How do they make it? That was the first question that popped in my mind the first time I had a piece of the so-called Pastel Imposible (Impossible Cake). I love flan and I love chocolate in any form. Chocolate flan was just an idea back then, but a flan and a chocolate cake baking together and yet not mixing together was something that really seemed like an impossible thing to do, a very tasty dream.
I did what I always do when I have a culinary blockade. I called my mom. It turned out that the impossible task was not so impossible after all. It actually was a very easy recipe that has become one of my favorites since. Ladies and gentleman, the only, the original, the Impossible Cake!
- **For the Flan
- •4 eggs
- •1 can sweet condensed milk
- •1 can evaporated milk
- •1 tbsp vanilla extract
- •4 oz. (100gr) cream cheese
- •chocolate sauce
- **For the Chocolate Cake:
- •1 cup devil’s food cake mix
- •½ cup vegetable oil
- •½ cup milk
- •1 egg
- Preheat oven to 350° F (175° C)
- Blend together eggs, milks, vanilla and cream cheese until well mixed.
- In a separate bowl prepare devil’s food cake mix by mixing all the ingredients together until you obtain a smooth batter.
- Pour about 2-3 TBSP of chocolate in the bottom of a baking pan. (You can use some non-stick spray in the pan)
- Pour the flan mix over the chocolate sauce.
- Pour the chocolate batter slowly and evenly over the flan mix (it will go straight to the bottom, but it will raise while baking)
- Place the pan into a larger pan with about ½ cup of water in it to bake in bain Marie or double boiler.
- Cover with foil and bake for about 1 hour. The chocolate cake will move to the top and you can check readiness with a knife or toothpick.
- Remove from oven and let it cool.
- Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before inverting the cake over a cake dish. The chocolate sauce will flow over the cake.
As you can see this Impossible Cake is not as tough as its names suggests. I like to use chocolate sauce for this particular flan, but you can use caramel as the original recipe calls for. I also like to make it Neapolitan flan (cheese flan) instead of just the egg custard. So this is a tree-recipe cake in one, if you look at it that way, a flan, a chocolate cake and a not so impossible cake.