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10 Genius Cakes for Mother's Day

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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].

The Genius Recipes cookbook is here! (Well, almost.) The book is a mix of greatest hits from the column and unpublished new favorites -- all told, over 100 recipes that will change the way you think about cooking. It'll be on shelves in April, but you can pre-order your copy now.

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

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

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