Instant Pot Easy Magic Flan Cake (Chocoflan)

This is one of the few recipes on my blog that aren’t necessarily a “family” recipe. While I did use my family’s flan de leche recipe, as far as I know, this is not a family tradition. Until now that is. The idea of this amazing cake was so intriguing to me that I had to figure out a way to make it in the Instant Pot. I went through various recipes and past test cakes I had made, and I decided that since this wasn’t necessarily a family tradition, then why not find a way to not only make it delicious, but also make it easy and quick? So I decided to use a box cake mix and a jar caramel sauce and it worked perfectly!

This recipe makes 2 cakes when using 7 inch rounded bundt pans which fit in the 6 Qt Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Easy Magic Flan Cake

Recipe by Lana Horruitiner Perez

      • 2 cups water for Instant Pot
      • jar Caramel Sauce
      • PAM cooking spray or oil for greasing pan
    • Cake
      • Chocolate Devils Food Cake Mix (I used Pillsbury and made the cake according to their directions)
      • 3 large eggs
      • 1/4 cup Vegetable Oil
      • 1 cup Water
    • Flan
      • 1/2 cup Sugar
      • 1 cup Whole Milk
      • 5 eggs
      • 1- 14 oz can Sweetened Condensed MIlk
      • 1 tsp vanilla extract ( I prefer to use Dominican Vanilla Extract.)
    • Equipment you will need: 7 inch rounded ring mold pans. I prefer Fat Daddio pans which you can get on Amazon through this link.


Spray 2 Ring Mold pans with PAM cooking spray or lightly grease with Vegetable Oil.

Ring Mold

In a large bowl, mix your box cake mix with 3 eggs, 1/4 cup oil, and 1 cup water. Set aside. (I used Pillsbury Devils Food cake, so the instructions are for that specific cake mix.)


In a blender combine 5 eggs, 1 can sweetened condensed mil, 1 cup whole milk, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1 tsp vanilla. Blend until smooth and set aside.


flan in blender

In the greased ring mold, pour about 1/2 to 1 cup of caramel sauce. It should just be enough to coat the bottom of the mold.


caramel ring mold

Now add 1 1/2 cups of the cake batter into the ring mold on top of the caramel. Use a spatula or knife to smooth out the top of the batter. You will have batter left over. Save this to make another cake.

Then slowly pour 1 to 1 1/2 cup of the flan mixture right on top of the cake batter. Don’t over fill the pan. You want about 3/4 inch room at the top.


Pour 2 cups water into the Instant Pot liner and place the trivet into the pot. Place the ring mold onto the trivet. DO NOT COVER! This is very important since the cake will rise so you don’t want to cover with foil.

Lock the Instant Pot lid into place and make sure the valve is set to sealed.

Cook on High Pressure for 20 minutes and then allow to Natural pressure Release until the pin drops by itself (about 15 to 20 minutes).


Remove the cake from the Instant Pot and allow to cool for an hour at room temperature. If you have a second pan, you can cook the next one while tnr first cools.



Place in the fridge for 6 hours at least (24 hours is best, but who can wait that long? Seriously.)

When ready to unmold, run a knife along the outside and the inside of the ring mold. Place a plate on top of the cake and then flip over. Serve.



Buen Provecho! Enjoy!

17 Comments Add yours

  1. Looks amazing! I will be giving this one a try soon with our farm eggs. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. drlanaperez says:

      Oh you are so welcome! I wish I had farm fresh eggs. What a blessing. Let me know how you like it.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Linda Kodet says:

    This looks amazing! Do you think would it be possible to use the Dulce De Leche sauce made with the Instant Pot in place of the caramel topping?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. drlanaperez says:

      Absolutely! You could use dulce de leche or make your own caramel like I do with the flan. I tried to make this recipe super easy and semi homemade, but I think it would be even better with homemade dulce de leche!


      1. Linda Kodet says:

        Thanks very much for getting back to me so quickly. I can’t wait to have the perfect event for which to make this!
        I very much appreciate your making a “quick and easy” version, too.

        Have a great 2019 and keep up the great work,

        Sent from my iPad

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  3. Carol says:

    Look lovely but could you use a Yellow cake mix or any other flavor?

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    1. drlanaperez says:

      That’s a great question. I’ve never seen it done with another cake other than chocolate so i’m not sure if the cake will rise the same. But if you do try it, I would pick a cake with a similar texture to devils food. I think something like angel or sponge might not work.


  4. Janett says:

    How do you make 2 at the same time?


    1. drlanaperez says:

      Great question. That would be hard because I’m not sure if even the 8 at has enough room to place a trivet, a bundt pan, a spacer, and another bundt pan. You could stack them but it would impede the rise of the one underneath I think.


  5. Sandy Knapp says:

    Has anyone tried this using a gluten free cake mix?


    1. drlanaperez says:

      Ooo I haven’t but that would be a great idea. I wonder if the density of gluten free chocolate cake is different and would work. Let me know if you do try it. That would be great!


  6. Jennifer Ragsdale says:

    Per the recipe it says to do the cake 1st then the flan on top but per pics the flan is with the carmel and cake on bottom. Does the flan seep thru the cake batter to for the flan or is the flan to go in 1st?


    1. drlanaperez says:

      Hi. Yes that’s the magic of the cake. As it cooks somehow it magically moves. 🙂


      1. Jennifer Ragsdale says:

        Perfect, I plan on making this today!


      2. drlanaperez says:

        Oh boy! Enjoy and happy cooking. If you are on Facebook, there’s a instant pot Facebook page, if you share it I would love to see how it comes out.


  7. John mcgowan says:

    I tried this and followed the recipe exact. The cake did not rise. I put it back in the pressure cooker for 10 more minutes but no go. I finished the recipe and put it in the fridge overnight but as feared it was inedible. I should add that my cooking skills are adequate as long as I have directions.
    i have not seen a post from any successful uses of this recipe.


    1. drlanaperez says:

      Sorry it didn't work for you.


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