Whole side view of a strawberry flan cake

Strawberry Flan

  • Author: Michelle Minnaar
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


Learn how to make a fruity strawberry flan recipe. Best served with fresh strawberries, whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. 



Cake Base

  • 3 eggs
  • 100g (½ cup) sugar
  • 75g (⅓ cup) butter, melted
  • 125g (1 cup) flour
  • 22.5ml (1½ tbsp) baking powder


  • 375ml (1½ cups) milk
  • 1 vanilla pod, split in half
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 75g (⅓ cup) caster sugar
  • 25g (4 tbsp) flour
  • 450g (3 cups) strawberries, washed and hulled
  • 100g (⅔ cup) white chocolate, melted
  • 30g (⅓ cup) slivered almonds, toasted


  1. For the Cake Base: Preheat the oven to  180°C / 350°F / gas mark 4.
  2. Grease a 30cm (12in) sponge flan baking pan with butter, then dust with flour & set aside.
  3. Place eggs, sugar and butter into a large bowl and mix together with a blender until fluffy, which should take about 3 minutes.
  4. Sieve the flour and baking powder into the egg mixture, then whisk.
  5. Pour the contents into the prepared baking pan and spread evenly.
  6. Place the pan in the preheated oven and bake for 12 – 15 minutes until golden brown. Remove the sponge flan from the oven, and carefully tip it out onto a cooling rack to allow it to cool completely.
  7. For the Filling: Place the milk and vanilla pod in a pan and heat through. Remove from the heat.
  8. In a separate bowl, beat the egg yolks and sugar.
  9. Add the flour and a bit of the warm milk and stir.
  10. Add this mixture to the rest of the warm vanilla milk which is still in the saucepan.
  11. Whisk over a medium heat until smooth and thickened, which should take about 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool completely.
  12. When the pastry case and custard have cooled down completely, fill the pastry case up to the brim with custard.
  13. Arrange the strawberries on top and drizzle with melted white chocolate and sprinkle with almonds.
  14. Serve immediately with whipped cream or ice cream, plus extra strawberries. Enjoy!


  • This isn’t a make ahead recipe. If this flan stands around too long the custard will soak through the pastry, making it soggy.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: French

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