Sweet Company Breaks the Mold

Two local women entrepreneurs are helping redefine an American classic cake.

Whether you're seeking the perfect centerpiece for a special occasion or simply craving a classic treat to brighten your day, Nothing Bundt Cakes in Mason and Liberty Township offers a slice of indulgence that's hard to resist.

Mary Thress was introduced to her business partner Carey Greiner for what was supposed to be a simple 20-minute meet and greet but immediately fell in love with the idea. Before they knew it their first franchise location was born in 2016.

“Two women started the company out of their kitchens in 1996, and most of the franchises are owned by women today,” says Mary.

Nothing Bundt Cakes has 11 regular flavors that come in multiple sizes: full-sized Bundt cakes, single-serving Bundlets and one dozen packs of party-sized Bundtinis. Of the thousands of cakes that have been sold, twenty-five thousand Bundlets and more than fifty thousand Bundtinis, Mary states that the most popular is the decadent Chocolate Chocolate Chip, closely followed by White Chocolate Raspberry. 

Each cake is baked to perfection and adorned with the bakery's signature butter cream cheese frosting, prepared in-house daily. Their popular Carrot Cake can be served dairy-free by omitting the frosting, and they even have a gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake. The bakery offers seasonal flavors as well. In the autumn, they offer a Pumpkin Spice Cake and for winter, they have Peppermint Chocolate Chip. 

“I recommend preordering for holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas because we do get very busy. We will always have cakes if people are walking in to buy, but flavors will be limited. People can order online or call the bakery if they have any questions,” says Mary.

While the bakery's name emphasizes the Bundt cakes themselves, it offers more than desserts. Customers can explore such items as Bundtlet towers, gifts and personalized decorations for various occasions such as birthdays, sporting events and celebrations.

“We have a lot of cute things in our Bundt’ique,” shares Mary.

Bundt Cakes are relatively new to America. They were inspired by a European cake that dates back to the 15th century - the ‘gugelhupf’ - which unlike the Bundt is leavened with yeast and contains fruit. In the 17th century, it became a favorite of Marie Antoinette but didn’t come into popularity in America until the 1960s when Ella Rita Helfrich won second place in the Pillsbury Bake-Off with her Tunnel of Fudge. 

Ella’s overnight sensation became synonymous with America. In the 2002 comedy My Big Fat Greek Wedding, a Bundt cake humorously demonstrates the difference between a family from America and a family from Greece. The Greek matriarch happily exclaims “It’s a cake!” and displays it as a centerpiece, showing the integration of the two families.

From the history of the Bundt cake to the modern interpretations offered by the bakery, every bite from Nothing Bundt Cakes in Mason and Liberty tells a story of craftsmanship and passion. Sweetness takes center stage, reminding us that sometimes, a simple slice of cake can be the gateway to connection.

Fun Facts:

  • The first American Bundt pan was invented by the company Nordic Ware, but sales only took off after the Tunnel of Fudge cake won the Pillsbury Bake-Off in 1966.

  • National Bundt Cake Day is celebrated on November 15.

  • Nothing Bundt Cakes eClub members receive free Bundlet coupons for their birthdays!

  • Nothing Bundt Cakes franchise locations can be found in more than 40 states and Canada, spreading the joy of Bundt cakes far and wide.

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