The Best Way to Get a Stuck Bundt Cake Out of the Pan in One Piece

updated Jan 21, 2020
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Ever fill your favorite intricately-designed bundt pan with homemade cake batter and wait the 50-60 minutes for it to bake, only to have the cake stick to the pan? I know I have. There is nothing more crushing than trying to invert a yummy-smelling cake from its pan and having it stick or fall out it clumps. Well, those sad times are over! Try this “steam” method with your next stuck bundt cake.

If your bundt cake is stuck in the pan, or you’re second-guessing if you greased and floured the pan well enough, try steaming the cake out!

Boil a teakettle of water, place a clean kitchen towel in your sink, and very carefully pour some of the hot water over the towel (the towel should be damp but not dripping). Carefully drape the towel over the top of the pan and leave it there until the pan is cool enough to handle, 15 to 20 minutes. During this time, the warm pan and moisture from the towel will create steam, and the steam will help release the cake from the pan when you invert it.

Still stuck? Try running a flexible rubber spatula around the edges to release the bundt as much as possible before inverting it. Refrain from using a knife, or you may cut into the intricate designs of the bundt cake.

Anyone have other tricks and tips on how to get a stuck cake out of a bundt pan?