Sometimes you want to impress people. It’s just human nature. Nobody wants to bring in the scraggly homemade whatever to the potluck to have it pushed to the side where people say “it tastes so much better than it looks!” while the prettiest thing around gets oohs and aahs from the crowd. So today I’m going to show you how to get the best out of both worlds and make a tasty and absolutely GORGEOUS cake with my no fail bundt cake tips.
If you’ve ever had a bundt cake get stuck in the pan you may want to shy away from making them again but with a few preparation steps and a really easy tidbit at the end of baking you’ll pop that baby out like nobody’s business. So grab a gorgeous bundt cake pan (there are SO many to choose from) and grab your favorite cake recipe (heck, I used a box mix and that thing disappeared in no time flat) and let’s get ready to take center stage at your next gathering.
For this project you will need:
- Boxed cake mix OR your favorite cake recipe
- Bundt cake pan — I am a HUGE (unsponsored :) fan of Nordic Ware
- PAM Cooking Spray
- Flour OR unsweetened cocoa powder
- Clean dish towel
- Pretty cake plate
- Edible glitter (optional)
First off you’ll need a pretty bundt pan. I LOVE Nordic Ware pans and I feel like I have the best results with them. They come in many fabulous shapes and this Nordic Ware Heritage Bundt Cake Pan is hands down my fave for impressive-ness.
So here are my fave bundt pans, all from Nordic Ware. These are all the heavier pans. They have lighter weight, colorful ones and I have so-so luck with them but I’ve never had a single cake fail with the heavy duty pans and my tricks. Click the pic of the one you like to check it out for sale on Amazon (affiliate links). The most I’ve ever paid for one is around $35 so if it’s more than that do a quick search to see if you can find a better price. I typically buy them when they are around $24 apiece, though, so if you have a second favorite that’s cheaper I’d snag that one instead and check back for your first fave when the price has gone down a bit because they ALWAYS do.
Spray your pan liberally with PAM cooking spray. Now my liberally is a bit TOO liberally but I needed to get enough in the pan that you could see it :) Just make sure you get every nook and cranny covered but you don’t need standing release agent like I have here. You can also use butter but I find the spray is easier for me to get every little area.
Dust your pan with flour if a light color or unsweetened cocoa powder if a chocolate cake. There’s nothing like popping out a chocolate cake after all of that effort to have all this weird white junk on it! Be sure to roll the pan around and cover every area you can (again, mine has WAY too much Pam but at this point I was being lazy and was like, whatevs)
Fill the pan with your favorite recipe or box mix (mine is a box mix but that doesn’t men it gets loved on any less!) Leave about an inch of space in the pan free for the cake to rise. Cook as directions require. When a knife comes out clean remove and put on something like a wooden cutting board or a trivet.
Run to the sink and liberally wet a clean dish rag and give it a slight wring.
Place it on top of the cake and allow to cool about 15-20 minutes. The rag is going to “steam” the cake so it pops out super easily!
After your time is up invert the cake onto your serving plate and carefully pull the pan upward.
The cake will still be really hot, as will the pan, so be really careful. NOW I should have trimmed the bottom of my cake to be nice and flat but I was, again, whatevs. I had just driven home, a journey that took 2 whole days, and I had the beginnings of a nasty head cold so it didn’t even begin to cross my mind to clean it up until later. And by then the cake was half eaten so too late!
To make your pretty cake even prettier decorate with edible glitter, powdered sugar or luster powder from the baking aisle. Now edible glitter isn’t technically digestable, it’s instead fine enough that it is considered to be able to “safely” pass through the body. I’m okay with using it occassionally but do a bit of research to decide if you’re comfortable or not with using it. If you are, you can grab the same kind I used here – buy edible glitter – disco dust.
Now isn’t that cake just super lovely? I used the glitter with my heritage pan and I am in LOVE with it!
From any angle this cake is a thing of beauty! This is the first bundt cake I’d made for my Sweet Rob and he told me several times how pretty it is and how impressed he was with it :) He also asked that I bake more often <— game on!
If you’re looking for a simple way to add decor to your cake, I shared how to make cut out fondant numbers for the New Year. You can also spell out names or make shapes to glitter and place on your cake. It’s so simple!
I hope you love my gorgeous cake and you better believe that you can take these no fail bundt cake tips to the bank! Get ready for the oohs and aahs :)