As the birthplace of the Bundt, you might think Minnesota would be the first state to host a bakery that sells nothing else. Bundt no.
17 other states beat us to the punch, but as the Business Journal reports Minnesota finally has a franchise in the national chain called Nothing Bundt Cakes.
The Eden Prairie location is already selling cakes and is planning grand opening festivities for Nov. 14-16. It's operated by Patty Balster and Jill Tullemans, who tells the Business Journal the franchise has been anxious to break into this market because of Minnesota's pioneering status in the Bundt world.
The St. Louis Park company Nordic Ware introduced the first of the O-shaped, non-stick cake pans back in 1946. The cookware company is still going strong, having expanded in 2009 -- a time when not many businesses were expanding.
Back in 2006 Nordic Ware marked the 60th anniversary of the Bundt cake by getting November 15th declared National Bundt Day. And it's become an annual event, marked in recent years by Minnesota Monthly and WCCO (which called it Minnesota Bundt Day).
Nothing Bundt Cakes promises nostalgic decor and a playful atmosphere, which seems to size up the essence of the cake. But don't let that fool you into thinking it's not seriously popular in the here and now.
Why, just this past August an orange Bundt baked by Candy Freeman of Melrose won the Grand Cake of the Fair honors at a certain get-together in Falcon Heights.
And the website Food Librarian has proudly published a month's worth of Bundt recipes annually in a feature it calls I Like Big Bundts.