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Favourite Bundt Pan Recipes

I am now the proud new owner of a "classic" cast aluminum bundt cake pan for which I plunked down $40 but have no idea what to make with it!

Please share your favourite, tried-and-true, go-to Bundt pan recipes. As I have two young children, I would appreciate recipes which are made from scratch, with wholesome ingredients rather than those using commercially packaged cake mixes (which are readily available on the internet.)

Besides cake, what else can I make using the bundt pan?

Thanks in advance for sharing!

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  1. Fresh apple cake is what my bundt pan sees the most. My young nieces love it.
    here's a link to the recipe from Secrets of Success Cookbook:

    You don't need the caramel sauce -- I serve w/ vanilla or cinnamon ice cream. Also I use whatever apples are available. Wesson oil is of course unnecessary; I use canola.

    Coffee cakes are often made in bundt bans. And now w/ berries coming into season you can make a sour cream berry coffee cake.

    1. My children like to make monkey bread. I make dough, they make rounds with it and then dip in butter and cinnamon suger (or whatever mix you want) and put it in a greased bundt pan.

      As cakes go, I like using it for pound cake, mostly but there are bundt cake recipes I like. You really have to look for ones that don't use mixes, though. I like this orange ring cake (and have done it w/ lemons, too):


      I've posted a couple of recipes that I like in this thread that use the bundt pan.


        1. The spiced-up honey cake in the "Staff Meals from Chanterelle" is great, and calls for a bundt pan...

          1. i've always baked it in two loaf pans, but the Gramercy Tavern Gingerbread calls for a bundt pan. if you do make, be sure to let the flavors get melded over a couple of days.


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            1. re: Emme

              2nd the Gramercy Tavern Gingerbread. I made it in a bundt pan last NYE and I had people hanging around in the kitchen waiting for it to come out of the oven. Leftovers were even better 2-3 days even a week later. :)

            2. Sorry I don't have anything besides cake you can make in a bundt pan, but here's another cake recipe. Used this one for my son's first birthday cake and it was excellent. No idea where I originally got this recipe.

              Applesauce Oatmeal Cake

              3/4 cup butter, softened
              1 1/2 cups white sugar
              4 eggs
              1 1/8 cups applesauce
              3/4 cup milk
              1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
              1 1/2 cups rolled oats
              1/4 teaspoon salt
              1 tablespoon baking powder
              1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
              3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
              3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
              1 1/2 cups raisins
              1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped

              1. Stir together flour, oats, salt, baking powder, and spices.
              2. In a large bowl, cream the butter or margarine with the sugar. Beat in the eggs, then the applesauce and milk. Beat flour mixture into applesauce mixture. Stir in the raisins and nuts. Turn the batter into a greased and floured tube pan.
              3. Bake the cake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 65 minutes, or until it tests done. Let cake cool on a wire rack.


                NOTE: I love this recipe for using up very ripe bananas. Since I don’t like my bananas past slightly green, I put the ripe ones in the freezer peel and all. When I use them for this recipe all I do is remove, thaw them and squeeze them into the bowl. They are already pureed.

                Unsweetened cocoa powder
                1 3/4 cups plus 2 Tablespoons sifted unbleached flour
                3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
                1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
                3/4 teaspoon baking soda
                1/3 teaspoon salt
                3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
                1 1/2 cups firmly packed dark brown sugar
                1 1/2 teaspoons instant coffee powder
                3 eggs, room temperature
                1 1/2 cups banana puree (about 5 large very ripe bananas)
                1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
                Powdered sugar

                1. Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 325 F.
                2. Liberally butter an 8-cup bundt pan and dust with unsweetened cocoa powder. Tap out excess.
                3. Sift next 5 ingredients (flour through salt) into a small bowl.
                4. Using an electric mixer, cream butter. Add brown sugar and coffee powder, beat until light and fluffy. Scrap down bowl.
                5. Beat in eggs one at a time, then beat two minutes. Scrap down bowl.
                6. Mix in dry ingredients alternately with banana puree, beginning and ending with dry ingredients.
                7. Fold in chocolate chips.
                8. Spoon into prepared pan. Bake until cake is firm to touch in the center about 70 minutes.
                9. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Invert onto rack and cool completely.
                10. Dust with powdered sugar just before serving.

                1. These "Land of Nod" cinnamon buns are a Christmas morning / fancy brunch staple at our house. They call for frozen bread rolls you buy in the freezer section, but Ive used my homemade whole wheat bread dough with much success. These really are incredible, and the presentation in quite beautiful. Major rave reviews and recipe requests from all who have tried them. They smell sooooo good!


                  1. Here is a link with blueberry recipes- the recipe for the blueberry yogurt cake is wonderful. I usually make this in my bundt pan when the Maine blueberries are in the market.

                    1. The Fresh Pear Cake on Allrecipes.com is wonderful. Even people who don't like pears love this cake. Every time I make it, I get asked for the recipe.


                      1. If you're a lemon fan, you have to try ci's lemon bundt cake. It is amazing.


                          1. I love Ina Garten's lemon cake and find it works fine in a bundt pan so I make that a lot: http://www.leitesculinaria.com/recipe...

                            There also was an egg nog pound cake recipe posted here a couple years back that's become one of our family favorites. The recipe is in this thread: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/346398

                            1. I second Ina's lemon cake in a bundt pan (got the idea from smitten kitchen). I am actually also last night made this bundt from http://www.latimes.com/features/food/...
                              I haven't tasted it yet but it baked off very nicely and the batter was excellent. I think anything that you pop out of a bundt is great. One tip--I fully adore Baker's Joy for hassle free turn out.