Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Fluted Cake Pan

Kitchen Bakery Non Stick 9-1/2 Inch

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Cuisinart Chef's Classic Fluted CakeAah, Bundt cakes. Very popular in Minnesota, where I grew up. Everyone has at least two of these pans in their kitchen. The one you "borrowed from Mom" and never returned, and the one Mom gave you for Christmas in the hopes of getting hers back.

Cuisinart has produced a nice heavy duty pan here. It cannot actually be called a "Bundt" pan; that name is a trademark of NordicWare, the originator of the modern fluted cake pan. Still, naming restrictions aside, this version is manufactured from aluminized steel to reduce weight, and coated inside and out with a non-stick finish.

The interior coating is very slick, and a bright silver color. It could be my imagination, but it seems to reflect the heat back in a way that cooks more evenly than the darker colored metal cake pans. The outer edge of the pan doesn't end abruptly as others do, but has a rolled over lip on it. This keeps dripping over the side while cooking to a minimum as well as easing the removal of the cake.

This pan is advertised as dishwasher safe, but I recommend that you gently hand wash this and towel dry. The dishwasher uses harsh cleansers and water temperatures much hotter than hand washing, and will shorten the life of metal cookware and the non-stick finishes used.

This is a pan that will give you many years of service if cared for, long enough for one of your kids to borrow it...

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