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This Classic Flan recipe is made in individual ramekins for a personal dessert! Who doesn’t  love that? Perfect dessert for Cinco de Mayo or anytime you’re craving a delicious vanilla custard treat!

Classic Flan on a white plate in front of bowls of raspberries and strawberries

Classic Flan Recipe

A group of my fun blogger friends started a small holiday blog party on St. Patrick’s Day. I remember drooling over all the gorgeous green treats they shared. And then they were kind enough to invite me to join in on their second holiday celebration: Cinco de Mayo.

You all know I can’t resist a blog party, so I started brainstorming. Of course, I landed on desserts. I made a coconut flan for a dinner party years ago, and it was high time I made another batch sans coconut. Custard + Caramel? YES, I had found a winner in this classic flan!

Classic Flan on a white dessert plate garnished with raspberries and mint

What’s the Difference Between Flan and Crème Caramel?

Crème Caramel is the French version of this cool and creamy dessert; Flan is Spanish. Both are vanilla custards that are bathed in a caramel sauce once plated. Who wouldn’t go for that?

They are basically the same dish with different names!

And check out all the incredible contributions to this blog party below. You will have no excuse for not having a marvelous dinner, including cocktails and dessert, on Cinco de Mayo!

1. Alfajores from Roxana’s Home Baking
2. Spicy Fish Tacos with Avocado Yogurt Sauce from Crumb
3. Classic Flan from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
4. Dulce de Leche Milkshake with Coconut Milk Whipped
from Chocolate Moosey
5. Lime Margarita Bars from Girl in the Little Red
6. Shrimp and Avocado Ceviche from Magnolia Days
7. Tropical Fiesta Cocktail from Hungry Couple NYC
8. Paletas – Mexican Popsicles from Pineapple and Coconut
9. Bizcochitos Cookies from Jen’s Favorite Cookies
10. Mexican Hot Chocolate Cupcakes from Gotta Get Baked
11. Vegan Taco Salad from What Smells So Good
13. Queso Blanco from The Messy Baker
14. Gorditas with Picadillo from Juanita’s Cocina
15. Strawberry Margarita Slurpee from Chocolate Chocolate
and More

Classic Flan

Classic Flan

A dreamy flan recipe adapted from Bon Appetit.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Yield 6 servings


  • 1 3/4 cups whipping cream
  • 1 cup milk (2% or whole)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 large yolks
  • 7 tablespoons sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Combine cream, milk and salt in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer. Turn off heat and add vanilla extract. Set aside while making caramel.
  2. Combine 1 cup sugar,1/3 cup of water and corn syrup in a heavy saucepan. Heat over low heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to high and cook without stirring, only swirling pan on occasion, till caramel turns amber, about 10 minutes. Watch carefully so it does not burn. Quickly pour caramel into six 3/4-cup ramekins and carefully rotate each ramekin to coat sides. Set ramekins into a roaster or baking dish.
  3. Whisk eggs, egg yolks, and remaining sugar in medium bowl until blended. Slowly drizzle cream mixture into egg mixture while whisking...but take care not to create too many bubbles. Pour custard through a fine-mesh strainer to remove any cooked egg particles, then, divide mixture between the ramekins. Bake till centers of flans are gently set about 40 minutes. Cool on wire rack about 2 hours, then cover and refrigerate overnight.
  4. To serve, run small sharp knife around flan to loosen. Turn over onto a plate. Shake gently to release flan. Carefully lift off ramekin allowing caramel syrup to run over flan. Repeat with remaining flans and serve.

My amazing father in law lost his battle with cancer yesterday evening. I will be with family over the next few days to celebrate his life. xo

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49 comments on “Classic Flan”

  1. I love flan! Great recipe!! And your photos are gorgeous!

  2. My condolences to you and your family for your loss.
    Your flan looks incredible. I have not made one yet and really want to because it is one of my husband’s favorite desserts.

  3. Turned out beautiful! Perfect for Cinco de Mayo!

  4. Such a gorgeous flan!

    Sooo…this is gonna sound weird but whenever I think of flan I think of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, there was 1 episode where a spell was cast and the only way to undo it was for everyone to eat a giant flan. Because it made them happy or something, lol.

  5. Flan is a dessert staple in a Cuban home… My grandmother makes a flan for everything.. lol

  6. This is such a lovely flan, Liz!

    On a somber note: I’m so sorry for your family’s loss. Your father in law sounds like he was a great man and I’m sure he will be missed. Thoughts are with you, your husband & your family <3

  7. Your flan is absolutely perfect Liz. So sorry about your father-in-law. My thoughts are with you and your family in this difficult time. Stay strong.

  8. Flan, called pudding in Bangladesh, is a staple dessert for Bangladeshi get-togethers. Yum!

  9. Liz, this is one of my favourite desserts – and even more so since it uses up egg yolks. Beautifully done.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. We’re thinking of you all so much. Hugs from Paris xo

  10. Liz, this sounds fabulous, I haven’t had a good flan in years. I think I’ll just have to make some myself!
    I’m so sorry for your loss and you and your family will be in my prayers.

