Wisconsin Mascarpone Flan Cake with Marinated Berries

  • Yield: 10 servings


2 1/4cups (10-ounces) pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped
1cup (4-ounces) walnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped
1cup firmly packed light brown sugar
6ounces butter, melted
Flan Cake:
1envelope (.25 ounce) unflavored gelatin
1/4cup cold water
1cup heavy cream
1 1/4cups (10-ounces) Wisconsin Mascarpone cheese
1 1/3cups powdered sugar, sifted
2 egg yolks, preferably pasteurized
1teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Marinated Berries:
1/2cup sugar
1cup dry white wine
1cup blueberries
1cup raspberries
1cup strawberries


  1. Crust: In a large bowl, combine nuts and brown sugar. With a wooden spoon, stir in butter. Cut an 8-inch circle of parchment paper and place in bottom of 8″ springform pan with removable bottom. Press nut mixture over bottom of pan. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  2. Flan cake: Soften gelatin in the cold water; set aside. In a small, stainless steel pot, slightly warm the cream; set aside.
  3. In large bowl with electric mixer on low speed, beat Mascarpone briefly until smooth. Beat in powdered sugar. Add egg yolks, beating until mixture is smooth. Stir in vanilla. Slowly stir in warm cream. In a small pot, warm the softened gelatin over low heat until dissolved. Stir in 1/4 cup of cheese mixture. Stir the gelatin mixture back into cheese mixture. Pour filling into crust and refrigerate overnight.
  4. Berries: In a small stainless steel pot, combine sugar and wine. Bring to boil; reduce heat to simmer and simmer until reduced by half. Add 1/4 cup berries. Bring mixture back to boil. Remove from heat, cool 10 minutes and add remaining berries. Cool completely. To unmold flan cake, warm a thin knife under hot water. Place the knife in between the pan and the flan and slide the knife around the flan. Remove the ring. Serve cake with marinated berries.
Recipe by Chef Debbie Gold, courtesy of the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board