Mother’s Day Cake Ideas

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I thought of putting together a handy collection of delicious cakes to spoil the mothers in your lives. From rich chocolate creations to light and tangy treats, these Mother’s Day cake ideas have something for everyone. I included plenty of cakes for those with special dietary needs, too.


Mother’s Day Cake Ideas

Jump to: ℹ️ Overview | 🍰 Crowd Pleasers | 🍓 With A Healthy Twist | 🍯 Diet-Specific


I bake from time to time, especially when it’s a special occasion, and I certainly enjoy a slice of cake when someone makes it for me. I also enjoy making treats with my daughter as I find it a lovely activity to do together as a family. And with Mother’s Day coming up, I’ve been thinking about what cake I’d like to have as a treat, whether we bake it together or someone makes it for me (wink wink).

I decided to put together a list of some Mother’s Day worthy cakes, including healthy-ish options for those with dietary needs or in case you don’t want to overindulge too much. Enjoy and let me know in the comments which of these you’d like to eat or to make!


Mother’s Day Cake Ideas

I’ve separated the cakes into categories: crowd pleasers (the ones that would be enjoyed by most), with a healthy twist, and diet-specific (gluten-free, keto, vegan, grain-free etc).

Crowd Pleasers

Triple Chocolate Layer Cake
Let’s kick things off with a popular choice for a super special treat. If you’re whipping up dessert for the chocoholic in your life, you can’t go wrong with this tried and true bake. Recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction.
Calories (per serving): 472
Protein: 4 grams
Carbs: 64 grams
Fat: 25 grams
Get the recipe here
Triple Chocolate Layer Cake
Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cake
There’s something about this pink mousse that is just perfect for Mother’s Day. Tart raspberry and decadent chocolate are a dream combo in this perfectly layered treat. Recipe from Sugar Hero.
Calories (per serving): 604
Protein: 5 grams
Carbs: 50 grams
Fat: 43 grams
Get the recipe here
Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cake
Lemon Tiramisu
A zesty twist on a classic dessert with this Lemon Tiramisu recipe! Perfect for those looking to try a refreshing variation of the traditional Italian favourite, this dish combines the creamy, dreamy texture of tiramisu with a bright lemony kick, making it an irresistible treat for any occasion.
Calories (per serving): 680
Protein: 9 grams
Carbs: 48 grams
Fat: 46 grams
Get the recipe here
A piece of lemon tiramisu on a fork plus a slice on a plate
Fresh Blueberry Peach Cake
This Blueberry Peach Cake recipe uses simple ingredients, is whole wheat, and has a stunning presentation. Recipe from Pinch Of Yum.
Calories (per serving):271
Protein: 4.4 grams
Carbs: 35.4 grams
Fat: 13.3 grams
Get the recipe here
Classic Pavlova
A pavlova is essentially one large meringue, topped with lashings of whipped cream and decorated with fruit. A sign of a successful pavlova is that the pavlova is tall and high. Recipe from Eat Little Bird.
Calories (per serving): 441
Protein: 5 grams
Carbs: 59.5 grams
Fat: 21.7 grams
Get the recipe here
Classic Pavlova
Aperol Spritz Snack Cake
I just love the idea of serving up these Prosecco-infused, citrusy snack slices. Plus, the colour of the icing is stunning! Recipe from How Sweet Eats.
Calories (per serving): 641
Protein: 7 grams
Carbs: 73 grams
Fat: 36 grams
Get the recipe here
Coconut Cake (Made With Cake Mix)
Not everyone fancies themselves a skilled baker. If you have a spotty history with cakes gone wrong, rest assured: this delicious, mostly-homemade coconut cake starts with opening a box. Recipe from Joy The Baker.
Calories (per 12-slice serving): 752
Protein: 8 grams
Carbs: 86 grams
Fat: 43 grams
Get the recipe here
Coconut Cake
Hummingbird Cake
This recipe is perfect to ring in warming weather with, perfect for any fruit lover. Made with bananas, crushed pineapple, cinnamon, and pecans, each slice is packed with incredible texture and flavour. Recipe from Sugar Spun Run.
Calories (per serving): 834
Protein: 7 grams
Carbs: 101 grams
Fat: 47 grams
Get the recipe here
Hummingbird Cake
Tres Leches Cake
Tres leches is an authentic Mexican recipe, simple but so impressive with the most decadently moist sponge cake and a layer of whipped cream and berries for the “cherry on top.” Recipe from Natasha’s Kitchen.
Calories (per serving): 415
Protein: 8 grams
Carbs: 45 grams
Fat: 23 grams
Get the recipe here
Tiramisu
Tiramisu is a great dessert, especially if you’re opting for a pasta dinner and mum’s favourite wine to celebrate her big day. Recipe from Joy Food Sunshine.
Calories (per serving): 399
Protein: 8 grams
Carbs: 35 grams
Fat: 25 grams
Get the recipe here
Tiramisu
Homemade Strawberry Cake
I can’t get over the gorgeous pink hue of this berry-licious bake. Not only is this recipe crave worthy, but it looks like a work of art. Recipe from Life, Love, and Sugar.
Calories (per serving): 696
Protein: 8 grams
Carbs: 117 grams
Fat: 23 grams
Get the recipe here
Homemade Strawberry Cake

