It’s not until you see the finished product from Nordicware’s Heritage Bunt pan that you realize how gorgeous it really is. The pan itself is nice, but not that impressive. The finished cake comes out with sharp lines, forming a swirling design that is reminiscent of a very geometric flower bud. It is also slightly reminiscent of a kugelhopf pan. Kugelhopf is a type of eastern European cake that is made with yeast and lightly sweetened. The cakes were beautiful, but a bit time consuming to make. The shape of the kugelhopf pan is what is said to have inspired Nordicware to create its first bundt pan back in the 1950s, giving home cooks a vehicle for creating equally beautiful, but easier to make, cakes. Bundt pans come in all kinds of designs, of course, but this vintage-inspired pan truly is gorgeous.
In spite of the fact that the Williams-Sonoma website says that they’re only selling this pan online or by catalog, I’ve actually seen it on the shelves at two WS stores near me and know that it would be easier to pick up in store than waiting (and paying) for shipping. It doesn’t look like the ridges of the pan are too narrow, either, so this is a design that should come out of the pan much more cleanly than some of the more complicated bundt designs.