Impossible Pumpkin Chai Flan Cake


Pumpkin Cake Layer
  • 1 box Pumpkin Quick Bread Mix (I use Pillsbury 14oz)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
Chai Flan Layer
  • 12oz can evaporated milk
  • 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 can Mexican Crema
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 bottle prepared caramel sauce or 1 cup homemade, heat to a pourable stage


Pumpkin Cake Layer
1 _ Combine dry mix with sugar.

2 _ Mix eggs, buttermilk and oil together and add to the dry ingredients. Mix till blended well.

Chai Flan Layer
1 _ Heat oven to 350 degrees.

2 _ If using 8oz ramekins: Brush sides and bottoms with butter. Pour 1 1/2 tablespoons hot caramel into each ramekin. Let cool. Scoop 1 oz (medium ice cream scoop) of pumpkin cake mixture per ramekin. Spread evenly to edges.

3 _ If using a 10” Pie or Cake pan 3” deep: Brush pan with butter or spray with release agent. Pour all of hot caramel into pan. Cool. Spoon pumpkin mixture and spread evenly to edges.

4 _ Mix eggs, crema, sweetened milk and spices in a blender. Add enough evaporated milk to make 3 ½ cups total liquid. Pour through a strainer into a 4 cup Pyrex measuring cup.

5 _ Using a ladle, pour flan mixture into ladle and let it spill over the sides until it comes to the top of each ramekin. For pie pan, pour to top.

6 _ Set out a deep roasting pan (or pans) that’s larger than your ramekins or pie pan to act as a water bath during baking.

7 _ Place baking pans into roasting pans, place in oven and then pour hot water to 1” up the sides.

8 _ Start checking at 35 minutes for ramekins and 50 minutes for 10” cake pan. Cake should be springy to the touch when done. A small crack in the cake is OK.

9 _ Remove from oven, then from water bath. Cool to room temperature, cover and store in refrigerator until ready to serve.

10 _ To serve: Dip pan(s) in hot water to soften caramel and then carefully run a knife along the side. Place the serving dish on top and flip over. Give it a jiggle to help its release from the sides and pray it comes out.