17 Mother's Day Treats Even Novice Bakers Can Make

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17 Mother's Day Treats Even Novice Bakers Can MakeParker Feierbach

If you want to whip up a delicious dessert for your mom this Mother’s Day but don’t know where to begin, you’ve come to the right place. Although baking can seem overwhelming, especially if you’re new to it, there are tons of recipes out there that require little to no effort to make.

From beautifully designed Chantilly cakes, sugar-dusted pastries, and three-ingredient cookies to dump cakes and easy fruit tarts that taste just as good as your favorite bakery’s, here are some of the best Mother’s Day treats that even beginner bakers can master.

Chantilly Cake

Chantilly cake may sound fancy, but it’s so easy to make. Pro tip: If you don’t have time to whip up the frosting from scratch, you can always pick up a tub from your nearby grocery store.

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chantilly cake

Chocolate Pudding

Chocolate pudding is one of those desserts that’s both tasty and comforting. Made from unsweetened cocoa powder, bittersweet chocolate, and pure vanilla extract, this treat tastes great, topped with chopped nuts, mint, or fresh whipped cream.

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Emily Hlavac Green

Easy Fruit Tart

Forego the store-bought fruit tart and instead put together a homemade one. Packed with strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and mandarin oranges, this picture-perfect tart looks as good as it tastes.

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Copycat Cheesecake Factory Mango-Key Lime Cheesecake

Why drive to Cheesecake Factory for dessert when you can instead recreate your own version at home using this genius copycat recipe? Made with a deliciously smooth cheesecake filling and mango mousse and topped with a mouth-watering mango glaze, this dessert is a must-have.

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copycat cheesecake factory mango key lime cheesecake


Tiramisu may sound tricky to make, but surprisingly, it doesn’t take too much effort. All you need is a few easy-to-find ingredients, like heavy whipping cream, brewed coffee, and lady finger cookies, and about 10 minutes for prep time.

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tiramisu delish
Ethan Calabrese

Lemon Bars

Nothing says spring quite like lemon bars. This sweet treat is made with lemon juice, powdered sugar, and all-purpose flour.

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Parker Feierbach

Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

A dessert and present all in one, a beautifully-packaged box of homemade chocolate-covered strawberries is both tasty and thoughtful.

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chocolate covered strawberries

Icebox Cake

Try your hand at this simple icebox cake if you want to make something that’s a little more unexpected. This particular recipe calls for Oreo thins, vanilla extract, and heavy cream, but feel free to throw in other exciting ingredients, such as peanut butter or chopped nuts

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icebox cake
Parker Feierbach

Chocolate Pudding Pie

Chocolate pudding pie always seems to hit the spot. Topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings or piled high with fresh berries and sliced bananas, this super simple pie may just become your new go-to.

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chocolate pudding pie

Banana Pudding

Speaking of bananas, this banana pudding requires only 25 minutes of prep time.

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Go classic by baking these chocolate chip cookies for your mom this year. Extra points if you stack these up in cellophane and tie them up with a ribbon.

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chocolate chip cookies

Chocolate Mousse

If your mother is coming over for dinner on Mother’s Day and you’re stumped on what to serve for dessert, try out this chocolate mousse recipe that is ready in 30 minutes flat. Enjoy with whipped cream, chopped nuts, and dark chocolate shavings for the full effect.

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best chocolate mousse
Chelsea Lupkin

Three-Ingredient Sugar Cookeis

This straightforward sugar cookie recipe is a lifesaver when you’re low on time. Ready in just 30 minutes, these adorable treats require only three ingredients—salted butter, sugar, and flour.

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three ingredient sugar cookies
Charlie Gillette


This blondies recipe is perfect for moms who love sweets but aren't too big on chocolate. Made with brown sugar, white chocolate chips, and toasted walnuts, these delicious bars will have your mom asking you for the recipe.

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Parker Feierbach

Funfetti Dump Cake

Dump cakes are not only delicious, but they’re also so easy to make. This one can be whipped up in 30 minutes and has fun ingredients in it, including vanilla instant pudding mix, Golden Oreos, and Funfetti cake mix. Serve this recipe as cupcakes if you’re looking for a handheld treat to serve this Mother’s Day.

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funfetti dump cake

Yellow Cake

You can never go wrong with a simple yellow cake. What’s so great about this classic dessert is that it can easily be dressed up—slather it in vanilla frosting, top it with fresh fruit, drizzle it in dark chocolate, or decorate it with edible floral details.

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Parker Feierbach


These deep-fried pastries, made with simple ingredients including all-purpose flour, sugar, and melted butter, are particularly yummy stuffed with whipped cream and dusted with powdered sugar.

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Ethan Calabrese

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