If you've ever baked a bundt cake before, you know that they are prone to sticking to the bottom of the pan. But how can you easily remove them without ruining them? We've taken a look into the best ways to remove bundt cakes while keeping them intact, and in this post, we will share a few techniques with you.
Here are a few techniques that you can use to remove your bundt cake easily:
- Use a spatula
- Try steam
- Throw it in the freezer
- Re-bake the cake
As you can see, you have quite a few different options to help remove bundt cakes from the pan. The most important thing to remember when removing a bundt cake is to exercise caution, as the cake can easily break during this process. Continue reading to learn more about ways to do it quickly and easily.
Ways To Easily Remove A Bundt Cake From The Pan
Use a Spatula
One of the simplest and quickest ways to help remove your bundt cake from the pan without breaking it is to take a rubber spatula and run it along the inside edges of the pan. You can also use a butter knife or a grapefruit knife to help loosen the cake from the side. Be careful when using a straight-edge knife, as you don't want to cut the cake on the corners of the pan's curves. Also, make sure to place the cake on a flat surface such as the counter or a plate beforehand.
You can also use steam to help remove your bundt cake from the pan. The best way to do this is to take a large bath towel and place it in boiling water in the kitchen sink. Fold the towel over on the sides and then three times lengthwise so that it creates a sort of nest inside of the sink. Next, cover the bundt cake pan with foil so that the steam is trapped inside the pan.
Carefully place the pan on top of the folded towel and let it sit there for about 10 to 15 minutes. This will create a hot and steamy environment for the bundt cake and help loosen up the cake to fall out easily from the pan. It's also helpful to use a spatula to scrape the pan around the sides. After 15 minutes have passed, place the pan on the counter and flip it upside down. Next, gently agitate the pan to remove the cake.
Throw It In The Freezer
You may be surprised to know that you can even throw the bundt cake in the freezer to help remove it from the pan. This may be especially helpful if you grease your bundt cake pan with liquid oil or a nonstick spray. Once these oils cool, they typically dry to and create a semi-hard layer of grease, which can make it difficult to remove bundt cakes from pans. For this method, simply toss the bundt cake in the freezer for about 5 minutes to help harden the oil so that it can become firm enough to be scraped off with a spatula.
If you are having trouble removing your bundt cake from the pan, consider tossing it back in the oven for a few minutes before trying to remove it. Let the bundt cake cool for about half an hour initially. And then, pre-heat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit and toss in the bundt cake for about 2 to 5 minutes.
Be sure to keep a careful eye on the cake. You don't want to over-bake it, as it can cause it to become dry and crumbly. After about 5 minutes, remove a bundt cake from the oven and allow it to cool on a cooling rack. At this point, you should be able to easily remove a bundt cake from the pan using a little agitation. If not, consider taking a rubber spatula and quickly going around the edges to help loosen it up a bit.
What Side Is The Top Of The Bundt Cake?
This is actually a pretty popular question. The top side of the bundt cake is the rounded side of the cake, not the flat side. During the preparation and baking process, however, this is actually the bottom side of the cake.
Should You Let A Bundt Cake Cool Before Flipping It?
Yes, it's typically recommended to let a bundt cake cool before flipping it, as it allows the cake to settle and the oil in the pan to cool down. This makes the cake easier to remove from the pan come as it will be less sticky. It's generally recommended to let the cake cool for anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes before attempting to remove the pan. If you don't, you may find that the cake will not easily fall out of the pan once it is flipped over.
How Long Does It Take For A Bundt Cake To Cool Before Icing It?
It takes a bundt cake anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes to cool. During this time, you should refrain from icing the pan. Icing the cake while it's still hot can cause the icing to melt and drip along the sides of the pan, which will make the cake harder to remove when you flip it over. The melting can also ruin any decorative icing pattern that you add to the cake.
Can You Leave A Cake In A Bundt Pan Overnight?
Yes, you can leave a bundt cake in a pan overnight to allow it to cool. However, it may require a little more effort to remove the pan the following day, depending on how much grease or oil was placed in the pan before baking.
If you do leave the cake in the pan overnight, be sure to go around the edges with a rubber spatula after the cake cools so that it will be easier to remove.
What Do You Do With A Broken Bundt Cake?
Sometimes bundt cakes simply don't turn out the way you want them to, especially if you are new to making them. However, it doesn't mean that the bundt cake isn't edible, right? If you have a bundt cake that has broken up while being removed from the pan, know that you can make good use of it. Here are a few ways to repackage your broken bundt cake into something spectacular.
Make a parfait
One of the simplest ways to repurpose your broken bundt cake is to toss it on the bottom of a fruit parfait. All you need is a few berries, yogurt, and a dollop of whipped cream, and you have yourself the perfect breakfast parfait for the next day's dessert.
Make french toast
Are you a french toast fan? If so, consider cutting your broken bundt cake up into bread-like slices and dipping them in a french toast batter of egg and mil) for the perfect breakfast. If you prefer your French toast to have a crispier texture, toss the slices in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 to 15 minutes. It's best to place the slices on a baking sheet or casserole pan for quick cooking.
Top off ice cream
You can also turn your broken bundt cake pieces as a flavorful ice cream topping. Consider crumbling the cake into small half an inch to 1-inch pieces. Next, spread the crumbs on a baking sheet and set them in the oven at 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Let the crumbs cook for about an hour until they are dry and crispy.
You can also make truffles from broken bundt cake bits. To make them, mix your crumbled bundt cake with one or two cups of cake frosting until the mixture is dense enough to be rolled into small balls. Be sure to break up the balls with your hand until they are no more than 1-1/2 inches in diameter. Next, roll or dip the balls into a candy or chocolate coating and let them dry on wax paper for a few hours. The truffles should stay fresh for about 7 to 10 days.
Should You Cover A Bundt Cake While It Cools?
It depends. Wrapping your bundt cake in plastic wrap can cause the cake to become sticky, making it harder to remove from the bundt cake pan. However, if you plan to leave the cake out overnight to cool, it may be best to wrap it in plastic to prevent moisture loss. Moisture loss can cause the bundt cake to become dry and crumbly.
How Do You Know When A Bundt Cake Is Done?
Novice bakers may be unsure how to determine whether or not a bundt cake is done. If this is you, consider the following tests to determine it's time to remove the cake from the oven
Use a testing tool
Dip a wooden skewer or butter knife into the cake to determine if it's done. If the cake is done, the tester should come out squeaky clean. If it is not, the tester will typically be streaked with wet cake batter.
Inspect the sides of the cake
Take a look at the edges of the cake. When a bundt cake begins to pull away from the edges of the pan, this is usually a sign that the cake is done. You may notice that the outer edges will start to look dry, and the gap between them and the pan is getting larger.
Do the finger test
Take your index finger and gently press on the top of your bundt cake. It should feel pillowy, springy and should quickly bounce back. This is usually a sign that the cake is done. If the dent from your finger remains on the cake, instead of popping out, the chances are that the cake needs to be baked a little longer.
Wrapping Things Up
Remember that baking and removing a bundt cake from the pan takes practice, and practice makes perfect. If you happen to break the bundt cake while removing it from the pan, don't fret. They are several ways to repurpose the cake, including turning it into french toast, truffles, ice cream topping, and adding it to a parfait.
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