I have but one weakness: I can’t say no to a guy with a nice Bundt.  November 15th is National Bundt Day, and since I love both cake and pointless holidays, I’ll obviously be celebrating.

Growing in popularity during the 1950s and 60s, the Bundt cake was adapted from a traditional European fruitcake by Nordic Ware, who created the trademark fluted design that's common among Bundt cakes today.  Other companies like Pillsbury promoted Nordic Ware’s Bundt pan, as it made great use of boxed cake mixes already on the market.  So really, we have these people to thank for bringing the Bundt cake to fame.  But we should also hate and loathe them, because cake is good and we cannot stop eating it, no matter what form it takes.

Peeta

Peeta says: "Hey, I like your Bundt."

The Bundt cake is popular due to its whimsical design (a.k.a. the center hole, which to me seems like blasphemy – remove the hole and fill it with cake, AMIRIGHT?!) and its ease of preparation (no need to frost, just dust with powdered sugar or pour glaze over the top).  But let’s be honest, if you’re going to make a Bundt cake, you might as well mix up some frosting to go with it.  If the cake doesn’t need it, I’m sure your mouth will.

Octopus Bundt

Look at this cute octopus Bundt pan! For people who prefer cake-amari to calamari #badpuns

Let it be said that I do not own a Bundt pan.  It’s just one of those things that I can’t ever envision buying for myself, but if someone gave it to me as a gift, I’d obviously use it.  Sort of like an electric toothbrush.  Or wool socks.  Or the entire Pokemon TV series on DVD.  (THESE ARE XMAS GIFT IDEAS IN DISGUISE, PEOPLE.  OPEN YOUR EYES.)

However, I do have a few friends with nice Bundts and on rare occasions they even let me handle them.  My favorite Bundt cake recipe at the moment is a simple mixed berry cake with lemon icing.  Very very easy and inexpensive to make (it uses frozen berries in the cake batter and lemon juice + powdered sugar for the icing) but so yummy!

Berry Bundt

I like big Bundts.

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So, what do you think?