14 Mother's Day Cake Ideas to Make the Day All About Her

Earl Grey Tea Cake
Photo: Carson Downing

Mother's Day is quickly approaching. Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 8th to show Mom how much you love her with a sweet treat. We've rounded up our best Mother's Day cake ideas including chocolate, vanilla, and fruit.

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Buttermilk Caramel Cake

Buttermilk Caramel Cake
Carson Downing

A Southern showstopper, this cake will wow on Mother's Day. Mom will love the decadent caramel frosting's fudgey consistency and so will you! Don't expect leftovers of this cake. Have fun decorating with edible flowers for some spring flair.

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Earl Grey Tea Cake

Earl Grey Tea Cake
Carson Downing

This decadent layer cake has a big secret—boxed cake mix. Tea infused whip cream separates layers of white cake and tea infused syrup covered raspberries. To tailor the cake to Mom, switch out the raspberries for her favorite berries.

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Bourbon Chocolate Cake

bourbon-chocolate tipsy bundt cake
Blaine Moats

In under 90 minutes, you can bake and cool this light cake. Decadent flavors of bourbon and espresso blend together in the batter. When you're ready to serve your masterpiece, top it with caramel sauce.

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Fresh Pear-Pistachio Cake

fresh pear pistachio bundt cake on stand
Jason Donnelly

Refreshing and moist, this Bundt cake is a spring staple. Fresh pears, pistachios, and spices shine in this simple recipe. Make one large Bundt cake or 12 mini ones with this recipe. Drizzle brown butter icing to complete the cake. Sprinkle pistachios over the cake to create a rustic centerpiece for Mother's Day.

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Lemon Lavender Poppy Seed Cake

Lemon-Lavender Poppy Seed Cake
Blaine Moats

Take a bite of spring! Zesty and fragrant—this sheetpan cake can serve the entire family this Mother's Day. To make the flowers, pipe dots and use a spatula to spread the frosting into a petal shape.

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Triple Chocolate Cake with Malted Crunch

Triple Chocolate Cake with Malted Crunch
Cameron Sadeghpour

Take Mom on a trip down memory lane with malted milk balls. This retro candy adds some crunch to this Mother's Day cake. Smother the layered cake in gooey ganache frosting. If you Mom's a chocoholic—she'll be obsessed with this cake.

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Blackberry Icebox Cake

Blackberry Icebox Cake

This chilly treat will definitely warm Mom's heart. She'll never guess how easy it is to make this layered Mother's Day cake idea. All you need is 10 minutes of prep, then the freezer does the rest.

Editor's Tip: Add some lemon zest for a fun garnish.

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Burnt-Sugar Cake

Burnt-Sugar Cake
Blaine Moats

Make your Mother's Day celebration sweeter with this burnt-sugar cake. This cake recipe may seem old fashioned, but the burnt-sugar adds yummy retro flair. A nutty date mixture hides between the layer for a chewy surprise.

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Cherry Flower Power Cake

Cherry Flower Power Cake

This very cherry cake will be a Mother's Day crowd pleaser. Cherry juice and almond extract come together to make a tasty creation. Cover the cake in cute flowers. Bonus points if they're Mom's favorite colors.

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Turtle S'mores Cake

Turtle S’mores Cake

No baking necessary for this cake. Dress up a store bought pound cake with marshmallows, chocolate, and caramel. For the wow factor, grill slices of the pound cake to get the toasty flavor of a smore. Finish off by drizzling chocolate and caramel sauces over the warm cake. If desired, add pecan pieces for some nuttiness.

Editor's Tip: Make your own pound cake with this yummy recipe!

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Peaches & Cream Prosecco Cake


Soak this sponge in prosecco for a boozy bite. Fresh whip cream and juicy peaches make a delicious combo—perfect for celebrating the most important woman in your life. An easy Mother's Day cake recipe to make in advance, this dessert can chill anywhere from two to 24 hours.

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Pecan Browned Butter Coffee Cake

Pecan Browned Butter Coffee Cake

Mother's Day brunch will have a new hero. Mom will be impressed by the yummy nutty filling and the rich brown butter flavor. Drizzle with coffee icing for a little kick to cut the sweetness. Serve with cold brew coffee instead of hot coffee for unconventional addition.

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Vanilla Cake with Buttercream, Berries, and Jam

Vanilla Cake with Buttercream, Berries & Jam
Scott Little

Tasty layers of berries, buttercream, and jam make the perfect cake for spring and Mother's Day! This simple vanilla cakes takes a little over an hour to prep, bake, and assemble. Add a cute Mother's Day cake topper for easy cake decorating.

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Honey-Carrot Cake with Mascarpone Cream

Honey Carrot Cake
Andy Lyons

Buttermilk and honey add a sweet twist to a traditional carrot cake. Topped with delicious mascarpone cheese frosting. To make it extra special for mom, pipe the frosting in a fun design or thick lines.

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