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Here are 15+ Mother’s Day recipes including madeleines, scones, cookies, strawberry shortcake cake, tea cakes, cinnamon rolls, and more! Mom will love each and every thoughtful recipe.

Strawberry shortcake cake on white cake stand

Happy Mother’s Day weekend to every kind of mother and motherly figure. Strong mamas, women on the journey to be moms, mothers to be, mamas to babies, mothers who never held their babies, mothers no longer with us, and every type of mother in between. This weekend we celebrate, remember, and embrace each other. Here are 15+ Mother’s Day recipes to celebrate mom’s worth, even if that mom is you.

By the way, if you need gift ideas for mom, here’s our collection of Gift Ideas for Bakers.


My scones recipe is a go-to for brunch. With over 15 varieties, I’m confident you’ll find one mom loves. Blueberry scones and chocolate chip scones (pictured below) are two favorites! I also have these savory ham & cheese scones. Top sweet scones with lemon curd (pictured below) for an extra special treat.

Tea Cakes

Filled with sweet almond flavor and drizzled with a light lemon glaze, almond poppy seed tea cakes are extra special. You’ll also enjoy these brown butter berry tea cakes, which are similar to madeleines but much easier to prepare.

Gluten Free Chocolate

This deliciously moist and rich flourless chocolate cake is naturally gluten free, super easy to prepare, and there’s no special assembly required. Or try this 7 ingredient gluten free and vegan chocolate coconut almond tart.

Easy Cinnamon Rolls

These are the easiest homemade cinnamon rolls because they only require 1 rise. And this giant cinnamon roll cake is surprisingly simple too… just a matter of slicing dough into strips and spiraling them together. Or if you don’t have time to let the dough rise, these no yeast cinnamon rolls are ready in less than 45 minutes.

Favorite Muffins

Double chocolate muffins and jumbo blueberry muffins have been in my recipe rotation for years, so if you’re looking for a muffin mom will love, both are prime choices. I also have this base muffin recipe where you can use your favorite add-ins and flavors.

Raspberry Almond Crumb Cake

Readers obsess over this raspberry almond crumb cake recipe. I’m not exaggerating… this recipe has a big fan club!

sliced raspberry almond crumb cake

Simple One Layer Cake

If you’re having a small celebration, this marble loaf cake or this 6 inch 1 layer chocolate cake may be just the thing to reduce leftovers, yet still impress!

Madeleines or Petit Fours

Light & airy, my homemade madeleines feature a delicious buttery lemon flavor. And if mom is craving something extra special with her tea, she would love petit fours.

Lemon Pudding Cakes

With fluffy lemon cake on top and rich lemon pudding on the bottom, these unique lemon pudding cakes are a texture dream. It’s all made from 1 easy cake batter and 8 simple ingredients.

lemon pudding cakes

Eggs for Breakfast

If you’re looking for a savory egg casserole dish, this everything bagel breakfast casserole and biscuit breakfast casserole are both MAJOR crowd pleasers and pretty easy to throw together.

Buttercream Rose Cupcakes

Little cupcake bouquet with rose cupcakes is fun to make and I guarantee your cupcakes have never looked more lovely. You can even try two-toned buttercream roses, too!

pastel pink piped roses on mini cupcakes

Chocolate Chip Cookies

These chewy chocolate chip cookies are the most popular cookie recipe on my website! Or maybe mom just wants a giant cookie? Try this giant monster M&M cookie.

Lovely Layer Cakes

Three reader favorite recipes include this lemon coconut cake, this strawberry cake, and this popular lemon blueberry cake. Each cakes burst with flavor and are lovely choices for any spring occasion.

Cream Cheese French Toast Casserole

As a mom, I say with 100% honesty that any mother would appreciate a MEGA BIG SERVING of this baked cream cheese french toast casserole. Or add some berries and make it a berries & cream french toast casserole.

Strawberry Shortcake

Simple to prepare, the classic strawberry shortcake celebrates the season’s freshest flavors. And this strawberry shortcake cake and strawberry cream cheese pie are just as impressive!

For even more recipe inspiration, you’ll love this list of all my favorite spring dessert recipes.

