The Bundt Cake—Then and Now
Friday, September 13
6:00pm to 8:00pm
We Want Your Bundt Cake Story!
Whether it was baking with Grandma or baking with a grandchild, surprising a roommate on his or her birthday, catering a friends’ wedding in the 70s with a granola cake made from whole wheat flour, or having a favorite pan that you’ve kept for decades that you rarely use but will never discard – you have a Bundt story and we want to read it!
Nordic Ware: The Bundt Cake - Then and Now will be the Norway House Gallery Exhibit from September 13 to November 3, 2019. As part of the exhibit, we would like to share people’s stories about their favorite baking moments with Bundt pans. We will select some of the writers to be interviewed and filmed for an installation in the gallery. Other stories will be incorporated into displays and/or print materials to accompany the display. However we use your story, you will always receive an attribution.
We are calling everyone. You can be of any age, any level of baking skill, or have your skill be consuming Bundts. Your story can be short and sweet – just a few sentences – or a bit longer, up to 250 words. Please use the submission form below and write your story one (1) story in the text box.
Need a little prompt before writing? Possible ideas include:
Favorite food-fad cakes you still love – did your family get a Bundt pan in 1966 so you, too, could make a Tunnel of Fudge cake? Or are you a 90s child with happy memories of funfetti?
What about holiday baking? Gingerbread Bundts for Christmas? Kugelhopf for the High Holidays?
Do you have a favorite good-luck ritual that you perform before turning the pan over and hoping that it releases your cake cleanly and crisply? Tips for success that you want to share?
What’s your favorite way to decorate a Bundt cake?
What’s your greatest success or most ignominious failure?
An inspirational American success story, Nordic Ware was founded in 1946 by a determined wife, Dotty Dalquist, and her resourceful husband Dave, newly back from the second world war. With only $500 in their pockets, a few good ideas and a desire to create a business of their own, a humble kitchenware company was launched from the basement of their home in Minneapolis. In the beginning, Nordic Ware’s product line was only a handful of items, all of which were specialty Scandinavian ethnic cookware products—the Rosette iron, Krumkake iron, Platte Panne pan, and the Æbelskiver pan. Nordic Ware is still family-owned and operated, with three generations involved in the business, and remains a prominent and innovative Minnesota figurehead, based in St. Louis Park.
Undoubtedly, Nordic Ware's most famous item is the Bundt® pan, which can be found in over 70 million households around the world. Despite a lackluster introduction in the early 1950s, the Bundt® pan rose to worldwide fame when it was used to bake a prize-winning cake in a national baking contest, and the rest, as they say, is history. As the pan found its way into the hearts and homes of people everywhere, the Bundt® cake has become the quintessential American dessert--one that’s become a tradition for countless gatherings and family celebrations.
Norway House is proud to partner with Nordic Ware to celebrate the history and continued excellence in design with an exhibit showcasing The Bundt Cake’s wide variety of forms and shapes, from classic molds your mother used to make gelatin deserts and cakes, to contemporary takes on the original, to detailed shapes and scenes.
Photos and history from Nordic Ware: http://www.nordicware.com