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Unique Bundt Cake Pans
Creating Beautiful Cakes with Unique Bundt Cake Pans
A unique bundt cake pan can turn a simple cake recipe into something truly special. If you consider yourself a good baker but aren't the best cake decorator, a fun pan is the perfect solution. All the creativity and design is baked right in! You'll be amazed at the great bundt cake pans that are available and perfect for holidays or birthdays.
One of the best companies for finding these creative cake pans is Nordic Ware. They feature designs ranging from roses and Christmas trees to cottages and this unique castle. Wouldn't a castle bundt cake make a fun birthday cake for a child's party? These cakes are also easy to decorate - simply dust with powdered sugar or pour a thin glaze over the top. The details don't need to be added later, reducing the amount of time it takes to make something special.
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Flower Bundt Cake Pan
If you are just starting out with unique bundt cake pans, you might want to consider a traditionally round bundt pan with a few unique details. A pan like this will help you learn how to get the cake out of a detailed pan and what kinds of recipes work best.
The Nordic Ware pans are cast aluminum with a nonstick surface. Not only does this make them easy to clean, but it helps the cakes to release from their intricate designs. They are sturdy and hold up well over time.
This is the first unique bundt pan that I purchased. It still maintains some of the traditional shape and the details are large enough that there shouldn't be getting too much trouble removing a cake from it.
Cottage Cake Pan
Nordic Ware used the cottage in the story of Hansel and Gretel to inspire this fairy tale cottage cake pan. It is the perfect unique bundt cake pan to use for a fairy tale party or other whimsical event. Dust the top of your bundt cake with powdered sugar to bring snow to the cottage.
The hole in the center of the bundt pan is featured as a chimney on this cute house. It can be glazed and decorated with candy for a fun family project.
Presenting Creative Bundt Cakes
While you want to keep the decoration on the cake itself simple, that doesn't mean you can't dress up your unique bundt cake by adding extra details! One of the easiest ways to add extra decoration is to create a platter for the cake to sit on. Using crumbs, fresh flowers, or candy you can decorate the platter in a style that matches.
This example uses Nordic Ware's castle bundt pan on a sandy beach. The easiest way to make this type of sand is to use vanilla cookie crumbs. I like Nilla wafers, although I find that some of the generic versions actually make better crumbs than the name brand (and they're cheaper, which can be an advantage).
Holiday Bundt Cake Pan
December is filled with holidays and events that could often use a cake. Looking for something to bring to a family occasion or potluck? Bring a little fun with a unique bundt cake with a holiday theme. Whether you are looking for Christmas trees, gingerbread houses, or a Star of David, there is a unique bundt cake pan that is perfect for the occasion.
Looking for a simple cake idea to create something like this? Try taking a red velvet cake recipe and using green food coloring instead of red. This will give the Christmas trees their characteristic color. Sprinkle the top of the cake with sifted powdered sugar and you will have a beautiful winter wonderland!
If Christmas trees aren't your thing, how about replacing your traditional gingerbread house with one made of cake? You can cover it with glaze and decorate it with candy like you would any other gingerbread house.
Holiday and religious bundt cake pans aren't just limited to Christmas themes! There are pans out there that would be perfect for a variety of different holidays. For example, this Star of David bundt cake pan features a simple and elegant design that would be easy to work with.
Tips for Using Unique Bundt Cake Pans
- Although most Nordic Ware pans are nonstick, you still want to take the time to prep the pan before filling it with batter. If the cake sticks into one of the tiny crannies, the final look will not be as clean. Make sure to carefully butter and flour the pans or use a good pan spray. After removing the cake from the oven, allow it to sit for at least five minutes before attempting to de-pan it.
- A thick frosting will hide all the beautiful details of a unique bundt cake. Keep the decoration simple. Sprinkle the cake with powdered sugar or use a thin glaze to coat the cake and give it a glossy look.
- You don't have to limit yourself to just making cake in these molds. Many of them would make excellent Jell-O molds. Just use the recipe for Jell-O jigglers (the one with a little less water) so it is firmer. Once it is completely chilled, dip the mold in hot water for a few seconds to release the mold.
Cathedral Bundt Cake Pan
Like the rose bundt cake pan, this cathedral pan has a fairly traditional shape. However, the details are what makes it special and sets it apart from a traditional bundt cake pan.
Other Fun Nordic Ware Pans
Nordic Ware doesn't just make fun and unique bundt cake pans. You can also find creative pans for regular cakes, cupcakes, tea cakes, and more. Are you looking to make pineapple upside down cakes in the shape of a pineapple? Nordic Ware has a pan for that! These are some of my favorites of their other designs.
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Unique Bundt Cake Recipes
Now that you have a cool pan to make your bundt cake, what recipe are you going to try? There are tons of great bundt recipes out there that go beyond a typical yellow cake. Try creating some of these unique cake recipes!
- Meyer Lemon-Cranberry Bundt Cake Recipe : Food Network Kitchens
This lemon bundt cake has a ring of cranberry sauce in the middle which keeps it moist and tangy. It is topped with a simple lemon glaze.
- Root Beer Bundt Cake Recipe : Food Network Kitchens
This very different chocolate bundt cake from the Food Network Kitchen uses root beer as a major ingredient. Did you know that the carbonation in soda can be used as a leavening agent?
- Irish Cream Bundt Cake Recipe: Allrecipes
Are you looking for a bundt cake recipe that is based on a boxed mix? Although I've been baking for most of my life, sometimes I like recipes that doctor up simple boxed mixes. Many of them are pretty good! This recipe uses pecans, Irish cream liq
- Spicy Pumpkin Bundt Cake - Martha Stewart Recipes
Martha Stewart knows how to make a great cake. I've never been disappointed with a recipe I tried from her website! Because of how firm it is, pumpkin spice cake makes a great bundt cake recipe.
- Chocolate Bundt Cake - Martha Stewart Recipes
Martha also has a great recipe for a chocolate bundt cake with a chocolate glaze. While the addition of walnuts might be delicious, adding chunky ingredients might not be the best idea in some of the more intricate bundt cake pans.
- Apple-Cream Cheese Bundt Cake Recipe: MyRecipes.com
This apple bundt cake has a cream cheese filling baked right into it, and can be topped with a praline frosting. This frosting is more of a thick glaze. You can thin it out to show more of the details of your bundt cake by whisking in a little bit
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