The Best Cheesecake Flan You’ll Ever Eat

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Looking for a mouth-watering romantic dessert to melt someone’s heart? Try the best cheesecake flan recipe you’ll ever eat! This heart-shaped cheesecake (flan de queso) is sure to please.

Heart shaped cheesecake flan recipe with blueberries, raspberries and garnish

This is a feast for the eyes AND the taste buds. But don’t take my word for it…

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Flan de Queso Recipe – What to Expect

Imagine a creme brûlée and traditional cheesecake got together and had a baby. That’s what this cheesecake flan recipe tastes like!

Much like my mini heart-shaped cheesecakes, this flan has a rich and spongy texture that clings to the fork. The caramelized topping adds a sticky, gooey syrup that drips over the edge.

Heart shaped dessert recipe for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day or other special occasions

You’ll want to soak up every last bit of those sweet drippings, too!

This is the type of dessert that holds its own with minimal plating or garnishes, but you may choose to add some acidity with slices of mandarin orange, raspberries, or other fruit.

Caramelized cheesecake flan recipe (flan de queso) made from scratch

Recipe Supplies

To begin making this caramelized cheesecake flan recipe, you’ll need the following supplies.

Baking supplies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 (8-oz) pkgs cream cheese, softened
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1 (14-oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Shortening or non-stick spray to grease pan
  • Optional garnish: Mandarin orange, strawberries, raspberries, pecans, blueberries or mint leaves

Time: 30 minutes to prepare; 1 hour cook time, 3 hours to set

For my special valentine cheesecake flan recipe, I purchased this heart shaped cake pan. (Click below to grab your own.)

Caramelized Cheesecake Flan Recipe (Flan de Queso)

1. Pre-heat oven to 350°. Grease the cake pan with shortening or a non-stick spray.

2. In a 1-quart saucepan, heat sugar over medium heat. Stir the sugar constantly until it melts and turns a light caramel color.

3. Immediately pour the syrup into the cake pan to coat the bottom.

Caramelized cheesecake flan recipe - making the caramel sauce topping

4. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese with a mixer at low speed, and add egg yolks until smooth. Gradually beat in the sweetened condensed milk, milk, vanilla, and salt until blended. Then, pour the mixture into the prepared cake pan.

Pouring cheesecake batter into heart shaped cake pan for cheesecake flan recipe

5. Set the heart-shaped pan inside the larger 14 x 10-inch cake pan. Then, fill the larger pan with hot water until it comes halfway up the side of the cheesecake pan. Place the pans in the oven and bake for 50 minutes or until set.

6. Remove the flan de queso from the oven and let cool slightly. Next, place plastic wrap over the pan, and keep the flan refrigerated until well chilled (at least 3 hours).

Finished cheesecake flan (flan de queso) recipe cooling on wire rack

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Serving the Cheesecake Flan

To serve, use a spatula to loosen the edges of the flan from the cake pan. Place a dessert platter over the pan, and invert the flan onto the platter like you would a typical cake.

The caramel will drip onto the sides, so be prepared for a gooey surprise! You can then garnish the flan with orange slices, strawberries, raspberries, mint leaves, or the fruit of your choice.

Flan de queso slice with mint leaves, raspberries and blueberries

Special credit goes to my mother who shared the recipe and demonstrated the steps for this post! You won’t want to miss her authentic Mexican empanadas with pumpkin filling while you’re here.

Feel free to print the full cheesecake flan recipe below, and don’t forget to pin this for later!

Heart shaped cheesecake (flan de queso)

You can also share your creations with me on Instagram @firstdayofhome.

Heart shaped cheesecake - flan de queso - with raspberry, blueberries and mint garnish

Caramelized Cheesecake Flan (Flan de Queso)

Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Set Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes

Make this heart-shaped cheesecake flan (flan de queso) for a real WOW factor.

This rich homemade dessert is a cross between traditional cheesecake, flan and creme brûlée. You'll love every gooey bite!

Try baking this for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, birthdays, anniversaries or any special occasion.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 packages cream cheese, 8 ounce packages
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk, 14 ounce can
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°. Grease the cake pan with shortening or non-stick spray.
  2. In a 1-quart suacepan, heat sugar over medium heat. Stir constantly until the mixture thickens and becomes a light caramel color.
  3. Immediately pour the syrup into the cake pan to coat the bottom. Caramelized cheesecake flan recipe - making the caramel sauce topping
  4. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese with a mixer at low speed. Add egg yolks and continue beating until smooth. 
  5. Gradually beat in the sweetened condensed milk, milk, vanilla and salt until blended. Then, pour the mixture into the prepared cake pan. Pouring cheesecake batter into heart shaped cake pan for cheesecake flan recipe
  6. Place the cheesecake flan inside a larger 14 x 10-inch cake pan. Fill the larger pan with water until it comes halfway up the side of the cheesecake pan. Bake for 50 minutes or until set.
  7. Remove the cheesecake flan from the oven, cover with plastic wrap after cooling slightly, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Finished cheesecake flan (flan de queso) recipe cooling on wire rack
  8. To serve, loosen the edges of the cheesecake flan, place a dessert platter on top, and flip the cheesecake over onto the plate. Garnish with fruit as desired. Caramelized cheesecake flan recipe (flan de queso) made from scratch

Notes

For this recipe, you will need one regular-sized (9-inch) cake pan or heart-shaped cake pan as well as a larger baking or roasting pan to contain the smaller pan while baking.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 405

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25 Comments

  1. What a beautiful Valentine’s day dessert, Crissy!! The recipe is easy to follow!! I quickly gathered my ingredients and couldn’t wait to try it …..AND taste your fabulous cheesecake flan!! It was as great as it looks!! Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thank you, Leslie! I can’t believe I didn’t realize that before. I’ll have to share the recipe with my friend who can only eat gluten-free foods. I’ll share your site with her as well. 🙂

  2. This is a beautiful dessert and does not appear to be as difficult to make as I thought. I might actually have to try this, my family would love it. Pinning for later.

    1. Thanks, Sonya! It’s so easy to make. I think the idea of making “cheesecake” sounds complicated, but this flan version is super simple.