The 53 Best Mother’s Day Desserts to Treat Mom to on Her Big Day
Mother’s Day—a celebration that honors our moms, grandmas, aunts and loved ones who raised us to be who we are today—is coming on May 9. So, grab a spatula and get into the kitchen with your stash of flour, sugar and spices—you’re whipping up dessert for your most important guest of all time. Whether you have five minutes or five hours, we’ve got a recipe that will make her feel the love on her special day. Here are 50 Mother’s Day desserts that will remind her how special she is, from cake to pie to cookies. (P.S., a bouquet of flowers might help drive the message home even more...just saying.)
1. Naked Lemon and Olive Oil Layer Cake
Impress Mom with this professional-looking naked cake—and adding olive oil makes it kinda healthy, right? (Sorta?)
2. Sachertorte Chocolate Apricot Cake with Dark Chocolate Ganache
Aida Mollenkamp presents her take on the classic Austrian cake from Vienna’s Hotel Sacher: the sachertorte. While the real recipe is a secret, plenty of people have crafted their own versions of the delectable blend of dark chocolate and apricot jam. We’re a little obsessed with this one.
4. Grapefruit Meringue Stacks
Calling all citrus lovers: This cross between a meringue pie and grapefruit pavlova is the dessert you never knew you needed. (But be warned: Now that you know it exists, you’ll need to eat it every weekend.)
7. Chocolate Raspberry Fool
Rushing to get Mother’s Day dinner on the table? Don’t stress about the sweets. This chocolate and raspberry mousse-ish dessert is done in just 25 minutes.
9. Easy Lemon-Hibiscus Layer Cake
The prettiest way to dress up a simple yellow cake? Use hibiscus tea bags to make bright pink frosting in honor of your mother.
12. Three-Ingredient Blood Orange Granita
Finish your alfresco Mother’s Day dinner with the easiest warm-weather dessert: granita. This recipe has just three ingredients—blood orange juice, sugar and water—and takes only five minutes of prep.
15. Kiwi and Lime Curd Fools with Blackberries
Fool is an English dessert that combines fruit and custard or whipped cream. Try this refreshing kiwi and lime version topped with blackberries.
16. Easy Tiramisu
Mom’s face when you bring out homemade tiramisu? Priceless. (Especially if she's a habitual espresso drinker.)
17. Red Velvet Lava Cakes
If chocolate is her kryptonite, mom will go gaga for this restaurant-caliber cake that's begging to be pierced.
19. Carrot Cake Roll
Hi, spring. We missed you. Want to dress up basic carrot cake? Fill it with cream cheese icing, roll it up and cut it into slices.
20. Limoncello Prosecco Floats with Lemon Sorbetto
Remind Mom of that epic trip to Italy you took way back with this tangy dessert made with limoncello and lemon sorbet. And the best part? It’s doused in Prosecco.
21. Heart Thumbprint Cookies
Show Mom some love with simple heart-shaped thumbprint cookies filled with her favorite flavor of jam.
23. Mixed Berry Pavlova with Lemon Curd and Mascarpone Whipped Cream
We’ll admit that a pavlova isn’t the easiest dessert to make, but you’ll be so satisfied when it’s done. Layer homemade meringue, mixed berry compote, lemon curd and mascarpone whipped cream to blow her away. (Brava, Aida Mollenkamp.)
25. Easy Chocolate Mousse
Searching the pantry for what to make for Mother’s Day? You likely already have the ingredients you need for this oh-so-simple chocolate mousse.
26. Cardamom Cream-Filled Bundt Cake
Surprise Momma with this Swedish twist on Bundt cake. It’s cut in half and filled with cardamom-laced whipped cream, so each bite tastes like a fluffy bite of heaven.
29. Easy Turtle Sundae Ice Cream Pie
Six ingredients and store-bought ice cream come together in this decadent pie from Jesse Reilly. We bet Mom will be impressed.
30. Salty Dark and Milk Chocolate Skillet Cookie
“No, I don’t want a salted chocolate skillet cookie,” said no mom (or human) ever.
31. No-Bake Berry Tiramisu
No-bake desserts are our love language. And we have a *major* crush on this layered treat made with store-bought ladyfingers, raspberry jam and ricotta-cream cheese filling.
32. Cheesecake Thumbprint Cookies
Mom will love whatever you decide to make her, but what she really wants for Mother's Day is quality time. Luckily, these cuties will only take you 30 minutes to make, so you'll have plenty of time to hang.
33. Cantaloupe-Mint Sorbet
What has four ingredients, comes together in a blender and tastes like sunshine? This refreshing sorbet, of course.
34. Puff-Pastry Plum and Thyme Galette
Every mom loves a shortcut. Thanks to frozen puff pastry, you won't have to fuss with making pie dough from scratch.
35. Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes
Behold, the most delicious mashup of all time. These handhelds have a secret to boot: They're filled with sweetened fresh strawberries.
36. Lemon Pie with Blueberry Meringue
Part pie, part work of art. You can thank freeze-dried blueberries for the meringue's gorgeous lilac hue.
37. Mini Strawberry Ice-Cream Pies
Cool off with these simple pies filled with uber-sweet roasted strawberry filling. BTW, if you don't have mini pie pans, ramekins will work just fine.
38. Cheater’s Mini Rhubarb Galettes
How gorgeous are these pretty-in-pink treats? They're just begging to be topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream.
39. Coconut Rice Pudding with Rhubarb Compote
Speaking of rhubarb, she can do way more than just pies and galettes. And this three-ingredient compote proves it.
41. Lemon-Raspberry Whoopie Pies
Be sure to brag to mom about not using food dye in the cream filling. Raspberry jam and fresh raspberries turn it pink on their own.
42. No-Bake, Gluten-Free Rose Petal Brownies
How can brownies this fudgy and chocolatey also be gluten-free and no-bake, you ask? The recipe calls for a base of sweet pitted dates instead of traditional flour. (They also just so happen to be vegan.)
43. Blueberry Crumble Pie
Why not pregame your Mother's Day celebration with a trip to the local farmers market for fresh berries? This one's all about the produce, so feel free to use a store-bought pie crust.
44. Strawberry, Cardamom and Pistachio Pavlova Bites
They're as stunning as they are delicious, so much so that mom might not even believe you made these light-as-air pavlova bites yourself.
45. No-Bake Coconut Cream Pie
Trust us: This no-bake gem is the next best thing to gifting her a tropical vacation for Mother's Day.
47. Ice-Cream Cone Cannoli
Easy store-bought sugar cones > challenging homemade pastry shells.
48. Ricotta-Honey Ice Cream
Repeat after us: “I do not need fancy equipment to make ice cream.” All you need to pull it off is a large casserole dish or pan instead of an ice cream maker.
49. Oatmeal Cookie Cream Pies
Remember all those times mom slipped one into your lunchbox as a kid? It's about time you return the favor. Little Debbie would be proud.
52. CARROT CAKE DOUGHNUTS WITH CREAM CHEESE GLAZE
We didn’t say carrot cake was completely off the table. “Doughnuts for dessert” has a nice ring to it.