10 Best Mother's Day Desserts

From lavish layer cakes to simple bundts, pies, and pastries, I've gathered together my TOP 10 favorite dessert recipes to celebrate all the moms this Mother's Day.

Coconut Tres Leches Cake

Coconut Tres Leches Cake
Layers of lightened-up coconut cake have been soaked in tres leches, or "three milks."  Inspired by the Latin American dessert, this layer cake version is frosted in clouds of whipped cream sweetened with condensed milk and then garnished with toasted coconut for added flavor and texture.  I first made this with my own grandmother in mind a couple years ago, and I bet you mom and grandmother will love it too.

Carrot Banana Bread Cake

Honey Carrot Banana Bread
A lightly spiced cross between a delicious carrot cake and decadent banana bread - all sweetened with honey and no refine white sugars!  You guys actually really love this cake.  And what's not to love?  If I were you, I'd bake up several of these, wrap them as gifts, and give them out to all the moms in my life.  In fact, I better pick up a ton of bananas tomorrow so they ripen up in time to make a few batches myself!

Lemon Thyme Layer Cake

Lemon Thyme Layer Cake
Citrus and herbs pair together beautifully in this vibrant lemon thyme cake.  Light lemon cake is flecked with fresh thyme and layer with lemon buttercream.  Add a ripple of homemade lemon curd for an extra pop of flavor.  Need a fuss-free decoration?  Use the fresh thyme to create a simple, rustic crown around the cake!

Grapefruit Lemon tart recipe with whipped cream

Grapefruit Lemon Tart
Tender, buttery crust is filled with vibrant grapefruit and lemon curd before being topped with clouds of whipped cream.  So sunny and perfect for spring!  If fresh berries and rhubarb have yet to arrive in your town, then this it the dessert for you.

Carrot Cake Recipe with buttercream flowers

Classic Carrot Cake with cream cheese icing
I know I just shared this cake for Easter, but the flowers just shout MOM to me.  If you didn't get a chance to make it last month, then I strongly recommend making it now.  It truly is the best and only carrot cake recipe you will ever need (in my humble opinion).  Best of all, you can adapt it to whatever mom likes!

Olive Oil Lemon Bundt cake with toasted coconut

Olive Oil Citrus Cake with coconut
Citrus and olive oil go hand-in-hand in this bright, delightful cake.  Vibrant lime zest and a sprinkle of toasted coconut add instant flavor and texture to each bite.  Like most Bundts, this one whips up easily and can be made in advanced.  Wrap well in plastic and store at room temperature.  Add the glaze before serving.

Eton Mess Cake

Eton Mess Cake
Layers of light, fluffy sponge cake, sweetened whipped cream, crispy meringues, and fresh raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries – this is a take on the classic British Eton Mess and Victoria Sponge Cake turned into one delightful treat.  Everything here is so light and refreshing, so don't be afraid to serve a large, tall slice.  If transporting this cake, then definitely pack the cake and filling separately.  Gently re-whip the cream by hand and assemble on site.

Lemon Mousse Cake with fresh raspberries

Sunny Lemon Mousse Cake
This simple and slightly understated cake is full of flavor from both the tart lemon mousse and the juicy raspberries.  In this case, a single-layer cake works best.  The cake itself is light and spongey.  It is the perfect canvas for a mound of heavily lemon mousse.  Add the raspberries just before serving so the juices down spill onto the cake.

Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Cake

Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Cake
If your mom is more into chocolate and decadent desserts than the light and fresh confections, then this is the cake for her.  Fresh strawberries, classic chocolate cake, blushing pink frosting, and a gorgeous glaze?  Who could as for more?

Chocolate Cherry Pavlova recipe

Chocolate Cherry Pavlova
If you are lucky enough to already have cherries in stock this season, then this pavlova is the first thing you should make with them.  But don't worry, you can always substitute in whatever else you have on hand.  Berries, figs, roasted rhubarb – they all work.  Pavlova is actually one of my mother's favorite desserts.  The meringue is so light and crisp while the cream is like pillowy clouds from heaven.  I bet your mom will love it too.