For the uninitiated the Bunt cake is a dessert cake that is cooked in a Bundt pan. which is essentially a round aluminum cake pan with a hole in the centre.
The founder of Nordic Ware, H David Dalquist created the design in 1950, based on the pans that were used to make the Austrian and German bundkuchen (also known as kugelhopf or gugelhupf). He simply added a t to the word bund and this is now the registered trademark.
The European pans were made of heavy cast iron so Dalquist modified the design in aluminum which is much easier to work with and he introduced folds in the outer edge.
The design wasn’t readily adopted by the American public until a baking contest in 1966 where the Bundt cake took out second prize. This win raised the profile of the Bundt pan and they went on to become the most sought after baking pan in the US resulting in more than 50 million Bundt pans being sold since it was introduced.
Such is the popularity of the Bundt cake today that there is even a “National Bundt” day on November 15. This years winner was Anne Kornow from Dexter, Michigan with her ‘Mint Mountains’ dessert.
View this recipe and the recipes for the other top 10 finalists in the National Bundt Day competition.