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Mother's Day baking ideas

Baking for someone is such a personal thing to do. It tells the person receiving the baked goods that they’re worth your time, care and attention. Naturally, baking something for Mum is a stellar gift for Mother’s Day. Here are 21 recipes that we know are a hit with Mums.

1. Red velvet cake

If Mum’s a red velvet lover, this cake is a no-brainer. This gorgeous red cake bears notes of chocolate and vanilla, with a hint of tartness from buttermilk and the cream cheese frosting.  Ready in just over an hour, this recipe makes 12 serves for a Mother’s Day afternoon tea.

2. Lemon cookies

For a Mum who loves anything citrus flavoured, make these cookies. Buttery and sweet, while also being fragrant and fresh, one cookie will not be enough! In just over 30 minutes, you’ll make 25 cookies that you can serve on a beautiful platter or wrap in a nice gift box.

3. Eggless chocolate cake

If Mum needs to avoid eggs, here’s a deliciously moist chocolate cake recipe you can make. It’s guaranteed to satisfy every chocoholics' craving. A slight bitterness from dark chocolate and coffee powder helps to balance out the rich sweetness nicely. Mum will not stop raving about this one!

4. Apple and cinnamon tea cake

Cinnamon and apple are a classic autumn pairing. A slice of this cake with a warm cuppa is the perfect cosy treat for Mum. Just 20 minutes of prep time and the cake is ready to go in the oven to bake. 

5. Apple slice

Sticky and sweet with nuttiness from almonds and a slight tartness from the cooked apples and sultanas, Mum will absolutely adore this apple slice. Ready to serve in 1 hour, this recipe makes 16 slices, so Mum can go back for more (and she will!).

6. Classic pecan pie

A buttery pie crust that holds a sticky, caramel coloured filling dotted with crunchy toasted pecans, complete with a mosaic of toasted pecans over the top. What’s not to love about pecan pie? This is one recipe that’s sure to really impress Mum.

7. Double choc-chip cookies

Everyone will adore these sweet cookies packed with white and dark chocolate.

8. Basic pancakes

Serve up a breakfast of champions with these classic pancakes. Finish it off with a drizzle of maple syrup, a dollop of cream and fresh berries.

9. Citrus and poppy seed melting moments

An afternoon tea classic, these zesty biscuits are the perfect treat for entertaining.

10. Lime, vanilla and coconut cupcakes

Almost too pretty to eat... almost! These stunning cupcakes are a great Mother's Day treat, and easier to make than you think.

11. Mini blueberry friands

Wow your crowd with these dainty little friands bursting with berries. They're ideal surprise for Mum.

12. Earl grey tea bag biscuits

Get your bake on and whip up a batch of these bikkies for your guests. They're infused with an Earl Grey flavour for a surprise element.

13. Raspberry custard brioche tart

Bring your baking to the next level with this rich patisserie-style tart – it's a real show-stopper.

14. French toast with plum and rhubarb

Say hello to the brekkie of your dreams! This fruity twist on the classic French toast makes a special treat for Mum.

15.  Baklava pears with saffron custard

For a dessert that really hits spot, whip up these juicy pears with a crunchy baklava topping and saffron custard. It's one to wow your crowd.

16. Apple tarte tatin

Impress your guests by nailing this classic dessert. It's rich, buttery and leaves everyone asking for more.

17. Caramelised apple upside down cake

Make the most of delicious apples and whip up this sticky upside-down apple cake for an afternoon tea treat.

18. Apple pie with cinnamon swirl pastry

Apple pie fan? We think you'll love this version made with delicious cinnamon swirl pastry.

19. Upside-down plum, pistachio and cardamom cake

If you're after a fruity treat, try this moist upside-down cake. It's a guaranteed hit with a crowd.

20. Five-ingredient raspberry and white chocolate scones

There's nothing better than a light, fluffy scone. These ones use only five ingredients including indulgent raspberries and white chocolate.

21. Pavlova with yoghurt, rhubarb and strawberry

Plate up a dreamy dessert this Mother's Day with this perfect pav. It's sweet, impressive and perfect for easy entertaining.