Best Bundt Cakes (+ Essential Bundt Baking Tips)

Bundt cakes are the best all-occasion cake — fancier than a sheet cake, but more relaxed than a layer cake. 10 tips for the best bundt you’ve ever made, plus 30+ recipes for the best bundt cakes out there!

30+ Best Bundt Cakes plus top tips for baking your best bundt ever! {Bunsen Burner Bakery} #bundtcake #bakingtips

I like big bundts… and I cannot lie.

Okay, come on.  An entire year of bundt cakes and I waited until the very, very end to make that joke.  You had to know it was coming eventually… right?

But it’s true.  I totally love bundt cakes, and the bigger the better.  I know little mini bundt cakes have plenty of fans, but I love the big ones.  There’s something so majestic about a giant bundt cake on a pretty cake plate.

And so, after a year of baking a baker’s dozen of bundts, I thought I’d compile some of my best tips, so you can make your Best Bundt Ever.

Tips to Bake the Perfect Bundt Cake

1) Use a non-stick bundt pan in good shape.  Lots of scratches = lots of little areas to stick.  Most of my bundt pants are Nordicware (affiliate link, but not sponsored), and they all release beautifully.

2) Use the right size bundt pan!  Some recipes provide you with an actual size (i.e., prepare a 12 cup bundt pan).  Many do not.  You want the batter to fill the pan roughly two-thirds to three-fourths of the way up the sides of the pan.  If you find that your batter goes higher than this, stop and save the rest of the batter for another use.  If the batter doesn’t fill the pan this high, the shape will be disappointing.

3) Use non-stick spray or melted shortening to grease your pans.  Butter contains milk solids, which can increase the stickiness of the cake.  If you’ve been using melted butter to grease your pans and find that they stick, try a coating of non-stick vegetable spray instead.  I don’t flour my bundt cakes because the non-stick pans release well, but you can also coat with a thin layer of flour if your pans are prone to sticking.

4) Grease the pan just before adding batter.  Most recipes start with “Preheat your oven to 350. Grease your pan…” I’ll admit it – some of my earlier bundt recipes do this, too.  But after a year of bundt baking, I’ve realized that greasing your pan ahead of time means the nonstick spray just pools in the bottom of the pan.  Wait until right before you add the batter so the spray stays on the sides of the pan, right where you need it.

5) Spoon the batter into the pan, ensuring that all little crevices are full.  Once all the batter is in, tap the pan firmly on the counter several times.  Air bubbles in the bottom of the pan bake into little divots, ruining the intricate designs.

6) Use a spatula to spread the batter UP the sides of the pan, a little higher than the center.  Bundt cakes will rise and starting the batter higher up on the sides allows the cake both to bake more evenly and prevents the center from doming.

7) If the center does dome (i.e., the cake will not have a flat bottom once flipped), use a clean dishcloth and gently press down on the domed center as soon as taking the cake out of the oven.

8) Let the cake rest at room temperature for 10-20 minutes after removing from the hot oven.  You need the cake to cool enough to firm up before removing.  But waiting too long to remove the cake can also contribute to the cake breaking.  I’ve found 10-20 minutes to be the sweet spot, where the cake is most likely to release cleanly.  Turn the cake upside-down onto a cooling pan and let it sit for 10 minutes – the cake will start to pull away from the sides of the pan and release naturally.

9) If the sides of the cake are sticking a little, run a knife or flexible spatula down the sides of the still-warm cake to carefully release the sides.

10) If you absolutely cannot get the cake out of the pan, return your cake to a 300 °F oven for 10 minutes.  This is usually just long enough to help release any areas still sticking to the side of the pan.

Now that you’re armed with tips for your best bundt baking, you need some recipes, right?!  Here’s what I’m calling the Ultimate Bundt Collection: the 32 Best Bundts I’ve found.  Let’s go!

