Leche Flan Cake Recipe – Filipino Custard Cake

Leche Flan Cake Recipe – Leche flan is one of the more well-known desserts in Filipino cuisine. If you happen to be unfamiliar with it, it’s a type of egg custard with caramel sauce. Filipino chiffon cake, on the other hand, tends to have a distinctive cupcake-like shape. Unlike regular chiffon cakes, mamon is typically slathered in butter and sprinkled with white sugar and grated cheese. While both desserts are great by themselves, there is a dessert that lets you enjoy them together.

That dessert is known as leche flan cake. This cake features a chiffon cake topped with a layer of leche flan. With this dessert, you get a blend of textures and light sweetness. If you ever want to try your hand at making a different type of cake, this Leche Flan Cake Recipe is one to test out:

leche flan cake recipe

Leche Flan Cake

A light and fluffy chiffon cake topped with a layer of tender and sweet egg custard with a caramel sauce
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 2 cakes


  • 2 1/4 cups sugar (divided)
  • 1 teaspoon calamansi juice
  • 2 large eggs (yolks only)
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 6 egg (separated)
  • 1/2 cup corn oil
  • 2 tbsp calamansi juice
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar (divided)
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar


Instructions for the Leche Flan C

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  • Place 1 cup of sugar in a heavy-bottomed saucepan, then sprinkle it with lemon or calamansi juice then mix them together.
  • Turn the heat to medium and let the sugar caramelize. Make sure to not mix the sugar while it does.
  • Cook the sugar until it is golden brown. This should take about 7 to 10 minutes. Swirl the pan once or twice then pour the caramel into 2 (8×3-inch) round cake pans.
  • Set the pans aside and let the caramel cool completely
  • While the caramel sets, whisk the egg yolks, eggs, remaining sugar, and evaporated milk in a large mixing bowl. Be careful not to create bubbles. Pour mixture over the cooled caramel and let stand. Set aside.
  • Once the ingredients are well mixed, pour the mixture over the cooled caramel and let it stand then set it aside.

Instructions for the Chiffon Cake

  • In a large bowl, sift together cake flour, baking powder, and salt. Add egg yolks, corn oil, ¾ cup water, calamansi juice, and 1/2 cup sugar then mix the ingredients well.
  • Combine egg whites and cream of tartar in another bowl then beat them by hand or with an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment until the egg mixture is frothy.
  • Gradually add the remaining sugar and beat the egg mix until it is stiff but not too dry. This should take about 7 to 8 minutes.
  • Gently fold the egg yolk into the egg-white mixture using a large rubber scraper. You'll want to be careful if you want to avoid deflating the egg whites.
  • Pour the batter into the pans over the cooled custard.
  • Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean with a few moist crumbs adhering to it.
  • Cool the cake for around ten minutes then run a knife gently around the pans and invert the cakes onto serving platters.
  • You can serve the cake cold or at room temperature.

Additional Notes for a Leche Flan Cake

Like with any other cake, there are different tips and tricks to watch out for when baking this custard and cake combination. First off, it is important that you refrain from stirring the sugar when it caramelizes. Why? This is because stirring the sugar with utensils can cause the melting sugar to clump up and result in a grainy caramel. You’ll also want to avoid bubbles in your lech flan lest you end with a grainy custard. The best way to avoid this is to run the custard mixture through a sieve and be careful when pouring it into the cake pan.

Overall, you’ll want to be gentle and careful in making this cake if you want light and fluffy results topped with a smooth custard. You can also try making the cake and custard separately for different treats with our “Ube Leche Flan Recipe” and “Filipino Chiffon Cake Recipe.” For similar layered cake desserts, check out Leche Puto and Ube Leche Cake.

leche flan cake recipe

One Response

  1. hi
    i tried using your recipe however i have a lot of questions about the ingredients. you listed on your procedure water which i could not see in the ingredients section. you mentioned eggs on the custard and flan itself but didnt mention how many eggyolks to use in the flan itself.. and how many are to be used for the cake itself.

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