Celebrate Mom With These 9 Decadent Cakes

Apr 12, 2023

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Mother’s Day is a special occasion to show our love and appreciation for the incredible women who have nurtured and supported us throughout our lives. What better way to express our gratitude than by baking a delicious homemade cake? 

Plopped in the prime of spring, Mother’s Day is also a great chance to highlight all the delicious flavors of the season!

From berry-soaked treats to carrot cake and tarts, we’ve gathered 9 mouthwatering cake recipes that are sure to make your mom, grandma or mother figure in your life feel cherished and loved on her special day.


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Honey Lemon Cakelets

Sweet honey and tangy lemon come together in a perfectly sized treat with this mini-cake recipe. These cakelets are moist, flavorful and topped with a zesty lemon glaze, making them a refreshing and delectable dessert Mom will love.

Use your favorite decorative cupcake pan or cakelet mold to give these cakes their special shape—just be sure to watch them closely, as different pans or mold sizes may cause slight variations in baking times.

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Classic Carrot Cake

Indulge in this moist and flavorful carrot cake recipe, packed with freshly grated carrots and a blend of warm spices.

Applesauce and crushed pineapple bring extra moisture to the cake (and cut down on oil), adding a natural sweetness that pairs nicely with the other flavors. Topped with a velvety cream cheese frosting—plus your favorite “crunchy” ingredient, like toasted coconut, pecans or carrot candies—this is a Mother’s Day dessert your mom may just request every year.

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Strawberry Cake with Champagne Buttercream

There’s something magical about the process of baking a cake. It’s a labor of love—from selecting the perfect recipe to carefully measuring out each ingredient, mixing and finally, watching the transformation as the batter rises and turns golden in the oven.

This strawberry cake recipe is the perfect example of this, but the wait is well worth it. With made-from-scratch strawberry compote and a luscious champagne buttercream, this dessert recipe is a sophisticated and elegant treat that’s perfect for special occasions and celebrations just like Mother’s Day.

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Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Tart

This elegant dessert looks beautiful on your spring tablescape and is a delicious Mother’s Day dessert to celebrate the occasion.

Make it gluten-free by using alternative crusts made out of rolled oat crumble, or even sub the graham crackers with your favorite gluten-free cookie (crushed) instead. Unlike traditional cheesecakes, this recipe uses a tart pan instead of springform pan, which means the cheesecake will be a little less deep than a traditional variation.

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White Chocolate Coconut Cake

This beautiful Mother’s Day cake uses a decorative Bundt pan to achieve the detailed look, but any cake pan will work.

Buttermilk creates a moist, tender crumb in this cake, and melted white chocolate, coconut and lemon zest are blended in to give it a touch of sweetness and extra richness. Dust with powdered sugar, a lemon glaze or even an extra drizzle of white chocolate to make it your own.

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Lemon Raspberry Tea Cakes

These light and sweet tea cakes are sure to be a hit on Mother’s Day.

Double lemon—lemon zest and lemon juice—give this an extra burst of tangy flavor, which complements the tartness of the raspberries. These tea cakes are easy to make, with a simple batter that can be whipped up in no time, and they’re a great way to showcase the bright flavors of the season.

Serve it with a cup of tea or coffee after Mother’s Day brunch or as an afternoon dessert.

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Vanilla Cardamom Cupcakes with Plum Mascarpone Buttercream

The blend of vanilla and cardamom gives these cupcakes a warm and comforting flavor, while the plum mascarpone buttercream (made using a homemade plum jam) adds a luxurious and sweet touch.

What makes this cupcake extra special is the cored center, which is filled with the same homemade jam that’s used in the buttercream.

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Victoria Sponge Cakes with Elderflower Glaze

This classic British dessert consists of two layers of sponge cake filled with jam and whipped cream. The cake is named after Queen Victoria, who is said to have enjoyed a slice of it with her afternoon tea, so it’s quite literally fit for the queen in your life (AKA Mom!).

This cake recipe uses almond extract instead of vanilla to give it a sweet, nutty flavor—which complements the mildly fruity, floral and earthy taste of the elderberry glaze.

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Succulent Matcha Cupcakes

These cupcakes are made with matcha green tea powder, which gives them a vibrant green color and a delicate, earthy flavor.

Light and fluffy, these cupcakes have a tender crumb that perfectly complements the subtle taste of the green tea. The fun part comes with the icing: with a steady hand, you can create beautiful variations of succulents with greens, purples and earth-toned colors. 

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