When prepared well, Bundt cakes look gorgeous.
A favorite amongst anyone who has a sweet tooth, the cake owes its unique shape to the fluted baking pan.
However, the cake can get stuck to the pan quite quickly during the baking process. Removing it by force will only ruin its perfect shape.
How to Grease A Bundt Pan Using Shortening
To grease a Bundt pan for the perfect release and appearance, make sure you have the following:
- Vegetable shortening
- A spoon
- Paper towels
After grabbing these items, follow these steps to grease the pan:
Step 1 – Grease the Bundt Pan with Shortening
Fold a single paper towel and take out a large gob of shortening with it.
Spread shortening inside of the Bundt pan, making sure to coat all of those nooks and crannies.
Remember to not use butter, as it has milk solids that can stick to the pan, leading to the cake not coming out perfectly.
Step 2 – Use Flour
Take out a spoonful of flour and dust the greased pan lightly.
Here is how you should do this – hold the spoon in one hand over the upturned and greased pan and tap your wrist gently with the other hand.
This will prevent you from dumping in all of the flour at once.
To prevent the flour from clumping, sift it using a sieve.
Then, pick up the greased pan and rotate it slowly as you tap away at the spoon on top. This will ensure the Bundt pan is coated evenly from the inside.
Important note: If you are making a chocolate Bundt cake, dust with cocoa, not flour. It will add rich color to the cake.
Step 3 – Remove Excess Flour
Turn the pan upside down over the trash can or sink and tap it gently to remove excess flour. If you think you lost too much flour, repeat step number two.
If you don’t have shortening, you can use cooking spray. Just make sure that it is formulated with flour.
Contrary to popular belief, a Bundt pan is not a tube pan. It has a tube in the middle, but both pans are distinct from one another in the following ways:
- Tube pans come with detachable sides and bottoms. Bundt pans are made from a single sheet of metal and have no removable parts.
- Bundt pans are ideal for baking sturdy cakes such as pound cakes. Tube pans have a long tube in the middle, which can accommodate fragile cakes such as chiffon and sponge cakes.
- Tube pans have smooth edges and don’t have an exterior design. Bundt pans have fluted edges and have decorative designs.
What to Look For in Bundt Pans
If you are searching for a Bundt pan, use the following tips to narrow down your choice:
- You can find glass, stone, and silicone Bundt pans in the market. However, that doesn’t mean you should buy them. Professional bakers swear by metal Bundt pans, particularly ones that are made of aluminum or coated steel. The materials are durable and can conduct heat evenly as well.
- In contrast, getting silicone Bundt pans is not advisable. The material is unstable since it is malleable. Thick Bundt cake batters may make the pan sag. Plus, the material does not conduct heat well so your cake will not brown nicely either. A Bundt cake without a brown surface doesn’t look appetizing at all.
- The most common sizes for Bundt pans are between 10 and 12 cups. If you want a larger pan, look for ones that are taller, not wider. Overly-wide pans produce cakes that are not aesthetically pleasing.
There is a simple trick you can use to determine how large your Bundt pan is. Fill the pan with batter one cup at a time and stop when it is 2/3rd full. Filling it more than that will make the cake overflow and shorten its height.
- Buy a pan that has a non-stick coating. Otherwise, your cake will not come out quickly. The layer will release the cake, but you will still need to grease and flour it. It will just ensure that cake comes out easily.
- You have endless options when it comes to design. You can get a plain Bundt pan or one that has patterns on it if you want your cakes to look fancy. Keep in mind that the more designs a pan have, the more thoroughly it should be cleaned. The batter can get in quickly into those molds.
- You can get Bundt pans that cost anywhere from $5 to $30. Smaller pans may be budget-friendly, but they are not as durable as extravagant options that can go for $30. Your choice should depend on your recipe and the quality you need.
- Some Bundt pans come with handles for convenience. These are good options if you have difficulty holding onto the pan when you are trying to take the cake out of it.
Tips on Preventing Bundt Cakes from Sticking
Besides using shortening, you can unstick Bundt cakes from the pan using these tips:
- Use a non-stick Bundt pan. However, make sure it has a flawless surface that is slick enough to release the cake without damaging it.
- If your pan is quite intricate, use a pastry brush to apply shortening to the nooks and crannies. Don’t forget the tube in the middle. It has to be as slick as the rest of the pan, or the cake will not budge.
- Grease the pan just before you add the batter. If you grease it an hour beforehand, the oil will slide down and pool at the bottom. You’ll have to clean out the pan and grease it again.
- If white flour doesn’t work, coat the Bundt pan with finely groundnut flour or granulated sugar before adding the batter. The coat will act as a barrier between the cake and the pan. Sugar can get sticky when it is heated, but it will not make your cake stick. White flour will add an uncooked layer over your delicious cake which will taste strange. Sugar or nut powder, on the other hand, will take the flavor to the next level.
- Slide a butter knife or a heatproof spatula down the sides of the Bundt pan as far as it can go. It will release all of the parts of the cake that are sticking to the sides. Make sure that you use a gentle touch. The freshly baked cake can get damaged easily.
- If the cake rises up and over the tube, it can get stuck. Cut away the excess cake that is on top of the tube or push it back gently using your fingers. When you can see the top of the tube, use the tips mentioned above to loosen the cake from the mold.
- Your Bundt cake can collapse as soon as it slips out of the mold if it is too fragile and even if it comes out easily. Prevent this from happening by allowing the freshly baked cake to rest for five minutes upside down on a rack, not on a solid surface. It will allow air to pass over the surface of the cake and cool it down. When the pan has cooled down, and the cake has not slipped out, give it a few gentle taps to release it.
- If nothing you do is enough to make the cake slide free from the pan, pop it back into the hot oven for 10 minutes. The mild heat is usually enough to soften and release the areas that are baked-on the sides. The cake should slide out quickly then.
A Bundt cake is a timeless dessert and teatime staple. However, if it is baked incorrectly or in the wrong pan, you can ruin it.
At that point, you have no choice but to re-start from scratch and bake a new one.
You can avoid all of that work if you adhere to the tips mentioned above.
Treat this kind of cake with the respect it deserves, and you should not face any issues. It is as simple as that.
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