55 Delicious Mother's Day Dessert Recipes Your Mom Will Love

vanilla sponge cake with strawberry-meringue buttercream
Photo: Ngoc Minh Ngo

If you're looking to spoil the mom, grandmother, aunt, wife, or special person in your life this Mother's Day, look no further than this collection of special Mother's Day desserts. There's something here for every personality and every taste, with one underlying theme: Each and every one of these confections is fit for a queen.

Some of our Mother's Day desserts are bursting with that spring feeling, incorporating in-season rhubarb or strawberries in cheesecake, pavlova, and other treats. Then there are cakes, cupcakes, and cookies with a floral theme. Bright, fresh citrus is on splendid display in these recipes, too; lemon lovers will find loads of options. And if your Mom loves chocolate? We have a few delicious options.

Along with a bouquet of Mom's favorite flower and a heartfelt card, any of these sweet treats are sure to put a smile on her face.

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Daffodil Cake

Daffodil Cake
Nico Schinco

This gorgeous two-layer cake is for all the moms who love citrus—or daffodils or other flowers. It's half light and airy angel food cake and half rich, eggy, and citrus-flavored sponge, so each slice is a two-tone treat—topped with a bold citrus glaze and decorated with edible flowers.

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Flower Wreath Cookies

embellished wreath cookies
Mike Krautter

If your Mom is team cookie over team cake, consider making these beautiful cookies for Mother's Day. Sugared rose petals and violets adorn iced sugar cookies. The cookie dough is easy to put together and the toppings are fun and beautiful to add.

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Pull-Apart Vanilla-Wafer Cupcake Cake with Berries

wafter berries cupcake cake

Here's a clever dessert that looks like a sheet cake on top, but is actually a gaggle of vanilla-coconut cupcakes topped with fresh berries and fluffy whipped-cream frosting. It's easy to make and even easier to serve—no slicing required.

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Cherry-Cheesecake Celebration Bombe

cherry-cheesecake celebration bombe atop cake stand
Con Poulos

If your Mom likes cheesecake and you like a project, then this spectacular make-ahead bombe is a must for Mother's Day. This cake of cakes has four components; a no-bake cheesecake batter, a blend of freeze-dried cherries and cookie crumbs, ice cream spiked with cherry syrup, and a tender sponge cake.

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Yogurt Panna Cotta with Strawberries and Granola

Bryan Gardner

Sliced strawberries and crunchy granola make sweet toppings— and colorful contrasts—to silky-smooth panna cotta.

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Peach-and-Raspberry Oat Cobbler

peach and raspberry-oat cobbler
Kate Mathis

Celebrate the bounty of vibrant, warm-weather fruit with this berry and peach cobbler that's a breeze to make.

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Strawberry-Swirl Bundt Cake

strawberry-swirl bundt cake recipe
Marcus Nilsson

Instead of a strawberry shortcake, try this creative Bundt. To make it, you'll first tint a portion of the batter pink with ground freeze-dried strawberries; once it's poured into the pan alongside the non-tinted batter, you swoosh a knife through to create a swirl. Cue the oohs and aahs.

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Vanilla Heart-Shaped Cake with Raspberry-and-Custard-Filling

raspberry-and-custard-filled vanilla heart cake
Johnny Miller

Show Mom your love by baking her this magnificent heart-shaped layer cake that's filled with vanilla pastry cream and fresh raspberries (you can also use strawberries if that's what she prefers). It's topped with more whipped cream, more berries, and plenty of coconut.

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Chocolate-Date Pudding Cake

dates chocolate date pudding cake
Bobbi Lin

Show Mom how much you love her with this rich and indulgent chocolate dessert for Mother's Day—after all, she deserves it!

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Strawberries-and-Cream Stack Cake

strawberries-and-cream stack cake topped with fresh strawberries
Chris Simpson

This no-bake, make-ahead treat makes a spectacular finale to a Mother's Day dinner—and you can whip it up in short order. Simply whisk mascarpone and heavy cream into glossy peaks, soak store-bought ladyfingers in a quick caramel, and layer both with sliced fresh strawberries. Let the flavors meld in the refrigerator where they'll achieve the texture of a traditional sponge cake without any baking.

