Baking a bundt cake can be tricky. Unless you've been baking for years, finding the right time to take it out of the oven can be difficult. No one likes an undercooked cake, or one that's so burnt you have to throw it away.
If you want to make sure your bundt cakes are perfect every time, then you need to know how to tell when they're done. That's why I wrote this article—so that beginners everywhere can become bundt cake masters on their first try.
In this post, I will give you a simple tip to check if your bundt cake is done. The doneness test is very simple and straightforward, and the only thing you need is a wooden skewer!
⇢ Before you start baking, learn how to grease and flour your bundt pan properly!
➜ Bundt cake: Testing for doneness
STEP 1: When baking the bundt cake, check the recipe to see how long a bundt pan takes to cook. Start measuring that time, for example, by setting a kitchen timer. About ten minutes before the time is up, open the oven and insert a clean wooden skewer through the center of the cake.
TIP: Unlike a toothpick, the skewer is long enough to reach the bottom of a bundt pan.
STEP 2: Check the surface of the skewer. If there is any wet dough residue, the cake has not been baked and is still raw inside. Return it to the oven and bake for another ten minutes.
STEP 3: Repeat the test after ten minutes. If the skewer comes out dry, the cake is done. Turn off the oven, remove the cake, and let it cool on a wire rack.
Is your bundt cake still wet in the middle? Return the cake to the oven and repeat the test after another 5-10 minutes or until the skewer is dry.
Note: Do not remove the cake from the oven while testing! If your oven has telescopic rails, use them to slide out the rack on which the cake pan sits. This makes it easier to reach the cake. In the posted photos, I took the cake pan out of the oven only for photography purposes.
➜ Useful tips
- Always insert the skewer into the center of your cake where it is domed. This is where most of the batter needs to cook through.
- Remember that the baking time of the cake may vary depending on the material of your bundt pan. Heavy stoneware or cast iron pans require more time in the oven, while lightweight aluminum or silicone pans bake faster.
- Use a wooden skewer or toothpick to check the doneness of regular round cakes in the same way. These are usually lower than bundt cakes and take less time to bake.
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