version, but these mini ones are super girls would flip..did I say I love chocoflan..haha

    .-= sweetlife´s last blog ..Pretty Pancakes =-.

  5. tigerfishon 28 Apr 2010 at 2:10 am

    I made some mini steamed cakes recently with similar shape like this too :) …..your mini chocoflan are so irresistible.
    .-= tigerfish´s last blog ..CSN Stores $60 Gift Certificate Giveaway – you buy what you want from CSN Stores =-.

  6. graceon 28 Apr 2010 at 3:19 am

    this is the finest flan i’ve ever seen. frankly, i usually find it to be unattractive and not so tasty, but yours is gorgeous and the fact that chocolate is involved thrills me! :)
    .-= grace´s last blog ..ruefully ridiculous standards* =-.

  7. Emily @Cleanlinesson 28 Apr 2010 at 5:24 am

    That looks absolutely beautiful!
    .-= Emily @Cleanliness´s last blog ..Steamed Broccoli =-.

  8. Conor @ HoldtheBeefon 28 Apr 2010 at 7:41 am

    Damn, I wish I knew your engaged friends. Knew them well enough to be invited to the party, anyway :)
    .-= Conor @ HoldtheBeef´s last blog ..Master Farter turns 1 (and so does something else) =-.

  9. Sandyon 28 Apr 2010 at 7:54 am

    I’m so jealous that I was late to that party and missed your dessert! Dammit. Looks like I definitely missed out!

  10. Reenion 28 Apr 2010 at 8:34 am

    These look heavenly! Love that you made mini’s – so cute! Love that mini bundt pan.
    .-= Reeni´s last blog ..Rosemary Potato Onion Bread =-.

  11. Cookin' Canuckon 28 Apr 2010 at 9:12 am

    I love the mini versions of this flan. What a great job you did on these!

  12. Cindaon 28 Apr 2010 at 9:27 am

    They look so cute! Must taste great too!
    .-= Cinda´s last blog ..Fish Croquettes =-.

  13. Patty Priceon 28 Apr 2010 at 9:28 am

    What cute little flans and fun to serve for a party!
    .-= Patty Price´s last blog ..Banana Yeast Bread =-.

  14. Sherrill Laughlinon 28 Apr 2010 at 10:57 am

    Goodness, that looks amazing!!

  15. Joyon 28 Apr 2010 at 12:32 pm

    That looks really good. It reminds me of a cake my mom makes with a chiffon cake on the bottom and a flan on top.

  16. Cessy831on 28 Apr 2010 at 12:39 pm

    thanks so much for bringing it to the party…these were the perfect little addition after dinner!! just sad i only had ONE!! ha!

  17. Alisaon 28 Apr 2010 at 5:15 pm

    Wow, marvelous presentation!
    .-= Alisa´s last blog ..BSI Sunflower Seeds – Don’t Miss Recipes and a Winner! =-.

  18. A Canadian Foodieon 28 Apr 2010 at 6:44 pm

    These are absolutely the sweetest little delectable treats I have seen in ages. I really must make them because I truly want to taste them. First of all, anything chocolate is for me, but the little orange disc at the top is begging your guests to bite into this treat.
    Thank you for the great idea, recipe and clear instructions.
    .-= A Canadian Foodie´s last blog ..The Bertinet Kitchen Cooking School in Bath =-.

  19. ravenouscoupleon 28 Apr 2010 at 6:48 pm

    this looks awesome! your baking prowess is relly shining through!
    .-= ravenouscouple´s last blog ..California Avocados and Too Hot Tamales =-.

  20. 5 Star Foodieon 28 Apr 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Oh, wow, those little flans look amazing!
    .-= 5 Star Foodie´s last blog ..Basque-Style Grilled Cheese with Etorki, Piquillo Peppers, and Chorizo =-.

  21. noobcookon 28 Apr 2010 at 10:13 pm

    really love the end results … the colours are stunning!
    .-= noobcook´s last blog ..Stir-fried Egg Noodles =-.

  22. Nancyon 29 Apr 2010 at 12:58 am


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    my website is


  23. Saraon 29 Apr 2010 at 5:19 am

    Wow, the mini chocoflans look delicious!! Great Recipe!
    .-= Sara´s last blog ..~Low-Fat Green Mango & Saffron Smoothie~ =-.

  24. Saraon 29 Apr 2010 at 5:20 am

    Oh and Congrats on the Top 9!!!
    .-= Sara´s last blog ..~Low-Fat Green Mango & Saffron Smoothie~ =-.

  25. Skylaron 29 Apr 2010 at 8:41 am

    Why have I never heard of these before! Oh my gosh, they look amazing!

  26. Gjinon 29 Apr 2010 at 9:21 am

    My goodness! And all these while I’ve been thinking hard on how to bake 2 different texture layers and this is one that I can try on! Thank you so much for the recipe :) . I’m seriously going to try it after my bike challenge. Love miniature desserts ;)

    But on the other hand, did the layers separate by themselves? That is so amazing as you poured the chocolate in first and then the flan…do let me know :D
    .-= Gjin´s last blog ..Chocolate Truffles… =-.

  27. Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes)on 29 Apr 2010 at 10:09 am

    This looks spectacular!

  28. chandanion 29 Apr 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Great recipe. Those little chocoflan look so yummy.
    .-= chandani´s last blog ..Chocolate Waffel =-.

  29. Beverlyon 29 Apr 2010 at 12:51 pm

    I almost squealed. I had this recently at a favorite restaurant and am so thrilled I can now make it at home!
    .-= Beverly´s last blog ..I’m from Texas. I eat chili. =-.

