Pineapple Cream Cheese Flan Cake

 

Flan cake bottom was made in a Mary Ann style pan.  The hot weather was quick to melt the whipped cream for the picture.

How did Mary Ann pan get it’s name? The name came from the Mary Ann Company that first made the pan in 1920 and the idea probably came from Germany. The pan was designed to make a light sponge cake with an indented top to hold custard, fruit, jelly and whipped cream for a desert. In Germany the flan pan was called obsttortenform which mean fruit cake pan because most flans were served with fruit on top. They were also called tortenboden which means cake bottom. The Mary Ann pan was marketed during the 1920’s and was also made in individual size. You could buy the large pan with the smaller ones as a set or separate. The large pan sold for $1.50 and the smaller set $.75. Today you can still buy them for around $25. King Arthur Flour on line store has the large one and the small ones can be found in most kitchen ware shops. Also you can find them on Ebay. Nordic Ware also makes a large pan. A search on the internet will locate retailers.

Back in the 1980’s the Duncan Hines Co marketed cake mixes for a flan pan called Tiara Dessert Pan. You could buy the pan separate or it came with the cake mix in a kit. Ekco Bakeware Co made the pan and it was coated with a non stick surface that Ekco Bakeware Series was known for in bake ware. They only made the mixes for a few years leaving many cooks with pans to experiment with. One of the most popular mix was the black forest mix that came with cherry pie filling and chocolate moose for the top cavity. There are lots of these pans out there in thrift stores for just a dollar or two so you don’t have to spend a lot for a Mary Ann pan. I have 3 of these pans. The first one I bought with the cake mix. I was given one and later found one at a thrift store because I had packed my pans away in storage and wanted to make a short cake.

My dessert was made using the Duncan Hines Tiara pan and a cake mix. It take about 2/3 of the batter to fill the pan so it doesn’t overflow when baking. The rest I just make cupcakes with. I have other recipes for the pan but I was feeling lazy today. The pineapple cream cheese filling is easy.

This recipe came with the original Duncan Hines tiara dessert pan.

Pineapple Cream Cheese Flan Cake

  • Servings: 10 servings
  • Difficulty: intermediate
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Basic Flan

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon flavoring

Mix sugar, butter and eggs in a large mixing bowl. Add milk. Then add the remaining ingredients. Mix on medium speed until smooth. Pour into prepared pan with vegetable spray and bake at 350° for 25 min. Remove from oven and let cool 10 minutes before inverting on serving plate. Cool and then fill.

Pineapple Cream Cheese Filling

  • 1 can (15 oz.) crushed pineapple (remove ½ cup not drained set aside for cream cheese)
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ½ cup water

Combine in small sauce pan crushed pineapple with juice, sugar, corn starch and water. Cook on medium heat stirring constantly until thickened. Cool

  • 1 (8 oz.) package of cream cheese( room temperature)
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ cup crushed pineapple with juice

Combine in mixing bowl and beat until light and fluffy. Spread in the center of the baked Mary Ann cake shell first.

Add cooled pineapple filling around the edge on top of cream cheese. Add more fruit to the center on top of cream cheese. Chill for an hour. Garnish with whipped cream and serve.

This is so easy to make and so good. You can’t just eat one piece and walk away. You have to have another of this light cream cheese dessert.

Note** If you want more recipes for this pan. You can Google Obsttortenform and Tortenboden.

The first quarter of the twentieth century brought many new inventions to the kitchen. In the major metropolitan areas there was now electricity and natural gas available to home. Cooking was making its way from wood stoves to modern stoves and ovens with thermostats for heat control. Homemakers could now bake delicate cakes and other baked goods. Small appliances like fans, sweepers and mixers for the kitchen. Ironing became easier and quicker with less burning of cloths with the new electric iron. Most home in the first quarter had ice boxes but refrigeration was not far off in the future. High Schools began to offer domestic science for young girls to teach them scientific home management and safe food preparation. From that point on cooking and baking in the home became a wonderful art of delicious foods.

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28 Comments Add yours

  1. ~flowerchild~ says:

    I now have a secret desire to knock on your door and ask to go through your kitchen cupboards so I can look at all your cool cake pans. 🙂

    I am going to make this for the next family get together that I am asked to bring something to share. I’m tired of bringing jello. I think I will put mandarin oranges on top instead of kiwi. Pineapple and orange has always been one of my favorite flavor combinations.

