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Our 10 Best Cakes for Mother's Day

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Moms pretty much deserve a slice of cake every day. While that probably doesn't happen, there's no better time than Mother's Day to bake up a big cake to celebrate everything she does 365 days a year.

These lovely cakes run the gamut of quick and easy to project-worthy, depending on how much time you have. No matter what, though, they'll be an impressive way to show Mom how much you appreciate her.

1. Easy Lemon Cake with Whipped Raspberry Frosting

This fast and fancy lemon cake comes together in one bowl before it's finished off with a sweet whipped cream cheese frosting that's flavored with raspberry jam.

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2. Pink Champagne Poke Cake

This pretty pink sheet cake is poked with strawberry syrup to ensure it's extra moist and flavorful. It's then made extra festive with a splash of pink Champagne in both the cake and the frosting.

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3. How to Make an Upside-Down Cake with Almost Any Fruit

No matter what fruit you may have on hand, you can make this classic cake for Mom. This master recipe can be used with fresh or frozen fruit and is always lovely to look at.

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4. Sticky Gluten-Free Lemon Cake

There's no need to make a gluten-free flour blend with hard-to-find ingredients for this cake. Instead, just grab some almond flour and polenta, and you've got a moist, tender cake that Mom will love.

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5. Riesling Rhubarb Crisp Layer Cake

Using oat crumble in between the layers of this white cake adds wonderful crunch and makes it reminiscent of classic fruit crumble. The sweet Riesling in the cake also adds a light floral note to it, which makes it extra special.

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6. Martha Stewart's Slow Cooker Cheesecake

This unique cheesecake relies on the slow cooker to yield a creamy, almost custard-like texture. Its petite size also serves just six, so it's a perfect choice for a smaller gathering.

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7. Towering Strawberry Shortcake

Want to bake a cake that will really impress Mom? This towering shortcake should do the trick. If you happen to be traveling with this cake, it's best to bring the components separately and assemble at your destination to avoid any collapses.

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8. One-Bowl Yogurt and Olive Oil Cake

If your mom likes desserts that are a little less sweet, bake her this cake. The olive oil, Greek yogurt, and fresh thyme lend a gentle savory note that's unique. Finish the cake off with a dollop of yogurt, a drizzle of honey, and some fresh fruit.

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9. Upside-Down Strawberry Skillet Cake

This isn't your ordinary upside-down cake: A bit of cornmeal adds crunch to the vanilla cake base, while ground ginger lends unexpected zing to the jammy strawberries.

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10. Easy Summer Cake with Fruit & Cream

This one-bowl butter cake topped with lightly whipped cream and fresh fruit stays right in its pretty baking dish, which means it's perfect for transporting to Mom's house.