Keen bakers should invest in a bundt cake tin and novices, too, can make showstopping cakes with ease using the right mould. Read our review of the best decorative bundt cake tins and get recipe inspiration.
A bundt cake tin is ring-shaped with a hole in the middle, which is designed to ensure the cake bakes evenly. Most bundt cake tins are moulded with designs, too, typically swirly or fluted, to give your cake wow factor. Indeed, the joy of this type of tin is that you can exert minimal effort in baking a cake and still get a showstopping result. You could happily serve a bundt for dessert at a dinner party.
In America, bundt cake tins are very popular and there is a huge variety of shapes. Now they're gaining in popularity in the UK with a wide range of recipes available on the internet for baking them, including our own bundt cake recipes, of course. However, the majority of those online recipes will be American, so you'll need cups or the ability to convert cups to metric/imperial measurements.
There is no reason you can't use a standard cake recipe, though be aware that most bundt cake tins are bigger than regular ones so you might need to make some adjustments.
Nordic Ware Crown Bundt® Pan
Best bundt cake tin for wow factor
Pros: Eye-catching results, detailed instructions
This tin is so beautifully crafted, it would even look fabulous as a serving dish. Nordic Ware are the king of bundt cake tins (they even trademarked the name) and the packaging tells you a little of the history, including that they were first made in the 1950s. There are also detailed instructions on how to use and care for the pan.
Our crown-shaped tin came complete with a delicious-sounding cinnamon swirl and toasted pecan bundt recipe, with many more recipes available on the website. However, (unsurprisingly, given that it is manufactured in the US), the recipes use American measures like cups, as well as some unfamiliar ingredients like kosher salt. There's also a UK Facebook page which might be more user-friendly for a domestic audience.
We brushed the tin with melted butter and dusted it with flour, as instructed, before pouring in our cake mixture – a lemon zest and poppy seed bundt cake from the Nordic Ware website. Once baked, we left it precisely 10 minutes before tipping it out. It took a few gentle shakes to get the cake out but it fell out cleanly.
The detailing on the cake was brilliant with sharp peaks and a leaf-shaped pattern – definitely showstopping. We had some very impressed guests with this one!
Le Creuset Kugelhopf cake tin
Best bundt cake tin for a party
Pros: Good shape, lifetime guarantee
Cons: Large capacity means adapting some recipes
This Le Creuset tin is bigger than many of the others we tested. We had to add extra batter to our chocolate & almond marbled bundt cake recipe or we wouldn't have been able to see the full pattern. Of course, that also means it makes a sizeable cake – the ideal centrepiece for a party.
It's a tin designed with longevity in mind, backed up by a lifetime guarantee, as long as you treat it properly. It's sturdy and solid, without being too heavy. It's thoughtfully designed, too, with a wide brim that you can use to lift it in and out of the oven, and comes complete with Le Creuset branded silicone inserts. The tin is also easy to grip when it's being turned upside-down to turn out a cake. You can put it in the freezer, too.
There is nothing in the instructions about buttering or oiling the tin, so we decided to risk it and see if the non-stick surface did its job – which it did. Our cake turned out very easily, practically falling out once we held it upside-down. The definition is excellent, too, with a pattern that extends to the bottom edges.
Lakeland Speciality Bakeware small bundt ring cake tin
Best mid-range bundt cake tin
Pros: Dinky size makes storage easier, clear instructions
Cons: May be too small for some
This smaller-than-average tin comes with good and extremely detailed instructions for use, care and cleaning, which we followed to the letter. As it's small (17.8 x 8.2cm), we switched the recipe for this one, choosing to make a standard-sized chocolate and walnut cake.
Although it's non-stick, the instructions still stipulated that it should be buttered or oiled (albeit, the use of olive oil is expressly discouraged).
The cake took about 45 minutes and, after cooling, it plopped out of the tin very easily and cleanly. It was evenly baked with a nicely defined middle. The ammonite fossil-type design was soft but well defined.
Cleaning was a breeze – we washed it by hand as recommended, though it also goes in the dishwasher. This would be great for a smaller dinner party pudding, if you don't want loads of leftovers.
Tala bundt tin
Best value bundt cake tin
Pros: Great price, long guarantee
Cons: No recipes included
This is a well made, sizeable tin designed to last and comes with a 10-year guarantee. It can go in the freezer and the dishwasher (though handwashing is recommended).
Although there are clear instructions, including the need to butter or oil the tin before use, no recipes were included. The packaging directs you to recipes on the Tala website, but we only found one specifically for a bundt cake, which didn't appeal. So we tested this using a standard ginger cake recipe, which we doubled because of the size of the pan.
The cake cooked evenly and released easily. It was a good shape, with well defined markings on the top and a pattern around the base, too. The markings would tempt you to cut very large slices, which may or may not be a good thing.
Which bundt cake tin should I buy?
Price is a big factor here – our sample ranged from just under £8 to nearly £50. More expensive models usually come with a long guarantee.
Size is important. Some of our samples were smaller than others and would only serve four or so. The biggest ones are perfect if you're catering for the masses. You can also get tins that will make individual bundts.
Also, think about the aesthetics. We tried varieties that had a simple ring shape all the way to a detailed crown. Do you just want a cake that's a bit different, or a showstopper? You can buy bundt cake tins in all manner of shapes, including special ones for Christmas. If you're thinking about versatility, often, just a drizzle of icing over the peaks of a regular bundt cake can give you the festive effect of snow-capped mountains.
What we looked for in a bundt cake tin
Ease of release: Your cake will lack the desired effect if it gets stuck to the sides. We looked for tins that allowed a cake to be turned out easily.
Defined markings: We wanted tins that produced a clear pattern or design on the cake.
Ease of cleaning: Washing up after baking can be a pain, especially with a ridged mould, so tins that didn't keep us at the sink too long got extra points.
Value for money: Lower cost tins that produced showstopping results and slightly dearer ones, where extra features were justified, scored well.
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