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Raspberry and Chocolate-Hazelnut Crepe Cake

raspberry and chocolate hazelnut crepe cake
Ryan Liebe

A stack of homemade crepes layered with two different whipped-cream fillings—white chocolate-raspberry and dark chocolate-hazelnut—create a stunner of a dessert. No oven, no problem.

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Apricot-and-Strawberry Galette

apricot and strawberry galette
Kate Mathis

We love the galette, it's a rustic, low-maintenance dessert that offers everything you love about a traditional tart. Here, a creamy hazelnut spread is topped with a delicious fruit pairing that's accented with sugar and lemon juice.

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Instant Pot Cheesecake

pressure cooker cheesecake with fruit topping
Bryan Gardner

If you want to maximize your time with Mom while also giving her an extra-special dessert, make this cheesecake recipe that uses the versatile multicooker.

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Nectarine Clafoutis

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Mike Krautter

Maybe you can't take Mom to the French countryside for Mother's Day, but you can give her a taste of a classic European dessert with this fruity, custardy cake accented with nectarine slices.

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Bourbon-and-Brown-Sugar Cake with Berries

bourbon and brown-sugar cake with berries
Kate Mathis

Looking for a Mother's Day dessert that will wow but is not hard to make? You've come to the right place. With notes of caramel, plenty of tart, colorful berries, and a few shots of bourbon, this is just what you need.

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Martha's Peach Buckle

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Mike Krautter

Try this one-skillet dessert for Mother's Day. It doesn't take long to prepare and the result is one that is sure to warm Mom's heart.

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Margarita Cupcakes


A creamy surprise (okay, we'll tell you: it's wonderfully tart lime curd) awaits inside these lime-scented cupcakes. Topped with cream cheese frosting, flaky sea salt, and lime zest, these are truly the dessert equivalent of the classic cocktail.

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Chocolate-Chip Oat-Coconut Skillet Cookie

chocolate chip skillet cookie served with ice cream
The Ingalls

If your mom has a serious sweet tooth, she will adore this skillet cookie. It's loaded with chopped chocolate, coconut flakes, and rolled oats.

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Lemon Curd Soufflé Tart

lemon curd souffle tart topped with powdered sugar
Emily Kordovich

One of Martha's favorite desserts is lemon meringue pie, so we made a tart recipe inspired by that bright and light dessert. The lemon-yellow filling balances richness with an airy texture.

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Chocolate-Mousse Parfaits

Chocolate-Mousse Parfait Desserts
Justin Walker

Keeping your Mother's Day celebration small? This indulgent dessert serves two and we guarantee there won't be a scoop left.

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Vanilla Sponge Cake with Strawberry-Meringue Buttercream

vanilla sponge cake with strawberry-meringue buttercream
Ngoc Minh Ngo

For the mom who loves strawberries and tall layer cakes, make this light-as-air sponge cake with strawberries sandwiched between its layers. There's also an ethereal whipped frosting with more strawberry flavor and berries piled on top for decoration.

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Strawberry-Rhubarb Rolled Pavlova

Strawberry-Rhubarb Rolled Pavlova
Kate Sears

Impressive yet easy to make, this tubular take on a traditional pavlova is a dessert Mom will adore. A voluminous meringue gets spread thinly and baked at a high temperature to render it golden and a little crisp on top. Once cooled, it is rolled up with a homemade rhubarb-raspberry jam, sliced strawberries, and whipped cream.

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Brown-Sugar Peach Pavlova

brown-sugar peach pavlova recipe
Paola + Murray

A pavlova is a celebratory dessert and just right for Mother's Day. Poached peaches on top of the brown-sugar meringue base is a fabulous combination.

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Peach and Blueberry Tart with Cream Cheese Filling

peach and blueberry tart with cream cheese filling
Paola + Murray

Mom is sweet as a peach and is worthy of a beautiful dessert for Mother's Day. This fruit-filled tart is better than any gift you could buy in a store.

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Coconut Water Granita

strawberry-coconut granita recipe
Kirsten Francis

This four-ingredient Mother's Day dessert is an easy, make-ahead option. It's also pretty in pink and just right for any Mom who prefers a cool treat to a layer cake.

