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Chocoflan (Impossible Cake)

Have your cake and eat your flan, too, with a recipe that combines both! This Chocoflan is a rich chocolate cake with an orange hint topped with creamy vanilla and coffee flavored flan is dripping with decadent dulce de leche and sprinkled with crushed walnuts.
Prep Time8 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 386kcal


Chocolate Cake:

  • 2 sticks butter or 1/2 lb
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs room temperature
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 14 onces whole milk measure it out in the sweetened condensed milk can
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch instant coffee

Dulce de Leche Glaze:

  • 1 cup dulce de leche
  • milk regular milk or almond milk, as needed
  • chopped pecans or walnuts optional


Chocolate Cake:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In an electric mixer blend the butter with the sugar until it’s light and fluffy, almost white. Whisk in the eggs, one at time until incorporated.
  • Sift together flour and baking powder and then slowly add this to the creamed sugar. Once the flour has been added, stir in the cocoa powder.
  • Next mix in the orange juice and vanilla. Once it’s well combined, pour the cake batter into a well-greased cake pan.


  • In a blender, add all the ingredients and blend well. Pour this mixture on top of the cake batter, very carefully so you don’t disturb the cake batter.


  • Place a larger cake pan or baking dish in the oven and fill it with about 1 inch of water. Then place the chocoflan pan in the water bath (bain-marie or bano de maria). Let the cake bake for about 75 to 90 minutes or until the cake is done.
  • Let the cake cool for about an hour. Then when you are ready to flip the chocoflan, pour some hot water into the larger pan and set the chocoflan pan in the hot water for about 30 seconds.

Dulce de Leche Glaze:

  • Pour dulce de leche or cajeta in a small sauce pan on low heat. Stir in milk slowly to desired constancy.


  • Flip the chocoflan onto a cake plate and serve. This cake holds well in the frig for several days.
  • Drizzle with caramel (dulce de leche or cajeta) and sprinkle with nuts, if using.


Shortcut: purchase a squeezable dulce de leche bottle that can be drizzled in the pan.  Or skip the caramel layer in the recipe and pour warm dulce the leche glaze over the cake once the Chocoflan is baked and inverted. 
Recipe by Nelly Rodriguez de Galofre


Calories: 386kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 207mg | Potassium: 158mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 743IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 2mg