Mexican Caramel Flan Cake Mix Cake

Prep Time
Cook Time
1d 1h 15m
Ready In

Recipe: #38457

April 09, 2022

"My oldest kid loves cakes like this.can use a chocolate cake mix. uses a water bath"

Original is 10 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (355.1 g)
  • Calories 611.1
  • Total Fat - 32.1 g
  • Saturated Fat - 8.9 g
  • Cholesterol - 640.9 mg
  • Sodium - 616.8 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 53.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.8 g
  • Sugars - 6.8 g
  • Protein - 26.7 g
  • Calcium - 261.1 mg
  • Iron - 3.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 4.4 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees f.

Step 2

Swirl caramel around to coat the sides of the Bundt pan heating pan in oven so caramel is hot and moving be careful sugar burns

Step 3

Spray Pam over it

Step 4

Mix up cake mix according to instructions

Step 5

Pour over the caramel

Step 6

Last, mix up the milks, eggs, and extracts and pour that on top.

Step 7

The cake mix will float to the top.

Step 8

Place the bundt pan in a larger pan (use a round cake pan) with ½" of water and cook at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes.

Step 9

Cover with foil and continue to cook for 20-30 (so cake doesn't dry out)minutes more or until done (check with a toothpick)

Step 10

Place cake on cooling rack.

Step 11

Remove the foil and cool 15 minutes then invert onto serving plate.

Step 12

Cool 1 hour at room temperature.

Step 13

Chill overnight.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • Be sure to use a good quality caramel sauce for the best flavor.
  • If you prefer a chocolate cake, you can substitute a chocolate cake mix for the yellow cake mix.

  • Substitute coconut oil for the vegetable oil for a tropical flavor. Coconut oil has a higher smoke point and is a healthier alternative than vegetable oil.
  • Substitute almond milk for the evaporated milk for a vegan-friendly option. Almond milk is a dairy-free alternative and has a nutty flavor that pairs nicely with the almond extract in the recipe.

Chocolate Caramel Flan Cake Replace the yellow cake mix with a chocolate cake mix. Replace the caramel sauce with chocolate sauce. Replace the vanilla extract with chocolate extract.

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Q: How long should I bake the cake for?

A: Bake the cake for 45 minutes. Cover with foil and bake for an additional 20-30 minutes or until done (check with a toothpick).

Q: What type of pan should I use?

A: Use an 8-inch round cake pan and line the bottom with parchment paper for easy removal. Grease the sides of the pan with butter or cooking spray.

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Fun facts:

This Mexican Caramel Flan Cake Mix Cake is a favorite of the Mexican-American singer Selena Gomez! She even named her album after the delicious dessert.

This recipe is actually a twist on the classic Mexican Flan. Flan is a traditional dessert in Mexico and other Latin American countries, and is believed to have been around since the time of the Aztecs.