When it comes to food, the saying that we eat with our eyes is entirely true. If something looks great, we are far more likely to enjoy it. And there’s nothing better when it comes to the presentation of a cake than one that been baked in a Bundt cake pan. The Bundt baking pan dates back to 1950, when it was first introduced by Nordic Ware. To date, they are still extremely popular and available in various shapes and sizes. They are excelled for making not just cakes but also shortcake, cupcakes, muffins, gelled desserts, and even meatloaf.
How to Use a Bundt Pan
When you own a Bundt cake pan, you can experiment with literally dozens of cakes, adding nuts, toppings, or even inserting a tunnel of fudge or trying you hand at making a marble cake. Cakes made in a Bundt pan also look great when they are sugar sprinkled or thinly glazed. Bundt cake pans last for years, their Teflon non-stick coating ensuring that your cakes don’t get stuck in your pan and ensuring that they are easily removed. Baking upside down using a Bundt pan, you will need to invert and finish decorating your cake once it has cooled.
Bundt pans are available in a wide variety of sizes, a 10 to 12 cup Bundt being perfect for a standard cake mix. By using a Bundt pan when you bake a cake, it will look professional and will be irresistible to friends and family. You can use your Bundt for everyday use, or alternatively use it for special events and holidays.
Using your Bundt: Step by Step
Although Bundt pans are non-stick, they still need to be greased or sprayed to ensure your cake doesn’t stick when you turn it. Spray your pan with baking oil, and if desired, dust with flour too. When baking a cake in a Bundt, it can be tempting to turn it and remove your cake before its cold. But, you should never try this. Wait until your cake is completely cold before removing it from its Bundt mold. Don’t use any metal objects when removing your cake from the pan; this could result in scratching and damage to your pan. For best results, use a silicone or rubber spatula when turning and removing your cake.
A rubber or silicone spatula can be used to remove the cake carefully from the mold, a plate being held in place over the Bundt pan. This way the cake drops directly on to the plate from the mold. If the cake is still a little warm once removed from the Bundt pan, wait until it cools completely before frosting it.
Caring for your Bundt Pan
Once your cake has successfully been flipped onto the plate, fill the pan with hot soapy water and let it soak for a few minutes. Then, wash the pan by hand and allow it to dry. Bundt pans should not be cleaned with abrasive sponges and it’s also best to avoid putting them in the dishwasher.
As a Bundt pan makes an inverted cake, anything you want on top of your cake has to go into the mold first. This could include nuts, cherries, or brown sugar. If you are going to create a filling or a tunnel, simply pour in half of the batter into the pan, add the filling, and then carefully add the remaining batter. Your Bundt pan should be placed in the middle of your oven, at the temperature stated on the recipe you are using. A Bundt pan is just as easy to use as a regular cake tin, the difference being in the stunning results you will get when you use a Bundt to create your favorite cakes and family treats.