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Mini Chocoflanes : A Rich, Romantic Indulgence

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"Impossible Cake"--Rich chocolate cake, creamy vanilla flan, and warm caramel sauce in a slightly exotic, magical dessert that inverts itself as it bakes. Perfect for a romantic dinner; perfectly gorgeous to serve to guests. (Bonus: We all make mistakes.)

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Difficulty Level



Needed Items


  • 40 min prep
    35 min baking
    1 hr cooling
    2 1/4 hours total time


  • 6 Tbsp Goat milk dulce de leche (Cajeta)
    6 Tbsp sugar
    5 Tbsp all-purpose flour
    1/8 tsp baking soda
    1/4 tsp salt (divided)
    1/3 cup (2 oz) 60% bittersweet chocolate chips
    1/4 cup whole milk
    1/4 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
    2 1/2 Tbsp vegetable or canola oil
    3 large eggs
    2 1/4 tsp vanilla extract (divided)
    1 cup evaporated milk
    1 cup sweetend condensed milk
    3 oz cream cheese (I use Neufchatel)

Number of Servings

  • 6


  • 6 8-ounce ramekins
    Nonstick spray
    13 x 9" baking pan
    Small bowl
    Medium bowl
    Small saucepan
    Large stovetop or electric kettle
    Fine-mesh strainer
    4 cup liquid measuring cup or bowl
    Aluminum foil
    Sturdy spatula
    Wire rack
    Paring knife


  • Allow cream cheese to soften to room temperature
    Move rack to center of oven
    Preheat oven to 325°

Additional Notes

If you’re not planning to eat it within a couple of hours of making it, be sure to use microwaveable ramekins!

One thought on "Mini Chocoflanes : A Rich, Romantic Indulgence"

  1. I loved your little slip-up because it’s exactly what I imagine myself doing. Now I know you mean it when you say to practice that step before doing it for real!

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