Happy Mother’s Day weekend!
It’s no coincidence that Mother’s Day is celebrated during spring, right?! When the flowers are blooming and the sun is shining. It’s the perfect season to celebrate mom. And while taking mom out for lunch or buying her a gift is lovely, I think making something extra special is the perfect way to celebrate all that she does for us throughout the year. So, I decided to bake my mom a really beautiful (and easy) cake to show her how much I love her.
Speaking of my mom, this post literally wouldn’t have happened if it weren’t for her. She got me the flowers, bundt pan, and all the ingredients I used for this post. (I didn’t tell her it was for a Mother’s Day post and am trying to keep it a surprise for her <3 ). As always, she did all of this with a full heart, like everything she does for her family.
Instead of baking a cake that was super involved, I decided to bake my mom’s favorite cake and decorate it with nothing but a few of her favorite flowers. I always love pulling out all the stops for my wonderful mom on Mother’s Day, but this year I thought it was more important to spend quality time with her, and not miss out on the celebration.
It’s truly amazing how a few fresh flowers can really step up your cake game and make it look like you spent all day on it! I mean, how stunning are these cakes?!
You’d never guess that they took me less than five minutes to decorate.
To get the look at home, buy or make a bundt cake. Then, choose flowers that reflect your mom’s personality. Next, use shears to cut the stems off. I cut my stems very short so they didn’t dive too deep into the cake. This also made arranging them a lot easier. Place the flowers on or around your cake, and then add some sprigs of greenery around them. And that’s it! A beautiful cake that leaves you plenty of time for the most important thing—celebrating and spoiling your mama!
Some important things to remember when working with fresh flowers:
– Clean the inside and outside of the flowers and pat them dry before placing on your cake.
– Cut the flowers as close to serving time as possible so the flowers stay fresh.
– Choose flowers that are edible or not toxic.
– Remove any thorns if your flowers have them.
– Strip your flowers of most of their leaves, then place greenery in the spaces you desire.
– Pull the petals apart a bit to create a fuller look.
-Once you’ve decorated your cake, keep it in the refrigerator until it’s ready to be served, so that the flowers stay fresh.
Now for those cake recipes!
As a mentioned earlier, to me, these cakes were more about making sure they looked amazing for my mom and didn’t take too much of my time away from her. So I didn’t bother coming up with my own cake recipes for this post. I simply tweaked two of my mom’s favorite cakes.
The white cake:
I used Ina Garten’s Coconut Cake recipe . I made a glaze instead of going with her frosting recipe (which is amazing), and left the coconut out of the batter. I’ve made so many versions of this cake in the past. It’s so delicious and always a favorite of my mom’s, so I knew it needed to make an appearance on Mother’s Day.
The chocolate cake:
I used Hershey’s Chocolate Cake recipe, which is also a favorite in our house. Instead of using milk, I used orange juice, and I added some instant coffee to bring out the chocolate flavor. I also chose not to go with a frosting for this cake. I think bundt cakes look better when they are kept simple. Plus, when you have such a stunning bundt pan, you just don’t cover it with frosting! A simple dusting of powdered sugar is all this beauty needed.
I hope you find inspiration in today’s post that you (and your mom) will love.