Classic Bundt Pan

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Description (Brief)
Nordic Ware, a family-owned manufacturing firm in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was founded in 1946 by brothers Dave and Mark Dalquist, as “Plastics for Industry.” In 1950, the brothers bought Northland Aluminum Products, a small firm with a line of “Nordic Ware” products including griddles and steak platters. The same year, Dave Dalquist created a cast aluminum, fluted cake pan and trademarked it as the “Bundt” pan. The company continued to grow its product line to include specialty baking and cookware items, including the microwave turntable. Nordic Ware is notable due to its history of product innovation through engineering, and its continued production of cookware in the United States.
Nordic Ware manufactured this Classic Bundt Pan in the early 2000s as an attempt to reinvigorate the pan’s past commercial success. The traditional Bundt pan’s popularity rose after one was used to bake the “Tunnel of Fudge” cake that was awarded second prize in the 1966 Pillsbury bake-off. Subsequently, Pillsbury and Nordic Ware paired up to sell Bundt cake mixes and pans with great success.
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Nordic Ware
Place Made
United States: Minnesota, Minneapolis
Physical Description
aluminum (overall material)
overall: 3 1/2 in x 10 3/4 in; 8.89 cm x 27.305 cm
ID Number
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Credit Line
Nordic Ware thru H. David Dalquist, President & CEO
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Work and Industry: Food Technology
Nordic Ware cookware
Food Technology
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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