H. David Dalquist, 86, creator of the aluminum Bundt pan, the world's top-selling cake pan, died Sunday in Edina, Minn.
Mr. Dalquist's Nordic Ware company has sold more than 50 million of the pans, which he designed in 1950 at the request of Hadassah members in Minneapolis. They had ceramic pans of similar designs, but wanted aluminum. He created a new shape and added regular folds to make it easier to cut the cake.
The women called them "bund pans" because "bund" is German for a gathering of people. Mr. Dalquist added a "t" and trademarked the name.