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These Bundt Pans Are So Beautiful They Turn Every Cake Into a Gift

Nordic Ware's iconic pans will make your next baked good a real showstopper.
By Kimberly Holland
December 12, 2020
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Bundt pans, like cast iron skillets, can be a family heirloom. Indeed, I have one of my grandmother's beloved Bundt pans, a little worn around the edges from her decades of making cakes for church bake sales. In recent years, Nordic Ware, the company that trademarked and now makes a wide variety of these molded cake pans, has been creating pans that I would love to add to my collection so I can make even more beautiful baked goods. And if you're a baker, even a once-a-year baker, odds are these pans catch your eye often, too.

Nordic Ware is a family-owned business based just outside Minneapolis. They have been producing high-quality, beautiful bakeware since 1946, and I can't help but think they've been producing some of their most beautiful pans in recent years as they know how striking sculpted cakes are on social media posts. And unlike frosting highly intricate cakes or covering confections with fondant and gold leaf, many bakers can make a cake in one of these vessels and turn out a truly spectacular dessert.

Bundt pans are typically doughnut-shaped cake pans with varying degrees of molded details. Some can be quite simple, with delicate swirls. Others are highly intricate, like this faceted Jubilee pan. As the pans have grown more collectible, Nordic Ware has even been upgrading their finishes from the original cast aluminum to ornate gold, platinum, even copper.

The beauty of bundt pans and other fluted pans is that they turn fairly basic Bundt cake recipes into works of art. That means, whether it's a Christmas gift for a neighbor or a birthday cake for a co-worker, you can make a simple cake, bake it in one of these gorgeous pans, and have a museum-worthy dessert in less time than it would take to frost and sprinkle three dozen cookies.

For gifting purposes, these small bundt pans are the same shape as the classic 10-cup pans, but you can make twice the cakes for the same amount of work. For the office or individual treats to share with friends for a socially-distanced event, these mini bundlettes are swirling, sweet delights.

If you're looking to add to your own collection of cake pans, go ahead and shop Amazon's collection of Bundt pans. Also, check out Williams Sonoma, which frequently has exclusive pans you won't find anywhere else. We picked out a few of our favorite pans below, certain one of these is the perfect pan to add to your own collection for your next baking weekend.

Nordic Ware Jubilee Bundt Pan
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Nordic Ware Jubilee Bundt Pan

Buy it: $38 (originally $63.50); amazon.com

Nordic Ware Fleur De Lis Cast Aluminum Bundt Pan
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Nordic Ware Fleur De Lis Bundt Pan

Buy it: $32; amazon.com

Nordic Ware Swirl Bundt Pan
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Nordic Ware Swirl Bundt Pan

Buy it: $38; williams-sonoma.com

Nordic Ware Magnolia Cast Aluminum Bundt Pan
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Nordic Ware Magnolia Bundt Pan

Buy it: $27 (originally $45); amazon.com

Nordic Ware Cut Crystal Cast Bundt Pan
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Nordic Ware Cut Crystal Bundt Pan

Buy it: $44; amazon.com

Nordic Ware Vintage Star Bundt Cake Pan
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Nordic Ware Vintage Star Bundt Cake Pan

Buy it: $27 (originally $32); amazon.com

Nordic Ware Platinum Collection Heritage Bundt Pan
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Nordic Ware Platinum Collection Heritage Bundt Pan

Buy it: $34; amazon.com

Nordic Ware Crown Bundt Pan
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Nordic Ware Crown Bundt Pan

Buy it: $37 (originally $62); amazon.com

Nordic Ware ProForm Bundt Pan with Handles
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Nordic Ware Bundt Pan with Handles

Buy it: $21.50; amazon.com

Nordic Ware Pine Forest Bundt Pan
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Nordic Ware Pine Forest Bundt Pan

Buy it: $32 (originally $50); amazon.com

Nordic Ware 70th Anniversary Cakelet Plaque
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Nordic Ware 70th Anniversary Cakelet Plaque

Buy it: $40; williams-sonoma.com

Nordic Ware Bundt Charms
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Nordic Ware Bundt Charms

Buy it: $40; williams-sonoma.com

Nordic Ware Art Deco Bundt Cakelet Plaque
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Nordic Ware Art Deco Bundt Cakelet Plaque

Buy it: $40; williams-sonoma.com

Nordic Ware Tree Cakelet
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Nordic Ware Tree Cakelet

Buy it: $38; williams-sonoma.com

Nordic Ware Small Heritage and Anniversary Bundt Pan Set
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Nordic Ware Small Heritage and Anniversary Bundt Pan Set

Buy it: $59; williams-sonoma.com