I bought the pan above for my son's 2nd and 5th birthday party. It was a knight party and I thought the castle cake fit right in. I decided to bake two cakes for each son and you may recall that I shared the recipes for the banana cake and the chocolate cake here. Yes, bundt pans can be pretty costly compared to normal baking pans but since I wouldn't need to buy a cake or decorate it, I thought it was well worth the money.
The kids had a combined party at home and a party at school so I had to bake 4 cakes in total so that just multiplied the value. See, how I rationalise these purchases. Haha. Also I thought, with two boys, I would certainly be able to find another opportunity to bake another castle cake. In fact, I did use it again for their Army Party last year.If you are new to these sort of baking pans, the one above is called a Bundt pan or you could refer to it as a fluted tube pan. The key difference from normal cake pans is that these pans have a chimney or cylindrical tube in the middle of the pan that allows for an even baking of the cake. The name bundt has since been trademarked by Nordicware who popularised the pan in the 1950s and 1960s hence, other pans are normally referred to as fluted tube pans. You can use any recipe in it but bundt cake recipes tend to be denser which allows the intricate patterns to show up better.
Although Nordicware only produces these pans in cast aluminium, you can now find silicon versions in the market which tend to be cheaper and work as well.