Why do I like to bake Bundt Cakes? For two reasons, really. The only decoration a Bundt Cake needs is a dusting of confectioner’s sugar or a glaze (and since decorating/frosting cakes is not my forte, this is a big deal for me). More importantly though, Bundt Cakes are delicious.
What is a Bundt Cake? It may be a bit of a circular definition, but a Bundt Cake is a cake baked in a Bundt Pan. A Bundt Pan is a tube pan with curved, fluted sides. And to add to the fun, Bundt Pans are also available in whimsical shapes – castles, flowers, pumpkins, etc.
There are plenty of us Bundt Cake fans. Nordic Ware, the company that trademarked Bundt Pans, has sold about 60 million of these pans to date.
Corner Bakery Café is a nationwide chain of cafes offering breakfasts, sandwiches, salads, pastas, soups, and of real interest to me, baked goods. Ric Scicchitano, the Senior VP of Food & Beverage at Corner Bakery Café said that his company has been offering Bundt Cakes for over 20 years. Chocolate Bundt Cakes are the best sellers. When I asked if Corner Bakery Café has plans to add other Bundt Cakes to their menu, Mr. Scicchitano noted:
“We always have our Chocolate Bundts, but we change up our other Bundt Cakes on a seasonal basis. Our Gingerbread Pumpkin Bundt is a guest favorite that people look forward to every fall and our new Strawberry Bundt was a big hit over the summer. Other seasonal flavors include: Lemon; Caramel; Chocolate Cherry; and Banana.”
Even though Bundt Cakes are popular, I’m still a little surprised that a bakery chain, Nothing Bundt Cakes, bakes and sells only Bundt Cakes. These are special occasion cakes – iced with a thick frosting in a petal shape. All of the cakes are highly decorated; birthday cakes may sport mini birthday hats, flower decorations, etc.
Bundt Pan Trivia:
Bundt Pan sales took off after the 1966 Pillsbury Bake-Off contest. That year, the second prize was awarded to a “Tunnel of Fudge” Bundt Cake – a chocolate cake with a gooey fudge center. See the posting on Baking Contests.
I’ll be baking Bundt Cakes for the holidays!