Mother's Day Dessert Recipes

Indulge mom with special sweets like cupcakes, cream pie, chocolate ganache, and cheesecake.

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Light and delicate choux pastry puffs filled with fresh cream and covered with warm chocolate ganache sauce are so easy to make, but everyone will think you are a master pastry chef!

Strawberry Shortcake

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An old-fashioned, tender shortcake with two layers of strawberries topped with whipped cream.

Cheesecake Crepe Roll-Ups

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A perfect breakfast treat for brunches, Valentine's Day, breakfast in bed, or Mother's Day.

Lemon Cupcakes

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Here is a recipe I use for beautifully delicious lemon cupcakes. Ideally, you'd use buttercream frosting to ice cupcakes, but I tried these with Lemon Cream Icing for a less buttery icing, and they were perfect! These cupcakes are truly lighter than air and will melt in your mouth.

Chef John's Pavlova with Strawberries

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This dessert is fun to make and eat. Fresh fruit, especially berries and kiwis, balances the sweet, gooey crunch.

Two Tier Strawberry Pie

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This pie has a delicious twist. I no longer make regular strawberry pie because this one is so good.

Eclair Cake with Chocolate Ganache

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A delicious, creamy filling on top of a light choux pastry gets glazed with a rich chocolate ganache. This dessert sounds fancy but it is so easy to make and it's a definite crowd-pleaser!

Down Under Lemon Tart

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This is a 'to-die-for' tangy lemon tart. Family and friends always request it when invited for dinner.

Chef John's Strawberry Crepe Cake

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Using this simple 'crepe cake' technique, you can turn any of your favorite cake fillings into visually stunning, multi-layered masterpieces. By the way, I say this is simple, not fast, as it does take some time to make and stack all those crepes, but once you get rolling, it goes pretty quickly. Use the ingredient amounts only as a guide, as crepe sizes and filling amounts will vary. Dust with powdered sugar and garnish with fresh strawberries.

Inspiration and Ideas

Our Best Easy Mother's Day Treats

These delicious desserts look fancy, but they're actually very simple to pull together. Mom's going to be so impressed.

21 Mother's Day Cakes

These springtime desserts taste as good as they look.