Have you ever made a Bundt cake? What makes a Bundt cake different from your run-of-the-mill white cake? Well, if you know your Bundts then you know that is a trick question. A Bundt cake isn’t special because of the recipe, or whether it is a white cake, a vanilla cake, or a chocolate cake. A Bundt cake is special because of its shape.
Introduced and trademarked by the Nordic Ware Company in the early 1950s, a Bundt cake is a type of tube cake. Since the name “Bundt” is a trademark, similar pans are often sold as “fluted tube pans,” or “bundform,” or something like that. The Bundt has a tube in the middle of the pan and today, the pan comes in all shapes, sizes, and finishes. The tube design allows more of the cake mixture to touch the surface of the pan than in a simple round or square pan; this helps provide faster and more even heat distribution during the baking process.