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There’s no easier way to both beautify your kitchen AND simplify cooking and cleanup than with designer pans from Gotham Steel’s Hammered Collection! They’re also super-durable, metal-utensil safe, and come with an ultra-non-stick surface, for perfectly-cooked food that slips right out of the pan without a stuck-on mess.
Hammered Pans are also dishwasher-safe, Scot-free and come with our 90-Day Money-Back Guarantee, so you can try them yourself at home without a worry. Bunt cake pans are round and fluted, with a hollow post in the center.
Besides adding visual interest, the post helps these dense cakes bake more quickly. The pan’s metal and finish are key to baking success, while and other convenient features can make your experience easier.
Batter can easily stick to the pan’s ridged walls and ornate designs. Overcooked edges are often difficult to remove from these tall, solid pans, and hiding mistakes is challenging.
When you’re ready to buy, check our recommendations for the best bunt cake pans on the market. Bunt cake pans come in a variety of materials, like silicone, ceramic, and steel.
Silicone pans are a poor match for bunt cakes, even though their flexibility is appealing. Silicone pans tend to flop, even when resting on a baking sheet, and can sag under the weight of dense bunt batters.
Bunt cakes baked in silicone pans rarely brown, because this material conducts heat poorly. While more sturdy, ceramic bunt cake pans rarely deliver as well as their metal counterparts.
Aluminum is popular in the baking world because it conducts heat well, are fairly lightweight, and it will not rust. Lighter pans help thick cakes cook evenly without over browning or drying the exterior surface.
Additionally, nonstick coating will help your cakes release like magic, according to most experts. An oversized pan is difficult to fill and may leave you with cakes that are smaller and shorter than you want.
Ornate designs are also harder to frost, but most bunt cakes are meant for showing off with no icing, or a simple glaze or dusting of sugar at most. Bunt cake pans have a rounded shape that makes moving them a challenge.
Some are wary of nonstick cookware because of the fumes they can release and are concerned that pieces of the coating may become mixed in with their food. You will find thicker aluminum and steel bunt pans in this range, as well as ceramic options.
Even if you buy a nonstick pan, consider coating it with flour and cooking spray, oil, or butter to ensure the cake releases cleanly. Some bunt cake pans are labeled as dishwasher-safe, but many users get better results washing them by hand.
To avoid scrubbing away the nonstick finish, soak your bunt cake pan in warm, soapy water to make cleaning it a breeze. A quality pan should not give you trouble, especially if you’ve prepared it with a little extra nonstick spray, oil, or butter.
Some bakers and even some bunt cake mixes, recommend using gravity to help do the job. To do this, invert the pan when it’s still a bit warm and slide a small bottle or other, slender but heavy object through the center ring.
If you’re making angel food or a similar eggwhite-based batter cake, allow room for it to rise a lot. If you’re worried about spill over during baking, put the bunt pan on or above a large sheet pan, so it catches any spillage (versus the bottom of your oven, which will create a big mess to scrub, not the mention a smoke/fire hazard).
Next, put your bunt pan in the sink, douse it with dish soap, and add hot, steamy water. You can use baking soda paste to tackle particularly stubborn crumbs, but never use abrasive tools like steel wool.