How To Properly Grease a Bundt Pan
Pastry chefs and aspiring home bakers love Bundt pans. These pieces of bakeware have come a long way from their conventional design. Today, there are many decorative Bundt pans that one can display at home. There is a downside to such intricate designs, however. Removing the baked cake afterwards can be very tricky if you did not grease the Bundt pan in the correct manner. Here’s how you can grease your Bundt pan the proper way.
Use a Combination of Fat and Flour
One of the most traditional ways to grease the best Bundt pan or any other cake pan for that matter is by using a combination of fat and flour. However, because of the unique and intricate design of the Bundt pan, it is crucial to use liquefied fat instead of solid shortening. Melting butter or some other fat is a lot better in this regard. The liquefied fat can get into the nooks and crannies of the Bundt Pan, giving every square inch a slick surface.
Some home cooks and professional chefs do not recommend flour. Instead, they use granulated sugar to give the cake a more rustic appearance. Also, there is the tendency of flour to add a layer of dry “gunk” on the surface of the cake. This almost always happens if you do not shake off the excess flour afterwards. They recommend toasted almond flour instead.
Coating it with sugar works best on cakes that do not require a glaze or frosting. The warm temperature of the cake will “melt” the sugar. Once it cools, you will get a sugary, crispy crust on the cake.
To grease the Bundt pan using this method, you will need to melt unsalted butter and let it cool down a bit. Get a pastry brush and apply the melted butter on the inside surface of the pan. The bristles of the brush will help distribute the melted butter into the spaces and other fine details of the Bundt pan.
Add about a quarter of a cup of flour or sugar or whatever ingredient you may want to choose. Sprinkle this in the pan’s bottom. Get a plastic wrap and cover the pan’s top. Form a seal around the edges. Lift the Bundt pan and give it a vigorous shake. This will help distribute the flour or sugar on the inside surface of the pan.
Invert the pan over a large bowl. Peel off one edge of the plastic wrap and dump the excess flour or sugar. You now have a properly-greased Bundt pan.
Make Your Own Pan Release Paste
There are cake pan release pastes on the market that you can brush onto your Bundt pan. These facilitate easier release of the baked cake. However, you can make your very own pan release paste if you wish. What you will need is equal parts of all-purpose flour and vegetable shortening. A little vegetable oil will also help in creating a slicker paste.
Combine these ingredients in a bowl and turn them into a paste. Once you are done, you can apply the paste onto the Bundt pan using your fingers. The best tool for the job, however, is a pastry brush. This will help distribute the slick paste across the entire surface of the pan.
The thick consistency of the paste will give the pan a “thicker” barrier between it and the cake. This will facilitate the easier removal of the cake from the pan.
Coat the Bundt Pan with a Nonstick Cooking Spray
Some home cooks prefer nonstick cooking sprays whenever using a Bundt pan to bake. After all, it is a lot more convenient to use a can of nonstick spray than making your own pan release paste or brushing the pan with melted fat.
If you do decide to use a nonstick spray, it is a must that you coat the inside surface of the Bundt pan. There should be no area without a nonstick coating, otherwise, your cake will still come out less than perfect. One advantage of using a cooking spray is that it tends to adhere onto the surface a lot longer. Melted fat, on the other hand, has the tendency to slide down towards the bottom of the pan.
After spraying the pan, make sure to coat it with flour or sugar in the same manner that we described above.
Greasing a Bundt pan the correct way is crucial to removing your baked cake in an effortless manner. Adhering to the methods we mentioned here can help you remove your cake like the pros.