“Where does it come from?”
It would appear that “bundt” is derived from the German Bundkuchen (in Southern Germany and Austria called Gugelhupf, in SwitzerlandGugelhopf), a ring-shaped tea-time cake. The word bundt appears as early as 1901 in The Settlement Cookbook, written by Lizzie Kander ofMilwaukee, Wisconsin. Bundt is used instead of bund in a recipe for “Bundt Kuchen.” The aluminum bundt pan is a variation of ceramic cake forms that were used in Germany, Austria, and Hungary to make the ring-shaped cakes and was trademarked in 1950 by H. David Dalquist, founder of Nordic Ware, based in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, who developed it at the request of members of the Hadassah Society’s chapter in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The old-world pans, with fluted and grooved sides, made of delicate ceramic or cast iron, were heavy and therefore difficult to use. He modified some existing Scandinavian pan designs and fashioned the pan out of aluminium.
I’m a huge fan of the Bundt. I like to think I can blame the people of Minnesota for that. Or at least all of my friends’ mothers that baked. The best part is you can bake ANY sort of cake in a Bundt pan. Lemon, Chocolate, Gingerbread (Thank you Chelsea!!!!)
I found a good old Martha Stewart recipe that I may try and hack this weekend… Spicy Pumpkin Bundt Cake you say? Hells yes!