Bundt stories: readers share their sweetest memories

Welcome to King Arthur Flour’s Year of the Bundt! We’ve been celebrating this classic American dessert with a variety of recipes and tips over the past few months, but right now we’d like to turn the microphone over to you, our readers and fellow bakers.

What’s your favorite memory of baking with a Bundt? Is it making a cake for a loved one? Working with an inherited pan? Trying a new recipe or mastering an old one?

We asked for your stories on our Facebook page, and you guys delivered! Here’s a few of our favorites – tales of family, feasts, and hilarious defeats. Enjoy!

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King cobra birthday Bundt by Jamie Best Reinke

My son turned 7 at the end of February and requested a king cobra birthday cake (left, above). My mom is a great decorator so she and I started figuring out how we could make this work. We took some pointers from TV shows and finally used 3 bundt cakes cut in half to make the snake curve. He loved his cake!! And we had a lot of fun making it for him too!

The great snake cake by Kallee Krong-McCreery

I still have my grandmother’s “classic blood orange” color pan. Every time I bake with it, I am connected to her. She made the tunnel of fudge recipe that was all the rage in the 1960s. That pan still bakes as well today as it did 55 years ago. I will pass it on to my daughter one day, along with grandma’s recipes. I even used it to make a “snake cake” (right, above) for my grandson’s birthday, by cutting in the right places.

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Marriage and Bundt baking by Grant Kennell

My wife, Kerry, and I baked this cake as part of our wedding ceremony. We got married in our kitchen because my parents had been injured in a car accident and couldn’t travel so we brought the wedding to them. We like to cook and thought creating something together to share with our guests would be fun.

We set the KitchenAid mixer on a festively decorated table along with all the ingredients carefully measured in two portions. While our officiant talked about marriage, we mixed the cake batter, then said our vows, exchanged rings, put the cake in the oven, kissed, and changed our Facebook relationship statuses.

My mother said it was the wackiest wedding she'd ever been to which was exactly what we'd hoped… Click To Tweet

We chose this pan because of the dramatic angles; we both like Art Deco. Flo Braker’s lavender lemon cake turned out perfectly, a beautiful and delicious expression of the day.

We used, no lie, King Arthur all-purpose flour. The structure and crumb are perfect; cake flour would be too soft, I think

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Western Bundt by Melanie Mitchell

Cookie: “Howdy friends, love King Arthur Flour, makes the best Doggone cakes in the West!!” Tex Drooling: “Yep, can’t wait to try this one!!” This is Caramel Praline Kentucky Butter Cake, baked in my antique 1800s gate-marked bundt pan!! Delicious gooey goodness!!! Bake on, friends!!

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A special treat with Grandma by Frederic Morris

This is Granny’s favorite pound cake; she would make it for special occasions. Granny would take us to Foley’s in downtown Houston three times a year, and we would pick out one outfit and some undergarments; she always made the rest of our clothes. We would stop off at Woolworth’s and in the basement they had a delicatessen. We would order the pound cake and milk. They would butter it and brown it on the grill. It was amazing and such a special treat. We could not afford a lot but Granny allowed us this one treat that we carried on at home until she passed. Thanks for letting me share my story. —

Bundt disasters (we’ve all been there) by Paula Dannels

My first Bundt cake that I made by myself was a chocolate honey cake. The recipe called for a tube cake pan. I assumed any pan with a tunnel in the middle qualified as a tube cake pan — that is the story I gave. I knew it wasn’t a tube cake pan, but I rolled the dice. What could go wrong?

What didn’t go wrong! I had to change my spill-over pan partway through baking — it was full. Not the worst problem because when it was done, I found I had forgotten to add the oil the recipe called for; but it looked and smelled good, so that’s OK, right?

Turns out that’s fine. You see, I also forgot to grease the very fancy bundt pan with all the twists that was NOT a non-stick pan. So, it sat on a fire ant mound for 4 days while the ants cleaned the pan. Lesson learned!

 

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But then… a Bundt success by Monica Soule

I have a long, sad history with Bundt cakes: burned, stuck, you name it, I’ve ruined it. But then I saw that pretty little Party Bundt on your website, and just couldn’t resist. My first Bundt attempt in about 30 years was the Spooky Spider Cake featured in “Flourish,” and it turned out perfectly! Best part was my grandsons’ wide eyes when they saw it!

