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Nordic Ware: The Bundt Cake--Then and Now


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The original molded Bundt cake from Nordic Ware

The original molded Bundt cake from Nordic Ware

Nordic Ware

The Bundt Cake—
Then and Now

Dotty & Dave Dahlquist

Dotty & Dave Dahlquist

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.

Nordic Express Cakelette Pan

Nordic Express Cakelette Pan

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.

Rose Bundt Pan

Rose Bundt Pan

Classic Bundt Cakes

Classic Bundt Cakes

Haunted Manor Cake Pan

Haunted Manor Cake Pan

Photos and history from Nordic Ware: http://www.nordicware.com