Bundt is one of the simplest yet most impressive cakes that can be served to celebrate, share, or as a snack. It is indeed a very versatile candy, as it can be used at home as part of a special holiday dessert, on the table after a wonderful dinner party, or on the counter whenever you pass by the kitchen taste.
While you can grease the pan with butter or shortening, I prefer nonstick cooking spray. Actual baking spray is also good since it contains flour. But since it's not the most pantry-friendly ingredient, I recommend generously greasing your pan with regular nonstick spray and then sprinkling it generously with all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, or cocoa powder. After spreading, invert the pan over the sink to remove excess coating. However, make sure all the nooks and crannies of the pan are covered, and don't be afraid to spray and sprinkle on a stubborn spot or two that still looks a little bare.
If your recipe calls for about 3 cups of flour (either in moderation or on your own) and you're using a 10- to 12-cup pan, the batter should reach about 3/4 of the height of the pan. Once filled, smooth out the batter with a spatula or the back of a spoon. You can also drag a spatula or spoon through the center of the batter to create a divot, as this may help ensure a flat bottom. Once filled, dropping the pan from a few inches height onto the counter will help release air bubbles in the batter.
Once the fluted mold pan is in the oven, reach out to your inner patient (if you have one), as Bundts can take a long time to bake (usually 55 to 65 minutes, but this can vary). After baking, test the cake for doneness with a long wooden skewer. We prefer these to toothpicks, which are too short for the tall, striking Gentile. We also prefer them to metal cake testers, which are too slippery and won't catch the moist crumb or two that wooden skewers easily grab, a sign that your patience has paid off and your cake is ready to be removed from the oven.
First, after you remove your freshly baked cake from the oven, place it on a cooling rack for about 5 to 10 minutes. After resting, I like to gently (so as not to tear the cake or scratch the pan's non-stick coating), run a butter knife or small spatula along the edges and inner tube of the pan. I then recommend placing a cooling rack over the cake and using the hand holding the pan to flip the cake onto the cooling rack. If the cake doesn't release easily from the pan after flipping, you can try tapping it, shaking it slightly, or even placing it back in the still-warm oven for a minute or two. But if you've prepared the pan correctly (as we all know!), you shouldn't have any problems. If you do this and a bit of cake sticks to the pan, you can try pressing the piece back into the cake and the heat from each cake will stick them together. Or if you glaze that little cutie or top her with whipped cream, we guarantee no one will be the wiser.