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  2. trkingmomoe says:

    I used to go to alot of yard sales and pick things up. I started do that with my neighbor when I was a child. She couldn’t read but she still drove a car. I would be her navigator and read the addresses to her. She always told me to pick stuff out for my hope chest. I have alot of fun baking pans and enjoy them. I would always tell people that I didn’t smoke or drink so the little I spent collecting my junk was my vise. Wait until you see my fall collection.

    A regular cake pan works well. I would use a 9 inch square pan if you don’t have a Mary Ann Pan or the old Tiara pan. Pineapple gets really thick and will act as walls for the cream cheese filling. I just had kiwi to use up so I put that on top.

    Thanks for the nice comment.

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  3. ChgoJohn says:

    I’m such a neophyte when it comes to all things baking that I’ve never seen nor heard of Mary Ann pans. They sure do allow you to make an impressive cake, though. And using pineapple in the cream cheese reminds me of some very flavorful cheesecakes that I’ve had. Do you deliver? 🙂

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      That is a 30 hr drive one way. Nope my old car would never make it. I am sure you can find one in a thrift shops. Look around now that you know what one is, You can fill the cake shell with what ever you want. Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. changeforbetterme says:

    Really nice post. I haven’t seen a Mary Ann pan in ages! I don’t personally have one, but my Aunt did. She used to make a lot of cakes and pies. This looks really good!

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      Thank you. It is one of those fun pans that can be found very cheeply and easy to work with to make a nice dessert inexpensively.

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  5. Ralph says:

    I can see what you meant about this post taking 4 hours, Trkingmomoe, it looks delicious. Well done. Take care. Ralph

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  6. trkingmomoe says:

    Thanks for stopping by and taking time to comment. You are always welcome.

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  7. That is one beautiful and impressive cake! I love the addition of the kiwis!

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      Thank you for your gracious comment. The Mary Ann Pan is worth looking for because it does make wonderful dessert cakes.

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  8. spicegirlfla says:

    omg..I have that pan from my mother! I always wondered why I didn’t really see it anywhere recently as I could grasp how the cake would bake in it and allow for filling. I’m so glad you have shared a name for this pan!! And a great recipe too!!

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      Now just grab the pan and mix a cake to have some creative fun. A holiday weekend is coming up. A can of pie filling also fills the top of the cake too, then all you need is some cool whip and you are done. Thank you spice girl for stopping by and for taking time to comment.

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  9. petit4chocolatier says:

    Yummy! I have never heard of Mary Ann pans. Very nice. You are creative and this recipe sounds and looks scrumptious with the pineapple and cream cheese.

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      Thank you. They are more common in the North East and Great Lakes Area. They are easy to find in South Florida at Goodwill and Salvation Army. They get donated when grandma breaks up housekeeping and know one knows what to do with the Tiara Dunkin Heinz Pan.

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  10. Anna says:

    Oh my gosh, this sounds amazing! I will have to try this. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      Thanks for taking time to visit. It is really good. Also it is a good presentation that wow everyone when you serve it.

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  11. Awesome info and the cake looks delicious!!

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      Thanks for the complement. You are welcome to come back any time.

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  12. Wonderful mix of flavors. Thanks for the post!

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      I hope you try it and enjoy it. Thanks for stopping in.

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  13. madpam says:

    Love the look of that, never seen anything quite like it before!

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      Thank you for your comment. I just bought a heart shaped maryann pan at a thrift store. It will make a pretty dessert.

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  14. Liz says:

    The flan looks very delicious. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      It is one of those show off deserts that didn’t take much effort.

      Thanks for stopping in.

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  15. A says:

    Thank you so much for the background info. I was searching to try and figure out why Americans don’t have flans and this kind of answered my question. My mother’s version of this had a removable base, which made it much easier to get the cake out. You can buy these pans online, too.

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  16. Anna Zink says:

    I have baked the cake recipe that came with the pan, and it looked gorgeous. As a tip: your homemade whipped cream won’t collapse as soon in the heat if you beat in a tablespoon or two of instant pudding powder. Saw this tip from the KitchenAid lady when she was on QVC for a demonstration.

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      Thanks for the tip. I will try that the next time.

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  17. gretchenwing says:

    Thanks for the sweet combination of tradition and innovation! I like your style. Fantastic recipe ideas. Thanks for visiting me at Wing’s World!

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