These Easy Mother's Day Desserts Are Guaranteed to Make Mom Smile
Gearing up for Mother's Day? After buying her that special gift and writing the perfect Mother's Day card, you want to do a little something else to say thanks for all that bringing-you-into-the-world and raising-you-to-be-a-competent-adult stuff that she did.
Breakfast in bed is a nice touch, or possibly making a big Mother's Day brunch. But even if you don't have time for all that, you can whip up a pretty, tasty, homemade dessert that's filled with the one ingredient every Mother's Day dessert needs: love. We've got ideas that'll be sure to please any mother, from light, fruit-filled treats, to healthy-ish sweets, to creamy, chocolate-y, heavenly desserts. And you don't have to be a professional to make these, either!
Strawberry-Lemonade Angel Pie
What better way to let mom know that she's an angel, than with an angel pie? This light-as-air meringue-crust pie is so good you might want to make two!
Get the recipe for Strawberry-Lemonade Angel Pie.
Rhubarb Custard Pie
Tangy, sweet, and strikingly pretty, rhubarb makes an excellent fruit filling for spring celebrations like Mother's Day.
Get the recipe for Rhubarb Custard Pie.
Coconut Cream Gingham Cake
If your mom is a country girl with a flair for style, then make her a dessert to match. This stunning spring cake is all dressed up and ready to go!
Get the recipe for Coconut Cream Gingham Cake.
Buttermilk-Lime Cupcakes with Swiss Meringue Buttercream Frosting
We like these fun, lilac-colored (and lilac-flower-shaped) cupcakes for how elegantly they recall spring in bloom. But we love them because the bright buttermilk and lime flavor just absolutely bursts out.
Get the recipe for Buttermilk-Lime Cupcakes with Swiss Meringue Buttercream Frosting.
Brandied Cherry-and-Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream
Ice cream loving moms will adore this cherry and chocolate studded dessert! You can always leave out the brandy if mom would prefer it that way.
Get the recipe for Brandied Cherry-and-Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream.
Hummingbird Bundt Cake
This classic cake (originally from Jamaica!) has been huge in the South for decades. We took the original and turned it into an understated, but elegant bundt.
Get the recipe for Hummingbird Bundt Cake.
Two-Tiered White Velvet Cake with White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
This practically palatial pastel masterpiece is the one to unveil when only the absolute best will do.
Get the recipe for Two-Tiered White Velvet Cake with White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting.
Blueberry-Lemon Loaf Cake
If your celebration of Mother's Day is more cosy than over-the-top, you can still make something beautiful to let mom know how much she means to you. A simple loaf cake is elevated with edible flowers.
Get the recipe for Blueberry-Lemon Loaf Cake.
Apricot-Almond Slab Pie with Brandy Caramel Sauce
Hosting the whole family for Mother's day? This stunning and fruit-filled slab pie can feed the whole crowd.
Get the recipe for Apricot-Almond Slab Pie with Brandy Caramel Sauce.
Olive Oil Cake with Citrus Compote
This sweet citrus cake stays moist for days thanks to its signature ingredient. That means mom can enjoy it for several days instead of just one!
Get the recipe for Olive Oil Cake with Citrus Compote.
Hot Chocolate Ice Box Pie
Not every mom is a fan of berries or fruit. If yours would rather have chocolate, serve her a slice of this extra rich ice box pie.
Get the recipe for Hot Chocolate Ice Box Pie.
Brown Butter Apple Pie
What could go together better—or be more American—than Mom and apple pie?
Get the recipe for Brown Butter Apple Pie.
Spiced Plum Galette
This simple, sweet, country style fruit pie the perfect way to tell mom you think she's the bee's knees.
Get the recipe for Spiced Plum Galette.
Watermelon Amaro Pops
These adulted-up popsicles are made with pureed watermelon, orange zest, lime, and an orange liqueur. For a lighter dessert, they simply can't be beat.
Get the recipe for Watermelon Amaro Pops.
A combo of whipped cream and ice-cream sandwiches, this semi-homemade semifreddo is the ultimate easy-to-make dessert. You can assemble it in minutes and then leave it in the freezer up to two days before serving.
Get the recipe for Zebra Semifreddo.
A Bouquet of Vanilla Cream Cupcakes
Follow our tutorial for making flower-topped cupcakes, then use real tulip stems and leaves to complete the bouquet effect!
Get the recipe for Vanilla Cream Cupcakes.
Mini Bird's Nest Key Lime Cheesecakes
Cap off Mother's Day brunch with these petite cheesecakes decorated with coconut and chocolate-covered mints to look like birds' nests.
Get the recipe for Key Lime Cheesecakes.
Raspberry and Pistachio Semifreddo
This rich, creamy dessert is perfect for nibbling on alongside a cup of coffee.
Get the recipe for Raspberry and Pistachio Semifreddo.
No-Bake Cheesecake with Berry Toppings
Got a mom that just can't choose one thing? Customize this super easy dessert with a variety of fresh berries, then garnish it with edible flowers to make it look absolutely stunning!
Get the recipe for No-Bake Cheesecake.