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Generations of baking with joy by Cristina Navarro

Baking makes me happy, literally. Taking a bunch of ingredients that would otherwise sit in their packaging individually doing nothing and making something out of them brings me joy. I especially love having a recipe down so that I can experiment with it and make it special for my family. Recently I was able to share that joy with my daughter as she was given a recipe at school that came out of a book. We used “grandma’s tasty tomatoes” to make her super-secret chocolate cake. My daughter’s excitement was the absolute best part of it all.

A Bundt cake sandwich by Michelle Kozin Hallock

My godmother was always very good to me, but very austere. Having a German family, having heard the struggles they all experienced during WW2, I somewhat understood even though I was just a little girl. She used to have me overnight sometimes, and I would be so scared that I wouldn’t behave correctly. She bought me my first Barbie, then scolded me for brushing her hair too much. Love, but with limits.

All that changed one day, while my mom, sister and I were there for kaffee und kuchen. Tante Rose was known for her perfect marble bundt cakes, and today’s was just as moist and swirly as ever. Then it happened: Tante Rose buttered a piece of rye bread, topped it with a piece of cake and tucked in. I couldn’t believe it! She threw tradition to the wind. That was at least 30 years ago, but that bundt cake sandwich lives in my mind forever.

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Dad to the rescue! by Robyn Wass

My daughter wanted a Moana cake for her birthday but no one would make it. My husband (who never bakes and hardly ever cooks) decided that he couldn’t let his little girl down. So he used the bundt pan I got for 50¢ at a garage sale 16 years ago as a newlywed, and created the most beautiful cake :). Triple chocolate with chocolate ganache filled with red velvet pudding lava and a hard candy eruption! Love him!

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A Bundt pan heirloom by Daniele Bird Krug

I have bundt pans in all shapes and sizes, but this one that belonged to my grandmother will always be my favorite. Her pound cake was the best. These days, I mostly make my grandmother-in-law’s rum cake (one Christmas I made 13 of them). Any time I bake I feel like both of these wonderful women are with me.

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A handwritten recipe, baked in remembrance by John Cornthwait

This past year, we lost my grandmother, Theo, who was well-known for her lemon pound cake that she always made in a bundt. Her recipe was the first I made in my celebration bundt pan (and it didn’t stick!). At her memorial, we shared some very special takeaways. My dear friend John Reburn from Appalachia Press made custom-letterpressed recipe cards from Theo’s original, handwritten recipe. And of course, her lemon pound cake was the centerpiece of all the food. And as Theo says, good luck!

And finally, the perfect finale to these paeans of praise for all things Bundt by Julie Estella

I have a bundt pan story. I was so tired of trying to get the cake out of the pan that I decided to change its function! After scraping my last cake out in multiple pieces, I washed the pan, dried it, and covered the hole with duct tape. My pan became a dog dish and I have never made another bundt cake. No regrets!

Have you enjoyed these Bundt memories? Please share your own in “comments,” below. And be sure to check out this collection of some of our favorite Bundt cake recipes.

PJ Hamel
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PJ Hamel grew up in New England, graduated from Brown University, and was a Maine journalist before joining King Arthur Flour in 1990. PJ bakes and writes from her home on Cape Cod, where she enjoys beach-walking, her husband, two dogs, and really good food!

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    1. Margy

      An old Bundt pan is great as an outdoor dog water dish. Put a stake into the ground through the hole, and the dog can’t turn it over and spill the water out.

  1. Monica

    I can’t believe my bundt story made it to the “Big Time”! You’ll be happy to know that my success with the Spooky Spider Cake encouraged me to ever greater bundt heights – one absolutely perfect Lemon Bliss Cake. Now I’m going to try a few more. (That cranberry nut one is calling my name!)

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    1. The Baker's Hotline

      We are indeed happy to hear it, Monica! We’re looking forward to seeing what you bake up next. Do keep us posted! Mollie@KAF

  2. Julie estella

    I’m honored my repurposing of the bundt pan into a dog food dish made the cut.
    I do love a good moist bundt cake, I may be tempted to try again……..

