With so many different fluted cake pan choices on the market it’s tough to find the right one for you and know that you’re getting it at the best price. In this post, I want to take a look at some of the different types of fluted cake pans and show you where to get them for a steal of a deal!
First, we should talk about why they’re fluted in the first place. Baking cakes in that shape is a long tradition, mostly during the holidays, when bundt and fruit cakes are common desserts. It’s believed that this style of baking goes back to Germany, and the word “bundt” is believed to have been coined in 1901 in the American cookbook The Settlement Cookbook by Lizzie Kander from Milwaukee. The flute is there so that heat can pass evenly through the cake and allow it to bake. Attempting to bake a cake that thick sans the flute would end burned edges and raw insides.
The most important element in a fluted cake pan is the ability to get the cake out of the mold. I’ve had tons of people call me up through the years and ask me for help getting their stuck bundt cake out, and the only way to remove a stuck bundt cake is to whack it against the counter. You’re not going to have good results, but the cake will come out! A nonstick surface will help out a ton, but it won’t guarantee the cake coming out. An even coat of baking spray and flour applied just before the cake batter goes in will help you get the cake out. To increase the likelihood that fluted cakes don’t stick there are now springform and silicone cake pans.
If you plan on baking traditional bundt cakes, any fluted cake pan will do the job. If you plan on getting different uses from it, like fillings and cheesecakes, you may want to look into different shapes. There are fluted tart pans that work great with fillings, and springform is mandatory for any cheesecake application.
Now that you know a lot more about fluted pans, let’s take a look at where to get them for the best price.
eBay and Amazon consistently have the best prices on the web for cake pans, and that holds true for the fluted variety. Use Amazon if you have other shopping to do, like party favors or gifts. Use eBay if the only thing that you need is the pan as cheap as possible.
Here are the most popular pans from Amazon, and below you’ll see current eBay listings.
To see all of Amazon’s fluted pans, click here.
Here are the current eBay listings. Use the arrows on the right to scroll through the results, or use the search form to track down exactly what you’re looking for.