Bundt Cake Recipes

They taste as good as they look, they're easy to make, don't need filling, only require a drizzle of frosting, and they're much easier to cut than a layer cake.

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Whipped Cream Cake

Rating: 3.53 stars
This old-fashioned dessert from master baker Rose Levy Beranbaum's cookbook, "Rose's Heavenly Cakes," contains no butter or oil; instead, whipped cream gives the cake its melt-in-your-mouth texture and subtle floral flavor.

German Chocolate Bundt Cake

German chocolate cake is defined by its iconic coconut-pecan frosting; for this recipe, we've bucked tradition and tucked it inside of this Bundt cake instead. Here's the trick: Transfer the batter to the pan, then spoon on the gooey goodness—we used a small ice cream scoop for easy release and evenly distributed dollops. It settles into the middle while baking, so when you cut through that glossy ganache, a scrumptious surprise awaits.

Chocolate Bundt Cake

Rating: 3.18 stars
Guaranteed to satisfy any chocolate craving, this is an excellent cake to keep in mind when you have a houseful of guests. The ganache glaze makes it dressy enough for dessert after a special dinner.

Lemon-Rhubarb Olive-Oil Bundt Cake

A dairy-free dump and whisk batter means this Bundt is extra easy to make. Plus the olive-oil and whipped egg whites give it a light, fluffy texture reminiscent of a cake donut. And there's a secret technique to this tangy, lemon-rhubarb knockout: a coat of sanding sugar in the pan helps the cake come out of the mold, while also baking into a sparkly shell. 

Lemon Bundt Cake

Rating: 3.7 stars
This lemon bundt cake is the perfect addition to any springtime dinner party

Apple-Cider Doughnut Cake

If you love the apple-cider doughnuts often sold at farmers' markets, you'll love this cake! Baked in a Bundt pan, it's essentially a giant cakey doughnut, made a little more wholesome with whole-wheat flour. A blend of olive oil and applesauce helps keep it moist. This classic fall dessert recipe appears in our cookbook, "A New Way to Bake" (Clarkson Potter). Martha also made this recipe on "Martha Bakes" episode 802.

Blueberry-Lemon Bundt Cake

Rating: 3.19 stars
This Blueberry-Lemon Bundt Cake is the perfect addition to any brunch. For best results, coat the inside of the Bundt pan with cooking spray just before filling it with the batter to prevent it from pooling in the bottom.

Orange-Cardamom Bundt Cake

This cardamom-scented sunburst of a Bundt cake gets a double dose of orange-liqueur-spiked syrup: It's soaked into the bottom via skewer-poked holes, and brushed on top to harden into a fine, crackly glaze that sets off the rays so well. Serve it for brunch or afternoon tea, it pairs especially well with a spiced cup of milky chai.

Key Lime Bundt Cake

This Bundt cake takes its flavor cues from Key lime pie and fuses it with the best part of a coffee cake: the streusel, of course! The cinnamon-scented nubbins get scattered in the pan, layered in the middle, and sprinkled on top before baking. As for the lime, a full cup of juice flavors the batter, the syrup that infuses the cake, and makes an appearance in the sweet and tart glaze.

Applesauce Cake

Rating: 3.58 stars
Applesauce makes this cake exceptionally moist. It's delicious on its own or served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. If you decide to use store-bought applesauce, choose one with a chunky texture.

Strawberry-Swirl Bundt Cake

This rosy riff on a strawberry shortcake is sure to become a new Bundt cake classic. Egg whites and cake flour create a stark white batter (and super tender crumb) that is a perfect canvas for tinting. For the pink part, flavor a third of the batter with ground freeze-dried strawberries. Alternate pouring in the two batters; then swoosh a knife through a few times to swirl. To serve, fill the center of the cake with whipped cream and macerated berries and prepare to impress.

Kentucky Bourbon-Brown Butter Cake

Use a high-quality bourbon -- we like Bulleit -- for the glaze; the flavor will shine through.

Inspiration and Ideas

Devil's Bundt Cake

Rating: Unrated
The key to a moist, flavorful chocolate Bundt cake? Sour cream and two kinds of chocolate -- cocoa powder and mini chocolate chips.

Whipped-Cream Cakes

Rating: 3.14 stars

Martha's recipe is inspired by a cake that master baker Rose Levy Beranbaum made on the Martha Stewart Show.