With A Healthy Twist

Protein Chocolate Cake
It’s rich, fudgy and perfectly moist all while being packed with protein thanks to the chocolate protein powder and Greek yogurt. And trust me, nobody will even be able to tell that this cake is made healthier. Recipe from Eating Bird Food.
Calories (per serving): 324
Protein: 15 grams
Carbs: 37 grams
Fat: 15 grams
Get the recipe here
Protein Chocolate Cake
Lemon Greek Yoghurt Cake Loaf
This Lemon Greek Yogurt Loaf Cake contains the perfect combination of sweet and tart flavors.  It's extremely easy to make and it doesn’t even require a mixer. Recipe from Beautiful Eats And Things.
Calories (per serving): 287
Protein: 6 grams
Carbs: 41 grams
Fat: 10 grams
Get the recipe here
Easiest Vanilla Cake
Some folks are easy to please with a simple vanilla cake. This low-calorie and low-fat recipe keeps things light for a healthy twist – no eggs, no butter, and it’s gluten-free. Recipe from Big Man’s World.
Calories (per serving): 217
Protein: 2 grams
Carbs: 35 grams
Fat: 8 grams
Get the recipe here
Easiest Vanilla Cake
Chocolate Walnut Torte (Low-Carb)
Dense, moist, rich, and low-carb? Count me in. This low-sugar torte will impress any chocolate lover in your life. Recipe from All Day I Dream About Food.
Calories (per serving): 287
Protein: 7 grams
Carbs: 8 grams
Fat: 27 grams
Get the recipe here
Chocolate Walnut Torte
Cottage Cheese Cake
With an emphasis on protein, this healthy cake is great for the mums who aren’t missing the gym on their special day. Recipe from Sweet As Honey.
Calories (per serving): 107
Protein: 11 grams
Carbs: 4 grams
Fat: 5 grams
Get the recipe here
Cottage Cheese Cake
Carrot Cake (Sugar-Free, Gluten-Free)
Healthy, wholesome, and with all the things you love about carrot cake including that thick layer of “cream cheese” frosting. Recipe from Food Faith Fitness.
Calories (per serving): 169
Protein: 9 grams
Carbs: 13 grams
Fat: 12 grams
Get the recipe here
Carrot Cake
”Skinny” Funfetti Cake
Everyone adores Funfetti and it’s not just for birthdays! This recipe uses some smart swaps to make this classic, kid-friendly and mother-approved dessert a little healthier. Recipe from Belle of the Kitchen.
Calories (per serving): 191
Protein: 3 grams
Carbs: 36 grams
Fat: 3 grams
Get the recipe here
Skinny Funfetti Cake
Low-Calories Lemon Blueberry Cake
This lemon blueberry cake recipe features a moist and fluffy cake loaded with fresh blueberries and a subtle tanginess from the lemons. Recipe from The Big Man's World.
Calories (per serving): 179
Protein: 2 grams
Carbs: 30 grams
Fat: 6 grams
Get the recipe here

Diet-Specific (Gluten-Free, Keto/Low-Carb, Sugar-Free, Vegan)

