A big, fluffy Bundt cake is good enough to catch everyone’s eyes even when left unadorned. Do you know why?
The shape of the cake itself can impress everyone without any additional decoration. Still, if you want icing on the cake (literally!), a simple chocolaty glaze or a sprinkle of confectioner’s sugar is enough to make it irresistible!
The beauty of a Bundt cake, however, comes with a price.
The intricate structure of the pan makes it difficult to remove the cake in one piece after it’s baked. Either the cake gets stuck to the bottom or it falls out in clumps when you try too hard.
Having doubts about making Bundt cakes already?
Today, in this article, we are going to learn how to get cake out of pan when stuck so that you can enjoy this delish dessert without ruining its gorgeous look!
Why Does Cake Gets Stuck In Bundt Pans?
Even a properly-greased Bundt pan poses a lot of challenges when you want to remove the cake from it. The yummy-smelling cakes end up coming out of the pan tattered in pieces!
Ever wondered why the cakes seem so stubborn and make you sweat while getting them out?
Here are a few reasons your Bundt pan keeps betraying you:
It goes without saying that the Bundt pan is a beautiful piece of bakeware!
However, the beauty has a flip side to it as well.
The intricate structure of the pan comes with nooks and crannies that make it difficult to let go of the cake. All the grooves and wavy designs of the pan create an inviting place for the cake to cling to it.
Therefore, you need to grease the pan really well just before adding batter into it.
Believe it or not, size matters a LOT when it comes to making Bundt cakes! Depending on what recipe you are following, you need to take note of what pan size it’s using and stick to it accordingly.
For instance, if your recipe calls for a 10-cup pan and you use a 15-cup Bundt pan, chances are, the side of the cake will cling to the pan so that it doesn’t collapse in the middle while baking.
The cake won’t rise properly and as a result, it will be tough to get it out of its mold.
As much as we all hate cleaning the dishes, it’s actually an important task to do when it comes to Bundt pans.
The Bundt pan comes with lots of tiny crevices. If the cake crumbs get stuck in between these corners and you don’t clean them properly, the cage-glue will start to build up gradually. When you bake again, this buildup gets reheated and makes it impossible to detach your delicious Bundt cake from the pan in one piece.
How to Remove Cake From Bundt Pan?
If your Bundt cake is stuck in the pan and it’s refusing to come out, try one of the following methods to get the cake onto a plate in one piece:
1. Start With a Spatula
We recommend starting with a thin nylon spatula that can go between the cake and the pan easily. Use the spatula to help release the cake from the sides.
If your cake still seems stuck, use a knife to loosen up the sides from the pan. Slide the knife around the cake and carefully move it around the edge to get it out of the pan.
For this purpose, you should choose a palette or non-serrated knife. However, if you are using a knife, try to keep it against the pan all the time so that you don’t cut into the cake accidentally.
2. Give It A Good Knock
Yes, you read it right!
One of the easiest ways to get a cake out of its pan is to give it a good knock so that it can slide out of the pan quickly.
To make things more convenient, lay a dishtowel on the countertop and turn the pan upside on top of it. Start knocking and tapping on the sides and top of the pan until the cake loosens up from the inside.
3. The Fruits Of Patience Is SWEET!
Tired of all the banging and shaking from using our previous method?
It’s time for you to get some rest!
In this process, we want you to be a little patient and let gravity do the rest for you. After inverting the cake upside-down on the dishtowel, leave it there for 10-15 minutes.
By following this procedure, the shortening used in your pan will get more chance to seep into the cake and help it get released from the pan easily.
4. Maybe A Sauna Will Help?
A desperate situation requires desperate measure. And for Bundt cakes, you need to give it a good-old sauna experience if the cake seems too stubborn to come off!
For this method, you need to plug up the drain of your sink. Next, take a towel and soak it in hot water before placing it inside the sink.
Fill a few inches of the sink with hot water and then place the cake pan on top of the towel.
