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Easy Flan Cake (Flancocho)

This easy flan cake (flancocho) combines two amazing desserts in one. Tender cake topped with a smooth layer of cream cheese flan and a caramel sauce all bakes together like magic. Plus, it starts with a cake mix so you can have this cake and eat it too, in no time at all!

Puerto Rican Flancocho - easy flan cake recipe!

Easy Flan Cake (Flancocho)

One of my all-time favorite desserts is Puerto Rican flan de queso. It’s a baked custard made with cream cheese so it has a thick cheese cake-like texture and it’s swimming in a pool of sugar caramel sauce. It’s amazing and if you’ve never tried, I highly recommend!

My second favorite Puerto Rican dessert would have to be flancocho, or flan cake. In Puerto Rico, bizcocho is the Spanish word for cake. Whenever I go to a party and someone walks in with flancocho, they are my new best friend (either that or whoever brought the Puerto Rican Rice)!

Puerto Rican Flancocho - easy flan cake recipe!

So this dessert is a layer of cake topped with a layer of flan. Of course, there’s drippy caramel sauce involved as well. Now you don’t have to choose between cake or flan – you get the best of both worlds!

This recipe is for easy flan cake since it uses a convenient box mix. You can also change up the flavors  – chocolate or pineapple cake are delicious!

Puerto Rican Flancocho - easy flan cake recipe!

Let’s talk about the details to make sure your cake turns out amazing. Firstly, this cake is usually baked in a Bundt pan, but other shapes can be used as well.

You’ll need to use a large 12 or 15 cup tube or Bundt pan. Make sure your tube pan is not the kind with a removable bottom or it will leak out everywhere.

Puerto Rican Flancocho - easy flan cake recipe!

If you’re like me and only have a small 10-cup pan, that’s perfectly ok. However, all of the cake batter won’t fit in the pan.

Just make the extra batter into cupcakes so it doesn’t go to waste. You’ll have something to snack on while the flan cake cools and sets up!

This easy flan cake is also called “magic cake” because the layers separate while baking. The flan always ends up on the bottom of the pan (top of cake when flipped).

Some people add the flan to the pan first, others add the cake mix first. It will turn out either way. I add the cake batter last, that way I don’t overfill my pan. About 85-90% full is perfect.

Puerto Rican Flancocho - easy flan cake recipe!

The cake is then baked in a water bath to ensure a smooth and creamy flan. Allow to cool completely, and then refrigerate before removing cake from the pan. Overnight is best, but allow at least 4 hours.

Your guests will be delighted when you flip it over onto a platter and all the caramel runs down. Meanwhile, you’ll see me first in line to get a slice!

Pin this to your Puerto Rican food board!

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Wednesday 10th of August 2022

I've made this twice, both times the sugar layer at the bottom turned hard like creamed brulee. Has anyone tried using brown sugar of white for the caramel?


Wednesday 23rd of November 2022

@Kenna thats normal after you melt the sugar and put it in the pan it will harden rather quickly. During that time you should do the rest of the recipe. You pour the flan mixture on top of the hardened caramel. The baking will remelt the hardened sugar and it will become caramel once again. When you flip it over after refrigerating it should be melted.


Friday 31st of December 2021

Thank you so much for this recipe! It was truly amazing! I wish I can post a picture. I added sliced strawberries on top and sprinkled shredded coconut all over. It was a huge hit!

Massiel santana castro

Saturday 25th of December 2021

Do you put both In the same pan to bake?


Saturday 25th of December 2021

Yes, they are layered.


Friday 24th of December 2021

Hello! I’ve made this flancocho several times and it’s always perfect. My family wants it in all of our events (thank you) I know you may not see this now so for future reference: tonight I am in a bit of a rush forgot to bake it earlier, so I want to just stick in the fridge and call it a night. But the recipe says cool completely. What happens if I just stick in fridge hot?


Saturday 25th of December 2021

It will be ok. You're not supposed to put hot things in the fridge because it brings down the temperature and/or causes condensation. Sometimes there's no time to wait!

Yvonne Ro

Monday 20th of September 2021

Hello, could you use a churro cake instead of just the yellow cake mix for this version of cake? Thanks so much.

Melissa Baez

Tuesday 16th of November 2021

@Rebekah, yes you can chocolate cake is yummy with Flan


Tuesday 21st of September 2021

You can use any flavor cake!