Do you know what is the most beautiful thing about a Bundt pan?
The unique, fluted design that’s worth collecting even just for display!
As much as we love Bundt pan for its beautiful design, the distinctive structure with all its nooks and crannies often makes it impossible to grease properly.
And we all know what a non-greased pan gift us with, right?
A cake that’s ready to make a massive crumby mess while getting it out of the pan!
No, today we are NOT going to let that disaster happen. The beautiful curves of a well-baked Bundt cake deserve to be flaunted in front of your guest by all means (and earn you some compliments, of course!).
Here, in this article, we are going to learn how to grease a Bundt pan so that you can bake cakes with confidence that look ravishing without even any frosting!
What is a Bundt Pan?
A bundt pan is a baking pan that has heavy walls and a decorative structure.
The cake pan has a hollow tube in the center. The heavy-duty structure of the pan allows the cake inside it to rise uniformly.
The tube in the center helps improve the heat conduction and speed up the baking process. With the decorative fluted shape of the pan, you don’t need any additional frosting to beautify your cake (But of course you are welcome to do so if you want!).
Why do You Need to Grease Bundt Pan?
Just like any other cake pan out there, the Bundt pan needs to be greased before putting it inside the oven for baking. The greasy interior prevents the cake from sticking to the bottom and releases the cake smoothly after baking.
There’s one little problem in greasing a Bundt pan.
The unique shape of this pan prevents you from greasing all the corners. Even if you apply a generous amount of cooking spray to coat it properly, it still wouldn’t be enough!
Before you start breaking your sweat by thinking too much, relax. We didn’t mean to raise your blood pressure!
While it isn’t easy greasing a Bundt pan in the traditional way, we know some slick tricks that will work like a charm and give your cake a happy place to be in. Without any further ado, let’s dive deep into the methods right away!
How to Grease a Bundt Pan?
There are 2 ways you can use to grease a Bundt pan.
The first and the most common method is the “Fat Plus Flour” technique. And the alternative is the “Pan Release Paste” method.
1. Fat Plus Flour
The “Fat Plus Flour” method helps get your cake out of the pan by creating a nonstick layer between the pan and the batter.
For this purpose, you will require flour, fat (melted butter/oil/vegetable shortening), pastry brush, plastic wrap and a fork.
What To Do
- Take a clean, dry Bundt pan and grease it with butter or vegetable shortening using a pastry brush.
- Measure 1/4th cup of flour and pour it into the Bundt pan. Depending on what type of cake (Chocolate cake/Red velvet cake) you are making, you can use cocoa powder instead of flour. If you are using cocoa powder, keep in mind that it needs to be sieved so that it doesn’t create any lumps in your mixture.
- Cover the Bundt pan with plastic wrap and shake it as hard as you can. This will help move the flour around and make it stick on top of the butter coating.
- Turn the pan upside down and shake it to get rid of the excess flour.
- Discard the plastic wrap and the excess flour along with it.
2. Pan Release Paste
Pan release paste refers to a homemade mixture that’s used to coat the cake pans. Once coated, the paste creates a barrier between the cake and the pan to make it easy for you to remove it from the pan.
For this paste, you will require flour, vegetable oil and shortening all in equal parts.
What To Do
- Take 1/3 cup of flour, 1/3 cup of vegetable oil and 1/3 cup of shortening in a small bowl.
- Whisk the mixture until it’s smooth using hands or a stand mixer.
- Take a pastry brush and use it to brush the Bundt pan with the mixture. Make sure you get all the nooks and crannies covered in this process.
- Now the pan is ready to bake your cake!
Tips About Greasing the Bundt Pan and Releasing the Cake
1. You should grease your Bundt pan just before adding the cake batter inside it. Greasing the pan too far ahead of time results in oil pooling in the bottom of the pan.
2. Once the cake is out of the oven make sure it gets cooled off before attempting to remove it. Use a table knife or a thin spatula that’s heatproof and slide it inside the pan as far as it can go to remove any sticky spots.
3. While baking, the cake atter rises and covers the top of the Bundt pan tube. Make sure you gently push the excess cake back to the pan before attempting to remove it.
4. If your cake still seems attached to the pan after all attempts, put it back inside the cooling oven and let it stay there for 10 minutes. The oven will still have enough warmth inside it to loosen up any sticky bits that are clinging to the side of the pan.
5. As a last resort (we hope you don’t come to this stage!), put your cake inside the refrigerator, cool it till it gets hardened and then try to remove it.
Now that you know how to grease a Bundt pan, we hope you get interested in more new recipes and have fun experimenting with your baking skills.
One last tip that we want to give you guys is: Don’t try these greasing techniques if you are working with a chiffon or angel food cake.
The grease prevents these cakes from rising properly and ruins the height as well.