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Orange-Cardamom Bundt Cake

orange-cardamom bundt cake recipe
Marcus Nilsson

The subtle spice from ground cardamom in this cake is a fabulous contrast to the fresh, punchy orange zest mixed in the batter.

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Lemon Crunch Cake

Lemon Crunch Cake
Will Anderson

Here's another lemon cake worthy of a special day: It's a tender, lemony butter cake topped with a crisp, crunchy, crackling shell, so every bite offers a delicious contrast.

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Cherry-Raspberry Semifreddo

cherry-raspberry semifreddo topped with whipped cream
Paola + Murray

This make-ahead dessert for Mother's Day is simply delicious. Elderflower liqueur adds lovely floral notes to this frozen treat.

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Hummingbird Carrot Cake

Hummingbird Carrot Cake Recipe
Chris Simpson

Packed with canned pineapple, shredded carrots, and sweetened shredded coconut, this layer cake is moist and delicious. It's sandwiched and covered with a cream cheese frosting that's simply irresistible and decorated with chopped pecans and more shredded carrots.

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Naked-Fruit Chiffon Cake

Naked-Fruit Chiffon Cake
Lennart Weibull

The secret to a cloud-like yellow cake like this one is the use of cake flour and whipped egg whites, which give it a texture similar to angel food cake. Each layer is filled with homemade whipped cream and the cake is topped with macerated fruit.

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Rice Pudding with Sea Salt-Caramel Sauce

rice pudding with sea-salt caramel sauce and berries
Con Poulos

Our modern twist on this old-fashioned dessert is topped with a homemade salted caramel sauce and chopped chocolate, plus a scattering of mixed berries for a pop of color.

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Raspberry-Almond Crisp

raspberry almond crisp
Chris Simpson

Bursting beneath a crumbly mixture of rolled oats, sliced raw almonds, and light brown sugar is six cups of fresh raspberries. Pure vanilla extract and more light brown sugar add sweetness to this Mother's Day dessert recipe.

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Lime Pudding Cups

three lime pudding cups
Johnny Fogg

It's made with a third of a cup of fresh lime juice, as well as zest, so there's plenty of deliciously tart citrus flavor in these pudding cups.

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Vanilla-Rhubarb Tart

vanilla rhubarb tart
Con Poulos

If your Mom loves rhubarb as much as we do, bake her this bright pink dessert for Mother's Day.

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Vanilla Pudding Pie

vanilla pudding pie
Kate Mathis

Vanilla and chocolate is classic, hard-to-beat pairing as this decade pie proves.

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French Fruit Tart

french fruit tart
William Abranowicz

A rich and creamy dessert with a French-style filling made with sour cream. Lots of mixed berries mixed with warmed apricot jam are all the decoration it needs.

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Pistachio-Rhubarb Yogurt Cake

Christopher Testani

Emblazoned with thick pieces of rhubarb this next-level dessert is guaranteed to please. Roasting the rhubarb with sugar before baking mellows it, and adding ground pistachios to the batter brings a sweet nuttiness.

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Crème Caramel

Bryan Gardner

Juste four ingredients—milk, eggs, sugar, and vanilla—are all you need to make these rich, creamy individual Mother's Day desserts.

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Martha's Warm Chocolate Pudding Cakes

pudding cakes
Stephen Kent Johnson

Molten lava cakes are surely one of the most indulgent, irresistible chocolate desserts around. They're just the thing to serve for a Mother's Day dessert.

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Rhubarb-Raspberry Cheesecake Squares

Con Poulos

A ruby-red gelée of rhubarb and raspberries tops the creamy filling and graham-cracker crust in this easy cheesecake. Serve it for dessert at your Mother's Day brunch.

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Pavlova Wreath with Berries and Creme Fraiche

meringue wreath martha bakes strawberries blueberries
Mike Krautter

An extra special dessert for Mother's Day, this pavlova is piped into a wreath (rather than the usual dome) and filled with blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries.

