This magical Mexican dessert features a layer of flan and a layer of cake, all bathed in a salted caramel sauce, making it perfect for the Christmas table
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Have it both ways in a cake and a flan this Christmas: Yotam Ottolenghi’s chocoflan.
Have it both ways in a cake and a flan this Christmas: Yotam Ottolenghi’s chocoflan. Photograph: Louise Hagger/The Guardian. Food styling: Emily Kydd. Prop styling: Jennifer Kay. Christmas decorations: Toast
“So bad, it’s good” couldn’t have a more fitting use than for chocoflan, a Mexican dessert that combines two layers of pure decadence in one cake.
Javfree There’s a nifty science trick in this recipe, when the cake layer and the flan layer swap positions during the baking. We’ve tested this with different tins without much success, so do make sure you use a 27cm bundt tin that does not have a removable base. I’d recommend making this a day ahead, because it tastes even better when fridge-cold.
Prep 10 min
Cook 1 hr 20 min
Cool 2 hr-plus
160g caramel sauce (thick set), store bought or homemade – I used Waitrose salted caramel dipping sauce
1 tbsp whole milk
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For the chocolate cake
120g unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus extra for greasing
250g plain flour
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
70g cocoa powder
¼ tsp salt
100g dark muscovado sugar
125g caster sugar
2 large eggs
For the flan
1 x 400g tin evaporated milk
1 x 397g tin sweetened condensed milk
120g full-fat cream cheese, at room temperature
3 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla bean paste
¼ tsp salt
Heat the oven to 170C (160C fan)/ 350F/gas 4. Liberally grease a 27cm bundt tin with butter, then coat the bottom with half the caramel sauce and put the tin into a larger roasting tin about 40cm x 28cm in size.
Now start on the cake batter. Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarb, cocoa powder and salt into a medium bowl. Put the butter and both sugars in the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment in place. Beat on medium speed for about two minutes, until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time only until just incorporated, then turn the speed to medium-low. Mix in a third of the flour mixture and half the buttermilk, then repeat before adding the last of the flour. Mix until everything is just incorporated, then transfer to the bundt tin, smoothing out the top with the back of a spoon.
For the flan batter, blitz all the ingredients in a blender until smooth – about 15 seconds. Pour the flan batter over the cake batter in the tin, then cover the bundt tin first with a piece of greaseproof paper and then with a piece of foil, wrapping it up tightly. Add enough boiling water to the roasting tin to come about 2cm up the sides of the bundt tin, then transfer to the oven and bake for an hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out almost clean; rotate the tin once after 30 minutes, to ensure an even bake. Lift the tin out of its water bath, remove the foil and greaseproof paper, and leave for about an hour, until completely cool.
Invert the chocoflan on to a large, round platter – you may need to shake it slightly to release it from the tin – then refrigerate until cold, for at least two hours and, ideally, if time allows, overnight. To serve, thin the remaining 80g caramel with the milk and drizzle all over the flan.
Fiona Beckett’s drink match
This is sweet enough without serving a sweet wine with it, so I’m going for a tot of brandy. The Co-op has released one under its Irresistible label for £20 (40%), or try a Spanish brandy such as Fortnum’s luxurious Brandy de Jerez (£40, 40%).
• This article was edited on 10 December 2019. The ingredients for the caramel sauce were inadvertently excised from an earlier version.
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