Brioche Bread Pudding with Bourbon-Butterscotch Sauce
If mom's idea of a treat leans toward something decadently rich and full of flavor, look no further than this immensely satisfying bread pudding.
Get the recipe for Brioche Bread Pudding.
Coconut Angel Cake
Treat Mom like the angel she is with this elegant showstopper. Layers of light, airy cake are interspersed with silky cream cheese frosting.
Get the recipe for Coconut Angel Cake.
Strawberry Slab Pie
Serve this stunning pie with a scoop (or two!) of vanilla ice cream.
Get the recipe for Strawberry Slab Pie.
Blackberry Coconut Tart
Fresh blackberries and coconut make for a delicious, not-too-sweet dessert perfect for springtime.
Get the recipe for Blackberry Coconut Tart.
Raspberry Crumb Bars
Mom will love noshing on these delicious crumb bars filled with fresh raspberries, oats, and almonds.
Get the recipe for Raspberry Crumb Bars.
Blueberry Whoopie Pies
Make use of fresh blueberries and serve these soft and tender mascarpone-filled cookies for Mother's Day.
Get the recipe for Blueberry Whoopie Pies.
Mini Strawberry-Rhubarb Galettes
Finish off a delicious meal with these personal galettes, filled with fresh strawberries and rhubarb for a spring treat.
Get the recipe for Mini Strawberry-Rhubarb Galettes.
Flower Fruit Tarts
These charming flower tarts are filled with your choice of lemon curd or fruit jam fillings.
Get the recipe for Flower Fruit Tarts.
Spring Daisy Lemon Layer Cake
Make this beautiful layered lemon cake for a Mother's Day gathering that just screams spring.
Get the recipe for Spring Daisy Lemon Layer Cake.
Jasmine Madeleines with Lemon-Poppy Seed Glaze
Treat Mom to the tea time of her dreams with these delicate, tiny French cakes.
Get the recipe for Jasmine Madeleines.
Chamomile-Mascarpone Tart with Fresh Strawberries
Fresh chamomile flowers add a little something special to this tantalizing tart.
Get the recipe for Chamomile-Mascarpone Tart.
Rooibos-Blueberry-Glazed Donut Holes
Start off Mom's special day in the sweetest way with these bright bites. Rooibos is an herbal tea that takes the fresh blueberry glaze to gourmet status.
Get the recipe for Rooibos-Blueberry-Glazed Donut Holes.
Topped with tulip-shaped iced cookies, this recipe is like two treats in one!
Get the recipe for Tulip Cupcakes.
Meyer Lemon Pie
The secret behind this sweet, buttery crust? Crushed Nilla wafers!
Get the recipe for Meyer Lemon Pie.
Lemon Drop Sheet Cake
Say "I love you" with this tart lemony treat. The cream cheese frosting adds a little bit of sweetness to balance out the tangy cake.
Get the recipe for Lemon Drop Sheet Cake.
Ice Cream Bombe
Upgrade regular ice cream with this spectacular frozen dessert. The "cake" has layers of strawberry, chocolate chip, pistachio almond, and chocolate ice cream to give your taste buds a sweet treat. You'll have to eat it pretty quickly before it melts, but we're sure that won't be a problem.
Get the recipe for Ice Cream Bombe.
Fruity Pebble Donuts
Two breakfast favorites collide to create our new favorite morning treat. Mom will feel like a kid at heart indulging in these delicious donuts.
Get the recipe for Fruity Pebble Donuts.
Raspberry Pink Velvet Cake with Raspberry Cream Cheese Frosting
This stunning raspberry pink velvet cake will look absolutely gorgeous on your Mother's Day table. The topping of raspberries, fluffy meringues, and edible flowers adds to its elegant charm.
Get the recipe for Raspberry Pink Velvet Cake.
Strawberry Rhubarb Shortbread Bars
If you need a last-minute sweet for Mother's Day, these strawberry-rhubarb bars are so easy to make and come together in just half an hour. With 16 bars, there's plenty to go around!
Get the recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb Shortbread Bars.
Almond and Poppy Seed Loaf Cake
This moist and fluffy loaf cake is pleasantly sweet. Decorate the platter with small edible flowers from your garden for a special touch Mom will appreciate.
Get the recipe for Almond and Poppy Seed Loaf Cake.
Lady Grey Cupcakes with Orange Zest Frosting
You probably already have all the ingredients you need for these classy cupcakes, which are a lovely addition to any Mother's Day tea party.
Get the recipe for Lady Grey Cupcakes.
If Mom loves all things lemon, she won't be able to keep her hands off these bite-sized treats, which are filled with lemon curd and lightly dusted with sugar.
Get the recipe for Lemon Dimples.
The rich chocolate filling topped with fresh raspberries is delicious enough on its own, but the buttery shortbread crust adds a savory crunch that makes this dessert irresistible.
Get the recipe for Raspberry-Ganache Tart.
Vanilla Shortbread Hearts
Show your love for Mom with these jam-filled, buttery vanilla hearts, coated with a sprinkle of confectioners' sugar for added sweetness.
Get the recipe for Vanilla Shortbread Hearts.
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