14 Simple-But-Special Mother’s Day Dessert Ideas

The Ultimate Chocolate Cake
Photo: Greg Dupree

Homemade dessert is a nice way to add an extra-warm touch to a Mother’s Day meal (especially for moms who have a sweet tooth). For chocolate lovers, our ultimate chocolate cake or salted caramel brownies would be a winner; you can also whip up lemon ripple cheesecake bars, berry-yogurt pavlovas, or even ice cream pie. Read on to find to those recipes, and more Mother’s Day dessert ideas.

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Strawberry-Raspberry Cake

Strawberry Raspberry Cake Recipe
Photo by Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Torie Cox / Prop Styling by Thom Driver

This simple cake relies on a well-aerated batter for its light texture; cream the butter and sugar until very light and fluffy before adding the flour for best results.

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The Ultimate Chocolate Cake

The Ultimate Chocolate Cake
Greg Dupree

This beauty has everything you want in a perfect chocolate cake—a simple, stir-together batter infused with velvety melted chocolate; a no-fail cream cheese–based frosting, and plenty of it; and a stress-free decorating method you can nail no matter your skill level.

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Rhubarb Tart

Rhubarb Tart
© Andrew Montgomery

Spring rhubarb is wonderfully pink and tender, so you can dispense with the poaching step and put it straight into a pastry case (shell) with a little brown sugar before putting it in the oven. The sugar caramelizes to give an almost toffee-like flavor.

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Wine-Poached Strawberries and Apricots

Wine Poached Strawberries and Apricot
Victor Protasio

Semi-dry Riesling, which is refreshing and not too sweet, is the secret to this impressive, balanced dessert. Dried apricots lend a gentle tang while the strawberries add sweetness and impart the rosiest color.

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Salted Caramel Brownies

Salted Caramel Brownies
Jennifer Causey

These brownies are topped with a luscious, buttery homemade salted caramel sauce—serve them as is or with ice cream.

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Strawberry-Buttermilk Cobbler

Strawberry-Buttermilk Cobbler Recipe
Eva Kolenko

A mixture of spelt and almond flours, gently combined with cold butter and creamy buttermilk, creates tender, fluffy biscuits that cover this juicy strawberry cobbler filling.

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Dulce de Leche Cheesecake

Dulce de Leche Cheesecake
Antonis Achilleos

Don’t be intimidated by the long total time on this recipe—a good chunk of that is devoted to letting the cheesecake chill. (Overnight is preferable.)

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Berry Ice Cream Pie

Berry Ice Cream Pie

This ice cream pie is as beautiful as it is refreshing, and it requires just six ingredients—graham cracker crumbs, light brown sugar, unsalted butter, strawberry ice cream, white balsamic vinegar, and blueberries.

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Ricotta-Orange Pound Cake with Prosecco Strawberries

Ricotta-Orange Pound Cake with Prosecco Strawberries

Strawberries, sprinkled with Prosecco and a little sugar, are a pretty accompaniment to Giada De Laurentiis's wonderful orange-infused cake.

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Dark Chocolate-Cherry Shortbreads

Dark Chocolate-Cherry Shortbreads

These shortbread cookies from pastry chef Umber Ahmad are chocolaty and buttery, and studded with chewy bits of dried cherries. Their secret ingredient: grated lime zest, which adds a subtle flavor.

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Lemon Ripple Cheesecake Bars

Lemon Ripple Cheesecake Bars
PHOTO © ANNA WILLIAMS

This well-reviewed recipe yields 16 creamy, tangy lemon bars, which can be refrigerated in the pan for up to three days.

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Black-and-White Cupcakes

10 Perfect Cupcakes to Bake Dad for Father’s Day
Christina Holmes

F&W’s Justin Chapple has an ingeniously simple method for creating fun, two-tone frosting swirls to top his moist and delicious cupcakes.

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Berry-Yogurt Pavlovas with Chamomile-Lavender Syrup

Berry-Yogurt Pavlovas with Chamomile-Lavender Syrup

These pavlovas have a short ingredient list and come together in just three steps. They’re topped with raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, Greek yogurt, and a drizzle of syrup flavored with dried lavender and chamomile tea.

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Lemony Butter Cookies

Lemony Butter Cookies

Using confectioners' sugar in the dough in place of granulated sugar gives these lemony cookies a deliciously light crumb.

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