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Vanilla-Raspberry Baked Alaska

almond daquoise bomb martha bakes meringue white plate slice removed
Mike Krautter

Go all out for Mother's Day with this showstopping ice-cream treat covered in torched meringue.

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Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

Bryan Gardner

A double hit of fudgy flavor in this easy skillet cookie is sure to please any chocolate-loving mom.

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Strawberry and Apricot Crisp with Pine-Nut Crumble

strawberry apricot crisp
John Kernick

The apricots hold their shape rather than cooking down in the filling for this crisp. The strawberries, in contrast, bake into a thick, delicious sauce.

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Chocolate-Flecked Layer Cake with Milk Chocolate Frosting

Chris Court

Sophisticated yet simple to make, this tall, tender beauty is one of our favorite go-to special-occasion cakes. What saves the lush milk chocolate frosting from being too sweet is the addition of tangy sour cream.

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Strawberries with Creme Fraiche and Sugar

Strawberries and Creme
Jonathan Lovekin

Indulge Mom with one of the world's greatest finger foods. The elements are crème fraîche, confectioners' sugar, and the most fragrant, perfectly ripe strawberries you can find. Let her dip, sprinkle, and eat to her heart's content.

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Chocolate-Glazed Raspberry Cream Puffs


These ethereal pastries are filled with raspberry-infused whipped cream and topped with the easiest chocolate glaze. They are sure to impress on their own but are also spectacular piled on a cake as in our Jam-Filled Cake with Chocolate Glaze.

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Baklava with Lemon-Honey Syrup

cut baklava with lemon honey syrup in pan
Mikkel Vang

Here'a a dessert that's as sweet as Mom. The filling for these phyllo treats is made with three kinds of nuts—pistachios, almonds, and walnuts—for plenty of texture and nutty flavor.

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Mango-Coconut Cream Tart

Jonathan Lovekin

Two whirls of flavor collide on our mango-coconut cream tart: squiggles of barely sweetened whipped cream and corkscrews of slightly tart mango. Underneath it all is a chewy coconut filling and a flaky pâte brisée crust.

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Confetti Cake with Vanilla Frosting

confetti cake with vanilla frosting
Ngoc Minh Ngo

This festive sheet cake features delicious homemade sprinkles (which are less complicated to make than you'd think!) atop an old-fashioned cooked milk frosting, which offers the perfect balance of not-too-sweet creaminess.

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Coffee Meringue-Ice Cream Cake

Jonathan Lovekin

A cappuccino lover's dream, this dessert ramps up store-bought ice cream with almonds, ground coffee, and a little flaky salt. Then the ice-cream is sandwiched between coffee-swirled meringues to form this bold and crunchy coffee dessert.

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Sunflower Cupcakes

Sunflower cupcakes
Raymond Hom

There are no special skills required to create these blooming beauties. Piped buttercream forms the petals, while chocolate-covered sunflower seeds create the centers.

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Coconut-Sugar Hummingbird Cake

coconut sugar hummingbird cake
Jonathan Lovekin

Mom will be delighted and impressed when you serve this magnificent cake. It's moist and sweet, thanks to fresh banana and pineapple but not as over-the-top sweet as some versions of this Southern classic.

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Orange-and-Poppy-Seed Sheet Cake

orange-and-poppy-seed sheet cake recipe
Con Poulos

Full of citrus flavor, this cake includes orange zest, sour cream, poppy seeds, and vanilla paste in the batter and orange juice in the heavenly (but easy to make) icing. For slicing, anything goes: small or large planks, slices on the bias, and even triangles. Plus, it's perfect for a picnic because it's a breeze to transport and, depending on how you cut it, can be eaten without utensils.

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Lemon Snack Cake with Raspberry-Cream Cheese Frosting

Lemon Cake with Raspberry-Cream Cheese Frosting
Chris Simpson

This single-layer confection is perfect for any time of day and stars lemon juice and zest, which brighten the batter.

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Victoria Spencer
Victoria Spencer, senior food editor, MarthaStewart.com
Victoria Spencer is an experienced food editor, writer, and recipe developer. She manages the Martha Stewart recipe archive and is always curious about new ingredients and the best techniques. She has been working in food media for over 20 years.
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