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Impossible Cake

How could this happen? Surely it is impossible! And yet, Impossible Cake is a very delicious reality! This cake manages to stack creamy flan on top of a tender, coffee-infused, caramel-glazed cake in just one pan! Yes, really! Who needs frosting when flan is so indulgent? It takes a little time to make this Impossible Cake, but once it comes out of the oven and you've enjoyed a slice, you'll know you just made a miracle happen!
Prep Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 12


For the cake:

  • 1/4 cup cajeta sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 1/2 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons strong-brewed coffee
  • 1 cup whole milk

For the flan:

  • 2 1/2 cups evaporated milk
  • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease and flour the base and the sides of a 10-inch fluted tube pan.
  • Fill a shallow baking pan with enough water to come 1/3 of the way up the sides of the tube pan.
  • Place the water bath in the oven to warm up while the oven is preheating.
  • Pour the cajeta sauce into a microwave-safe bowl and microwave until warm and pourable, about 1 minute.
  • Pour the warmed cajeta sauce into the prepared tube pan, covering the base of the tube pan completely.
  • In a large bowl, add the flour, the cocoa powder, the baking soda, and the baking powder and mix to combine.
  • In a mixing bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer until smooth.
  • Add the sugar to the butter and beat until light and fluffy.
  • Add 1 of the eggs and the coffee to the butter mixture and beat to incorporate.
  • Alternate adding the flour mixture and the milk to the butter mixture, mixing the batter well between additions.
  • Pour the cake batter evenly over the cajeta sauce in the tube pan.
  • In the bowl of a food processor, combine the evaporated milk, the condensed milk, the remaining eggs, and the vanilla extract and blend until smooth.
  • Pour the flan mixture over the cake batter through a fine sieve.
  • Place the tube pan in the preheated water bath and bake until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean, about 1 hour.
  • Allow the cake to cool, about 1 hour.
  • Carefully run a thin knife around the edges of the cake to loosen it from the pan. Cover the cake with a serving plate and flip the cake onto the plate.
  • Serve.
Keyword cake, flan
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