Be inspired by these Mother’s Day cakes and bakes.
Mother’s Day is a day to celebrate motherhood. The Mother’s Day tradition dates back to Ancient Greek times and is about showing your appreciation, love, and gratitude to the mother figures in your life. You can show this in many ways such as the giving of a gift, an act of kindness, or making something from scratch. So, if you’re opting for something homemade, what better choice than a freshly baked cake.
Our best Mother’s Day cake ideas
Mary Berry’s lemon drizzle cake is one of our most popular recipes. The citrus lemon sponge is topped with a crunchy lemon drizzle. It’s a classic Mother’s Day cake.
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One of our favourite Mother’s Day cake ideas, this edible cupcake bouquet turns simple vanilla sponge cupcakes into flowers just by simply decorating with colourful buttercream and piping in a circular motion.
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Say 'I love you' with these cute cookies. You can also spell out any message you want to show your mum you care. The biscuits have a buttery crumb and are sandwiched together with strawberry jam.
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Macaroons are a little fiddly to make but well worth the effort. Ideal for those with a little more skill in the kitchen, these macaroons are cooked in just 20 minutes.
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Thinking of treating your mum to chocolates on Mothers’ Day? Go the extra mile by baking Mary Berry’s chocolate cake. This double-layer cake is smothered with chocolate icing and serves six.
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A British classic. Put a smile on your mum's face by making these Bakewell tarts. Sweet pastry filled with cherry jam and sticky frangipane.
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This impressive white chocolate and raspberry gateau is the perfect cake for sharing for dessert. With delicious sweet layers of sponge, cream and raspberry jam with a white chocolate ganache.
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Impress your mum with this Prosecco, white chocolate and rose Bundt cake. Opting for a bundt cake is a great choice if you’re looking for a diverse cake. The subtle rose and sweet white chocolate flavour really complement each other.
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This deep, rich coffee cake has an intense coffee flavour in both the sponge and buttercream. Top generously with walnuts and pecans drizzled in maple or honey.
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Try something new this Mother’s Day with this parsnip, pecan and apple cake. The sweet apple and nutty pecan work wonders together. The parsnip adds a punch of flavour which really compliments the fruit and nut pairing. It also makes the sponge extra moist.
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This soft malty cake is made with prunes and infused with Horlicks. It’s ideal served with a cuppa and will last about 2-3 days in an airtight container so can be made in advance.
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These heart cookie lollies are easier to make than they may look. The kids will love decorating each heart for mum or grandma. Wrap in a cellophane bag once the icing has set and tie with a ribbon.
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Fresh and floral, these violet cream cupcakes are the perfect spring treat and will remind mum of a retro sweet favourite. Top with sugar flowers or edible flowers for a professional finish.
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These light and airy lemon and vanilla cupcakes are the perfect recipe to try if you are a novice in the kitchen, or to make with the kids for grandma.
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The citrus lemon and tangy blueberries work wonders together in this loaf recipe. Finished with a bold, violent drizzle, this cake is an elegant showstopper. Complete with edible flowers to finish the look.
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The earthy beetroot really brings the chocolate flavour to life in this chocolate beetroot cake. Sandwiched with a rich chocolate frosting, this cake is ideal if you’re looking for something a bit more indulgent.
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This beautiful strawberry cloud cake needs no baking. Whip it up in 10 mins and leave to set in the fridge. Then take the cake out of the fridge when its ready to be served.
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The ideal option for breakfast in bed. These easy raisin muffins are made in just four simple steps making them ideal for beginner bakers.
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The rich dark sponge of this red velvet layer cake is sure to impress your mum. Sandwich and top with a cool cream cheese frosting and a sprinkling of crumbs to hint at the ruby red sponge hidden inside.
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These deliciously sweet raspberry and almond kisses are simple to make. This recipe makes 15-20 which makes them ideal for sharing.
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These ginger crunch biscuits pack a punch of ginger flavour in every bite. Ideal if you’re looking for something a little more diverse than a cake. These biscuits are coated in a sticky golden syrup and ginger icing.
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If you want to avoid baking mum something then this no-bake fridge cake is ideal. The crunch of the amaretti, richness of the dark chocolate and tanginess from the morello cherries work perfectly.
