Created by ellie on January 31, 2019
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter or used the cooking spray to grease 12 four-ounce ramekins.
Step 2: Drizzle 1 tablespoon of the caramel sauce or cajeta over the bottom of each ramekin and set aside.
Step 3: To make the cake: in a bowl of an electric mixer at medium speed beat the butter for 3 minutes or until light and then add the sugar and beat another 2 minutes. Add egg and beat until blended.
Step 4: In another bowl sift together the dry ingredients (flour - salt). With the mixer on low alternately add the dry mixture and the buttermilk in two additions, beating until mixed. Set aside.
Step 5: To make the flan: In a blender combine the flan ingredients (canned milks - vanilla), blending until smooth.
Step 6: Spoon 2 tablespoons of the cake batter into each ramekin, filling them 2/3 full. Pour the flan mixture on top of the cake batter, filling the ramekins to just below the rim.
Step 7: Place the ramekins in a large roasting pan (we had to use 2 pans) and then pour in enough hot water to reach halfway into the pan -- needs to reach at a least halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and seal.
Step 8: Bake for 50-60 minutes or until the surface feels firm and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. ***CAREFUL WHEN REMOVING THE FOIL THERE WILL BE A LOT OF HOT STEAM. Remove from oven and remove the foil.
Step 9: When the ramekins are cool remove them from the water bath and place them on a cooling rack. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
Step 10: When ready to serve, remove there ramekins from the refrigerator and remove plastic wrap. Run the tip of a knife around the edges of the ramekin and invert onto a plate. Remove the ramekin and drizzle any remaining sauce remaining in the mold on top of the flan. Repeat with the remaining ramekins and garnish with the pecans if desired.