• Softened butter, to coat pan
  • 60g cajeta or caramel sauce
  • For the cake
  • 140g unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 225g sugar
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 400g plain flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 70g cocoa powder
  • 290ml buttermilk
  • For the flan
  • 1 (340g) can evaporated milk
  • 1 (400g) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 115g cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • For garnish:
  • 60g cajeta or caramel sauce
  • 60g chopped pecans
  • For baking:
  • 2 3/4 L capacity bundt pan
1) Put an oven rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 180;deg;C.

2) Coat a bundt pan with a little butter, then coat the bottom with 60g cajeta and put it in a large roasting pan (the roasting pan will serve as a water bath during baking).

3) For the cake: add the butter and sugar to a bowl and using an electric hand mixer or stand mixer, beat until light and fluffy, then beat in the egg. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and cocoa in a medium bowl. Beat a third of the flour mixture, and half of the buttermilk into the egg mixture. Repeat, ending with the flour mixture. Blend until well incorporated.

4) For the flan: in a blender, combine the evaporated milk, condensed milk, cream cheese, eggs and vanilla. Blend on high for 30 seconds.

5) Scoop the cake batter into the prepared bundt pan and spread evenly. Slowly pour the flan mixture over the cake batter. Cover with foil and add about 2 cm of hot water to the roasting pan.

6) Carefully slide the pan into the oven, and bake for one hour, until the surface of the cake is firm to the touch, or an inserted toothpick comes out clean. When cake is done, remove from the water bath and cool completely to room temperature, about one hour.

7) Invert a large, rimmed serving platter over the bundt pan, grasp tightly together, jiggle a little and flip over. Remove the pan and scrape any remaining cajeta from the pan onto the cake, garnish with chopped pecans and serve!

Cook's Notes: The batters may appear to mix when you pour them into the pan, but they completely separate while baking, with the flan ending up on the bottom when it's inverted. I like eating it warm, but traditionally, it is chilled for 24 hours before serving.

Flan is a rich, creamy, cooked egg custard. It is often flavoured with vanilla and baked in a water bath to retain its delicacy.

Cajeta is a thick and creamy spread or paste made with caramelised sugar and milk. It is used as a desert on its own or as a topping. Also known as "dolce de leche," it is sold in many supermarkets, Latin specialty markets or online. It can be substituted with a thick caramel sauce.

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