Mother's Day Cakes That Are Almost as Sweet as Mama
There's no one quite like a Southern Mama. She gives the best (often quote-worthy) advice, harbors generations worth of beauty secrets, and can whip up an elaborate three-course meal at the drop of a hat. Most of the year, Mama's everyday efforts may go unnoticed or under-appreciated. But come May, it's time to celebrate number one ladies in our lives, the ones who've always been there for us: our mothers. Treat Mama to a sweet slice of one of these stunning springtime cakes this Mother's Day.
Start by picking your mother's favorite flavor. Moms that love cheesecake are going to flip over our Dreamy Lemon Cheesecake. For the mom who loves chocolate, nothing can compete with our Chocolate Zucchini Cake. Make this Mother's Day one for the books with our Coconut Cream Cake—it is an absolute stunner. These treats are worthy of the Mama who does it all; they're the perfect gift for the woman who taught you that the secret to stiff peaks is all in the wrist.
Vanilla Layer Cake with Flower Cuff
No decorating skills are required to create this gorgeous cake that's sure to brighten Mama's day.
Recipe: Strawberry-Lemonade Cake
The combination of two fresh flavors, lemonade and strawberry, make this pastel cake taste like spring.
Chocolate Bundt Cake
Recipe: Chocolate Bundt Cake
Boxed cake mix and brownie mix are the secret to this beautiful cake.
Chocolate Strawberry Cake
Recipe: Chocolate Strawberry Cake
A chocolate-covered strawberry in cake form? Sign us up.
Chocolate-Coconut Pavlova Cake
German Chocolate Cake
Recipe: German Chocolate Cake
Three chocolate cake layers and Coconut-Pecan Frosting come together to create one of the most classic and decadent Southern cakes.
Strawberry-Rosé Snack Cake
Recipe: Strawberry-Rosé Snack Cake
Light, fluffy, and pretty in pink, this rosé snack cake can be enjoyed all day long.
Recipe: Hummingbird Cake
Moist layers packed with pineapple, pecans, cinnamon, and bananas make this our most popular cake of all time.
Glazed Buttermilk Donut Cake
Recipe: Glazed Buttermilk Donut Cake
A cross between a glazed donut and a Bundt, this wow-worthy cake will be the star of your Mother's Day brunch spread.
Strawberries-and-Cream Sheet Cake
Sheet cakes are easy to bake, transport, and ice, yet still deliver plenty of flavor.
Mint Chocolate Chip Cake
Recipe: Mint Chocolate Chip Cake
If Mama likes mint chocolate chip ice cream, she'll love this pretty pastel cake that takes on the same flavor.
1234 Cake with Chocolate Frosting
This layer cake comes together with pantry staples you probably already have on hand, so it's even easier to pull together than running to the store for a boxed mix.
White Chocolate Raspberry Loaf Cake
If you're looking for a brunch dessert that's not too sweet, this loaf is the perfect recipe for serving with post-meal coffee or tea.
Chocolate Zucchini Cake
Recipe: Chocolate Zucchini Cake
Mama will never guess that this decadent chocolate cake is really packed full of veggies.
7UP Bundt Cake
Recipe: 7UP Bundt Cake
This Bundt cake is oh-so-easy and absolutely delicious. It's based on a classic recipe that uses lemon-lime soft drink.
Pecan Pie Cake
Recipe: Pecan Pie Cake
We turned everyone's favorite pie recipe into a decadent layer cake that's sure to please Mama.
Lemon Loaf Cake
Recipe: Lemon Loaf Cake
This easy loaf can be prepared in advance and shared with Mama on her special day.
Strawberry Vanilla Cake
Recipe: Strawberry Vanilla Cake
If you can't decide between a vanilla and a strawberry cake, this recipe gives you the best flavors of both.
Coconut Cream Cake
Recipe: Coconut Cream Cake
Between our Fluffy Coconut Frosting and the mounds of toasted coconut, this cake is an absolute showstopper.
Angel Food Cake
Recipe: Angel Food Cake
Angel food cake for the original angel in your life.
Lemon Cheese Layer Cake
Recipe: Lemon Cheese Layer Cake
Think of this masterpiece as a combination of the flavors of a layer cake and a cheesecake in one.
Peach Shortcake Trifle
Recipe: Peach Shortcake Trifle
No icing skills are required to make this showstopping trifle. It can be assembled up to 24 hours before serving.
