The Sweet Life! With Christine Kropp; What exactly is a Bundt Cake? Hummingbird recipe included!

Christine Kropp

November 15 is National Bundt (pan) Day. Created in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Bundt pan, by Nordic Ware.

The Bundt cake gets its name from the pan it uses, not a specific recipe. The traditional pan is round with a fluted hole in the middle, giving the cake a distinctive ring shape. Nordic Ware trademarked the Bundt pan in the early 1950s, giving us the classic pan, we typically think of.

Most commonly a pound cake recipe is used with a Bundt pan, but many coffee cake recipes can be adapted to fit a Bundt pan.  The decorative shapes of the Bundt pan limit the need for icing and decoration, giving you more time to sit and enjoy your sweet labour.

Nordic Ware has created a beautiful line of Bundt pans; the perfect gift this holiday season for the baker on your list.

One of my favourite recipes in a Bundt pan is a hummingbird cake.  A moist cake filled with bananas, pineapple, coconut and pecans.  Finished of course, with a cream cheese icing, drizzled over the edges.  Or, if you are like my husband, he prefers his Bundt cakes spread thick with a layer of butter. Visit my website for the Hummingbird recipe:

DID you know ..

• The hole in the middle of the pan helps bake the dense cake evenly

• The Bundt pan was inspired by the German kuglehoupf pan

• Check out for more national food dates

Do you have memories of your mother, grandmother making a traditional Bundt cake?  Do you have a favourite Bundt cake recipe .. tell us in the comments!

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