It's Easier Than You Think To Make Your Own Bundt Pan

There always seems to be some new kitchen tool on the market these days with glowing reviews claiming that they're the greatest thing since sliced bread. They can be hard to resist, especially with promises of making a culinary task easier or making food healthier, and despite how hard you try, those gadgets somehow always end up in your shopping cart and eventually your home.

Now, we're not saying that all kitchen technology is bad or unnecessary, but the fact of the matter is that as your collection grows, your kitchen, sadly, does not. Sooner or later, you'll be left with the difficult task of figuring out which tools are necessary and truly deserving of your precious cabinet space and which you can do without. This, of course, is a predicament in itself, as you may end up purging a few pieces of kitchen equipment that you might actually end up needing somewhere down the road. Take a bundt pan, which Leaving The Rut says is typically used for baking moist, dense cakes and is a great example of something that might be useful around the holidays, but unless you regularly enjoy a slice of homemade coffee cake for breakfast, you might not be able to justify keeping one around. Luckily, there's a simple way to DIY a bundt pan on the off chance you find yourself in need of one. Here's what you'll need to do.

You probably already have everything you need to make a DIY bundt pan

You may not deem a bundt pan worthy of a spot in your kitchen, but even casual bakers will want to keep a regular, round cake pan on hand. Per LifeHacker, this piece of bakeware, along with a clean, empty metal can and some dried beans or rice, is all you'll need to construct a makeshift bundt pan for those times when you can't warrant purchasing a new one, but want that classic donut shape for your baked good.

Start by placing the metal can in the middle of your round cake pan. Fill the can with some of the dried beans or rice in order to weigh it down, and then marvel at the fact that you've made a bundt pan with things you've already had sitting in your kitchen. At this point, LifeHacker says you can butter up your creation, including the outside of the metal can, pour in the batter, and pop it in the oven, or if it's easier, The Spruce Eats says you can do the greasing before building the pan. Either way, you've still got a great solution for the rare occasion that you want to make a bundt cake without having to take up space in your kitchen with one of the actual pans. Maybe you can use that empty spot in your cabinet for something truly useful, like Robert Irvine's must-have kitchen gadget – a blender — instead.