Chocolate Éclair Cake
Recipe: Chocolate Éclair Cake
We made a cake that's just as worthy of celebration as the eclair.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake
Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake
If mom prefers cookies to cake, this is the perfect solution.
Naked Lemon Cake with Flower Crown
This impressive cake is easier to create than you think.
Classic Chocolate Pound Cake
Recipe: Classic Chocolate Pound Cake
This one's for all the chocolate-loving mamas out there.
Strawberry Dream Cake
Recipe: Strawberry Dream Cake
This cake is pretty on the outside but, just like Mom, what's on the inside is even more lovely.
Key Lime Pound Cake
Recipe: Key Lime Pound Cake
Bring a taste of the tropics to your Mother's Day celebration.
Mini Confetti Cakes
Recipe: Mini Confetti Cakes
You'll be surprised how few ingredients you need for these mini cakes.
Mary's Mango Cake
Recipe: Mary's Mango Cake
The cake is made with fresh oranges, limes, and mangos.
Recipe: Wacky Cake
If you want to make a delectable baked good but you're short on time, this Wacky Cake is the perfect, extra-fudgy solution.
The Lane Cake
Recipe: The Lane Cake
If you're really looking to impress, the Lane Cake is a timeless classic.
Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake
Recipe: Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake
This cake is three layers of pure, chocolatey goodness. The secret ingredient? Mayonnaise.
Dreamy Lemon Cheesecake
Recipe: Dreamy Lemon Cheesecake
The secret to a crack-free cheesecake is cooking it gently in a water bath.
Sweet Tea-and-Lemonade Cake
Recipe: Sweet Tea-and-Lemonade Cake
Top each piece of this cake with a thin lemon slice.
Strawberry Swirl Cream Cheese Pound Cake
Place cut strawberries in the center of this pound cake for a sweet surprise.
Luscious Lemon Cake
Recipe: Luscious Lemon Cake
Frosting just the top and between the layers saves you time and is perfect for a casual occasion.
Mama's Rum Cake
Recipe: Mama's Rum Cake
We took a page out of Mama's book with this classic Rum Cake.
Heavenly Angel Food Cake
Recipe: Heavenly Angel Food Cake
For the sweetest Mama, nothing but this Heavenly Angel Food Cake will do.
Cream Cheese Pound Cake
Recipe: Cream Cheese Pound Cake
Cream cheese ensures that this pound cake stays fluffy and moist the whole way through.
Chocolate Fudge Layer Cake with Caramel Buttercream
Mama is worth the extra effort required to make this decadent cake.
Marbled Pecan Pound Cake
Recipe: Marbled Pecan Pound Cake
This Bundt may appear unassuming, but once you cut into it and see those glorious chocolate swirls, everyone will be sold.
Coconut Pound Cake
Recipe: Coconut Pound Cake
This tropical cake is the perfect way to celebrate spring—and, of course, to honor Mama!
Best Carrot Cake Ever
Sea Salt-Caramel Cake
Recipe: Sea Salt-Caramel Cake
This layer cake masterfully balances salty and sweet. Mama will be coming back for a second slice.
Caramel Apple Coffee Cake
Recipe: Caramel Apple Coffee Cake
Upgrade your breakfast in bed spread with a cake well-suited for morning or night.
Lemon-Orange Chiffon Cake
Recipe: Lemon-Orange Chiffon Cake
Edible flowers take this cake to the next level—Mom is going to love them.
Blueberry Cornmeal Cake
Recipe: Blueberry Cornmeal Cake
This unique cake makes the most of fresh berries, resulting in a sweet treat that can be enjoyed at any time of day.
Lemon Sherbet Cupcakes
Recipe: Lemon Sherbet Cupcakes
Achieve the look by frosting with a large, round pastry bag tip.
Pink Lemonade Cake
Recipe: Pink Lemonade Cake
This cake sure is pretty in pink. It comes together on a sheet pan, so it couldn't be easier to make.
Cinnamon Coffee Cake
Recipe: Cinnamon Coffee Cake
A special day to celebrate Mama? That warrants cake for breakfast.
Recipe: Pineapple-Coconut Cake
This cake, bursting with the tropical flavors of pineapple and coconut, will be a new warm-weather staple.
Coconut-and-Pecan Strawberry Shortcakes
These not-too-sweet shortcakes are the perfect finish for your Mother's Day brunch.
Lemon-Orange Pound Cake
Recipe: Lemon-Orange Pound Cake
Two contrasting icings instantly upgrade this classic pound cake.