Mini Bundt Pans

Published November 1, 2011. From Cook's Illustrated.

Manufacturers have shrunk the Bundt. Do any perform as well as their full-sized counterparts?

Overview:

Reflecting a recent miniaturizing trend in bakeware, manufacturers have shrunk the Bundt. Miniature Bundt pans come in two styles: single-cup molds and trays of six. We baked cakes in two singletons and in two tray models ranging in price from $3.75 to $40. Since all were nonstick and released cakes effortlessly, picking a winner came down to ease of handling and the visual appeal of the cakes. Both tray-style pans featured handles that made flipping out the cakes easier than flipping from the singleton pans. As the little cakes sat cooling on racks, we focused on looks. Only the cakes from the tray-style models had well-defined ridges. Since the main purpose of a Bundt pan is to produce cakes with a distinctive scalloped surface, we had no problem choosing a favorite, a mini version of our winning full-size Bundt pan.

Reflecting a recent miniaturizing trend in bakeware, manufacturers have shrunk the Bundt. Miniature Bundt pans come in two styles: single-cup molds and trays of six. We baked cakes in two singletons and in two tray models ranging in price from $3.75 to $40. Since all were nonstick and released cakes effortlessly, picking a winner came down to ease of handling and the visual appeal of the cakes. Both tray-style pans featured handles that made flipping out the cakes easier than flipping from the singleton pans. As the little cakes sat cooling on racks, we focused on looks. Only the cakes from the tray-style models had well-defined ridges. Since the main purpose of a Bundt pan is to produce cakes with a distinctive scalloped surface, we had no problem choosing a favorite, a mini version of our winning full-size Bundt pan.

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  • Prices are subject to change.
  • Highly Recommended - Winner

    Nordic Ware Platinum Anniversary Bundtlette Pan

    This pan, from the manufacturer of the original Bundt pan in 1950 (as well as our favorite full-size Bundt pan), exceeded expectations with its superior design and results. Its mini cakes had tall, defined ridges and an elegant stature. The cakes’ gently filigreed edges browned nicely, and the pan’s handles made for easy (and safe) transfer in and out of the oven.

    • Design ★★★
    • Release ★★★
    • Cake Appearance ★★★

    $40

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  • Highly Recommended

    Wilton Excelle Elite 6-Cup Mini Fluted Tube Pan

    This tray-style pan has wide, flat handles that make moving it in and out of the oven a breeze, rendering it an excellent choice. But while the cakes that it turned out were nicely shaped, with well-defined ridges, they were slightly squatter and broader than those from the Nordic Ware Platinum Anniversary Bundtlette Pan.

    • Design ★★★
    • Release ★★★
    • Cake Appearance ★★½

    $21.49

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  • Recommended

    Fox Run Preferred Nonstick 4-Inch Mini Fluted Pan with Center Tube

    This single-cup pan produced cakes with ridges that weren’t quite as well defined as our winner’s, but they were attractive nonetheless, plus the cakes released easily from the pan. If you prefer a singleton pan, this is a very inexpensive option. 

    • Design ★★
    • Release ★★★
    • Cake Appearance ★★

    $3.75

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  • Recommended with Reservations

    Harold Imports Nonstick 4.5-Inch Mini Bundt Pan

    This pan was easy to use and released well (thanks to its springform design) but it didn’t produce the classic domed, ridged Bundt cake. Its design gave us the tube shape of an angel food cake, with a faint fluted pattern on top. But if the classic look isn’t important to you, it’s a decent option.  

    • Design ★★
    • Release ★★★
    • Cake Appearance

    $7.20

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