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Barbara Rolek

Nov. 15 Is Bundt Day in the United States

By November 15, 2012

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When Dave and Dotty Dalquist started their business venture out of the basement of their Minnesota home in 1946, they had no idea their baking pans would become international best sellers.

Tunnel of Apples Bundt Cake
Tunnel of Apples Bundt Cake
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They started with Rosette Irons, Ebelskiver Pans, Krumkake Irons and Platte Panna Pans, all Nordic bakeware specialty pans. By 1948, they began producing bakeware and household items under the Nordic Ware trademark.

Their most iconic pan -- the Bundt Pan -- was introduced in 1950 when the Minneapolis Chapter of the Jewish Hadassah society asked Dave and Dotty to produce a kuglehopf pan, similar to the one the society's president had received from her grandmother in Germany.

Dave produced the pan from cast aluminum for the Hadassah society and a few for the Nordic Ware trademark, which he sold to department stores using the name, bund pan. (The word bund means "a gathering" in German and, so, a bund cake, with its characteristic fluting, was a cake suitable for a gathering or party.)

Nordic Ware created the pan and filed for a trademark to protect its creation, renaming the pan the Bundt pan, and its popularity just exploded. Now, in addition to hundreds of Bundt pan shapes, Nordic Ware markets its own line of Gourmet Bundt Cake Mixes, as well as a complete line of conventional cookware, ovenware, bakeware, indoor/outdoor barbecue cookware and specialty kitchenware distributed worldwide.

If you live near Minneapolis, you can avail yourself of some of the Nordic Ware Cooking Classes they offer at their headquarters in Minneapolis.

In 2006, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty proclaimed Nov. 15 as Bundt Day. I love Bundt cakes. Not only are they easy to make, they look so pretty dusted with a snow of confectioners' sugar. That's all they need, really, to look party ready.

I based my Tunnel of Apples Bundt Cake Recipe on Tunnel of Fudge Cake, the 1966 winner of the 17th Pillsbury Bake-off. Ella Helfrich baked her winning cake in a Bundt pan and the pan's popularity skyrocketed. So what are you waiting for? Bake a Bundt!

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