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    1. Rosanna

      I use Baker’s Joy butter/flour spray on my bundt cake non-stick pans and the cakes just fall right out. No sticking whatsoever.
      Good luck, don’t give up!😊

    1. PJ Hamel , post author

      And a lovely story it is, Frederic. I remember days like that — when life wasn’t filled with instant gratification; and little things — like a piece of cake — were special. Thanks for sharing — PJH

    1. Susan Reid

      Sweet milk is regular milk, as opposed to buttermilk, which has been fermented and has a tangier taste. Susan

  3. Kim A

    I’ve made the pound cake recipe from the King Arthur 200th Anniversary cookbook. I bake it in a Danish loaf pan (actually two) that I bought from King Arthur. After cooling, I make a sugar syrup and add coconut extract, then poke holes in the cake and slowly spooned the syrup over it until absorbed completely. Everyone raves over the cake, especially my mom, who loves coconut but can’t eat it.

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  4. Gretchen

    I have a Post-It note on the fridge (with a magnet) that says “ALWAYS butter & flour all bundt pans” bc even with non-stick, the fancy shapes ALWAYS result in cake that comes out of the pan separately, I learned to my sorrow.

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  5. Jessica G.

    When I was a kid I decided to make a bundt cake. When my mom walked in, it was already too late– I was pouring the batter into the hole! Despite the mess, somehow we were able to save the cake. But my family still makes fun of me for that silly mistake.

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  6. Pat Fritz

    Bundt cakes are so easy. I just made 14 cakes for our church last week. We honor the daycare teachers and one special lady that retired from 30 plus years in our church daycare. Out of those 14 cakes I made four Bundt cakes. Now with all this modern stuff as spray in the can. You only have to spray the pan in all of it areas that the cake mixture will be touching. I used just a regular cake mix. Be sure you smooth out the cake mix on top. Oh they cook so nice and cool in no time. After about 15 minutes to half hour turn pan over onto a plate or platter. You cake comes out real easy and ready to do your frosting, powder sugar sprinkle across it or how you want to finish your cake. Plus if you are making several Bundt cakes it easy to wash pan and go again. My pan is 46 plus years and still bakes as it was new. It sure brought back memories at the dessert table about using the Bundt pan. Enjoy gals and guys. I know about 20 years ago I had several little friends that like to borrow my Bundt pan to make cakes. Now this Christmas I know what I will be giving them..

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  7. Chris

    I found a German made Bundt Pan at the Thrift store for $.75 cents ( eBay $35!).
    This was inspired by reading KA’s recipe for “Heavenly Bliss Lemon Cake”. I remembered my Gram making a Lemon cake everyday. Thanks for the memories! It was perfect. 😋

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  8. jennie

    my son’s birthday is Oct. 31st. when he was little we would have a Halloween themed birthday party. 30 years ago it was impossible to find a bakery cake other than flat sheet cakes. my mother found a recipe that used 2 bundt cakes to make a pumpkin cake with icing in the middle and covering the cake. I frosted an ice cream cone green and added some leaves. that birthday cake was the hit of the parties for many years. I still make it for our work potluck and remember my mom’s great idea.

    and most sweet bread recipes I have, banana and zucchini and blueberry, I double up and put in a bundt pan. makes such a pretty presentation.

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  9. Rosanna Desiderio

    Can you please let me know which recipe is used for the bundt cake you have pictured at the top of this blog post “Bundt Stories: Readers Share Their Sweetest Memories?” The photo of the inside of this cake shows exactly what I have been trying to make – a pound cake that has virtually no air holes (not spongey) or many crumbles. It is dense, yet amazing & not dry in flavor. I have also had petit fours with these same characteristics and they too are divine. I’ve been experimenting so much – KA’s AP flour, KA cake flour, very little mixing, less baking powder/soda to eliminate air pockets… Next I will try a blend of butter & Crisco. But I’m hoping the recipe for the cake pictured on this post will be “it” – thank you so much!

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  10. Barbara

    Although I think King Arthur’s special Bundt pan’s are the most gorgeous shapes I’ve ever seen, I’m afraid to order any of them because I always have trouble getting cake out of regular Bundt pans. I know the fancy shapes will cause the cake to stick even worse. Any suggestionS?

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