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.
Due to the difficulty of frosting a ring-shaped cake, bundt cakes are typically served undecorated, glazed, or dusted with powdered sugar.
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 winning 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.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL BUNDT DAY
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.