An Inside Look at the Magical World of Nordic Ware

Photography by Eliesa Johnson

With one iconic cake pan, a Minnesota man cemented his place in the American baking tradition and established a powerhouse that remains family-owned and the go-to brand for home bakers around the world. Nordic Ware‘s Bundt Pan: It’s simple, ring-shaped, and all-American, with sculpted curves and a perfectly golden crust—no frills or frosting required. The Bundt is elegant yet effortless. For more than five decades, it’s been a staple at potluck picnics, holiday meals, and every celebration in between. Take a look below on how the famous Bundt pan is made and check out our 2018 September/October Issue, here, to learn more of the history of Nordic Ware. 

Photography by Eliesa Johnson
  1. An industrial designer digitally sketches a Bundt design. A 3D model of the classic Bundt has all the information needed to create tooling to make the pan. 
Photography by Eliesa Johnson

2. The pan has a rough perimeter before an automated machine with a high-speed drill bit cuts the metal off.

Photography by Eliesa Johnson

3. The drill bit shaves off the rough metal to give it a clean, crisp edge. The leftover aluminum shavings are then recycled.

Photography by Eliesa Johnson

4. Bundt pans travel up a conveyor line into a vibratory deburring machine, which is basically a giant rock tumbler.

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  1. I love Nordic Ware. I have about 8 different Bundt pans, and have made padded bags to protect them. I also have a couple of cake pans, specialty bread pans, and utensils. Grandkids love to bake and make a different shaped Bundt cake for the different seasons. Great product.

  2. I als love my Nordic cake pans. They are so easy to bake and just add powders sugar or a glaze and you are done. I always add a box of intant pudding mix to the cake mix. It add so much.

  3. This is interesting, clearly a challenging process that they do a great job with.
    The biggest challenge for me is properly greasing the inside of a pan to ensure my ‘creation’ doesn’t stick. What does Nordic say about the best way to do this?

  4. I took a cooking class at the Nordic Ware factory in St. Louis Park, MN and they said to brush it with melted and slightly cooled butter and a pastry brush. If you don’t like the look or final product of dusting it with flour, try coca powder or superfine sugar. Works for me every time!

  5. Just bought my first Bundt Ware pan. I was delighted at the weight and quality of this pan. I am so happy that I invested in this product, and have now ordered 4 more pans. The recipes are wonderful as well.


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