Nothing Bundt History

Friday, August 31, 2018 | 10:52 pm

Did you know that Bundt cakes started out in Germany as the Gugelhupf cake, and it lineage goes back quite some time. This bit of history lets us know that while things may seem fancy and modern chances are that the history goes back further than you might imagine.

In 1950, a group of women were said to have approached the owner of a bakeware company, David Dalquist, and his wife, Dorothy. They asked if he could grant one wish: The chance to taste the Gugelhupf Pan that their mothers had baked so many years ago.

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Ingrid Kuo, of Nothing Bundt Cakes in Pasadena, tells us that many delicacies originally came from overseas. Originating in Germany, the round cake with the hole in the middle didn’t arrive on U.S. shores until after these women who knew the recipe for the famous cake, but didn’t have the pan required to bake it, made their request and it was granted.

Ingrid also tells us that the standard cake pan at the time didn’t have a hole, meaning that the Gugelhupf was left uncooked in portions, and it didn’t take long for Dahlquist to make a new Gugelhupf pan out of cast aluminum, throwing in the hole and a few curved edges while he was at it, and the Bundt cake pan, as we now know it, got its start.

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He began to sell a few in one of the local stores but the trend didn’t really take off until one woman – who went by the name of Ella Helfrich – used a Bundt pan to bake an award-winning cake at the 1966 Pillsbury Bake Off.

The company behind the newly renovated pan, Nordic Ware, received more than 200,00 requests for this unique pan with a hole in the middle.

Now, there are tons of Bundt cake pan shapes, allowing you to show off your creative skills in the baking department. But if you’re not a dab hand in the kitchen, you can always go straight to Nothing Bundt Cakes to pick up a delicious Bundt cake to show off to your family and friends while they devour this favorite with a big smile, and a craving for more.

Nothing Bundt Cakes is located at 548 S. Lake Ave., in Pasadena. For more information, call (626) 792-8200 or visit








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