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What is a Bundt Cake: Everything to Know

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CAKES BAKED IN BUNDT PANS WITH FLUTED SIDES

Red Truck Bakery Meyer Lemon Cake
Red Truck Bakery | Meyer Lemon Cake

Bundt cakes are beautiful ring cakes named after the cake pan they are baked in. These round cakes come in all shapes and sizes and are easy to make in Bundt pans. Plus, these cute cakes are delicious. Bundt cakes are so popular that there’s even a day, National Bundt Day on November 15.

What Is A Bundt Cake?

Bundt cakes are a round, one layer cake with a hole in the middle. The cake’s name comes from the name of the cake pan with fluted sides that they are baked in. This special, aluminum non-stick cake pan is called a Bundt pan.

These cakes are doughnut-shaped, and often drenched in icing or glaze. A Bundt cake may be served plain or with toppings like: 

  • Cocoa powder
  • Chocolate ganache
  • Fruit
  • Glaze
  • Frosting
  • Icing
  • Nuts
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Syrup
  • Whipped cream
Chukar Cherries Cherry Bundt Cake
Chukar Cherries | Cherry Bundt Cake
Pipeline Bakeshop & Creamery Cake Bomb
Pipeline Bakeshop & Creamery | Cake Bomb™

What’s The Difference Between A Bundt Cake And a Regular Cake?

The differences between a Bundt cake and a regular cake are shape, size, and texture. The ingredients may be the same, but the end result looks different. 

A regular cake can be round, square, rectangular or any shape really. A typical cake can be one or more layers. It is often decorated on top and on the sides with frosting or icing. Cakes are baked in round, square, or rectangular baking pans.

Popular cake flavors include:

  • Chocolate Cake
  • White Cake & Vanilla
  • Red Velvet Cake
  • Carrot Cake
  • Strawberry & Angel Food Cake
  • Lemon Cake
  • Funfetti Cake
  • Rainbow Cake

Read More: Best Cake Flavors For Birthdays & Celebrations

A Bundt cake is baked in a fluted tube pan that is circular with a hole in the middle. It resembles a doughnut. Bundt cakes are deeper than regular cakes. 

The Bundt cake needs to be more moist than a regular cake because the cake mold heats faster than a regular round or square cake pan. With more batter touching the pan’s surface, the outer parts of a Bundt cake form a darker brown crust. They are also denser because they need to hold the pan’s grooved shape. After baking, the cake is cooled and then inverted onto a wire rack or cake stand before it is served. 

Popular Bundt cake flavors include:

  • Carrot
  • Chocolate
  • Coconut
  • Key lime
  • Lemon
  • Orange
  • Red velvet
  • Vanilla
  • White chocolate coconut

What Is The Difference Between A Bundt Cake And A Pound Cake?

The differences between a Bundt cake and a pound cake are the amount of each ingredient and the shape of each cake. Pound cake is named for the traditional amount of each ingredient. The original pound cake recipe called for one pound of each of the following ingredients:

  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Flour
  • Sugar

Pound cakes are often baked in a loaf pan. Both pound cakes and Bundt cakes can be baked in a Bundt pan. Both pound cakes and Bundt cakes may be served plain or with toppings like:

  • Glaze
  • Frosting
  • Icing
Southern Girl Desserts Tequila Lime Bundt Cake
Southern Girl Desserts | Tequila Lime Bundt Cake
Janie's Cakes Celebration Jane Pound Cake
Janie’s Cakes | Celebration Jane Pound Cake

Why Do They Call It A Bundt Cake?

The name Bundt is actually a trademarked name for the special, cast aluminum cake pan invented in the mid-1950s by Nordic Ware, a manufacturer of kitchenware in Minnesota. A classic fluted Bundt cake pan has a 10-cup capacity.

This cake did not become popular until the 1966 Pillsbury Bake-Off when Ella Rita Helfrich used a Bundt pan to make her winning Tunnel of Fudge Cake. Many kinds of cakes can be made in a Bundt pan. 

Lighter cakes like Angel Food Cake, Chiffon, and Sponge Cake cannot be made in a Bundt pan because they can’t hold the pan’s shape. The pan’s fluted design is inspired by the taller, round European Gugelhupf, a yeasted brioche-like cake. Variations in the pan’s design include braided, starry, and swirled shaped pans.

Most Famous Bundt Cakes

America’s best bakeries are making the most famous Bundt cakes.

Doan's Bakery White Chocolate Coconut Bundt Cake

Doan’s Bakery White Chocolate Coconut Bundt Cake

Also known as the Tom Cruise Cake, Doan’s Bakery’s White Chocolate Coconut Bundt Cake is famous as much for its flavor as its celebrity fans. The California bakery’s signature cake is one of seven Bundt cake flavors. It is an A-list coconut cake with white chocolate chunks topped with cream cheese frosting and toasted coconut flakes.

Read More: What is the Famous Tom Cruise Cake: Everything You Need to Know

Oprah's Favorite Key Lime Bundt Cake

We Take the Cake Oprah’s Favorite Key Lime Bundt Cake

Florida’s We Take the Cake is a favorite of Oprah Winfrey and us. This 7-inch Key Lime Bundt Cake is a citrusy Key lime-infused pound cake drizzled with Key lime cream cheese frosting. Each Key lime ring cake ships with a separate container of creamy icing for DIY decorating fun.

Homeboy Bakery Cinnamon Pecan Ring Cake

Homeboy Bakery Cinnamon Pecan Ring Cake

Los Angeles’ Homeboy Bakery is a nonprofit bakery founded by Father Gregory Boyle that employs previously incarcerated and formerly gang-involved folks. Each 8-inch cinnamon cake is filled and layered with irresistible brown sugar cinnamon pecan filling. One bite and you’ll see why their Cinnamon Pecan Ring Cake is their best-selling cake.

We like big — and small — Bundts. America’s best Bundt cakes in all shapes, sizes, and flavors are shipping nationwide on Goldbelly!