Chocolate Bundt Cakes

50 Best Bunds: Cookies and Cream Oreo Bundt CakeCookies & Cream Oreo Bundt Cake via Bunsen Burner Bakery

50 Best Bundts: chocolate cheesecake stuffed bundt cakeChocolate Cheesecake Stuffed Bundt Cake via Liv for Cake

50 Best Bundts: chocolate peanut butter cup bundt cakeChocolate Peanut Butter Cup Bundt Cake via Bunsen Burner Bakery

50 Best Bundts: double chocolate bundt cakeDouble Chocolate Bundt Cake via Domestic Gothess

50 Best Bundts: chocolate fudge bundt cakeChocolate Fudge Bundt Cake via Bunsen Burner Bakery

50 Best Bundts: chocolate buttermilk bundt cakeChocolate Buttermilk Bundt Cake via Kylee Cooks

50 Best Bundts: peppermint mocha bundt cakePeppermint Mocha Bundt Cake via Bunsen Burner Bakery

Fruity Bundt Cakes

50 Best Bunds: Lemon Blueberry Bundt CakeLemon Blueberry Bundt Cake via Bunsen Burner Bakery

50 Best Bundts: cherry almond ricotta bundt cakeCherry Almond Ricotta Bundt Cake via Sweet and Savory Meals

50 Best Bundts: hummingbird bundt cakeHummingbird Bundt Cake via The View from Great Island

50 Best Bundts: lemon raspberry bundt cakeLemon Raspberry Bundt Cake via Marsha’s Baking Addiction

50 Best Bundts: meyer lemon olive oil cakeMeyer Lemon Olive Oil Cake via Baking Sense

Floral Bundt Cakes

50 Best Bundts: Lemon Lavender bundt cakeLemon Lavender Bundt Cake via Bunsen Burner Bakery

50 Best Bundts: Persian Love CakePersian Love Cake via Happy & Harried

Boozy Bundt Cakes

50 Best Bundts: Irish Cream Bundt CakeIrish Cream Bundt Cake via Bunsen Burner Bakery

50 Best Bundts: orange bundt cake with salted whisky caramelOrange Bundt Cake with Salted Whisky Caramel via Recipes from a Pantry

50 Best Bundts: spiked eggnot bundt cakeSpiked Eggnog Bundt Cake via Cooking with Curls

50 Best Bundts: chocolate and red wine cake with pearsChocolate and Red Wine Cake with Pears via Cinnamon & Coriander

50 Best Bundts: apricot brandy bundt cakeApricot Brandy Bundt Cake via Running to the Kitchen

50 Best Bundts: rum cakeRum Cake via Texan Erin

Marble Bundt Cakes

50 Best Bundts: Patriotic Spiral Bundt CakePatriotic Spiral Bundt Cake via Bunsen Burner Bakery

50 Best Bundts: strawberry key lime cheesecake bundt cakeStrawberry Key Lime Cheesecake Bundt Cake via The Crumby Kitchen

50 Best Bundts: marble bundt cakeMarble Bundt Cake via Baking a Moment

Fun and Festive Bundt Cakes

50 Best Bundts: Funfetti Bundt CakeFunfetti Bundt Cake via Bunsen Burner Bakery

50 Best Bundts: pecan pie bundt cakePecan Pie Bundt Cake via Spoonabilities

40 Best Bundts: breudher cake with blood orange glazeBreudher Cake with Blood Orange Glaze via The Flavor Bender

50 Best Bundts: S'mores Bundt CakeS’mores Bundt Cake via Bunsen Burner Bakery

50 Best Bundts: gingerbread bundt cake with vanilla glazeGingerbread Bundt Cake with Vanilla Glaze via Living Sweet Moments

40 best bundts: cranberry walnut bundt cakeCranberry Walnut Bundt Cake via Supergolden Bakes

50 Best Bundts: red velvet bundt cakeRed Velvet Bundt Cake via Bunsen Burner Bakery

50 Best Bundts: pumpkin ricotta bundt cakePumpkin Ricotta Bundt Cake via The Merchant Baker

Whew! That’s a lot of really delicious looking bundt cakes!  Which one are you going to try first?!