How To Remove Cake From Bundt Pan

Bundt cakes are delicious desserts that are perfect for entertaining or special occasions.

They come in various shapes and sizes, but they always look beautiful when served.

The problem is that once baked, these cakes tend to stick to the sides of their pans.

This makes them very difficult to remove without damaging the cake itself.

In the article below, we will show you how to easily remove a bundt cake from its pan using a range of different methods.

We will also teach you how to salvage your bundt cake should it break apart during the removal process.

So if you want your bundt cake to come out in one piece, this article has everything you need to get started…

How To Prevent The Cake From Sticking

Before you can pour your batter into the bundt pan, you first have to make sure it doesn’t stick to the sides.

This can be accomplished by following these simple steps:

Use The Right Pan

The best way to prevent the cake from sticking to the sides of the pan is to use a bundt cake pan that features a nonstick coating.

Fortunately, most bundt cake pans now come with this feature, which ensures a clean and even bake.

It is also important to use a pan that fits the size of your cake.

If you don’t do this, then there is a chance that the cake may not fit inside the bundt pan properly.

This could result in some areas of the cake being undercooked while others remain raw.

Grease The Pan

The next thing you will need to do is grease the inside of the pan. This helps to ensure that the cake releases easily after baking.

You can either spray the inside of the pan with vegetable oil or rub butter around the edges.

However, you must never substitute butter for shortening. Butter contains milk solids that help keep the cake moist and stuck to the pan.

Shortening does not contain any of these ingredients. Instead, it is made up entirely of vegetable fats.

These fats are much harder than butter to melt, which means that they could fuse the cake to the sides of the pan.

Flour The Pan

Once the pan has been greased, you will need to flour it.

Simply dust the inside of the pan with some flour before pouring in the cake batter. This prevents the cake from sticking to it later on.

You can also sprinkle a bit of cornstarch over the top of the cake as well.

This works just like regular flour, except that it won’t absorb moisture. As such, it will dry the cake out more quickly.

This is especially useful when making a gluten-free cake.

Let The Cake Rest

When the cake has been baked and removed from the oven, it will need to rest for 10 minutes.

This will give the cake enough time to cool down before you can remove it from the pan.

Once the cake has cooled down, you can place a wire rack over the base of the pan and flip it over to release the sponge.

How To Remove Cake From Bundt Pan

How To Remove Cake From Bundt Pan

If your cake came out of the pan, then our work here is done.

However, if the cake is still stuck, then follow these simple instructions to remove it from the pan:

Steam The Cake

The easiest way to free the cake from the pan is to steam it. Simply fill a large pot with water and bring it to a boil.

Place the bundt pan upside down over the boiling water and let it sit until the cake comes loose.

You can also use a rubber spatula to ease the cake from the sides of the pan. You should not use a table knife when following this method.

This method should only be used once because it could damage the surface of the cake.

After steaming, simply turn off the heat and allow the cake to cool completely.

Shake The Cake

Another way to remove the cake is by shaking the pan until it releases.

However, this can cause unwanted damage and should be used as a last resort.

Start by holding the pan firmly against the side of a sink.

Then, gently tap the bottom of the pan against the edge of the sink several times. Doing so will cause the cake to loosen itself from the pan.

Finally, slide the pan away from the sink and carefully lift it up. Once the cake is free, set it aside and leave it to cool.

Leave The Cake

If these methods don’t work, then you can use gravity to release the cake. All you have to do is invert the cake and let it sit for 10 minutes.

This will give the sponge enough time to cool and contract, which should make it easier to remove.

Once the cake is free, place it on a plate and add the decorations.

How To Fix Damaged Bundt Cake

In some cases, the cake could start to break apart during removal.

If this happens, you can fix the problem by using the following methods:

Cover With Icing

If the cake has suffered minimal damage, then you could cover the problems by using icing and intricate designs.

Make Another Dessert

When the cake has crumbled to pieces, you can use the sponge to make another delicious dessert.

In this instance, we would recommend using the cake to make a homemade trifle.

To do this, first cut the cake into cubes. You can then arrange them in layers in a glass bowl or dish.

Next, layer different types of fresh fruit between each cube.

Finally, pour some whipped cream on top of the cake and decorate it with fresh berries.

It is also possible to use the cake chunks when making tiramisu and other classic desserts.

What you decide to make will come down to preference and personal taste.

Final Thoughts

Bundt cake is a delicious dessert that comes in various shapes and sizes.

And while it can be easy to make, the cake can also be challenging for various reasons.

Hopefully, this guide helped you learn how to remove a cake from a bundt pan. And how to save the cake in case of damage.

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Kathryn Sewell

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