The state that invented the Bundt cake finally has an all-Bundt bakery


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.

Next Up

Mohamed Ibrahim

Missed PAT seals Gophers' fate against Maryland

Mohamed Ibrahim tied a school record with four touchdowns, but the Gophers lost in overtime.

dnr trout stocking helicopter

DNR uses a helicopter to more efficiently stock lakes with trout

In the past, the DNR used airplanes to stock remote lakes with fish, but the survival rate of the fish was only 85%.

steve simon zoom call

Secretary of State explains plans for segregated absentee ballots

Election officials are reminding voters that it's too late to mail in your absentee ballots.

Halloween, trick-or-treating

Osterholm on safe trick-or-treating: 'I would say go ahead with it'

The infectious disease expert's opinion doesn't align with the CDC's guidance.

drop and go ballot plymouth

It's too late to mail your ballot, but you can still vote. Here's how.

Voters can drop off their absentee ballot, vote early in-person or head to the polls on Election Day.

2019-12-11 f1rst Wrestling Hanukka Havok-Darin Kamnetz-154

Dusting itself off after virus blow, F1rst Wrestling returns to the ring this Sunday

Minnesota's premier independent wrestling company was on top of the world before the virus hit.


McDonald's is bringing the McRib back in December

It hasn't appeared on menus for eight years.

Apple Valley High School

2 more Twin Cities districts moving to distance learning for grades 6-12

The decision was announced as infection rates in Dakota County rise.

covid-19 testing site sign

Here are the 4 free COVID-19 testing sites in MN for the week of Nov. 2

People don't need to have symptoms or insurance to get tested for free.