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May 14, 2011 12:13 PM

Silly Question…

When I mentioned that I'm in need of a Bundt pan, my Mother-in-Law loaned me the pan that makes this cake:

I can’t find the pan on the website, the pan must be discontinued.

Anyway, I've never done a lot of cake baking, but my grandmother always told me that a Bundt pan needed the hole in the center for the batter to bake correctly. So, that leads me to ask, is this really a Bundt pan?

As I said in the title, I know it’s a silly question, but I need to know before I prepare all of these Bundt cake recipes I’ve saved up.

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  1. That cake was made in a Wilton Sunflower Cake pan (available from Amazon and others). Bundt pans always have a "hole" in the center, and Nordic Ware makes many gorgeous ones.

    5 Replies
    1. re: pikawicca

      Okay, so the sunflower cake pan is NOT a Bundt pan, right? I didn't think so, but my Mother-in-Law is pretty stubborn and insisted she knew what she was talking about...

      Would it bake my Bundt cake recipes incorrectly?

      1. re: Levaeria

        Use a bundt pan for bundt cakes! These cakes are very deep, and by the time the center set in a non-bundt pan, the exterior would be at least over-baked, perhaps event burned. If you have an angel food pan of the correct volume, that would work, although your cake wouldn't be as pretty.

        1. re: pikawicca

          Okay. Thanks for clearing that up for me... I'll just have to purchase a Bundt pan before I can get started with all of those recipes.

          I kind of *knew* it wasn't, but the Mother-in-Law was very insistent that is was indeed a Bundt pan. Since I'm inexperienced with cake baking, I figured I should just ask in case I was wrong...

          Thanks again. :)

          1. re: Levaeria

            You can bake a bundt recipe in any pan with a central tube, as long as the total volume will fit. You can also use two loaf pans for a bundt batter. Whenever you use a different size baking mold for any cake, you must of course check on it as it bakes, shortening or lengthening baking time as necessary.

            1. re: greygarious

              Good to know. I don't have a single tube pan at present, but I already ordered a Bundt pan and angel food pan from Amazon.

              Thanks for the tip about the loaf pans! I wish I would have known that much sooner, I'll have to try it out today.