No stuck-on mess here!

Bundt cakes are a favorite old-fashioned recipe, and with good reason. Yes, they’re delicious, but what makes Bundt cakes unique is their beautiful presentation. That picturesque, cover-worthy cake is only possible with a good Bundt pan. Because Bundt pans are oddly shaped, they can be difficult to clean, especially if they’re an intricate shape like a Christmas wreath or a castle. Bundt pans are even harder to clean if you have a cake that sticks or half-sticks. Oops. Whether your cake came clean or you’ve got some crumbs and cake left behind, here’s the easiest way to clean it.

After removing the cake from the pan (hopefully intact), do NOT set the pan aside and move onto your next task. The key to getting a completely clean Bundt pan is cleaning it as soon as possible. The longer residue and crumbs sit in the pan, the harder they are to remove. Your cake will need to cool off before you get to that gorgeous icing, so go ahead and clean the pan as it cools.

First, wipe the pan out with a paper towel to clear it of any loose, big crumbs. Then soak your Bundt pan with steaming hot water and dish soap. If your pan is non-dishwasher safe and nonstick, be sure to use a small amount of gentle dish soap. With any pan, you can always add a dash of baking soda to the mix, too. Depending how dirty your pan is, let it soak for at least 30 minutes (longer amount of time for stickier pan). If you still see remnants on your pan after soaking, don’t panic.

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Use a baby-bottle brush or even a toothbrush to lightly scrub the pan. If you have a nonstick Bundt pan, be extra careful when scrubbing. Small cleaning tools like baby-bottle brushes and toothbrushes can easily get in every crevice and corner of even the most elaborate pan.

If your pan is dishwasher safe, you can obviously throw it in and forget about it. But even for dishwasher-safe pans, handwashing can prevent damage and give your pan a longer life. Your pan should both dry and be stored upside down so that dust won’t gather inside its ridges.

Now you can enjoy that gorgeous Bundt cake without stressing about a sticky, hard-to-clean mess.