What is the difference between a ring pan or a ring mold and a bundt pan? Both are circular baking pans with holes in the center. But aside from a similar overall shape and the fact that they can both me made from many different types of material – from stoneware to silicone – there are quite a few differences between these pans. The standard ring pan is 9 or 10 inches in diameter and about 2 1/2 inches high (they come in different sizes, but this is definitely the most common). The pan is completely rounded, like a half cylinder that has been wrapped around to make a ring shape. Bundt pans, on there other hand, are usually 10 or 12-inches in diameter and are up to 5 inches deep (again, there are different sizes available). While they are usually molded into different designs, the sides of a bundt pan are almost vertical, much less rounded than those of a ring pan.
Ring pans have a much smaller capacity than bundt pans do, with a typical pan holding 4-6 cups, while a bundt holds 10-12 cups. A 4-6 cup capacity is about the same as a 8×4-in loaf pan, to give you a point for comparison. It is much easier to unmold a ring pan than a bundt pan, largely because it is very easy to slide a spatula along the curve of the cake and loosen it; the pan is not too deep and there are no grooves for a cake or bread to stick in.
Ring pans are used for yeasted cakes, like savarin, but can be used for many other dishes, as well. They make great Jello-molds and can be used to bake any type of cake or quickbread batter that will easily fit into it (volume-wise). It’s not a must-have kitchen item because you can use a plain bundt pan instead of a ring pan – as long as you bear in mind that whatever you’re baking will not fill up the pan – but it is easy to work with, doesn’t take up much space and makes a great change in presentation for smaller baked goods like banana bread.
LindaJanuary 1, 2009
I would think a ring-pan would work for a coffeecake too.
MarciaJanuary 1, 2009
The Good Will is a good source for interesting Bundt pans. I still have my first one from 1972 after watching an demo at the Gas Company cooking event,
Johanna BJanuary 2, 2009
I’m restocking my kitchen. My daughter took most of my baking items when she went off to college. I want a basic bundt pan and I never thought of looking at Good Will. Great suggestion!
KatyNovember 14, 2012
I got this pan as a set for our wedding and have never seen one before! I don’t bake a whole lot, but I was hoping to find other things to use this for. Maybe a lasagna would be fun to try, since I am one of those people who loves the corner pieces!