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Mother's Day Dessert Recipes

Need sweet ideas for Mother's Day? Treat her to one of these delicious recipes for cakes, parfaits, cheesecakes, cookies, cupcakes and more.

Southern Banana Pudding

Southern Banana Pudding

Southern Banana Pudding

This is an old Southern recipe, featuring a comforting custard layered with bananas and vanilla wafers, then topped with a meringue. I serve it all year-round…it’s a nice ending to most any meal.

Lemon Cherry Cake

Lemon Cherry Cake

Lemon Cherry Cake

Our family loves cherries, so this cake is the perfect way to end any meal. The combination of sweet cherries and lemon peel gives the yellow cake a distinctive flavor, and no one can resist the yummy cream cheese topping. -Janice Greenhalgh, Florence, Kentucky

Mint Cake

Mint Cake

Mint Cake

"My sister and I like to bake this 'cool' mint cake when we were learning to cook...and I still enjoy making it today," reports Sue Gronholz of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.
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Luscious Lime Angel Squares

Luscious Lime Angel Squares

Luscious Lime Angel Squares

A creamy lime topping turns angel food cake into these yummy squares that are perfect for potlucks or picnics. "You can eat a piece of this light and airy dessert without feeling one bit guilty," notes Beverly Marshall of Orting, Washington. "I adapted this luscious treat from another recipe. It is super-easy to make."

Cake with Lemon Sauce

Cake with Lemon Sauce

Cake with Lemon Sauce

Refreshing Cake with Lemon Sauce completes the delightful dinner. "This is a family favorite on hot summer nights," notes Claire Dion from Canterbury, Connecticut. Cream cheese, milk and pudding mix are all that's needed for the sunny sauce drizzled over prepared pound cake and topped with a few berries.

Make-Ahead Lemon Bombe

Make-Ahead Lemon Bombe

Make-Ahead Lemon Bombe

"My neighbor gave me the recipe for this refreshing dessert, but it was made with sugar and lots of whipped cream. I lightened it up for my diabetic husband, and it's difficult to taste the difference," assures Nadine Johnson of Clackamas, Oregon.

Daffodil Cake

Daffodil Cake

Daffodil Cake

I've made this cake for my children(see photo below), grandchildren and great-grandchildren. It is their favorite birthday cake...it's light and tasty, and lends itself beautifully to decorating. I often place a small arrangement of fresh flowers in the center.

Rhubarb Strawberry Torte

Rhubarb Strawberry Torte

Rhubarb Strawberry Torte

Norma Wehrung of Getzville, New York writes, "This pretty dessert has been a special favorite for years. Recently, it received raves from my card club."

Refreshing Rhubarb Ice Cream

Refreshing Rhubarb Ice Cream

Refreshing Rhubarb Ice Cream

No matter where my family is stationed, this rhubarb recipe always makes me think of my parents’ backyard garden in Rochester, New York. —Rachel Garcia, Fort Knox, Kentucky

Marshmallow Fruit Kabobs

Marshmallow Fruit Kabobs

Marshmallow Fruit Kabobs

Claudia Ruis knows a way to slip more fruit into your family's diet. "Both kids and adults love these fun grilled fruit kabobs. I like the fact that the sauce and be made ahead of time," she writes from Massapequa, New York. "Kids will have a great time helping to assemble the kabobs, too."

Grilled Cake and Fruit

Grilled Cake and Fruit

Grilled Cake and Fruit

Bring the convenience of outdoor cooking to dessert with toasted angel food cake "sandwiches" that hold melted chocolate and are served with grilled fruit. They're really delicious and easy. —Terri Trudeau, San Gabriel, California
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