Kitchen Hack: How To Make a DIY Tube Pan

updated May 2, 2023
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If you’d really like to make a holiday bundt cake but don’t own a tube pan, there’s no need to rush out and buy one. This simple hack using a cake pan and a ramekin works just as well!

This is yet another great tip we picked up from Michael Ruhlman’s book


Ruhlman says he simply places a glass cup or ramekin in the middle of a cake pan before pouring the batter inside. If the glass slides away from center, it’s easy enough to reposition it right after you set the cake on the oven rack.

A cake pan is about half the size of a bundt cake pan, so you can usually make two cakes from one bundt cake recipe. You can also try using a high-sided spring form pan in place of the cake pan.

The edges of the cake will be a little more square than is typically for a bundt cake. If this is an issue for you, you can trim the corners into the traditional tube with a serrated knife before you frost it.

We think this is a great solution for someone who only makes the occasional bundt cake or lacks the room to keep one of the tins! What about you?