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Jun 11, 2011 08:24 AM

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

From Joy of "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?

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  1. 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

      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

        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 -

      2. 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.

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        1. re: dave_c

          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

            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

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

            2. The Nordic Wear bundt pan is dark and benefits from 325 and needs the full cooking time.