How to get cake out of bundt pan

The Ultimate Guide to Getting Cake Out of a Bundt Pan

How to get cake out of bundt pan

Baking a cake is a delightful process, but getting it out of the pan can be a challenge, especially when it comes to bundt cakes. I’ve had my fair share of bundt cakes that have stuck to the pan, resulting in a crumbled mess instead of a beautiful cake. However, over the years, I’ve learned some tips and tricks that have helped me get my bundt cakes out of the pan with ease.

The first and most crucial step is to properly prepare the bundt pan before pouring in the batter. Greasing the pan with shortening or butter and dusting it with flour is an essential step that helps the cake come out of the pan smoothly. Be sure to get into every nook and cranny of the pan to ensure the batter doesn’t stick. If you’re looking for an even easier way, consider using a non-stick bundt pan that doesn’t require greasing and flouring. However, it is a good idea to grease even a non-stick pan or a silicone pan just to ensure easy removal of the cake.

Once the cake is baked, it’s essential to let it cool before attempting to remove it from the pan. Cooling the cake allows it to firm up and become less likely to break apart. Once the cake has cooled, gently run a knife around the edges of the pan to loosen the cake. Then, place a plate or cake stand on top of the pan and flip it over, tapping the bottom of the pan to release the cake. If the cake still doesn’t come out, don’t panic. There are a few more tricks you can try, such as letting gravity do its work or steaming the cake.

Preventative Measures

When it comes to getting a cake out of a bundt pan, prevention is key. Taking a few extra steps before baking can save you a lot of frustration later on. Here are some preventative measures that I recommend:

Grease the Pan

One of the most important things you can do to prevent your cake from sticking to the pan is to grease it well. I like to use a simply my hand (I’m naturally wearing a glove) to spread shortening or softened butter all over the inside of the pan, making sure to get into all the nooks and crannies. You can also use cooking spray or baking spray, but be sure to spray from all angles to ensure full coverage.

Use Flour or Cocoa Powder

In addition to greasing the pan, you can also dust it with flour or cocoa powder. This will help create a barrier between the cake batter and the pan, making it less likely to stick. Simply sprinkle a small amount of flour or cocoa powder into the greased pan and tilt it around until the entire surface is coated. Tap out any excess flour before adding the batter.

Cool the Cake Before Removing

Another important preventative measure is to let the cake cool completely before trying to remove it from the pan. This will give the cake time to set and firm up, making it less likely to break apart when you take it out. I recommend letting the cake cool in the pan for at least 10—15 minutes before attempting to remove it. You can also cover the pan with plastic wrap and place the pan in the refrigerator or freezer for a few minutes to help the cake firm up even more.

By taking these preventative measures, you can greatly increase your chances of getting perfect bundt cakes every time. Of course, even with these precautions, sometimes a cake will still stick to the pan. In the next section, I’ll share some tips for getting a stubborn cake out of a bundt pan.

Beautiful bundt cake

Techniques for Removing Cake from a Bundt Pan

Getting a cake out of a bundt pan can be tricky, but with the right techniques, you can do it easily and without damaging your cake. Here are some tips for removing your cake from a bundt pan:

Loosening the Cake with a Knife

If your cake is sticking to the pan, you can try loosening the stuck cake with a knife or offset spatula. Start by running a knife around the edges of the pan to separate the cake from the sides. Then, gently slide the knife under the cake and work your way around the pan, loosening the cake from the bottom. Be careful not to cut into the cake or scratch the pan.

Inverting the Pan onto a Plate

Once you have loosened the cake, it’s time to remove it from the pan. The easiest way to do this is to invert the pan onto a plate. Place a plate upside down on top of the pan, then hold the plate and pan together firmly and flip them over. The cake should slide out onto the plate. If it doesn’t, tap the bottom of the pan gently with a spoon or spatula to help release it.

Use Damp Towel

Another technique for inverting the pan is to use a damp towel. Wet a dish towel, kitchen towel, or paper towel with hot water and wring it out. Then, place the towel over the pan and let it sit for a few minutes. The steam from the hot towel will help release the cake from the pan. After a few minutes, invert the pan onto a plate and the cake should slide out easily.

Remember to always let your cake cool completely before trying to remove it from the pan. And be patient – rushing the process can lead to a damaged cake. With these techniques, you can get your cake out of the bundt pan easily and without any mishaps!

Additional Tips

Use a Silicone Bundt Pan

If you’re having trouble with your bundt cake sticking to the pan, consider investing in a silicone bundt pan. These pans are naturally non-stick, so you won’t need to worry about greasing or flouring the pan. Plus, they’re flexible, so you can easily pop the cake out once it’s done baking. However, I strongly recommend greasing and flouring the silicone pan to ensure your cake popping out without any problems.

Tap the Bottom of the Pan

If your bundt cake is still sticking to the pan after trying all the other tips, try tapping the bottom of the pan. Hold the pan upside down over a clean surface and gently tap the bottom with a wooden spoon. This can help loosen the cake from the pan and make it easier to remove. Shake the pan carefully but not too strongly, otherwise your cake will break!

Remember, getting a bundt cake out of the pan can be tricky, but with a few helpful tips and tricks, you can ensure your cake comes out perfectly every single time!

Broken bundt cake

What to Do if Your Cake Breaks Anyway?

Don’t despair! There are several ways to save a broken bundt cake:

  • Reattach the broken pieces and hide the seams with frosting. This is probably the most popular and the easiest fix for any broken cake, bundt or otherwise. That is because frosting is sticky and easily adheres to pastries, as anyone who has worked with it knows (source: Baking Kneads, LLC).
  • Use buttercream to hold the broken pieces together. This method works great for large pieces of cake with clean breaks. Take dabs of frosting and carefully place it on one side of the broken area. Gently, but firmly place the other piece to it (source: Beautiful Bundts).
  • Slice the broken bundt cake into chunks and then dip them into melted chocolate, or cover them in icing, followed by sprinkles, to make cake pops out of broken bundt cake (source: HowdyKitchen).
  • Grind the broken bundt cake down into a cake crumble and store it in your refrigerator in some tupperware for up to a week. The cake crumble can be used as a topping for ice cream, yogurt, or oatmeal (source: Taste Of Home).
  • Make use of the broken cake by creating delicious treats like cake pops, ice cream cakes, shakes, trifle, parfait, truffles, and more. To some, the baking fail recipe may even be more appealing than the intended dish.
  • If the surface is imperfect but the cake otherwise flawless, glaze the cake with a simple glaze (2 cups powdered sugar + 2 tablespoons milk), or  frost it with your favorite frosting to hide the imperfections.


In conclusion, getting a cake out of a bundt pan can be a bit tricky, but with the right techniques, it can be done with ease, resulting in a perfect cake each time. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:

  • Always grease your bundt pan properly with shortening or butter and dust with flour to prevent it from sticking.
  • Allow the cake to cool completely before attempting to remove it from the pan. This step is super important!
  • Use a butter knife or rubber spatula to loosen the edges of the cake from the pan. Be careful not to scratch your cake pan.
  • Invert the pan onto a wire rack or plate and gently tap the bottom of the pan to release the cake. You can also gently shake the pan (I said gently! If your movements are rough, the cake may fall apart.)
  • If the cake still won’t come out, try placing a hot, wet towel over the pan for a few minutes to loosen it up.

Remember, practice makes perfect! Don’t be discouraged if your first attempt doesn’t go as planned. Keep trying different techniques until you find what works best for you. With these tips, you’ll be able to remove your bundt cakes from bundt pans with ease.

Beautiful chocolate bundt cake

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