A couple of years ago I saw a photo of this cake in a magazine and I wanted to try making it. There was one ingredient that I could never get my hands on, cajeta. Cajeta is a thick caramel sauce that is sold in Latin specialty markets. A few weeks ago I saw a jar of cajeta in Marshall’s* and I remembered this cake.
|This is the jar of cajeta I bought
*(Marshall’s is a store where they sell things for less than in a regular store. They have everything from clothes and linens to food and furniture. You can find many unusual food specialty items at reasonable prices.)
GLUTEN FREE MEXICAN CHOCOFLAN CAKE
FOR CAKE PAN
|Butter - soft
|Unsalted Butter - at room temperature
|1 1/4 cup
|Buttermilk (or an equal amount of milk with 1 Tbs. vinegar or lemon juice added and then allowed to sit for five minutes)
|Evaporated Milk (12 oz.)
|Condensed Milk (14 oz.)
|Cream Cheese - at room temperature
|Chopped Pecans - I toasted the pecans first by spreading them out on a baking sheet and baking in the oven for 8 minutes at 350 degrees.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 12-cup bundt pan by coating the pan with butter and then spreading 1/4 cup of cajeta on the bottom.
Bundt pan with cajeta on bottom.
- In a bowl add the flours, cocoa powder, xanthan gum, salt, baking powder and baking soda and mix together well.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer add the butter and sugar. Beat until light and fluffy.
- Add one egg and the vanilla extract then beat in well.
- Add 1/3 of the flour mixture and 1/2 of the buttermilk to the egg and butter mixture and beat together well. Repeat. Then add the last 1/3 of the flour mixture and beat until well mixed.
Cake batter after mixing is finished.
- Scoop the batter into the prepared bundt pan and spread out evenly.
- Next make the flan. Add all the flan ingredients into a blender and mix on high until well blended, about 30 seconds.
- Fill a roasting pan with 1” of water and place the bundt pan with the batter in the roasting pan. Be careful not to get any water into the cake pan.
- Through a sieve, pour the flan mixture over the cake batter in the bundt pan.
Bundt pan with flan poured over the chocolate cake batter.
The bundt pan is in a roasting pan filled with 1-inch of water.
- Slide the roasting pan with the cake into the oven, being careful not to get any water onto the custard.
- Bake 1 hour (mine took 1 ½ hours - could be my oven) or until the cake surface is firm to the touch or a toothpick comes out clean.
Baked Chocoflan cake cooling on a rack.
- When done, remove from the oven and cool the cake completely on a rack. This will take at least 1 hour.
- To serve, place a serving platter over the top of the bundt pan. Grasp the plate and pan firmly with both hands, jiggle a little, and flip over. Remove the pan.
Cooled cake inverted onto a platter.
Some of the cajeta is seen in random areas on top of the cake.
- Garnish by spreading 1/4 cup of cajeta over the top and then sprinkling with chopped pecans. I warmed the cajeta in the microwave for 20-30 seconds to make it easier to spread on top of the cake.
- Traditionally it is chilled for 24 hours before serving, but you can eat the cake right away if you like. Store any leftover cake, well covered, in the refrigerator.