What to Bake for Mom this Mother’s Day

Mexican Chocolate Cake, flourless or not

Wondering what to bake for mom this Mother’s Day? Every mom is unique, and I’ve got lots of choices for easy springtime baking projects so you can find the perfect match. Which one will your mom love?

Mexican chocolate cake topped with berries

Baking for mom on mother’s day

It’s the perfect way to show love and appreciation for the woman that nurtured and nourished you. Give her a little bit of that love from the kitchen right back. What makes the perfect Mother’s Day bake? I’ve rounded up my favorite treats that are a special enough to show you care, without being fussy or complicated to prepare. They’ll fit in perfectly with whatever you’ve got planned, from breakfast in bed to a full on spring luncheon.



Lemon Poppy Seed Layer Cake

If mom’s a lemon lover then you can’t go wrong with this tried and true flavor combination, and I bet she’s never had a cake like this before. It’s a pretty, spring-y ending to any Mother’s Day.

a 3 layer lemon cake with lemon poppy seed frosting



Norwegian Rhubarb and Almond Cake

Mom’s who don’t do sweets are hard to bake for, for sure, but this simple, elegant Nordic breakfast cake will win her heart. Tart, juicy rhubarb and nutty almond are fabulous together in this understated coffeecake. A dusting of sparkling sugar makes it extra pretty for the brunch table.

Rhubarb Cake, sliced on parchment paper



Flourless Mexican Chocolate Cake with Berries

Did you inherit the chocoholic gene from mom? Then this is the cake for both of you! It’s dense, rich, and oh-so-chocolatey, and can easily be made gluten free if you like. This recipe has been one of my entertaining mainstays over the years, and people always rave about it.  Fresh berries, edible flowers and light-as-air whipped cream make it festive.

A slice of Mexican Chocolate Cake with whipped cream and strawberry



Ina Garten’s Coconut Cupcakes

If your mom lost count of how many cupcakes she made for her kids after about 5,000 (raising my hand!)…treat her to some gorgeous, fluffy coconut cupcakes of her very own this Mother’s Day.

Ina Garten's Coconut Cupcakes ~ easy-peasy tender moist coco-nutty cupcakes topped with the most insanely delicious coconut cream cheese frosting ~ these are perfect for spring flings!



Perfect Buttermilk Pound Cake

Is your mom a purist? A no-frills, minimalist, just-the-basics-please kind of person? This buttermilk poundcake recipe is simple, but perfected, so she’s bound to be impressed. Flavorful enough to serve on its own ~ divine paired with fruit. Think fresh berries, strawberry sauce or rhubarb compote.

Pound Cake, sliced, on a cooling rack



Victoria Sponge Cake

For the mom who’s watched every season of The Great British Baking Show, twice, this version of a classic Victoria Sponge Cake will be a hit. It’s a no-fail recipe that relies on the unbeatable combination of buttery cake, fresh cream, and tart berry jam for a lovely brunch or tea-time treat.

A slice of Victoria Sponge Cake.



Tangerine Shortbread Tart

Want to surprise mom with something she’s never tasted before?  Try this tangerine shortbread tart with rosemary. The flavor combination is unusually lovely, with a savory edge from the bitterness of the marmalade and piney notes of rosemary.

Rosemary Tangerine Marmalade Crumble Tart, sliced into wedges



Strawberry Sheet Pan Pancakes

For the mom who taught you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  These sheet pan pancakes are a genius way to feed warm pancakes to a small crowd without sacrificing flavor or texture. They’d also be so cute on a breakfast in bed tray. Perfect for kids helping in the kitchen, too!

a stack of strawberry sheet pan pancakes being drizzled with syrup



Raspberry Lemon Cake

This is payback for all those birthday cakes ~ a sophisticated layer cake studded with fresh raspberries. The lemon frosting is worth the price of admission, I know she’ll love it.

A slice of Raspberry Lemon Tea Cake on a wooden table



Sparkly Strawberry Shortbread Cookies

If you can’t see mom in person, pack up a box of these strawberry cookies, they’ll ship well and keep their crunch. Dehydrated strawberries give them a true, fresh, berry flavor.

strawberry shortbread cookies




Classic Quiche Lorraine

Mom not a dessert person? She’ll love this quiche Lorraine, it’s so rich and luxurious. Bacon and gruyere cheese form the simple but irresistible flavor combination of this French classic.

a slice of quiche on a plate with salad

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    May 3, 2021 at 5:58 am

    Thank you for posting the Norwegian Rhubard and Almond cake recipe. Anyone who loves their mom should make this for her – it is Fabulous!!!

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