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.
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.