Helpful hints for fail-safe results
Prepare the pan
Brush Bundt®pan with a solid vegetable shortening and dust lightly with flour. Use a pastry brush to apply the shortening. Apply it evenly and be sure to coat all of the nooks and crannies in the pan. After dusting with flour, briskly tap the pan several times with the palms of your hands to distribute the flour evenly and then turn pan upside down over a sink to remove excess flour (For awesome detail, Wondra flour works best).
An alternate method is to spray the Bundt® pan with a non-stick vegetable oil. (We recommend a non-stick spray that contains flour, such as Bakers Joy.) After spraying, take a pastry brush and brush the oil into the nooks and crannies of the pan and then turn the pan upside down on a paper towel, allowing excess oil to drain away. Avoid using spray with lecithin listed as an ingredient as a gummy residue can build up over time.
Avoid bubbles in the batter
To prevent air bubbles in the cake, slowly pour the batter in one section of the pan and allow the batter to flow in and around the Bundt® design. Gently tap the filled cake pan on the counter a few times, this will make the air bubbles/pockets rise up and away from the outside of the cake.
Showcase the details using a spatula
Mixes and recipes may vary, so fill the pan about ¾ full to avoid overflow. With a spatula, push the batter to the outside of the pan pushing slightly up the walls; this will help the cake climb up the sides, giving you greater detail on the outside of the cake.
Bake and then cool for 10 minutes before inverting
Place the pan on the center rack of the preheated oven. For dark colored pans, reduce the recommended oven temperature by 25 F (10°C). Bake for time indicated and cool 10 minutes –no less, no longer. With hot pads, pick up the cake pan and gently shake the pan from side to side listening for thumping. This indicates cake is loose and ready to invert. A plastic knife may be used to carefully loosen the cake around the center tube and sides if sticking persists.
Invert, continue cooling and dust or drizzle
Invert on plate or cooling rack; continue to cool. After the cake has cooled, dust with powdered sugar using a sifter or drizzle your favorite sauce on top. ENJOY!