Bundt cakes are so beautiful they hardly need icing to make them more attractive. In 1966 a bundt cake came in second place during a Pillsbury baking contest. The notoriety increased the sale of bundt cake pans and their creative designs. Bundt pans are made in the shape of a ring and can be purchased in a simple or ornate pattern. Pans with a non-stick baking surface make removing the cake easy and a breeze to clean. However if the cake gets stuck in the pan, there is a simple process to get it out.

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Soak a bath towel in steaming hot water and place in the sink. Add a few more inches of very hot water to the sink.

Seal the top of cake with foil to prevent water from getting into the cake.

Shape the towel to form a nest for the cake pan to sit in. Push the towel as snug as possible around the sides of the pan. The open end of the pan is facing up. Use rubber gloves to prevent burning your hands.

Cover the sink and cake with a second towel to hold the steam.

Keep the cake covered for 10-15 minutes. The steam will loosen the cake from the side of the pan.

Uncover the cake and carefully remove the pan from the sink. Use potholders to remove the pan.

Dry the outside of the pan and hit the bottom of the pan on the countertop or other solid surface. Tap along the sides of the pan with a wooden spoon to loosen the sides.

Flip the pan upside-down and empty the cake from the pan. If the cake is still sticking try some of the following options.

Freeze the cake and remove from the freezer. Hit the bottom of the pan on the countertop.

Use a grapefruit knife to insert along the sides of the pan. Grapefruit knives are slightly curved and will work better than a straight edged knife. Hit the bottom of the pan and tap along the sides.


  • Use a baking spray to coat the inside of the bundt pan.

  • Dust the inside of the pan with flour.

  • Remove the cake before it has completely cooled.

References and Resources

How to remove a stuck cake


Bundt cake styles