There are so many great ways to celebrate your favorite lady on Mother's Day. For instance, you can make her breakfast in bed, make a DIY gift for her, or send her a Mother's Day card with a thoughtful message. But if she has a major sweet tooth, then the best way to celebrate your mama on May 8 this year is probably by baking her a delicious dessert. From Mother's Day cakes and cookies to pies and pastries, Mother's Day desserts run the gamut, and we've rounded up some of the best ones to help you get started.
If you're not terribly skilled in the kitchen, then you can stick with baked goods that are easy, like cute cupcakes, healthy cookies, and no-bake tarts. And if you are a skilled baker, then you can show off your skills with homemade cheesecakes, pies, or beignets, among other treats. These desserts may not be as sweet as she is, but we sure do think a homemade treat is the perfect end to her Mother's Day dinner or brunch (made by you, of course!). There's no better gift than enjoying baked goods made with love, and these recipes are sure to give you the inspiration you need this Mother's Day.
Choco-Berry Surprise Cake
What could be a sweeter gift to give to your mother than a pretty pink cake doused in chocolate sauce and topped with red strawberries?
Get the Choco-Berry Surprise Cake recipe.
Banoffee Ice Cream Pie
If your mom loves pie, then she won't be able to resist this no-bake treat, which is piled high with chocolate, hazelnuts, and graham crackers.
Get the Banoffee Ice Cream Pie recipe.
Vanilla Panna Cotta with Roasted Rhubarb
For moms who prefer to keep things light, you should opt for this panna cotta topped with warm roasted rhubarb for dessert.
Chocolate-Speckled Angel Cake
Angel food cake is typically associated with fruity toppings, but combining it with chocolate is a game changer, and it's a perfect choice for your favorite lady.
Get the Chocolate-Speckled Angel Cake recipe.
This stunning fruit-filled tart is the epitome of springtime, and it's light enough that your mom will want a second slice... or perhaps a third.
Get the Strawberry Tart recipe.
Flex your baking skills by whipping up a batch of these impressive-looking crispy meringue shells, which are filled with rich chocolate ganache.
Get the Chocolate-Stuffed Meringues recipe.
Semifreddo with Honeyed Peaches
This gluten-free dessert requires zero baking and takes less than 30 minutes to make from start to finish, so you can even put it together at the last minute.
For the Mom who's a kid at heart, show her you care by whipping up a batch of ice cream sandwiches made with waffles and heaps of rainbow sprinkles.
Get the Rainbow Waffle-wiches recipe.
Frozen Raspberry Meringue Pie
Experiment with the fruity flavors of spring with this raspberry meringue pie, which is a delicious take on the traditional ice cream cake.
Get the Frozen Raspberry Meringue Pie recipe.
Cherry-Caramel Ice Cream Puffs
Filled with cherry chip or chocolate chip ice cream, these light-as-air salted treats will satisfy any sweet tooth.
Strawberry and Snickers Sticks
These fruit-and-candy skewers are so easy that kids can make 'em for mom themselves! Simply place cut up Snickers and strawberries on a skewer, drizzle them with caramel, and you are done.
Lemon Butterfly Cupcakes
The lemon flavor on these cupcakes is perfect for springtime, and you can buy pre-made white chocolate candy wings if you want to cut the prep time in half.
Get the Lemon Butterfly Cupcakes recipe.
Annie O’Sullivan (she/her) covers holiday, gift guide, travel, and lifestyle content at Good Housekeeping. She has a degree in magazine journalism from Syracuse University and previously reported for Runner’s World, NBC New York/NY 4 and Woman’s Day. Annie also has experience writing entertainment news and celebrity-focused content.
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