  11. I can’t get over how gorgeous these photos are! You’ve outdone yourself, Liz!

  12. Lovely flan, Liz. The coconut version sounds terrific too. Just a small precision: both flan and crème caramel exist in French cuisine, but they are different. Flan contains a bit of flour while crème caramel doesn’t. Flan is baked in the oven and served with liquid caramel too. (Someone in my French family does it quite often).

  13. Dearest Liz, I’m so sorry to hear about your father-in-law. He fought long and hard and as much as I know you will miss him, he’s not in pain any more. My thoughts are with you, your husband and your family during this difficult time. And while this now sounds like a trite comment – this flan looks amazing. Love ‘n hugs, Nancy

  14. Beautiful, Liz! Flan is popular in Japan, too. Love how certain foods are cross-culturally appealing. Love your photo and recipe, too.

  15. Such a wonderful round up of recipes.
    I love flan, it is the perfect dessert for warm weather

  16. I’m so sorry to hear about your father in law, Liz. My prayers and condolences are with you and your family. God bless.

  17. So traditional and perfect…and so delicious.

    I say that first only to say, I’m very sorry about your father in law. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  18. I can’t resist a party when food is involved–no way! This flan looks amazing, Liz!

  19. Flan is incredibly popular in Central and South America. 🙂

  20. I am so sorry to hear of your loss – you and your family will be in my prayers. As far as the post – how jealous I am! I totally miss the holiday blog group I was in – it was so much fun! Sniff..sniff…
    Lovely flan, Liz.

  21. What a beautifully made dessert my friend.
    And condolences on your recent loss, you and your family are in my heart.


  22. Thank you for sharing your beautiful blog. No one does it better. I’ve wanted to say that for a long while.
    And blessings to you and your family, Liz. Take great care.

  23. You holiday bloggers are posting some fantastic recipes. Loving your flan!

  24. This is a beautiful dessert to celebrate the upcoming holiday, Liz! Thank you for sharing. My thoughts are with you and your family. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  25. As always, your dish looks beautiful. And I am sure, as always, it will be delicious. I have made many of your creations, not always coming out as pretty as you make them. Your inner beauty shows in your food. I am sure it is this inner beauty that your father-in-law saw and loved. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family. May you and your husband be strength to each other.

  26. I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of your father-in-law. How shattered you must all be. Best wishes to you and your husband and family over the next few days. And that’s a lovely looking dessert – I’m a big fan of flan! xx

  27. I love flan…Yours looks delightful!!!

  28. Sending you and your family big hugs tonight, Liz. So sorry for your loss.
    (And your flan is lovely, BTW. It’s a popular dessert in Portugal as well, so when I was growing up, no family celebration was complete without a big ol’ flan with caramel sauce. You’ve totally taken me back in time, and I thank you for that.)

  29. Your flan looks and sounds delicious! Now you’ve got me thinking of what I’ll be making for May 5th! I really want to try Churros or maybe I should try this great looking flan?
    Have a great weekend Lizzy!

  30. Liz, I am sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Take care, BAM

  31. Ugh, I’ve always wanted to try a flan but still haven’t gotten around to it. Looks so good…

  32. Liz, I am so sorry for your loss.

    This flan looks so perfect. I have mixed feelings about it, but I think it’s because I just haven’t had good flan before!

  33. Custard and caramel are a match made in heaven for sure, such a classic dessert and beautifully presented Liz. Congrats on your invitation to this lovely blogging party.

  34. When I was a small child.. flan did not look delicious. But I had it for the first time in Mexico and I fell in love. This looks perfect for Cinco De Mayo. 🙂

    Oh, Lizzy… I am so sorry to see that last note from your post about your father in law!! I will keep your family in my prayers… my deepest condolences to you and your husband. 🙁

  35. Another dessert I have yet to make. My daughter made some for a church function and said they were delicious. Looks like another item to add to the ever growing ‘bucket list’!

  36. Thinking of you and your family Liz. Also may I add, you make the most simplest dish look absolutely stunning.

  37. What a beautiful flan, Liz!! Lovely for Cinco de Mayo!!!

  38. I never used to eat flan before, but with gluten free lifestyle I started to love this desert. Looks beautiful!
    My condolences to you on your FIL’s demise.

  39. I think this is my dads all time fave dessert – it looks fabulous!

  40. I’m so sorry for your loss and will be sending good vibes your way as you go through this tough time. I will say that your flan looks perfect and can’t wait to share it!

  41. Ive never made flan! Looks great! I can;t get corn syrup in the UK though 🙁

  42. flan is a favorite of my husband’s. he would get a kick out of making some at home. great pick!

  43. Love this recipe lady. I think I need to stop by some day for dessert.

  44. This looks luscious!!

  45. I love flan. This is a great idea for Cinco de Mayo! It looks great with the fresh berries.

  46. I’ve never had flan. I actually almost made it the other day but didn’t get to it. I’ll have to try it coming up. I think it’s really cool that there’s a food blog group about holidays too!

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