40 Delicious Mother's Day Dessert Recipes Your Mom Will Love
Satisfy your mom's (and the entire family's) sweet tooth on her special day. Treat her to one—or more—of these delicious desserts that are as wonderful as she is.
From everything Moms have taught us to the endless love that they shower us with every day, they're certainly deserving of an extraordinary celebration. We've rounded up sweet and extra-special desserts for Mother's Day that are perfect for serving to the special woman in your life.
Since Mother's Day falls in May, there's a bounty of seasonal spring fruit to choose from; in some parts of the country you can make use of extra-juicy berries, peaches, apricots, and more. From tarts to pavlova to crumb bars and galettes, we have dozens of dessert recipes that are bursting with berries. For the mom who loves strawberries and tall layer cakes, make our light-as-air chiffon cake, pictured here, that has strawberries sandwiched between its layers, in its ethereal whipped frosting, and piled atop for decoration.
Of course, we have recipes for mom's who are chocolate lovers. They'll fall in love with our decadent chocolate and date Bundt cake, which features a chocolate cake and shiny chocolate ganache for the glaze. It's just the thing to serve when you want to celebrate with your entire family on Mother's Day. If you're hosting a smaller celebration, our individual chocolate mousse parfaits are elegant, yet understated. Don't forget to adorn each parfait with a dollop (or two) of homemade whipped cream.
We also have several dessert recipes for Mom that are low-maintenance and make-ahead, so you can maximize Mother's Day relaxing time with mom, rather than spending the day in the kitchen. Show her just how much you care by serving up these delicious dessert recipes.
Baklava with Lemon-Honey Syrup
Plum-and-Blackberry Cornmeal-Almond Crumb Bars
Peach-and-Raspberry Oat Cobbler
Bourbon-and-Brown-Sugar Cake with Berries
Chocolate-Date Pudding Cake
Tartlets with Yogurt Pastry Cream and Strawberries
This individual Mother's Day dessert is a delightful way to serve generations of matriarchs and their children. The sweet berry filling is offset by tangy whole-milk yogurt.
Instant Pot Cheesecake
Martha's Peach Buckle
Chocolate-Chip Oat-Coconut Skillet Cookie
Lemon Curd Souffle Tart
Keeping your Mother's Day celebration small with just you and Mom? This indulgent dessert serves two and we guarantee there won't be a single scoop left (it's just that good).
Naked-Fruit Chiffon Cake
Brown-Sugar Peach Pavlova
A pavlova is certainly no ordinary dessert, which is why we love it for Mother's Day. Poached peaches on top of the meringue base is a fabulous, peak summer fruit.
Peach and Blueberry Tart with Cream Cheese Filling
Coconut Water Granita
Does your mom have a penchant for pink? If so, then she'll fall head over heels for this four-ingredient Mother's Day dessert that's sure to keep her cool.
Orange-Cardamom Bundt Cake
This make-ahead dessert for Mother's Day is simply delicious. Elderflower liqueur adds lovely floral notes to this Italian-inspired recipe.
Hummingbird Carrot Cake
Hailing from the South, this Mother's Day dessert recipe is filled with canned pineapple, shredded carrots, and sweetened shredded coconuts. A cream cheese frosting is spread over the double-layer cake, which is then decorated with chopped pecans and more shredded carrots.
Rice Pudding with Sea Salt-Caramel Sauce
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.
Lime Pudding Cups
Vanilla Pudding Pie
French Fruit Tart
Martha's Warm Chocolate Pudding Cakes
Molten lava cakes top the list as one of the most indulgent, irresistible chocolate desserts in our repertoire, making this version just the thing to serve to Mom for dessert on Mother's Day.
Pavlova Wreath with Berries and Creme Fraiche
Vanilla-Raspberry Baked Alaska
With everything our moms do for us, they certainly deserve an out-of-this-world dessert. Why not go all out with this individual ice cream treat covered in torched meringue for Mother's Day?
Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie
A double hit of fudgy flavor in this easy skillet cookie is sure to please any chocolate-loving mom.
Strawberry and Apricot Crisp with Pine-Nut Crumble
In this crisp recipe for a Mother's Day dessert, the apricots hold their shape rather than cooking down until soft and shapeless. The strawberries, in contrast, bake down into a thick, delicious sauce.
Chocolate-Flecked Layer Cake with Milk Chocolate Frosting
Sophisticated yet easy 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.
Strawberries with Creme Fraiche and Sugar
Chocolate-Glazed Raspberry Cream Puffs
Mango-Coconut Cream Tart
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 pate brisee crust.
Coffee Meringue-Ice Cream Cake
Store-bought ice cream is ramped up with almonds, ground coffee, and a little flaky salt, and is then sandwiched between coffee-swirled meringues to form this coffee meringue-ice cream cake. It's a cappuccino lover's dream.