How to Make a Bundt Cake

The right cake pan and a few key ingredients make this Southern classic simple enough for any baker and delicious enough to impress.

To avoid add-ins sinking to the bottom of your cake, stir them into a thick batter before scooping it into the pan. A glaze or a dusting of 주문제작케이크 sugar on top is a great finishing touch.

What is a Bundt cake?

A Bundt cake is a type of cake baked in a special pan that has fluted sides. These pans can be ceramic, aluminum or even cast iron. They are ideal for cakes that have a dense buttery texture, like coffee or pound cakes. These ring-shaped cakes are usually decorated with a dusting of powdered sugar or a drizzle of glaze or icing.

The cake batter is typically mixed using a mixer so that it becomes smooth and fluffy, similar to how you would mix up a regular sponge or angel food cake. The batter is also generally filled to the top of the pan (unlike regular cakes which need to be left a bit room for rising).

Most recipes will include the baking time and temperature. However, it is important to remember that the actual cooking time may vary depending on the size of your pan, the oven and other factors. The best way to ensure a correctly cooked cake is to use a wooden skewer or other cake tester to test the center of the cake for a moist crumb.

It is recommended to grease and flour the pan before adding batter, so that every nook and cranny is coated to prevent sticking. Despite proper greasing, some cakes can still become stuck to the pan. If this occurs, a thin plastic utensil can be used to help release the cake from the pan and then flipping it onto the cooling rack.

Ingredients

Whether it’s a vanilla cake, lemon cake or even a coffee cake, Bundt cakes are a delightful dessert. They can be made with a variety of ingredients but they are usually lighter than pound cakes and have a more airy texture. They also are moister due to the addition of sour cream or yogurt, which helps retain the shape of the dessert when it is baked.

To make a basic Bundt cake, start by mixing butter and sugar until it’s light and fluffy. Then add eggs and beat well. In a separate bowl, whisk salt, baking powder, all-purpose flour and cornstarch together. Alternately add the flour mixture and milk to the egg-butter mixture, beating after each addition. Beat until the batter is smooth and creamy.

Finally, stir in sour cream. A sour cream Bundt cake can be flavored with lemon zest or extracts such as vanilla, almond and orange to suit your preferences. For a citrus-flavored cake, a simple glaze of equal parts lemon juice and granulated sugar can be used to add flavor and moisture.

Thoroughly grease a bundt pan with vegetable oil spray or shortening (not butter, which increases sticking). Sprinkle toasted pecans evenly around the bottom of the pan and then spoon the batter over the pecans. Bake the cake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 1 hour.

Preparation

A Bundt cake can stand on its own with just a sprinkling of powdered sugar, but it’s equally impressive as part of a lavish dessert spread. A well-made version is a showstopper, whether it’s a special dinner party or a casual luncheon.

The secret to a successful Bundt cake is the right pan. Look for one with a fluted design and a generous capacity, such as 10 to 12 cups. Thoroughly grease the pan, using a nonstick vegetable oil spray or shortening (not butter; it increases sticking). Dust the interior of the pan with flour, tapping out any excess.

If your recipe calls for add-ins, stir them into the thick batter before spooning it into the pan. This will keep them from sinking to the bottom of the cake as they bake.

For a rustic-style dessert, top the cake with a handful of chopped pecans before baking. Alternatively, drizzle on a little ginger-rum glaze for an even more irresistible treat.

Try this classic chocolate Bundt to impress your guests with a stunning, rich dessert. The frosting is so creamy and delicious that you’ll be convinced it’s homemade.

Baking

As with many things, some dessert trends come and go, but Bundt cakes have stood the test of time. They’re a crowd-pleaser at everything from baby showers to backyard barbecues and even swanky dinner parties. This particular cake is extra-light and has a slight hint of citrus, thanks to the addition of 7UP(r).

The best way to prepare for baking a Bundt cake is to thoroughly grease the pan. Use baker’s nonstick cooking spray or melted shortening to grease the entire pan, including all of its nooks and crannies. Make sure to get around the center tube of the pan as well.

Once you’ve greased the pan, dust it with flour and tap off any excess. This helps prevent a thick layer of flour from sticking to the batter when it’s poured into the pan. It also ensures that the cake will release easily once it’s baked.

Daliquist recommends tapping the surface of the pan five to 10 times before putting it in the oven. This helps to drive air bubbles up to the surface of the batter, which results in a smooth cake with crisp detail.

After the cake is cooked, let it cool for 15 minutes in the pan before turning it out onto a cooling rack. If the cake is still stuck to the pan, try draping a towel that’s been lightly dampened with hot water (be very careful!). The heat and steam will help the cake loosen and slide out of the pan.