Show off this Mother's Day and treat mum to the dreamiest of desserts. We've picked our 10 favourites, from spectacular sponges and creamy cheesecakes, to perfect pies and pudding pots. Little ones can show their appreciation by mixing and decorating these showstoppers, so let them get messy in the kitchen – just remember to tidy up before mum sees!
1. No-bake chocolate hazelnut cheesecake
Whip up a rich and nutty chocolate cheesecake for an impressive Mother's Day treat. With a buttery biscuit base, silky smooth filling and crunchy nut topping, each bite is a blissful experience. It's easy to make ahead and doesn't require baking, so you can leave it to chill in the fridge while you focus on the other courses. We've topped it with Ferrero Rocher and a scattering of chopped hazelnuts for an elegant finish, but you could customise with mum's favourite chocolate, if you prefer.
2. Lemon curd & blueberry loaf cake
Capture the taste of spring with this moist and zingy bake, bursting with fruity blueberry pockets. Make it in the morning, then leave to cool before covering with a layer of citrusy icing and eating as a teatime treat. Lemon zest and flowers make a simple, stylish topping – or let the kids loose with sprinkles and edible glitter! Serve with extra lemon curd and yogurt for a light pudding.
3. Quick & easy tiramisu
Is tiramisu one of mum's favourites? Rather than making the whole thing, these easy pudding pots are a speedy way to end a homemade Mother's Day meal. The hero ingredient in this speedy dessert is condensed milk, which can be beaten with mascarpone to make a fluffy cream. Layer this over a base of coffee-soaked sponge fingers and top with a dusting of cocoa powder or some fine chocolate shavings.
4. Orange & pomegranate cheesecake
Bring a smile to mum's face with this bright and colourful dessert. Bursting with citrusy notes from the orange zest and decorated with ruby-red pomegranate seeds, our creamy cheesecake is a tangy treat for the tastebuds. With no baking required, this showstopper is super-easy and can be prepped in just 20 minutes. Rather than using an electric mixer, let the little ones get busy mixing with a spoon and prepare for sticky fingers.
5. Easy chocolate molten cakes
Can it get more indulgent than a chocolate fondant? These gooey-centred puddings will melt mum's heart – and put you in the good books for weeks. Although they look difficult to master, our fail-safe recipe makes it easy to achieve an oozing middle. Simply bake until the cakes are firm on the outside but still have a slight wobble. Now, all that's left to do is add a cooling drizzle of single cream and dig in.
5. Rosewater & raspberry sponge cake
Give the classic sponge cake a special twist with this delicate, floral bake. A rose cream and jam filling balances perfectly with the moist sponge and a generous drizzle of pink rose icing. Children can get creative using dried rose petals and fresh raspberries to decorate this showstopper.
7. Apple & vanilla tart
This classic apple tart is a real crowd pleaser and only takes 10 minutes to assemble. So get the kids in the kitchen and let them arrange sliced apple pieces over the pastry base. A shiny coating of apricot conserve gives a professional looking finish – mum may even think you've ordered it from a plush patisserie.
8. Little lemon meringue pies
Need something light to finish off the meal? These fluffy meringue pies will have mum on cloud nine. Each bite gives you a dreamy combination of crumbly pastry, tangy lemon and crispy whipped meringue. If the kids are helping, you can show them how to roll out pastry and use cutters to make the shapes for individual pastry cases. You could even go the extra mile and give it a caramelised finish with a blowtorch, if you have one.
9. White chocolate mousse with poached rhubarb
Go super stylish with your sweet course by whipping up these pretty pink pots. Make the most of seasonal produce by poaching fresh rhubarb in sugar, white wine and vanilla. The tangy rhubarb balances perfectly with sweet white chocolate mousse, while a topping of crunchy jumbo oats adds texture. These melt-in-the mouth puds will be polished off before you can say 'Happy Mother's Day'.
10. Easy treacle sponge
Take mum back to her childhood with this comforting bake. Super sticky and indulgent, the combination of zesty butterscotch sauce and fluffy sponge cake is simply irresistable. Serve warm with a dollop of vanilla ice cream or custard and be prepared to dish out second helpings.
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