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Can I Make My Own Bundt Tin For The Bundt Cakes?

Asked by djsyclopz. Answered on 7th December 2023

Full question

I don't have a bundt tin (or the storage space for one) to make any of NIgella's bundt cakes, and wondered if I could turn a normal tin into a bundt tin by using a baked bean tin in the centre?

Image of Nigella's Thyme and Lemon Bundt Cake
Photo by Keiko Oikawa
Thyme And Lemon Bundt Cake
By Nigella
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Our answer

Nigella has a variety of bundt cakes, such as the Cider And 5-Spice Bundt Cake and the Pumpkin Bundt Cake (from SIMPLY NIGELLA). A bundt cake pan is a tubular pan that usually has some form of ornate shaping that gives an attractive finish to the cake. Bundt cake pans are actually fairly modern, they were invented in the 1950s and became popular in the late 1960s.

We are not sure that using a round cake pan with an empty tin can in the centre will really replicate a Bundt pan. This is partly as you will not get the same flow of hot air running up the centre tube of the pan. However, we have tried Nigella's bundt cakes in a deep 20cm (8-inch) square pan. The baking time for the cakes in a square pan is usually 5-10 minutes longer. A 20cm square pan is also the same capacity as a 22cm (9-inch) springform pan, though we have not tried the cakes in round springform pans ourselves and so cannot guarantee the results.

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