5 Cakes That Will Make Mom Weep with Joy

This Mother's Day, bake Mom an opulent homemade gift that will make her weep with joy: a cake.

STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE CAKE Ree Drummond The Pioneer Woman/Happy Birthday, PaPa Food Network Unsalted Butter, Flour, Cornstarch, Baking Soda, Salt, Sugar, Eggs, Sour Cream, Vanilla Extract, Strawberries, Powdered Sugar, Cream Cheese

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Just like the macaroni necklace and the finger-painted masterpieces you gave her years ago, something homemade is always the key to Mom's heart, especially on Mother's Day. Before you place that order for another wilted, mass-produced delivery bouquet, stake out your kitchen to make an opulent homemade gift that will make Mom weep with joy: a cake. Frosted or naked, tiered or single-story, boxed-up or sliced on the spot, each of these decadent cakes is a thing of beauty that shows Mom how you feel with every slice.

Ree Drummond's  Strawberry Shortcake Cake (pictured above) oozes with sweet strawberries, and we can't cut into this cream cheese-frosted beauty soon enough. Instead of plunging candles in it like it's her birthday, present it to Mom with plump strawberries nestled in the icing for a most-beautiful celebratory cake. Plus, with a bit of help, even Mom's little ones can get involved in the creation of this cake. Ree's girls helped with each of the steps.

CHOCOLATE POUND CAKE Trisha Yearwood Trisha’s Southern Kitchen/Chocolate, Chocolate and More Chocolate Food Network Butter, Allpurpose Flour, Baking Powder, Salt, Cocoa, Vegetable Shortening, Sugar, Eggs, Milk, Vanilla Extract, Vanilla Ice Cream

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

If Mom isn't one to want an iced-at-every-inch cake, go for something a little simpler that's just as decadent. Trisha Yearwood's Chocolate Pound Cake brings a traditionally pale cake over to the dark side for a tender circular creation that demands a scoop of vanilla ice cream right by its side.

Not all of us are up for fiddling with a piping-hot oven, but that shouldn't stop you from showing Mom you care with a cake. Luckily, you can make one that requires no baking at all. Ina Garten's Mocha Chocolate Icebox Cake stacks layer after layer of chocolate chip cookies and homemade mocha cream. When it's all left to sit overnight in the fridge, the cookies inside soften and pave the way for a no-bake slice that's creamy and luxurious.

Even if your mom likes to keep things traditional, she will be floored by the tropical twist brought to this classic walnut-studded carrot cake. With fresh pineapple blended into the icing and sprinkled over the top,  Spring Celebration Carrot Cake has celebration baked right into its name.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

For an understated yet incredible edible gift, wrap up Ina's Lemon Cake for Mom. It's citrusy, tender and bright, and a lemony glaze drizzled over the top gives this simple cake a nice little edge. Also, it tastes even better the next day, so it's a great recipe to make in advance before you see her.

Mother's Day is just around the corner on May 10!  Get even more ways to show Mom you love her.

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