Reader Questions and Reviews

  1. Wishing you a wonderful healthy and happy Mother’s Day!!!! Thank you for all the delicious recipes I am going to try.

  2. These recipes all look so perfect! I wish I could make all of them at once! Thank you so much for the amazing inspo 🙂

  3. Thank you Sally! These recipes are perfect for Mothers day! I am looking forward to baking a lot this weekend.

  4. I started making my own mother’s day brunch when I had my children. Mother’s day was one of those restaurant days where the crowds and wait times were large and long, and my kids were antsy…so, I started a new tradition that I actually enjoyed much more. We didn’t have to go out, the food was great, and the atmosphere much more relaxing. I have a favorite menu that I may switch up this year since everything else is different. My kids have long since grown up and moved away, but I continued my celebration at home. Thank you for all your wonderful choices and the most difficult will be deciding on which ones to make. Thank you for your wonderful recipes and blog, and congratulations for your new little one on the way and for your sweet little girl you already have. I wish you a most enjoyable and yummy mother’s day and stay well.

  5. Thank you so much for reminding me about the Raspberry Crumb Cake one of my Mom’s favorites of your recipes. I am going to do a porch delivery Sunday morning for my 88 year old Mom.

  6. Happy Mother’s Day to you all…My Mom has passed and I miss her so much every single day. I grew up in the 1950’s and she had dinner on the table every day at 5pm when we all sat at the kitchen table and ate together. My daddy always wanted something sweet after dinner so she always had a cake or pie for us. One of my favorites was her Pineapple Upside Down CAke that she made in her cast iron skillet. If your mother is still with you, appreciate the time you have with her and when you can hug her…DO IT!!! Blessings…

  7. Great selections here, thanks Sally! They all look delicious, but I think I’m going to try your mini galettes for Mother’s Day; then I can enter the baking challenge, too 🙂

  8. Happy Mother’s Day to you, Sally!! Thank you so much for sharing you light…and your recipes…with us all!

  9. I made the raspberry crumb cake for my new neighbors. When my husband saw it he thought it was for us so naturally I had to make another. It was delicious. Also loved the best vanilla cake recipe. Happy Mothers day

  10. Happy Mother’s Day, Sally. You must feel so blessed to have sweet Noelle and a little one on the way. We are living through such a difficult and uncertain time so any reason to celebrate is a good reason.
    Enjoy your special day and stay well and healthy!

  11. Thank you Sally for all of your delicious recipes. I now have your cookie cookbook and
    a folder full of your recipes. I love cooking and baking and am always looking for something new to try. Your recipes are wonderful
    Have a most Blessed Happy Mother’s Day.

  12. I’m planning to porch deliver a spinach bacon frittata to my mother and lemon glazed blueberry scones for my mother-in-law. Happy Mother’s Day!!!

  13. Hi Sally! I would love to make my mom something but the only problem is, is that she is on Keto! but these are great recipes I gave these to my friend for her mom and she loved them! Thank you!

  14. Hi Sally! I bought a trifle bowl last fall and have been wanting to use it for spring/summer desserts. Your lemon berry trifle looks luscious & am looking forward to making it sometime in the future, but right now I have no lemons or fresh berries. Due to quarantine, I don’t feel like running out just to get them. Do you have any other suggestions on any other trifle I can make for Mother’s Day tomorrow? TIA & hope your Mother’s Day finds you & your family happy & healthy!

    1. Hi Bella, you can always do a regular pound cake or homemade brownie trifle with whipped cream and/or pudding and whatever fruit you have/enjoy. Thank you for the kind wishes!

  15. Happy Mother’s Day to all! Just my wife and me this AM took it easy with a special French Toast recipe. And my daughter is coming over just making the awesome brownies today.

  16. Happy Mother’s Day! We made a double batch of your chocolate cupcakes today for the mothers in our lives. They are amazing! Best cupcakes I’ve ever made!

  17. Happy Mother’s Day! I made the Strawberry shortcake and it was such a big hit with my 19 month old baby boy… he couldn’t stop smacking his lips everytime he took a bite 🙂
    Thanks for sharing the recipe Sally!

  18. Sally, you have such a beautiful way with words. Thank you❤️

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