Best Mother’s Day Recipes

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Best Mother's Day Recipes that Mom will love! Includes ideas for breakfast, dinner and desserts!

Best Mother’s Day Recipes that Mom will love! Includes ideas for breakfast, dinner and desserts!


Mothers. Is there any person in the world more worthy of celebrating? Any woman who has a positive impact on a child’s life is deserving of some extra special attention and love on Mother’s Day. Whether it is a biological Mama, a grandmother, an aunt, a godmother or a good friend, treat the special women in your life with the best way to the heart – with food!

We’ve compiled some of our favourite recipes that are Mom approved. Whether it’s breakfast in bed, a beautiful brunch, a lovely dinner or dessert (or all of these – hey…she deserves it!) we think that these are some of the Best Mother’s Day Recipes around. To get to the recipe, just click on the recipe title. Enjoy!

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Chocolate and orange marble cake

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A delightful and easy marble cake for all occasions made with chocolate and orange.

A delightful and easy marble cake for all occasions made with chocolate and orange


This chocolate and orange marble cake is about as nostalgic as a cake can get. There is something simply vintage about a cake made of two different batters swirled together to make a random design. Fancy frosting need not apply; the only thing a classic marble cake needs is a light dusting of icing sugar…maybe.

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Maraschino cherry cake with cream cheese frosting

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This maraschino cherry loaf cake is loaded with chopped up cherries and chocolate chips and topped with a pretty maraschino cherry flavoured cream cheese frosting.

A delightful loaf cake studded with maraschino cherries and chocolate chips and topped with a maraschino cherry cream cheese frosting.


What is a maraschino cherry? For years, we actually thought that they were manufactured in a lab, made of sugar and maybe some plastic. Something so vibrantly red, so waxy and sweet couldn’t possibly originate as something natural. You would think that believing this we would be dissuaded from eating maraschino cherries, but that wasn’t the case. Although not something we enjoyed often, we included them in fruitcake, used them to top pina coladas, and ate them straight out of the jar.

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Lemon ricotta cake

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Easy lemon ricotta cake that is full of citrus flavour and with a great texture.

Easy lemon ricotta cake that is full of citrus flavour and with a great texture.


We never pretend to be something that we’re not. Same goes for our recipes. The BEST baklava? No, probably not the best in the world, but the best we’ve ever had. The EASIEST banana bread? Easy is relative, so who are we to say (although it has been successfully made by a second grader). It was not entirely comfortable for us then, to hear that our lemon ricotta cake was being compared to the Starbucks lemon loaf, and that our dessert rivaled, and in some opinions, surpassed it. Did we set out with this goal in mind? Were we intent on creating yet another copycat recipe? Not at all. Are we happy with the result? You bet we are! We bet you will be too.

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Melomakarona ice cream cake

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An incredible melomakarona ice cream cake with chocolate fudge and whipped cream topping.

An incredible melomakarona ice cream cake with chocolate fudge and whipped cream topping.


We can barely contain our excitement! It was during one of our recent phone conversations, which tend to cover everything from what we’re watching on Netflix to why we are wired to love bread as much as we do, that we came up with the idea for a melomakarona ice cream cake. This recipe came to us as we were talking about our melomakarona cheesecake, and we were wondering if we could ever create another dessert to rival that one! We were so excited by the possibility of this ice cream cake that the next day we baked up a huge batch of frozen tyropitakia to make space in our freezer, bought the ice cream, and set to recipe developing.

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Gingerbread cake with cream cheese frosting

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The perfect gingerbread cake with a luscious cream cheese frosting

The perfect gingerbread cake with a luscious cream cheese frosting


We have a few things on our bucket list. A food tour through Tuscany is one. Front row seats to Fashion Week in Paris is another. Unlimited and uninterrupted time to invest in making the most magical and intricate gingerbread house in the days before Christmas is another. Tuscany and Paris may be harder to pull off, but a gingerbread house? Come on! Surely we should be able to manage that at some point.

Until then, we’ll be satisfied with baking ginger flavoured cookies and gingerbread cakes, like this one. The combination of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and molasses in our gingerbread cake with cream cheese frosting makes the entire house smell like Christmas, so maybe we do have a gingerbread house after all – and we live in it!

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Healthy banana bread with dates

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A healthy and vegan banana bread made with dates and sweetened with molasses

A healthy and vegan banana bread made with dates and sweetened with molasses


This healthy banana bread sweetened with molasses and dates is guaranteed to become your new go-to banana bread. It is so full of goodness that you will likely jump to correct anyone who wants to call it a cake. Made with a combination of regular all-purpose flour and whole-wheat flour, sweetened with a bit of molasses and studded with beautiful Medjool dates, this healthy banana bread is perfect for breakfast, as a mid-morning snack, and it is the perfect bit of sweetness to accompany your late evening cup of chamomile tea.

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Chocolate chip banana bread

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The best chocolate chip banana bread, super moist and easy

The best chocolate chip banana bread, super moist and easy


Everyone needs an amazing banana bread recipe in their repertoire of recipes! We have already posted one of our favourites, a vegan banana bread that is simple, super moist and perfect for anyone following a plant-based diet. And now, we’re so happy to share with you what we consider to be the best chocolate chip banana bread. It is so moist, and so easy that you will probably start making it as often as we do…which lately has been at least once a week.

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Phanouropita

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Phanouropita (or fanouropita) is a symbolic and traditional Greek vegan cake full of meaning.

Phanouropita (or fanouropita) is a symbolic and traditional Greek vegan cake full of meaning.



On August 27 the Orthodox Church celebrates the Feast Day of Saint Phanourios (pronounced “fan-OO-ree-os”) (or Saint Fanourios), the Martyr and Miracle Worker. The saint’s name sounds similar to the Greek verb “phanerono,” which means “to reveal” or “to disclose”. In fact, people pray to Saint Phanourios to help them find lost objects, to reveal lost or hidden spiritual matters of the heart, to redirect them or reveal actions which should be taken, and to restore health. When a lost object is discovered, or when prayers reveal what is needed, a symbolic cake called a phanouropita is baked and brought to the church where it is blessed by the priest and then distributed among the parishioners.

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Cherry and coconut brown butter tart

A cherry and coconut brown butter tart with a chocolate crust - pure decadence!

A cherry and coconut brown butter tart with a chocolate crust – pure decadence!


Are cherries expensive where you live? Here in our part of Canada the availability of delicious cherries is limited to a few months during the summer, and they tend to be costly. Of course, they also happen to be some of our favourite fruits, and for about a year it was the only fruit one of our daughters would eat. Like literally…the ONLY fruit.

So, when cherries are everywhere, or on sale, we like to stock up. They keep pretty well for simple snacking, but even when they are a few days past their prime we don’t let even one go to waste. Baking with cherries, making our cherry and chocolate chunk no churn ice cream, or canning the classic Greek spoon sweet with cherries, are all great ways to use up cherries that are still great, but perhaps not perfect.

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