12 Mother's Day Cake Recipes To Make

Mother's Day brunch is a big deal. There's quiche and mimosas and hash browns and mimosas and bacon and mimosas. But what's Mother's Day without a Mother's Day cake. After she opens the Mother's Day gifts, everyone will want to enjoy a special Mother's Day dessert. And because you're the perfect child, you'll need a real showstopper.

Big gathering? You'll need a sheet cake. Small gathering? Make a pretty layer cake with a classic buttercream icing. Lots of kids and mayhem? You'll need cupcakes and brownies for sure. And when the kids get nuts and Mom is on her third prosecco, give those kids a can of whipped cream and throw caution to the wind.

Send everyone home with a sweet treat like a tin of fudge and put on your "I'm Mom's Favorite" t-shirt. You have created a special day once again. Now grab yourself that bottle of prosecco and a damn cupcake. It's over until next year.

Try One Of These Mother's Day Cake Recipes

1. Carrot Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

Cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg are really what give a good carrot cake its flavor. But feel free to adjust these spices to your taste. My mother loved carrot cake! And if I see fresh carrot cake on a menu, I always make sure to order it. Food really is so sentimental.

2. Angel Food Cake

Even though you and your siblings were probably no angels growing up, Angel food cake is always a great Mother's Day sweet treat. Serve with fresh strawberries and give Mom her own can of whipped cream. Baking this in a bundt cake pan makes it all the more pretty.

3. New York Style Cheesecake

New York style means rich, dense, and creamy. Make sure to use full fat cream cheese. This is not the time to skimp on fat. And if you are worried about calories, take a walk with Mom around the block while you eat this delicious Mother's Day cake recipe.


4. Nutella Chocolate Cake

Four layers of chocolate cake and Nutella buttercream. OMG. You can make the cake layers the day before so they are completely cooled for assembly. Check out your town's local farmer's market for some edible flowers to decorate this chocolatey hazelnut vision.

5. Brownies

If your mom is more of a grab 'n go kinda chick, then definitely make some brownies. And like I mentioned in the intro, pack some of these brownies in a cute bag or tin and send everyone on their merry way when brunch is over.


6. Sour Cream Coffee Cake

It's true. Mom's are fueled by coffee. And what better to go with that constantly reheated cup of coffee than coffee cake! Streusel is not only fun to say but also easy to make for the crumb crunch on top of this easy cake recipe.

7. Pineapple Upside Down Cake

This pineapple upside down cake is made in an iron skillet but you could also make it in a 9 x 13 baking dish. If you have leftover pineapple juice, pour over the cake when serving. Or mix it with vodka. It's Mother's Day. No one will judge.

8. Strawberry Shortcake

Use the best farm fresh strawberries you can find. Leave some whole with the green leaves on for a rustic look. This cake is a true flaky biscuit texture. Plus strawberries are fruit. Therefore this cake is classified as a fruit and healthy. I'm a mom. and it's Mother's Day. Don't argue with me.

9. Red Velvet

While the novelty of the red velvet cake seems to have calmed down, this southern classic cake choice is now popular all over the country. It tastes so good and it's soooo pretty. Just like your mom.

10. Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

A lemon cake and TWO lemon glazes make this recipe perfect for the citrus loving mom. If you can't get Meyer lemons (which are sweeter and juicier than regular lemons) just adjust the sugar a tad.

11. Pecan Pie

Gooey and nutty. That's how I describe pecan pie. That's also how I describe motherhood. Therefore, pecan pie is a great choice for Mother's Day. Don't forget the good quality vanilla ice cream to plop on top.

12. Pistachio Loaf Cake

Some moms aren't chocolate or vanilla people. So you have to get a little more creative. Pistachio moms are the best moms. My mom loved pistachios. She'd eat the red ones that were around in the 1970s until her hands had totally changed color. I'd shout "Ewww!!" when she chose pistachio ice cream over chocolate or vanilla and now I do exactly the same thing. This dense cake is so moist and the smell of roasted pistachios makes it totally worth the work.

Happy Mother's Day!

Watch: The Best 5 Pecan Pies in the Heart of Texas