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What is a Bundt Cake

What is a bundt cake and how do you make one that is fluffy and doesn’t break when you remove it from the pan. Easy way to bake a large or mini bundt cake that is so pretty.

What is a Bundt Cake

What is a bundt cake anyway and why would you make one in this shape?? OH let me count the ways because I love these so much. These aren’t just for sweet breads either, our breakfast bundt cake is killer! Read on y’all. (affiliate links present)

How to make a bundt cake

To start you are going to need one of these gems. There are TONS of varieties in stores and online with a bunch of indentations and shapes that can be baked right in. You can see our favorite bundt pan from Nordic Ware right here that’s good all year, but I do love my Christmas wreath bundt for the holidays. 😉

Once you have the proper pan you’ll want to decide which type of baked good you’re going to make. Typically if your recipe makes enough batter to normally fit into a 9×11″ (or so) pan you could use this round pan instead. Not only does it cook faster and more evenly but is so so much prettier.

bundt pan

Copycat Nothing Bundt Cakes

Ok so if you have one of these stores nearby you may have bought a few for gifts or yourself. They are rather expensive, as you know, but you could very easily make copycat versions right at home with the right recipe and kitchen ware. I will share links to a few of your favorites below.

What’s the difference between bundt cake and regular cake?

A bundt is round instead of square or rectangular with a hole in the middle. You’ll find that using a round fluted pan like this will cut down on your bake time and it will cook more evenly. It’s really pretty too when you flip it upside down on a plate to serve. Great with or without a glaze on top.

What makes a cake a bundt cake?

The shape. You can use the same batter and instead of baking it in a rectangular pan you could pour into a fluted pan instead. One thing to remember when using this alternative method is to ensure the inside is sprayed well with non stick spray so it slides out nicely when done.

You can even find and use this mini bundt pan to bake a bundt cake in a pressure cooker and air fryer!! Yes, that is right. We have made air fryer banana bread, Ninja Foodi cake and Instant Pot coffee cake in this baby.

instant pot bundt pan

Best Bundt Cake Recipes

There is one other style too, as you can see here below. If you want to make muffins a bit larger, and prettier you could opt to pour your batter into this bundt pan muffin tin. Picture a Costco muffin size but with a hole in the middle. That is pretty much the size you get with this method, it’s kinda’ fun.

You can either spray the inside with vegetable oil (best way to get into the nooks and crannies) or spoon a bit of melted butter inside and swirl that around.

  • That is the biggest tip I have for you when answering what is a bundt cake and how do you make one, it needs to be greased or you’ll regret it.

There is nothing worse than taking all that time to prepare your pumpkin zucchini muffins (which I have made with this), and when they’re done they come out in a bunch of pieces. NO fun. YOu really want the cake to come out clean.

One other plus to mini cakes baked this way is that they only about 20ish minutes vs. almost an hour and there’s no slicing involved.

mini bundt cake

Round Fluted Pan Recipes

Sometimes you’ll hear the term fluted vs. bundt, it is basically the same thing. PotatO potAto if you know what I mean. It isn’t just dessert you can make with this, we have even cooked bundt pan stuffing and bread in a bundt pan in it! Ok so I said I would share a few other favorites, a few others are;

  1. If you have leftover ripe naners you should make our banana bread bundt cake recipe. Great for breakfast and/or dessert.
  2. We have an egg, bacon and cheese Instant Pot breakfast bundt you can try too with the little 7″ version.
    1. Instant Pot angel food cake uses boxed mix, a great alternative if you don’t want to turn on your oven.
  3. Gingerbread pumpkin bundt cake is really good during the holidays with some cream cheese drizzle and orange zest on top.
  4. For a savory selection, make bundt pan stuffing for Thanksgiving this year!

Below we share a moist pumpkin bread recipe you can make in this pan. The general rule is if you have enough batter for 2 loaf pans you could make a this style instead.

Copycat Nothing Bundt Cakes

Bundt Cake Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups sugar + same amount of all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda, ground nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon and ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs at room temperature
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • And 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Aaaaand this pan too

Homemade Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

This frosting is great on top of red velvet too.

bundt cake with cream cheese frosting

Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Like I said, you can use your own recipe for a cake you love but we could enjoy pumpkin all year long and not get sick of it. There are TONS of varieties to making a 2 ingredient bundt cake with just a box of cake mix and a can of soda too. You could make different ones for a month and never double the same combo.

Time needed: 1 hour.

How to make a bundt cake

  1. Gather ingredients

    – 2 ½ cups sugar + same amount of all purpose flour
    – 1 teaspoon baking soda, ground nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon and ground cloves
    – ¼ teaspoon salt
    – 1 cup canola or vegetable oil
    – 3 eggs at room temperature
    – 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
    – 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    – And you’ll want a bundt pan of course

  2. Prepare

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray.
    In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour, and seasonings until well blended.

    In a separate bowl, whisk together the oil, eggs, pumpkin puree, and vanilla extract until completely blended. You could use a stand mixer to make it easier.

    Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until well combined.
    Transfer the cake batter to the prepared bundt baking pan.

  3. Bake

    Now bake the cake on the middle rack for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out mostly clean with crumbs attached.

  4. Cool

    Allow the cake to cool completely on the wire rack.

  5. Frost

    To make the frosting, beat 1 package of cream cheese until smooth, about 3 minutes. Add the 1 cup of powdered sugar and 1 tsp. vanilla. Scrape down the sides as needed.

    Beat until the frosting is smooth and fluffy. If a thinner frosting is desired, add milk a little at a time until the desired consistency is reached.

How to save leftover bundt cake

You want to keep it moist so only slice what you are serving. Leave the rest whole and wrap tightly (once cooled) in plastic wrap. Leave on your counter, not in the fridge, for up to 3-4 days and slice off what you want as you go. Drizzle with leftover frosting or chocolate glaze and enjoy the next day(s)!

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