Make sure the pan is tightly wrapped with foil paper so that water doesn’t get a chance to come inside. Make sure the towel fits snugly around the pan during the sauna procedure.
5. Turn The Pan Upside Down On A Cooling Rack
Once baked, allow your cake to cool off for 10 minutes while it’s inside the pan.
Take a cooling rack and place it on top of the Bundt pan. Place one hand on the cooling rack and use your other hand to put it under the Bundt pan. Flip the whole setting and remove the pan from the cake carefully.
6. Let’s Get It Inside The Oven AGAIN
I know what you are thinking!
Your cake is cooked so why get it inside the oven again, right? Well, in this case, the heat from the oven will help bake the cake more firmly and release the cake from the pan smoothly!
For this purpose, you need to preheat the oven to 250-Degrees Fahrenheit. After cooling off for 30 minutes on the countertop, you can put the pan back inside the preheated oven.
Depending on what type of recipe you are following, you may need to bake the cake for 3 minutes (If you are making dry cakes like Chiffon ones) to 5 minutes (For moist cakes like pound cake) in the oven.
7. Happiness Is Knowing There’s A CAKE In The Fridge!
There’s a catch in this trick.
This method can only be applied if you have used a nonstick spray or liquid oil to grease your cooking pan. In that case, you need to cool the cake on top of the counter and then put it inside the freezer for 1-2 hours.
The cake will get hardened during this time and you can just use a knife/spatula to loosen it up as there will be less chance of it getting broken that way.
However, if you have used butter/other solid fat on your pan, then this method won’t work as it will get solidified and stuck inside the pan even more.
How to Save a Damaged Bundt Cake?
Even with all the tricks we mentioned in this article, you might still ruin your cake a little bit while getting it out of the pan.
Instead of getting upset over it, we suggest making lemonade whenever life throws lemons at you in these types of situations!
Let’s take a look at all the ways you can salvage a damaged Bundt cake:
1. Patch Up As Fast As You Can
After getting the cake out of the pan, if you still see few chunks are stuck on the pan, patch the chunks together while it’s still hot. The heat from the cake will bind the pieces together and cover them up perfectly in the end.
2. Use Icing To Cover Up The Imperfection
Despite your best effort, you might still end up with an odd-looking cake after all.
If the cake is damaged minimally, you can always use a little help from the “Icing” and “Glaze” sections! These additional items will make your cake look as good as it tastes.
3. Turn It To Something Else!
Life is perfectly imperfect and no matter how much you try, your cake might still turn out to be a total flop on a very bad day!
Instead of wasting your item on wondering what can solve that issue, you can use the broken pieces to make another dessert (e.g. Trifle) and have fun using your creative imagination.
You can just layer the cubed pieces with fruits, whipped cream, custard and still enjoy eating a delicious treat at the end of the day!
Tips And Cautions
- Before trying any of our methods, we strongly suggest keeping your cake inside the pan for at least 10 minutes to cool off. Do NOT try to flip immediately even if the recipe instructs you to do so.
- Instead of using butter, you should consider applying nonstick oil to grease the pan. Using butter makes the milk solid cling to the pan even more.
- While steaming your cake pan, take proper caution so that you don’t burn your hands in hot water.
- Instead of using a straight-edged knife to remove the cake from the pan, we recommend using a grapefruit knife for this purpose. Grapefruit knives are more suitable for inserting along the side of the pan as they are a bit curved.
If you have ever tried to make a Bundt cake and faced a sticky situation, you most certainly know the nightmarish feeling that comes along with it!
However, we believe, the dreaded fear of a stuck cake should NOT stand in between you and a warm, buttery, and delicious Bundt cake anymore.
Today, in this article, we tried to eliminate that fear by teaching you how to keep cake from sticking to Bundt pan and give it a quick fix if necessary. By following our methods, hopefully, your next Bundt cake will turn out better than you expect!