French Cheesecake (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free)
This French-style cheesecake has a melt-in-your-mouth, fluffy filling and buttery crust and is perfect for entertaining. Top with your favourite fruit or berries, whipped cream or chocolate drizzle.
Calories (per serving): 560
Protein: 13 grams
Carbs: 16 grams
Fat: 53 grams
Get the recipe here
Apple, Honey & Ricotta Cake (Grain-Free)
This gluten-free and grain-free cake is packed with creamy and tangy ricotta, perfectly paired with tart apple and sweet honey. Serve with ice cream for the best results.
Calories (per serving): 314
Protein: 8 grams
Carbs: 25 grams
Fat: 22 grams
Get the recipe here
Apple Honey & Ricotta Cake (Gluten-Free Recipe)
Paleo Chocolate Cake (Keto)
This flourless cake is fudgy and rich with just five simple ingredients. Finish your slice off with homemade whipped cream and berries.
Calories (per serving): 186
Protein: 5 grams
Carbs: 18 grams (with sweetener)
Fat: 18 grams
Get the recipe here
5-Ingredient Paleo Chocolate Cake (Nut-Free, Low-Carb, Keto)
Orange Almond Cake With Basil Cream (Grain-Free)
This gorgeous almond cake is not only grain-free, but it can be made without refined sugar as well. This healthy slice is perfect for the citrus lover in your life, all tied together with an aromatic basil cream.
Calories (per serving): 362
Protein: 13 grams
Carbs: 17 grams
Fat: 29 grams
Get the recipe here
Almond and orange cake
Citrus Drizzle Cake (Grain-Free, Nut-Free)
This amazing summer cake is bursting with citrus flavours and a hint of honey. Made with coconut flour and cassava flour, this cake is tree nut-free, grain-free, and naturally gluten-free. 
Calories (per serving): 253
Protein: 4 grams
Carbs: 24 grams
Fat: 16 grams
Get the recipe here
Citrus Summer Cake (Paleo, Gluten-free, Nut-Free, Grain-free)
Vanilla Cake (Vegan, Gluten-Free)
This one-bowl, 10-ingredient cake is dairy-free and gluten-free. Consider this your go-to healthy, allergen-friendly vanilla cake recipe. Recipe from Minimalist Baker.
Calories (per serving): 326
Protein: 5 grams
Carbs: 50 grams
Fat: 12 grams
Get the recipe here
Keto Chocolate Pie
This rich creamy Keto Chocolate Pie with a buttery almond flour pie crust is filled with thick, fudgy chocolate ganache. A French-inspired chocolate dessert revisited sugar-free and gluten-free. Recipe from Sweet As Honey.
Calories (per serving): 364.2
Protein: 5.6 grams
Carbs: 23.9 grams
Fat: 34 grams
Get the recipe here
Keto Chocolate Pie
Persian Love Cake (Gluten-Free)
This easy-to-make, flourless cake is a lovely gluten-free option to make. Adorned with edible flours atop a golden crust, each slice boasts a creamy, cheesecake-like centre. Recipe from Baked Ambrosia.
Calories (per serving): 484
Protein: 15 grams
Carbs: 54 grams
Fat: 26 grams
Get the recipe here
Persian love cake (gluten-free)
Vegan Strawberry Cake
Made with plenty of fresh strawberries, it's simply bursting with flavor. The pretty pink frosting is to die for. Recipe from Nora Cooks.
Calories (per serving): 527
Protein: 3 grams
Carbs: 76 grams
Fat: 23 grams
Get the recipe here
Vegan Strawberry Cake
Vegan Pavlova With Strawberries & Cream
This pavlova is made up of a perfectly crisp, and slightly chewy in the centre, meringue, layered with whipped coconut cream and dotted with fresh chopped strawberries. Recipe from Wall Flower Kitchen.
Calories (per serving): 292
Protein: 2 grams
Carbs: 40 grams
Fat: 15 grams
Get the recipe here
Vegan Pavlova With Strawberries & Cream
Keto Pavlova
This crisp-on-the-outside, marshmallow-y-on-the-inside dessert is surprisingly simple to make and is beautiful topped with fresh berries and a keto-friendly whipped cream.
Calories (per serving): 25
Protein: 3.6 grams
Carbs: 1.7 grams
Fat: 0.1 grams
Get the recipe here
Keto Pavlova
Chocolate Molten Lava Cake (Paleo)
These simple chocolate molten lava cakes taste rich and decadent with a gooey chocolate filling.  They’re made without flour or refined sugar but you would never guess. Recipe from Paleo Running Momma.
Calories (per serving): 588
Protein: 8 grams
Carbs: 45 grams
Fat: 43 grams
Get the recipe here
Chocolate Molten Lava Cake

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Mother’s Day Cake Ideas
Irena Macri
By Irena Macri

About the author: Hi, I’m Irena Macri. I share delicious recipes that I have cooked and loved. I am a published cookbook author, have been food blogging for over 10 years and have a Diploma in Nutrition. You will find many healthy recipes as well as my favourite comfort food. More about me here | Subscribe to my newsletter and freebies

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5 Comments
  1. sooo many tasty options for Mother’s day this year. I’m leaning towards that Raspberry Mousse Cake wowza!

  2. Wow, love these Mother’s Day Cake Ideas recipes, they all look great and delicious, will have them bookmarked so I can have them handy for this special day. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. Thank you for this amazing list of cakes! I want to make them all! I think I will start with the aperol spritz snack cakes! My mom and sisters will love it!

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