Inventor of the Bundt Pan
In 1950, he was approached by a group of woman from the local Hadassah Society. They asked him if he could recreate the Gugelhopf Pan that they remembered their mother's using in Europe. (The original Gugelhopf Pans were heavy, made of Cast Iron or a thick Ceramic, and didn't travel well). The American cakes of the time were too light and fluffy, and they missed the dense rich cakes of their childhood. A pan with a hole in the center would allow the heat from the oven to reach the batter in the center of the cake... baking it evenly.
David Dalquist headed down to his basement workshop, and reproduced the Bund pan out of cast Aluminum.He added a few extra folds to the pans shape, to give it flair.
Bund is German for Club or Group... these cakes were served at gatherings. When it came time to patent the form, he added a T to the end of bund... making it BUNDT.
At the time, he made enough for the women, and sold a few extra in the local department store. The original price for the "new" Bundt Pan" was .00. They did ok, but did not set the world on fire.
photo from Nordicware Website
Spreading the Word About the Bundt
In 1960, the Good Housekeeping Cookbook showed how to bake a Pound Cake using a Bundt Pan. More women began to buy them for their kitchens.
The Original Bundt Pan
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Within days, Nordic Ware was inundated with over 200,000 requests for the pan with the hole in the middle. Everyone wanted a Bundt Cake Pan.
Find the recipe for Tunnel of fudge Cake on the Pillsbury Website Tunnel of Fudge
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The Bundt Finds Its Spot in the Kitchen
They were the perfect cake.... easy to make, versatile, good enough for company, and good for family. The perfect cake for a gathering of friends... or for the kid's after school snack.
Added bonus... the Bundt Cake sort of decorated itself. You didn't have to create frosting or pipe elaborate designs on the cake, just a simple glaze, or a dusting of powdered sugar and done.
Can you just imagine a 60s hostess getting ready for a club meeting with the "girls"... frilly apron on.... and a bundt cooling on the rack.
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How Popular Is the Bundt Pan?
Over 60,000,000 (that's SIXTY MILLION) Bundt Pans have been sold.
Half of the homes in the United States own at least one bundt pan.
It's a BUNDT
OOOHHHH! It's a CAKE!
What is the Best Way to Get the Cake OUT of a Bundt Pan
Once the cake is in the pan, it's too late to prepare.
Make sure you grease your pan.... yes, even the non-stick ones (apparently, cake batter can't read the lable that says non-stick)
I use that spray stuff...works great
Over -prepared is better than a stuck cake.
Let the cake cool in the pan for about 20 minutes....
Get a rack ready
Grab hold of the pan
Say a quick prayer to Betty Crocker
And without hesitation....
And like magic.... it will come out.
Nordic Ware Produces Bundt Pans in All Sorts of Shape
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No More Measuring!
It was now possible for ANYONE to buy a box, add some eggs and liquid, and produce a great looking cake any day of the week.
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