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Give classic Millionaire shortbread a nutty twist with this chocolate, toffee and peanut squares recipe. Prepare these squares in just 10 minutes.
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Pipe delicate red roses on top of soft, chocolate sponge cupcakes. Complete with a fondant leaf and you’ve got a bunch of edible roses for mum.
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Lower-fat but still full of flavour, this moist pistachio and yogurt cake uses yogurt and olive oil instead of butter for a lighter sponge.
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Another great Mother’s Day cake idea - these rose and pistachio cupcakes are infused with rose water and top with a light rose water and milk buttercream. Finish with a generous sprinkling of crushed pistachios.
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Bright and cheerful, these lemon cupcakes will bring the sunshine to your Mother's Day. Each lemon cupcake is topped with a lemon infused icing and a simple white fondant flower.
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If you really want to go all out, try this 3-tier rose and raspberry cake. The sponges are given a lovely flavour by the super-sweet raspberry and rose icing.
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These delicious banoffee profiteroles are an impressive treat to make your mum on Mother's Day. They're great for sharing if you've got the whole family coming round for the day.
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Sometimes a classic Victoria sponge is all you need, but make it more impressive by stacking alternating thin layers of sponge and filling and topping with fresh berries.
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Homemade marshmallows are much easier to make than you may think and these cinnamon infused ones are ideal for gifting this Mother’s Day.
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Want something a little more special than your standard cake or cupcake? Learn how to make these hidden shape cupcakes. Each cupcake has a hidden shape inside. We’ve chosen a butterfly but you could opt for a heart or a letter instead.
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Light and fresh but with a powerful zesty flavour, this lemon cake with lemon curd buttercream is a good one for Grandmothers too.
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Does your Mum love a good pud? She'll love these key lime cupcakes. Tangy sponges with cool meringue buttercream capture the flavours of the classic dessert.
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An old-fashioned classic, this upside-down cake from Lorraine Pascale would finish of a Mothering Sunday lunch perfectly. Serve with a drizzle of custard or a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream.
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The nostalgic cupcakes transform a retro drink into mouth-watering cupcakes. These cupcakes are best made and decorated just before you want to serve them as they are topped with actual ice cream and not buttercream.
Get the recipe: Coke float cupcakes
Fiona Cairns’ cake has a lightly almond sponge which is sandwiched together with tangy apricot jam and finished with a thick creme fraiche topping.
Get the recipe: Fiona Cairns' almond, apricot and rose petal cake
Just like a classic tiramisu, these light and airy cupcakes are made with chocolate and coffee. Gift in a classic cupcake box tied with a ribbon.
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A great idea for Mother’s Day, these doughnuts are another delicious alternative to the traditional Mother’s Day cake. Each sugar-coated doughnut is packed with a sticky, sweet strawberry jam filling.
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Our Bailey’s no-bake cheesecake has the rich flavour of Baileys with a cool creamy cheesecake topping. Dust with cocoa powder or grated chocolate and serve with a drizzle of cream for Mother’s Day dessert.
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Create something a little more vibrant with our rainbow cake. This impressive Mother’s Day cake idea can be topped with frosting or simply served as it is with all its vibrant coloured layers.
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This light elderflower drizzle cake is sure to earn you a lot of brownie points on Mother's Day. Ready in just 40 mins, this delightful cake is filled with a sweet elderflower buttercream along with gooseberry jam and is drizzled in elderflower icing too.
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The chocolate and beetroot pairing make these cupcakes irresistible. Each cupcake is topped with a full-fat cream cheese frosting. This recipe makes 10 cupcakes.
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Rich and full of flavour, this pear and chocolate cake is also gluten-free so no Mum has to be without a cake on Mother's Day.
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If your mum is a fan of Pimms, these Pimms cupcakes are a great choice. The sponge has a citrus orange flavour with a Pimms and strawberry filling and the buttercream is drizzled in a cucumber and mint glaze.
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Made by Royal baker, Fiona Cairns, this coconut and chocolate stripy cake is a real showstopper. We just love the chocolate buttercream roses as well as the impressive layered effect in the inside of the cake.
