Genius Recipes

10 Genius Cakes for Mother's Day

By • April 30, 2014 • 18 Comments

Every week -- often with your help -- Food52's Senior Editor Kristen Miglore is unearthing recipes that are nothing short of genius.

Today: 10 cakes, each with the Genius seal of approval, just in time to save Mother's Day.

Still need a present for Mother's Day? Go bake her a cake. And for you moms out there -- do you suspect your loved ones are running a little behind this year? Save them: request a cake.

Some of my happiest, most successful mom-oriented days involved baking my mother's favorite chocolate cake with a cream cheese ribbon -- sometimes with her help, sometimes stumbling along on my own. I think she liked it easily as much as the awkward poems and framed photos, though I doubt she'd ever tell.

I've rounded up some of the greatest cakes from the Genius Recipes column below, plus a few other favorites from around Food52. But what I really want to know is: what genius cake will you bake for your mother?

Amanda Hesser's Chocolate Dump-It Cake

Dump it cake from Food52

 

Maialino's Olive Oil Cake

Olive oil cake from Food52

 

aargersi's Coconut Tres Leches

Tres leches from Food52

 

Margaret Fox's Amazon Cake

Amazon cake from Food52

 

Lindsay-Jean Hard's Banana Cake with Penuche Frosting 

Banana cake from Food52

 

Roberta's Parsley Cake

Parsley Cake from Food52

 

Nigella Lawson's Dense Chocolate Loaf Cake

Loaf cake from Food52 

 

Cory Schreiber & Julie Richardson's Rhubarb Buckle with Ginger Crumb

Rhubarb buckle from Food52

 

Nigel Slater's Extremely Moist Chocolate Beet Cake

Beet cake from Food52

 

SML Office's Louisa's Cake

Louisa's cake from Food52

Got a genius recipe to share -- from a classic cookbook, an online source, or anywhere, really? Please send it my way (and tell me what's so smart about it) at [email protected].

Photos by James Ransom, except Louisa's Cake by Sarah Shatz

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Tags: genius, cake, dessert, baking, mother's day, everyday cooking, holiday

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4 months ago Heather McLaughlin

I think I might try caramel cake with chocolate filling this year. I also have to decide if I want to do fondant or piped butter cream to decorated. Last year I did chocolate cake with butter cream frosting. I piped red, dark peach and yellow ribbon roses and drop flowers to match the bouquet of roses I got. My mom loved it.

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4 months ago AntoniaJames

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Alas, my mother is no longer with us, this being our first Mother's Day without her. In her memory, I will make one of her favorite desserts, Strawberry Shortcake. I'll be using the Genius James Beard version (of course), which I know she'd appreciate. I'll be using the Genius Nancy Silverton whipped cream, as well. Of course.

There's no "missing" like missing one's mother; this Mother's Day is testing my resolve to carry on as she would, "with hope and enthusiasm for the future." ;o)

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4 months ago Gary Dunham

Antonia, do not kid yourself for even a moment, she is there with you. She is why you are who you are, at least in part. And the fact that you closely follow tradition speaks to the woman, and the daughter she raised. My mom has been away for years, but she is still here every day. I see her in myself and my daughter, when we cook together and especially when we play music and sign while doing it, like she always enjoyed. Peace on this excellent weekend, and notice the signs of her presence.

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4 months ago monica.clancy.54

Your Mother loved, taught and mentored you well. Her legacy will always be with you so in a sense she will always be there.

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4 months ago jane.coombs88

where is the spice cake? My fave...

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4 months ago Marian Bull

Marian is Food52's Associate Editor.

This is pretty spice cake-y! And from my grandmother. http://food52.com/recipes...

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4 months ago jane.coombs88

I have made this cake so many times I don't ever want to make it again. I even have the original cook book that the recipe first appeared in. I am looking for a knock out spice cake recipe. Thx

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4 months ago Marian Bull

Marian is Food52's Associate Editor.

What book is it in??

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4 months ago jane.coombs88

It is the Campbell Soup Cookbook Cooking with Soup. It is the all red one. This cookbook and The I Hate to Cook Book by Peg Bracken were the ones I used in the '60s.
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4 months ago innoabrd

This is my most favorite spice cake. Very old Yankee recipe, the friend who gave it to me is in her 70's and it was her great-grandmother's recipe. Simple, and interestingly old-fashioned with water in the recipe. Hope you enjoy. http://food52.com/recipes...

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4 months ago jane.coombs88

I made ATK spice cake. It has the complexity that I have been lusting for. Thx for the input.

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4 months ago booglix

Nigel Slater's beet cake is great! Two favorites of mine are the almond torte in Chez Panisse Desserts (which is good alone or soaked with an amaretto and bourbon syrup) and Ina's lemon cake. Both very easy, simple, reliable and seriously delicious.

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4 months ago Alice Medrich

I have a coconut and cornflour chiffon cake (no wheat flour at all) in the oven and my fingers are crossed...

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4 months ago Kristen Miglore

Kristen is the Executive Editor of Food52

Pins and needles!

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4 months ago Catherine Lamb

Catherine is the Community Manager at Food52.

Does this mean my mom hasn't actually appreciated all the macaroni crafts I've made her???

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4 months ago Kristen Miglore

Kristen is the Executive Editor of Food52

She loves them all, and she loves them equally.

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4 months ago Marian Bull

Marian is Food52's Associate Editor.

I'm going retro with Tomato Soup Cake.

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4 months ago Kristen Miglore

Kristen is the Executive Editor of Food52

Also genius.