Do you want to know the secret to feigning store bought–level baking skills? Bundt pans. Sure, multi-tiered cakes are fancy, but bundt pans give cakes an incredibly unique shape. What was once solely recognized as a fluted loaf has been modernized to take on a range of forms — from floral molds and pine forests to gingerbread houses, stars and beyond — that you can choose depending on the occasion. Bundt pans are a hostess with the mostest’s dream and every kitchen needs one, especially around the holidays.
Whether you have little ones running around or just a ton of mouths to feed, sometimes the time you have in the kitchen to bake something delicious and presentable really is of the essence. Bundt pans take care of the latter by transforming your batter into slices of art. All you have to do is follow the recipe to a T, pour the batter into the pan, bake it up and maybe add some icing or a sprinkle of powdered sugar to the finished product.
Aside from its shape, when choosing a bundt pan to wow your crowd you need to take size into consideration, as well as details like durability, whether or not it has a non-stick coating and maintenance guidelines. Once you find the best bundt pan for your needs, you’ll never backtrack to traditional circle or square pans again.
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1. Nordic Ware Platinum Collection Heritage Bundt Pan
To an extent, most bundt pans look very similar. The Heritage Bundt Pan from Nordic Ware, however, boasts a swirl design that puts a simple yet classic twist on the traditional style. The pan is made of cast aluminum and features a non-stick coating for easy cake release and, most importantly, mess-free cleanup. However, it is suggested that pre-cake molding, you prep the pan with either a brush of butter or shortening (do not use cooking spray) and dust with flour or cocoa for additional ease.
2. Wilton Perfect Results Premium Non-Stick Bundt Pan
Wilton isn’t bluffing when it markets this product as “perfect result” bakeware, and the proof is in this bundt pan. Made from cold-rolled steel that’s heavy duty and highly durable, the pan also features a non-stick coating that makes wiggling your cake out of the mold that much easier. Plus, who says you have to bake a cake? This pan was designed to mold anything from baked goods to zucchini bread to jello rings. And the best part is, with dish washer-safe materials, cleanup is minimal.
3. Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Non-Stick Bundt Pan
Made from aluminized steel, the Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Non-Stick Bundt Pan is a 9½-inch fluted cake pan that heats evenly in the oven. Boasting a Whitford Xylan nonstick interior, the pan easily releases food once its cooked. It’s also dishwasher safe for quick and effortless clean up.
4. Nordic Ware Pro-Cast Bundt Duet Pan
It’s a truth universally held: Miniature baked goods are always a crowd pleaser. That being said, if you really want to impress a party with your baking skills this holiday season, molding your cakes with this Nordic Ware Pro-Cast Bundt Duet Pan should do the trick. Each pan has been beautifully designed with unique details, and are made from the same cast aluminum as the brand’s full-sized pans for even heat distribution and easy food release. Unfortunately, you’ll have to hand wash the bakeware, but with this level of clever culinary artistry, you probably won’t mind.