Mother's Day Dessert Recipes

Show your mom how sweet you are with recipes for cakes, tarts, cookies, bars and more from your favorite chefs at Food Network.

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Sunny's Strawberry Fool

Momma didn't raise no fool, which is why you're going to make this foolishly simple dessert. So what's a strawberry fool? Whipped cream dressed up with macerated strawberries — Sunny likes to serve her version with cinnamon graham crackers to use as a scoop.

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Strawberries and Wine Flower Cheesecake

Put out this beautiful no-bake cheesecake at your next soiree and people might just think you're a professional baker! We used sliced strawberries and mandarin oranges to create the flower on top, but you can use other fruit to create your own design. Just make sure to avoid pineapple, kiwi, papaya, mango and guava, which all contain an enzyme that will prevent the gelatin from setting properly.

Get the Recipe: Strawberries and Wine Flower Cheesecake

Lemon Tiramisu Trifle

Creamy, lemony layers are brightened by berries in this no-bake cross between tiramisu and trifle. Kids can assemble this treat with very little help.

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Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

This classic Southern cake is really simple to make. Damaris reserves a little bit of the pineapple juice to use in the cake itself, which really brings out the flavor.

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Raspberry-Lemon White Chocolate Domes

These white chocolate shells are filled with luscious pudding and a tart raspberry center perched atop fresh lemon cake.

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Lemon Pudding Cake with Berries

Finish a special meal for Mom with something sweet: individual lemon pudding cakes topped with fresh berries.

Get the Recipe: Lemon Pudding Cake with Fresh Mixed Berries

Almond Honeycomb Cake

This melt-in-your-mouth cake is soaked with the flavors of wildflower honey, citrus and cardamom before getting a finishing touch of glossy honey glaze — just like a real honeycomb!

Get the Recipe: Almond Honeycomb Cake

Red Berry Shortcakes with Honey Yogurt

The finishing touch for Mom’s special day, these delightful shortcake sandwiches are stuffed with a Greek yogurt cream and juicy berries. The shortcakes are prettier with jagged edges, so use a fork to split them open.

Get the Recipe: Red Berry Shortcakes with Honey Yogurt

Easy Chocolate Tart

Ree uses crushed up chocolate cookie sandwiches for this double-chocolate tart that any chocoholic will love.

Get the Recipe: Easy Chocolate Tart

Rhubarb Custard Pie

Rhubarb, technically a vegetable, is known for its very tart flavor and the fact that only the stalks are edible. There are many varieties of rhubarb, which accounts for how the stalks vary in color from a deep red to a pale green. Although all kinds have a delicious flavor, this pie looks prettiest with the red-stalked varieties. Look for thinner stalks, as they will be more tender and less fibrous than thicker stalks.

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Chocolate Chevron Cake

Ina’s chocolatey cake is both elegant and rich. To spend more time with Mom on the holiday, bake the cake in advance, then wrap and refrigerate it until Mother’s Day. Once the cake is frosted, it can be left at room temperature for up to eight hours.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Chevron Cake

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

This is not your average mall-bought giant cookie cake. Molly uses a mix of almond and hazelnut flours as the base — a touch of almond extract really makes the nutty flavors shine. Top it all of with gorgeous buttercream frosting for a dessert that mom will love.

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Lemon Bars

Ina's portable dessert bars have a shortbread dough that makes for a lot less fuss.

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Blueberry Nectarine Crisp

Ree incorporates the best flavors of summer into her fruity dessert. Don’t forget whipped cream for serving!

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Victorian Rose Geranium Cake

You'll need rose geranium leaves for Anne's pretty-in-pink cake.

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Vanilla Brioche Bread Pudding

"Warm vanilla bread pudding with cold creme anglaise. Now who wouldn't want to eat that for dessert??!" says Ina.

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Carrot Cake with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting

Molly's carrot cake is the perfect spring dessert. She uses hawaij, a cardamom-forward Yemeni spice blend, to add warm, spicy flavors to both the cake and the frosting in this recipe (you can even sprinkled it in coffee!). If you can't find any at your grocery store, make a substitute: Mix together 1 tablespoon ground ginger, 1 tablespoon ground cardamom, 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves and 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon.

Get the Recipe: Molly's Carrot Cake with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting

Bottle of Wine Chocolate Pie

We managed to fit a whole bottle of wine in this decadent dark chocolate pie. Perfect for a grown-up dinner party, it offers the best of both worlds.

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Raspberry Tiramisu

Tiramisu with a twist: This version is made with raspberry jam and Grand Marnier liqueur along with traditional ingredients — mascarpone cheese and ladyfingers.

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Raspberry Creme Brulee

Classic creme brulee gets a springy makeover just in time for Mother's Day. Everyone will love cracking through that sugary shell on top.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cakes

Valerie’s yummy cakes taste just like your favorite childhood snack. If the nostalgia factor doesn’t hook your guests, the peanut butter and chocolate combo will!

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Chocolate-Filled Almond Macarons

These cookies are the perfect combination of crispy and chewy. Don't worry if the tops crack; they will still be delicious.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Filled Almond Macarons

Tea Cake

Have little ones who want to help make Mother's Day special? These adorable teacup cakes are the perfect single-serve treat that they can make — no oven required — just mix the ingredients together and microwave. Just make sure the teacups you use are microwave safe.

Get the Recipe: Tea Cake

Sorbet with Candied Flowers

This Mother's Day, treat Mom to flowers and dessert — all in one.

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Sprinkles Biscotti

Molly’s adorable biscotti are the perfect treat to serve with post-brunch coffee.

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Chocolate Creme Brulee

Make creme brulee in minutes using a secret ingredient: store-bought pudding.

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Strawberry Corn Cakes

Use store-bought corn muffin mix, but add flour, lemon zest and vanilla for a sweet twist. Top with strawberries and cream.

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Spice Cake with Lemon Sauce

Trisha’s tangy cake is so perfect for busy holidays. She says, “This is absolutely something you can make a day ahead and it will be great the next day.”

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Vanilla Pudding Raspberry Napoleon

This kid-friendly dessert is all about the assembly. Let them take turns layering vanilla pudding and crisp wafer cookies.

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Hazelnut and Nutmeg Gelato

Add Nutella to homemade gelato for the ultimate Mother's Day indulgence.

Get the Recipe: Hazelnut and Nutmeg Gelato

Chocolate Strawberry Cups

Giada's makes serving a crowd on Mother's Day super easy: Use a silicone muffin pan to create the chocolate cups, fill with in-season strawberries and top it all off with a little bit of whipped cream.

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Crispy-Cakey Chocolate Chip Cookies

All moms will adore this perfect combination of a crispy chocolate chip cookie and a cakey one.

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Grapefruit Mousse

This refreshing, easy-to-make dessert is ready in minutes and is just as delicious as it is lovely to look at.

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Double Chocolate Red Wine Bundt

Red wine does double duty in Giada’s decadent dessert — the wine gets mixed into the cake batter and whisked with powdered sugar to make a pretty-in-pink glaze.

Get the Recipe: Double Chocolate Red Wine Bundt Cake

Toffee-Coffee Tartlets

Fill individual frozen puff pastry shells with a creamy, caramel-coffee flavored filling and top it with melted chocolate and toffee bits for a super-special dessert for the special mom in your life.

Get the Recipe: Toffee-Coffee Tartlets

Marmalade Cake

This ultra-moist cake is spiked with double orange flavor — the batter is made with orange marmalade and the warm cake is drizzled with orange syrup.

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