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These cute little mini meringue kisses are perfect if you want to make presents for more than one person. Get the kids to help with the decorating and then once they are set, pop into a cellophane bag and tie with a ribbon.
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This blackberry Bakewell cake is a dense bake that is full of fruity flavour. The blackberries give this classic Bakewell a new lease of life. Serve warm with clotted cream for an indulgent dessert.
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Turn simple vanilla sponge cupcakes into Mother’s Day cakes with our easy recipe. You can either opt to make the toppers from scratch using fondant and modelling icing or you could opt for ready-made shop bought edible flowers instead.
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A hidden message of love will bring a smile to Mum's face this Mother's Day. Bake a red heart into rich chocolate sponges with this hidden heart cupcakes recipe.
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Make up a batch of delicious strawberry and white chocolate shortbread, cut into hearts and wrap with red ribbon - a simple, yet beautiful Mother's Day treat.
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These chocolate and coconut doughnuts would look lovely wrapped up in tissue paper for a homemade food gifts. The outside crunch of the desiccated coconut and the gooey soft chocolate insides are just delicious.
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Turn classic cupcakes into ice cream cones for a quirky Mother’s Day treat. You can play around with different coloured buttercream to resemble your mums favourite flavours.
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Raspberries are just delicious when teamed with mellow flavours in simple custard tarts. This raspberry and custard recipe will make a perfect Mother's Day pud.
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Decorate your vanilla cupcakes with marshmellow petals by following Victoria Threader's easy recipe for Mother's Day cupcakes.
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Making your own fudge could not be easier and it makes a great food gift. See how to make this chocolate fudge with our easy recipe video.
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Give your cheesecake a springtime lift with the addition of fresh lemon and geranium petals, with this simple recipe from Woman's Weekly.
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If you want to go all out this impressive red velvet whoopie pie recipe should do the trick. Chewy and slightly soft with a creamy filling, they'll be a winner all round.
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Lorraine Pascale’s mini tiramisu is the ideal dessert for mum on Mother’s Day. The rich coffee and chocolate flavoured sponge is sandwiched together with a light cream and drizzled in a rich ganache.
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It’s much easier to make a Battenburg than you may think. Follow our simple recipe and in just five simple steps, you’ll have a classic, retro loaf on the table ready to serve with a cuppa.
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Make the most of all the lovely British rhubarb coming into season by making these stunning rhubarb and ginger cupcakes. The ginger really brings the flavour of the zesty rhubarb to life.
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These white chocolate and raspberry blondies are the ideal alternative to brownies. They’re much lighter in flavour and texture but still have that sweet, chocolate flavour. The raspberries add a burst of flavour in each bite.
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Show just how much your mum means to you by making these cute lemon heart biscuits. This recipe makes 40 biscuits so there'll be plenty to go around!
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These red velvet cookies use red food colouring paste to really make them pop with colour. This recipe makes 20 cookies in just 30 minutes.
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If your mum loves carrot cake these cupcakes are sure to satisfy. Made with heaps of freshly grated carrot and topped with a cream cheese frosting, these cupcakes are so moreish.
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Top your chocolate brownie tray bake with a rich, chocolate frosting just like the Hummingbird Bakery. They make their frosting using icing sugar, butter, cocoa powder and cream cheese.
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Another great Mother’s Day cake idea, this very berry chocolate tray bake combines rich chocolate together with tangy berries such as raspberries or blackberries. You could try strawberries or blueberries too.
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Whip up a batch of these classic, gooey brownies. These brownies can be made using milk or dark chocolate. Make in advance as brownies are often better, and gooier, the next day.
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If your mum loves her veggies or is an avid gardener we're sure she'd apperciate this delicious, rich carrot and beetroot cake.
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A great one for making with the kids, this no-bake rocky road combines melted chocolate together with broken biscuit, Maltesers and marshmallows. It’s quick and delicious.
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Ideal for making with the kids, these rainbow biscuits take just 10 minutes to prep. We’d recommend using food gel to get the best vibrant colour.
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We love this sticky-sweet marmalade cake. It's a citrusy, zingy orange-flavored sponge, topped with a sticky glaze. Perfectly served with a drizzle of fresh cream.
Get the recipe: Marmalade cake