Advertisement for Pillsbury’s Bundt cake mix, ca. 1966. Used with the permission of General Mills, Inc.

Advertisement for Pillsbury’s Bundt cake mix

Advertisement for Pillsbury’s Bundt cake mix, ca. 1966. Used with the permission of General Mills, Inc.

Color image of Northland Aluminum Products (Nordic Ware) and sister company Maid of Scandinavia, in St. Louis Park, ca. 1960.

Northland Aluminum Products (Nordic Ware) and sister company Maid of Scandinavia

Northland Aluminum Products (Nordic Ware) and sister company Maid of Scandinavia, in St. Louis Park, ca. 1960. Used with the permission of Nordic Ware.

Black and white photograph of H. David Dalquist, ca. 1955, at a first Chicago Housewares Show—the first in which Nordic Ware participated.

David Dalquist

H. David Dalquist, ca. 1955, at a first Chicago Housewares Show—the first in which Nordic Ware participated. It took Dalquist nine years to earn his fledgling company a spot at the large show. Used with the permission of Nordic Ware.

Color image of a Fluted cake pan, ca. 1900. A forerunner of Dalquist’s Bundt pans.

Fluted cake pan

Fluted cake pan, ca. 1900. A forerunner of Dalquist’s Bundt pans.

Color image of a cardboard container for the Nordic Ware Bundt jumbo fluted tube pan made of formed aluminum, ca. 1950–1970. Used by Susan Roth in St. Louis Park, Minnesota.

Bundt pan box and instructions sheet

Cardboard container for the Nordic Ware Bundt jumbo fluted tube pan made of formed aluminum, ca. 1950–1970. Used by Susan Roth in St. Louis Park, Minnesota.

Color image of a Bundt cake pan, upside down, May 11, 2005.

Bundt cake pan, upside down

Bundt cake pan, upside down, May 11, 2005. Photograph by Wikimedia Commons user David Benbennick.

Color image of a Bundt cake pan, May 11, 2005.

Bundt cake pan

Bundt cake pan, May 11, 2005. Photograph by Wikimedia Commons user David Benbennick.

Bundt Pan

Many Americans can recognize a Bundt pan or have one at home. But few know that this iconic cake pan, created by H. David Dalquist, founder of the Nordic Ware Company, is rooted in Minnesota’s Jewish immigrant history. The design for the ring-shaped mold came from a pan called the Gugelhupf, which was brought to the United States by Jewish immigrants from Europe.

Black and white photograph of Swan Turnblad, ca. 1915.

Swan Turnblad, ca. 1915

Swan Turnblad, ca. 1915.

Black and white photograph of Swan Turnblad in his office at the Svenska Amerikanska Posten, ca. 1920.

Swan Turnblad in his office

Swan Turnblad in his office at the Svenska Amerikanska Posten, ca. 1920.

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