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Can I get a vote? Lower the temp for dark bundt pans?

Birmingham Jun 11, 2011 08:24 AM

From Joy of Baking.com: "Also, if you are using a dark colored bundt pan, reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Dark colored pans absorb more of the energy coming from the oven walls so the pan becomes hotter and transmits heat faster than light colored pans. Reducing the oven temperature slightly will help compensate for this."

Now the Nordicware web site says none of this, nor did the packaging for my "Pro Cast Original Bundt Pan." You would think if the lower temp was necessary, they'd tell you.

What's your opinion?

  1. dave_c Jun 11, 2011 09:38 AM

    I stopped lowering oven temps for dark cookware and pyrex bakeware.
    Often times I forget and use the full temperature and found no difference in results.
    Bonus! One less thing for me to worry about.

    3 Replies
    1. re: dave_c
      magiesmom Jun 11, 2011 10:40 AM

      oh good. i use a pyrex 8" pan for many baked items and usually forget to change temp and everything comes out fine

      1. re: dave_c
        Birmingham Jun 11, 2011 10:51 AM

        Since I've been having a lot of cake failures lately, I wasn't sure what to do this morning for the chocolate bundt cake I was making. I figured maybe I should try lowering the temp to 325--but after 20 minutes I chickened out and put the temp back up to 350 as the recipe called for. Came out perfect.

        1. re: dave_c
          chowser Jun 11, 2011 10:57 AM

          Ditto. You need to be mindful at the end of baking, no matter what kind of pan you're using or what temperature.

        2. r
          rasputina Jun 11, 2011 08:34 AM

          yes Iower temps by 25 degrees for cast iron, glass and dark pans but the Pro Cast Original Bundt Pan is not what I'd consider dark, just medium.

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          1. re: rasputina
            Birmingham Jun 11, 2011 09:23 AM

            Since I hadn't seen any bundt pans darker than mine, I assumed this was the "dark-colored" they were talking about. They make darker ones?

            1. re: rasputina
              meatn3 Jun 11, 2011 10:37 AM

              I disagree re: glass pans. Most recipes I've seen for brownies and cakes specify to add time if you are using a glass pan. Case in point from my traditional beach fav -


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