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.
What makes the Bundt really special though is that you don’t have to be a great cake decorator to produce an amazing-looking cake. The intricate designs of the modern-day Bundt allow the home baker to simply bake the cake, plop it on a cake plate, and with a mere sprinkling of powdered sugar – voila! – you have a beautiful creation that’s ready to be the centrepiece of any dessert table.
While similar fluted pans are available in different materials, Nordic Ware only produces Bundt pans in aluminum. Nordic Ware’s ‘Platinum’ series, for example, is made from cast aluminum, which delivers superior baking performance. The cakes rise evenly, cook more uniformly, and have delicious golden crusts because of the excellent conduction of the heavy walled design. Cast bakeware also produces better shapes and finer details than ordinary pans. With the intricate detailing of this line, the non-stick finish of the ‘Platinum’ series ensures easy release for a dramatic, show-stopping Bundt.
So what recipe is best for the Bundt? Anything can be baked in a Bundt pan. Try from your basic pound or butter cake, to pumpkin, spice, citrus, to chocolate. There are no recipe rules; if you’ve got the time, try it! Get those recipes ready and start baking. When you’re surrounded by a dozen or so breath-taking Bundts, tell your friends “the Bundt made me do it”. Don’t say you haven’t been warned … baking Bundts really can become addictive.