NATIONAL BUNDT DAY
National Bundt Day, also known as National Bundt Cake Day, is observed every year on November 15th. As people across the United States plan menus for the holidays, a bundt cake is sure to be on the list at least once.
A Bundt cake can be any cake baked in a Bundt pan, forming it into a distinctive ring shape. The mold of the Bundt pan was initially inspired by the traditional European fruit cake known as Gugelhupf. It was in the 1950s and 1960s that the cookware company Nordic Ware popularized the style for the mold design and trademarked the name Bundt. Nordic Ware started producing Bundt pans made from cast aluminum. Similar pans are sold as “fluted tube pans” or other similar names.
In the beginning, the Bundt pan did not sell well, and Nordic Ware considered discontinuing the product. Then in the 1963 New Good Housekeeping Cookbook, the Bundt pan was mentioned, and sales increased. In 1966, sales increased dramatically when a Bundt cake called the “Tunnel of Fudge,” baked by Ella Helfrich, took second place at the annual Pillsbury Bake-Off and won a $5,000.00 prize. The publicity from the Bake-Off resulted in more than 200,000 Bundt pan requests.
Nordic Ware has sold more than 60 million Bundt pans across North America.
Have you ever eaten a Bundt cake? If not, today is the perfect day to try it for the first time. If you’re looking for the best kinds of Bundt cakes to try, we have 10 flavors you can try:
- Pineapple upside down cake
- White chocolate raspberry
- Pumpkin spice
- Lemon raspberry
- Peanut butter chocolate chip
- Strawberries and cream
- Red velvet
If you want to try your hand at baking a Bundt cake, there are some tips and tricks you should use to ensure your success. First of all, if this is your first Bundt cake, you will want to stick to a pan that is pretty plain and simple and not so elaborate. (You might be surprised that not all Bundt pans are the same!) After you have chosen your pan, you’ll want to choose your recipe. Some cake recipes work better in Bundt pans than others. This includes cakes with denser batters, such as pound cake. You’ll probably want to avoid cake mix from a box, and also sponge cakes, as these recipes aren’t as dense. After you have carefully chosen your recipe, grease your Bundt pan with shortening and then dust it with flour. You don’t want to grease the pan with butter as this ingredient will cause the cake to stick to the pan as it bakes.
Bundt cakes take longer than other kinds of cake to bake, and it’s not uncommon for it to bake for at least an hour. To make sure your Bundt cake is done, stick a toothpick in the center and make sure it comes out clean. One last tip is to cool it for a bit before flipping the pan upside down to get the cake out. You may have to bang the pan a little bit on the counter to get it to come out. Also, don’t worry about frosting your Bundt cake. Due to the difficulty of frosting a ring-shaped cake, Bundt cakes are typically served undecorated, glazed, or dusted with powdered sugar. If you’re someone who isn’t into eating cake, there are other things food you can make with your Bundt pan. Some people use their Bundt pans for monkey bread, sub sandwiches, lasagna, stuffing, or gelatin salads. A Bundt pan is also great for making an ice ring for punch. Others don’t use their Bundt pan for food, they use it to make crafts. A Bundt pan is wonderful for creating holiday wreaths, gift baskets, and planters. You could even stick two Bundt pans together to make a cute pumpkin craft, which is perfect for the fall season.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBundtDay
Get out your Bundt Pan and make a cake. There are so many different cakes to make using a bundt pan, and they come out beautiful too. You just can’t go wrong. Use #NationalBundtDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL BUNDT DAY HISTORY
To mark the 60th anniversary of the Bundt pan, Nordic Ware designated November 15 as National Bundt Day.
Q. What else can be made in a Bundt pan?
A. The Bundt pan is not limited to cakes. You can create other molded desserts in the Bundt pan such as gelatins and pull-apart breads. The Bundt pan also makes delicious savory dishes. Think lasagna, stuffing, or an egg bake.
Q. Should I allow my dish to rest before removing it from the Bundt pan?
A. Yes. Allow the Bundt pan to cool slightly before turning it onto a cooling rack.