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Say it with cake: the best bakes for Mother’s Day

by Malou Herkes

published on 27 February 2020

If you’re planning to show your love by baking this Mother’s Day, check out our collection of the best bakes; from chocolate cakes to cheesecakes and from simple loaves to fruity, floral showstoppers, these recipes are guaranteed to put a smile on your mum’s face.

Mary Berry’s Maple Syrup Cake

Mary’s Canadian-inspired layer cake pairs maple syrup with citrus and pecan nuts for a perfectly balanced bake. With three moist layers and a creamy white frosting topped with orange zest, it’s every bit the special occasion cake.

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Mary Berry's Victoria Sponge Sandwich

Mary Berry’s Victoria Sponge Sandwich

Treat your mum to an all-time classic with Mary Berry’s failsafe recipe for Victoria sponge; two layers of fluffy sponge cake sandwiched with jam and freshly whipped cream.

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Mary Berry

Vegan Victoria Sponge Cake

by Holly Jade

If you’re after a plant-based version of the classic Victoria sponge, try this recipe from The Little Book of Vegan Bakes.

Gin & Tonic Loaf Cake

Gin and Tonic Loaf Cake

by Jane Dunn

If you’re mum’s a G&T lover, treat her to this fruity loaf cake, infused with the flavours of the classic drink.

Chocolate Reflection Cake

Chocolate Reflection Cake

Coated in a thick layer of glossy chocolate ganache, this multi-tiered cake is perfect for a Mother’s Day celebration.

Finch Bakery Carrot Cake

The Finch Bakery Carrot Cake

by Lauren and Rachel Finch

If you really want to push the boat out for Mother’s Day, try this showstopping carrot cake from The Finch Bakery; with six layers of lightly spiced carrot sponge, a luscious cream cheese frosting, and fresh berries, this recipe is guaranteed to impress.

Finch Bakery
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Finch Bakery

Banana Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

Banana Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

by Georgina Hayden

A step above standard banana bread, this rich, caramelly banana cake is topped with peanut buttercream and swirls of maple syrup. Sumptuous, luxurious, and made mostly with pantry staples. 

Vanilla Layer Cake with Ermine Icing

Vanilla Layer Cake with Ermine Icing

Aside from the lightest sponge and the fluffiest buttercream, the beauty in this bake from Nigella Lawson is that it affords you the perfect canvas to decorate however mum would like best, from a scattering of rose petals to some fresh berries.

Louise Cake with Plum and Coconut

Louise Cake with Plum and Coconut

by Yotam Ottolenghi, Helen Goh
from Sweet

More of a slice than a cake, this bake is made with a thin cakey bottom and layered up with fruity jam in the middle and coconut meringue with a crisp top. A bright, fun cake to make your mum smile. 

Giant Macaron Cake

Giant Macaron Cake

by Nadine Levy-Redzepi

What’s better than a cute French macaron? One giant macaron, baked into a layer cake with cream, cake and more cream piled into it. Pack it with berries and add a little food colouring for a bold, bright and fabulous bake. 

Pistachio Cake with Fresh Honeycomb

Pistachio Cake with Fresh Honeycomb

by The Meringue Girls

This gluten-free bake is made up of a dense and incredibly moist sponge with an intense roasted pistachio flavour, topped with homemade pistachio nut butter icing, fresh honeycomb, and plenty more nuts for decoration.

‘Jaffa Cake’ Cake

‘Jaffa Cake’ Cake

by Martha Swift

For those mums who can’t resist a good Jaffa Cake, this bake pairs orange-infused sponge with sharp orange jelly and an irresistible chocolate ganache. Prepare the cake the day before so the jelly has enough time to set, then on the day, all you have to do is assemble and ice it.


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