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National Bundt Day!

Today we celebrate National Bundt Day or also known as National Bundt Cake Day.  This day is observed annually on November 15th just in time for the upcoming holidays to think about what kind of cake are you making using a Bundt pan.

A Bundt cake can be made of any of your favorite cakes or dessert for the holidays.  A bundt pan is a special type of pan with a distinctive shape, inspired by a traditional European cake known as Gugelhupf but Bundt cakes are not generally associated with any single recipe.

The style mold in North America was popularized in the 1950s and 1960s by Nordic Ware and began product Bundt pans from cast aluminum.  Publicity of Pillsbury paves the way to widespread popularity.

Bundt cakes do not conform to any single recipe, instead, their characterizing feature is their shape.  It generally has fluted or grooved sides, but its most defining design element is the central tube or the “chimney” which leaves a cylindrical hole through the center of the cake.  It enables the mixtures to touch the surface of the pan providing faster and more even heat distribution during cooking.

Nowadays, you can bake anything in a Bundt-style pan.  Also, Bundt-style pan design has expanded where you can find different floral designs and other shapes creating a beautiful masterpiece after the cake is baked.

Today, more than 60 million Bundt pans have been sold by Nordic Ware across North America that is why November 15th has been named National Bundt Day.

I used a Bundt pan when creating my favorite cakes for the holiday and one of my favorite cakes is the pineapple upside-down cake.  I also made some Monkey Bread on a Bundt pan, as well as my classic Double Chocolate cake.  So, today, celebrate this day by making your special cake recipe on a Bundt pan and share some photos on social media using #NationalBundtDay.

1859 Final installment of “A Tale of Two Cities” is published

On November 15, 1859, Charles Dickens’ serialized novel, A Tale of Two Cities, comes to a close, as the final chapter is published in Dickens’ circular, All the Year Round.

Dickens was born in 1812 and attended school in Portsmouth. His father, a clerk in the navy pay office, was thrown in debtors’ prison in 1824, and 12-year-old Charles was sent to work in a factory. The miserable treatment of children and the institution of the debtors’ jail became topics of several of Dickens’ novels.

In his late teens, Dickens became a reporter and started publishing humorous short stories when he was 21. In 1836, a collection of his stories, Sketches by Boz, was published. The same year, he married Catherine Hogarth, with whom he would have nine children.

(excerpted from https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/final-installment-of-a-tale-of-two-cities-is-published)

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