Blanca's Orange Flan Cake

For all the flan cake lovers out there-this cake truly surpasses them all! The rich velvet texture combined with the aromatic flavors of vanilla, orange and caramel create quite the taste sensation.

For the orange cake:
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
3/4 cup "Carnation" evaporated milk
4 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
1 orange (zest and juice)

For the flan:
2 cup sugar
4 whole eggs
1 cup half and half
1 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 cup evaporated milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Cook 1/2 cup of the sugar over medium heat in a heavy medium-sized saucepan, stirring almost constantly with a long-handled spoon, until it is melted and turns first golden and then very dark brown, about 8 minutes. Immediately pour the hot caramel syrup into the pound cake pan until it coats the bottom.

Make the cake: In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each. Then stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, add to the creamed mixture and mix until all of the flour is absorbed. Finally, stir in the "Carnation" evaporated milk, orange zest and juice. Mix for 1 or 2 minutes high speed. Pour the batter into the prepared pound cake pan.

Make the Flan: Blend the eggs, condensed milk, evaporated milk, half and half and vanilla. Pour the mixture over the cake base.

Pull out the oven rack, set the cake into the large pan, then set both pans on the rack. Pour hot water around the cake to a depth of 1 inch. Carefully slide the pans into the oven, and bake about 50 to 60 minutes, until the surface of the cake is firm to the touch. Remove from the water bath and let sit and cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled, at least 6 hours or overnight.

Next day flip the cake over onto another plate carefully.

Recipe Summary:
Yield: 12
Prep Time: 80 minutes
Cook Time: 50 to 60 minutes

Other recipes by Romantic RiverSong Inn:
Blanca's Tres Leches Cake
Tropical Fruit Plate With Cream Fraiche
Exotic Fruit Cup
Mountain Man Stuffed French Toast

Recipe Provided By:
Romantic RiverSong Inn
Estes Park, CO

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