H. David Dalquist

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H. David Dalquist
BornMay 25, 1918
DiedJanuary 2, 2005(2005-01-02) (aged 86)
OccupationInventor, chemical engineer
Spouse(s)Dorothy Margerite Staugaard Dalquist[1]
ChildrenDavid Dalquist
Corrine Lynch
Linda Jeffrey
Susan Brust[1]

H. David Dalquist (May 25, 1918 – January 2, 2005) was an American inventor and chemical engineer.[1]

Dalquist was a graduate of the University of Minnesota. Dalquist served as a radar technician in the Pacific with the United States Navy during World War II. In 1948, Dalquist and his wife, Dorothy, purchased Northland Aluminum Products and began manufacturing bake ware under the Nordic Ware name. Initially Nordic Ware’s product line were all designed to make Scandinavian specialty items including Rosette, Krumkake, Platte Panne and Ebelskiver. [2]

In the early 1950s, Dalquist designed the Bundt cake pan.[1] Bundt cakes became very popular after the Tunnel of Fudge cake recipe took second place at the 1966 Pillsbury Bake-off.[3] Dalquist subsequently licensed the name to Pillsbury for use in their cake mixes. He later helped develop thermoset plastics used in microwave cookware. [4][5]


  1. ^ a b c d The Associated Press (January 6, 2005). "H. David Dalquist, 86, Bundt Pan's Inventor, Dies". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "Guide to the Nordic Ware Records". National Museum of American History. Retrieved April 15, 2016.
  3. ^ "The American Table: Tunnel of Fudge Cake (1966)". The American Table. 2016-01-01. Retrieved 2016-05-21.
  4. ^ "Bundt Pan Creator H. David Dalquist". Washington Post. 6 January 2005. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
  5. ^ Gene Rebeck (October 24, 2014). "Nordic Ware". Twin Cities Business. Archived from the original on May 1, 2016. Retrieved April 15, 2016.

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