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Sep 1, 2010 02:28 PM

Tube vs Bundt Pan

I'm making an apple cake. I have a great bundt pan, can I use that instead of a tube pan? Or is there something I need to do to the batter so that it will work in a bundt pan? Sorry if this sounds ridiculous..

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    1. re: chowser

      As long as they have equal volumes. My bundt pan is a lot smaller than my tube pan.

    2. Just, you know, grease and flour the bundt pan reeeeeally well. I find they stick a lot more than tube pans.

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      1. re: LauraGrace

        Could I just ask what is probably a stupid question....but what is the reason why a recipe calls for a particular type of pan? What is the difference in baking a cake in a tube or a bundt cake? Does it have something to do with the consistency of the batter?

        1. re: DaisyM

          AFAIK, it's an aesthetic choice in most cases, but someone else might be able to weigh in with a more educated response.

          1. re: DaisyM

            As the previous poster states, some of it is can be aesthetic. Two practical reasons for using a tube pan: frosting the top and sides (a simple pour on glaze would not matter much); slicing the cake into layers.
            And if baking angel food or chiffon cakes, a tube pan with 'legs' is needed to cool the cake properly. Of course one can just invert the pan and place the hole on a neck of a wine bottle.
            If your apple cake has lots of chunks of apples that will sink to the bottom, a tube pan might work better than a having all those ridges in a bundt pan.

            1. re: DaisyM

              in general, bundts are for heavier batters while tube pans are for things more like angel food cake. But, you can bake a heavier cake in a tube pan. Most bundt pans are nonstick so you couldn't use them for angel food cakes, or cakes that need to climb to rise. I like to use a removable bottom tube pan for angel food cake because it's easier to remove. I can't use heavier batter in it, though,because it'll leaak

              1. re: chowser

                You are conflating tube pan with angel food pan. An angel food pan is a type of tube pan but there are also tube pans which are half the height of an angel food pan, and have a much wider diameter center tube.

                1. re: greygarious

                  An angel food pan is a type of tube pan which is why I described the reason I like the removable bottom tube pan. Well, actually a bundt pan is also a kind of tube pan. I assumed the OP was asking about tube pan meaning the flat sided one, but one without the removable bottom.