Chocolate Bundt Cake is any chocolate dessert cake
cooked in a Bundt pan, forming it into a distinctive ring shape.
often qualifies as a type of bundt cake.
In fact, the word "bundt" may have even originated from the German "bundkuchen" (sometimes called "kugelhopf" or "Gugelhupf"), a popular German and Austrian coffee cake that bundled or wrapped the cake's dough around the pan's center hole.
The word bundt (pronounced "bunt", the "d" being silent) is found in America as early as 1901 in The Settlement Cookbook, written by Lizzie Kander of Milwaukee,Wisconsin.
In 1950 H. David Dalquist, founder of Nordic Ware, developed and trademarked the Bundt pan we know today at the request of members of the Hadassah Society's chapterin Minneapolis, Minnesota.
They were interested in a pan that could be used to make bundkuchen. The old-world pans were made of delicate ceramic or cast iron, heavy, and difficult to use, so Dalquist modified some existing Scandinavian pan designs and fashioned a pan out of aluminum.
The pan sold somewhat slowly until 1966 when a Bundt Cake won second place in a Pillsbury-sponsored baking contest.Soon after, the Bundt pan become the most-sold pan in the United States.
~ In 1970 Pillsbury licensed the name for a line of cake mixes.
~ In early 2007 some of the original Bundt pans became features of the Smithsonian Institute.
~ Since their introduction, more than 50 million Bundt pans have been sold by the Nordic Ware company.
~ National Bundt Pan Day is November 15. (Woo-hoo!)
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