  30. Julianaon 29 Apr 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Wow, this little cakes with flan look so yummie, love it…what a great idea…Love the pictures as well :-)

  31. IslandEATon 29 Apr 2010 at 2:38 pm

    I love the idea of the mini versions, and I am thinking a puddle of dulce de leche in the middle might just send them over the top. Great post!



  32. Dinners and Dreamson 29 Apr 2010 at 6:16 pm

    mmm, chocoflan. What a delicacy!

    .-= Dinners and Dreams´s last blog ..Culinary Dictionary: Letter M =-.

  33. Christine @ Fresh Local and Beston 29 Apr 2010 at 9:36 pm

    This is so cool! I’m amazed by how the flan seperates into layers so perfectly. Buenissimo!

  34. Judyon 29 Apr 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Congrats on the Top 9! Love the mini chocoflan! They are so adorable and look so scrumptious! – Judy

  35. thefoodaddictson 29 Apr 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Thanks guys! It’s always nice to be Top 9 on Foodbuzz :) Thanks for your support!

  36. Kung Food Pandaon 30 Apr 2010 at 2:09 am

    That looks absolutely delicious!!
    .-= Kung Food Panda´s last blog ..Yakitori Totto – A Step Above The Rest! (New York City) =-.

  37. The Chocolate Priestesson 01 May 2010 at 7:49 am

    Oh, those are indeed mini mini pans. Very cute and what a great idea to indulge and yet control your consumption of something so yummy.
    .-= The Chocolate Priestess´s last blog ..Fresh Chocolate from Madison =-.

  38. Loul@on 02 May 2010 at 1:23 am

    I baked them yesterday.
    It’s was so delicius.
    If you want, you could see them with this link :
    Thank you so much for this good recipe.
    Have a good day!

  39. thefoodaddictson 02 May 2010 at 9:41 am

    Hi Loul! Great job on the mini chocoflans! I wish I could read French so I can understand your post, but the pictures will do! I can tell that you made the desserts look like roses. That’s so cool. We are glad you were inspired to make them!!

  40. kristyon 08 May 2010 at 12:49 am

    Krissy, you did a great job on these! They look so adorable…I wonder where to start first! thanks for this wonderful recipe. Have a nice weekend, dear!
    Cheers, Kristy

  41. [...] for a party.  So then I noticed the mini version on Krissy and Daniel’s fun site, The Food Addicts, and then I thought, the time is nearing when I will now  make a smallish version of the [...]

  42. Karlaon 04 Jun 2010 at 4:57 pm

    thanks for the recipe this was just what i was looking for. I already had a recipe and honestly only wanted the approx time to bake.but this is so much better ill let u know how it turned out.

  43. foodon 10 Jul 2010 at 5:15 am

    Wow, the mini chocoflans look delicious!! Thanks so much for sharing

  44. Trinidad Penaon 28 Jul 2010 at 2:09 pm

    These look amazing! I wanna try this!
    .-= Trinidad Pena´s last blog ..TBS Gives it up! A 25 dollar restaurantcom gift card that is! =-.

  45. Edmund Mokhtarianon 17 Sep 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Wow, that looks amazing! It’s an array of colors, and that white crust from the flan is just beautiful. Quick question, though: What cocoa do you prefer using for the best results?
    .-= Edmund Mokhtarian´s last blog ..Cannoli at Mike’s Pastry =-.

  46. thefoodaddictson 19 Sep 2010 at 12:12 pm


    We use Scharffen Berger natural cocoa powder, unsweetened. You can view their website here

    Daniel@ The Food Addicts

  47. Adrienneon 27 Jun 2011 at 4:02 pm

    I love flan cakes! I make them all the time. Another secret, if you don’t want to make the caramel, buy what’s called “Cajeta Quemada”, a goat-milk based caramel sauce, and squeeze it on the bottom of the bundt pan before the cake and flan mixes. Caramel sauce just pours all over!

  48. Maryon 04 Oct 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Very cute, I have made flan cakes with vanilla cake before, but usually you add the flan first and then the cake mix, and the cake mix will float on top until it cooks and form a cake layer on bottom without that uneven third layerof flan in the pictures you have. But they are very cute will try chocolate for once.

  49. RDon 18 Sep 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Are you sure you didn’t put the flan in first and the chocolate cake in and then top with the flan. I can’t get my head around how the flan goes straight to the bottom without being on the sides as well and then on the bottom. getting old I guess. does this work or do you need to put the fan in first?

  50. micheleleon 13 Dec 2012 at 10:11 pm

    I am planning on making this awesome mini flan for a Christmas party next week and I am just wondering what is the temp I cook this at?

  51. micheleleon 13 Dec 2012 at 10:14 pm

    how do I get the flan on the top if I don’t put flan before the cake batter?

  52. Toni Booker Frizellon 12 Apr 2013 at 8:34 am

    Really want to make this but I need to know what temperature to heat the oven. Please advise.

  53. Matuson 28 May 2013 at 5:47 am

    What temperature guys please?

  54. Mikeon 28 May 2013 at 11:28 pm

    Is there some sort of magic involved in getting the flan on top? Does the cake rise up on top somehow? This is very confusing.

  55. Carolinaon 25 Jul 2013 at 2:15 pm

    How do you make big versions????????
    Also the are so cute I feel like a giant 0:)

  56. Bobbyon 20 Oct 2013 at 1:37 pm


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