Chocolate Pecan Flan


Chocolate Pecan Flan

Flan is a wonderful, traditional Mexican dessert. It's a rich, creamy, cooked egg custard, often flavored with vanilla and baked in a water bath to retain its delicacy. Adding chocolate and topping it with pecans makes it an extremely indulgent dessert, but...Who cares? Go ahead, spoil yourself!

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Allergens: Dairy, Gluten, Nuts
  • Servings: 12 -15


  • Softened butter (to coat pan)
  • 1/4 cup caramel sauce
  • 10 tablespoons butter (room temperature)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs (room temperature)
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 ounces cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup pecans (chopped)


  1. Place rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F.

  2. Coat a 12-cup Bundt pan with butter, then coat the bottom with 1/4 cup caramel sauce and put in a large roasting pan. The roasting pan will serve as a water bath during baking.

  3. Add butter and sugar to the bowl and, using an electric hand mixer or stand mixer, beat until light and fluffy, then beat in 1 egg.

  4. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cocoa in a medium bowl.

  5. Beat 1/3 flour mixture and 1/2 buttermilk into egg mixture.

  6. Repeat, ending with flour mixture, and blend until well incorporated.

  7. In a blender, combine evaporated milk, condensed milk, cream cheese, 3 eggs, and vanilla extract.

  8. Blend on high for 30 seconds.

  9. Scoop batter into prepared Bundt pan and spread evenly.

  10. Slowly pour the flan mixture over the cake batter. Batters may appear to mix when pouring into a pan, but they completely separate while baking, with the flan ending up on the bottom when inverted.

  11. Cover with foil and add 1 inch of hot water to the roasting pan.

  12. Carefully slide the pan into the oven and bake until the surface of the cake is firm to touch or the inserted toothpick comes out clean (about 1 hour).

  13. When the cake is done, remove from the water bath and cool completely to room temperature (about 1 hour). Chill for 24 hours before serving.

  14. Invert a large, rimmed serving platter over a Bundt pan, grasp tightly together and flip over.

  15. Remove pan and scrape remaining caramel sauce from pan onto the cake.

  16. Garnish with chopped pecans and serve.

Bon appétit!