14 Simple-But-Special Mother’s Day Dessert Ideas
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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.
The Ultimate Chocolate Cake
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.
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.
Wine-Poached Strawberries and Apricots
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.
Salted Caramel Brownies
These brownies are topped with a luscious, buttery homemade salted caramel sauce—serve them as is or with ice cream.
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.
Dulce de Leche Cheesecake
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.)
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.
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.
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.
Lemon Ripple Cheesecake Bars
This well-reviewed recipe yields 16 creamy, tangy lemon bars, which can be refrigerated in the pan for up to three days.
F&W’s Justin Chapple has an ingeniously simple method for creating fun, two-tone frosting swirls to top his moist and delicious cupcakes.
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.
Lemony Butter Cookies
Using confectioners' sugar in the dough in place of granulated sugar gives these lemony cookies a deliciously light crumb.