Dairy-Free Strawberry Bundt Cake
Do you remember that scene in My Big, Fat Greek Wedding when Ian’s mother presents Thula’s mother with a bundt cake upon their first meeting? That scene was so funny and I think of it every time I make a bundt cake.
What I love so much about that movie is that it embodies the blending of my family and my husband’s family. Despite the fact that my mother-in-law is Greek, his side of the family is more reserved and sophisticated – much like Ian’s family in the movie. Mine is more wild and free (we are Californians, after all), like Thula’s family. And somehow it works…
When we got married in 2004, we had a wedding and reception in California and a second reception in New York, where the majority of my in-laws’ family and friends reside. My family came out to NY for the occasion, which my MIL hosted with the utmost grace. At their home one evening, she put together a multi-course dinner, which was divine, as usual. My brother (the epitome of “wild and free”), brought his bottle of beer to the dining room table when the meal began. And – boy! – did he get an earful! It was absolutely improper to drink beer from the bottle at the table. It needed to be poured into a glass. See what I mean?
That tale is family lore now.
When we would have dinner at my family’s house, the plates never matched, we used paper towels instead of napkins and drank Coke from the can…at the table.
And – really – the important thing in both cases is the food. And the family. What a blessing to share a meal with family. Whether on fine china or paper plates, the gathering of those we love is truly a special thing.
So, perhaps at your next gathering, you can make this Strawberry Bundt Cake. It is dairy-free, but super moist. The cake itself is only mildly strawberry-y but adding the blended berries on top when you serve it makes it perfectly sweet.