Make Ahead Mother’s Day Desserts That Will Have Mama Going Back for Seconds
Whether you’re getting together for Mother’s Day brunch or a big family dinner, nothing says “Happy Mother’s Day” like a delicious, homemade dessert. With all of the recipes on your plate to pull off for mom, dessert is an easy course to cook ahead of time. Dishes served cold, like cheesecake, pudding, and icebox cake, can easily be pre-arranged and ready to pull out of the fridge at a moments notice. Baked goods, like cupcakes and sheet cake, can easily be made ahead and frosted right before serving for a fresh look.
The one thing sweeter than all of these treats? Stress-free time to spend with mom now that dessert is done and ready to be devoured. So, get the ball rolling on all of your Mother’s Day baking with a few of our favorite make-ahead desserts.
Mini Strawberry Tarts
Recipe: Mini Strawberry Tarts
As adorable as they are delicious, these mini tarts are a tasty treat you can prepare ahead of time and chill for 24 hours.
Buttermilk-Lime Mini Cakes with Vanilla-Mascarpone Buttercream
These cute, individual cakes can be covered and refrigerated until mom arrives.
Triple-Chocolate Buttermilk Pound Cake
If you get your chocolate lovin' genes from your mama, this dessert is a must.
Chocolate Shortbread Cake
Recipe: Chocolate Shortbread Cake
Served chilled, this chocolate shortbread sweet is just as easy to make as it is to pull out of the fridge day-of.
Strawberries-and-Cream Sheet Cake
We’re pretty sure this swoon-worthy sheet cake will soon become a staple in your recipe box.
Pound Cake Cupcakes
Recipe: Pound Cake Cupcakes
A tiny take on the tube-pan classic, our Pound Cake Cupcakes are sure to delight.
Berries and Bubbles
Recipe: Berries and Bubbles
We’re bubbling with excitement for this beautiful, fruity dessert you can make in advance and serve chilled.
Sweet Tea-and-Lemonade Cake
Recipe: Sweet Tea-and-Lemonade Cake
If mom’s a sweet tea lover, she’s sure to enjoy a slice (or two).
Petite Blueberry Cheesecakes
Recipe: Petite Blueberry Cheesecakes
After you make these two-bite treats, you can freeze them for up to one month. Once you’re ready to eat, just thaw and top with preserves and fruit before serving.
Honey Custard with Berries
Recipe: Honey Custard with Berries
Covered and chilled for up to 24 hours, this custard can be prepared in advance and easily assembled by spooning into bowls with berries.
Key Lime Icebox Cake
Recipe: Key Lime Icebox Cake
Show mom how much you care with lots of layers of lovely lime custard.
Cherry Pie Bars
Recipe: Cherry Pie Bars
If you'd like to make these crowd-pleasing cherry pie bars in advance, you can store, wrapped in aluminum foil, for up to three days.
Butter Toffee-Pecan Layer Cake
Recipe: Butter Toffee-Pecan Layer Cake
This buttery vanilla layer cake topped with a tempting toffee frosting and lots of toasted pecans cane be covered and stored at room temperature for three to five days.
How To Make Mother’s Day Paper Napkin Flowers
Cocktail napkins aren’t only for drinks they, also make beautiful flowers! Using scissors and some wire, you’ll quickly have a vase full of them.
Step-by-Step Instructions: Paper Napkin Flowers
Luscious Orange Panna Cotta
Recipe: Luscious Orange Panna Cotta
Simple to store for up to three days, this silky custard features orange sections tossed with turbinado sugar.