Bundt cakes are delicious—this is a known fact. But you may not know that you can bake a delicious Bundt cake even if you don’t have the right pan. You probably have the perfect Bundt pan substitute in your kitchen right now.
What to Use Instead of a Bundt Pan
Thankfully, you can use many types of cake pans for your Bundt cake recipe. You basically have two options here: make your own Bundt pan, or use a different pan altogether. Regardless of which option you choose, remember you won’t get the same stylized exterior without a real Bundt pan.
How to Make Your Own Bundt Pan
To make your own substitute Bundt pan, you’ll need a standard round cake pan (ideally a 9-inch round), pie weights like this and a small, empty oven-proof container (like a simple oven-safe glass Pyrex dish). Place the glass in the middle of the cake pan, fill it with your weights, make sure it will not move (you don’t want batter under that glass, trust me). Then, pour your batter.
Editor’s Tip: A Bundt pan is deep, so if you substitute a normal 9-inch round pan, you’ll have way too much batter. It’s a good idea to make a second “Bundt” cake at the same time.
How to Convert a Bundt Cake Recipe
You can adapt a Bundt cake recipe to whatever pan you do have in your kitchen. To convert your Bundt cake recipe, first decide which pan you’ll use. A standard Bundt cake pan holds between 10 and 12 cups of batter, and standard Bundt cake recipes typically make slightly more than what you’d bake in a 13×9 pan, or two 9-inch round cakes. Find more baking pan conversions.
Can you bake a Bundt cake in a 13×9 pan? Yes—but don’t overfill the pan. Be sure to leave about 1/2″ to 1/4″ of space at the top to give the cake room to grow.
You’ll also need to adjust your baking time. Bundt cake pans are deep, so recipes call for longer baking times. If you change to a shallower dish, bake for a significantly shorter time period, and check in frequently. Using a toothpick or skewer, check the cake every 10 to 15 minutes until it comes out clean.