How to Make a Beautiful and Delicious Mother’s Day Cake

Buttercream flowers in pretty reds and pinks create a basket of sweetness on this cake that’s perfect for Mother’s Day.

Showcase your decorating skills using just a few basic tips to recreate this stunning cake.

Mother's Day Cake Recipe

Buttercream flowers in pretty reds and pinks create a basket of sweetness on this cake that's perfect for Mother's Day.
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6


  • 16 tbsp (226g) unsalted butter 2 sticks
  • 2 cups (400g) granulated sugar
  • 1 cups Egg (210g) whites
  • 1 cups (237ml) whole milk
  • 2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cups (195g) all-purpose flour
  • 1.5 cups (180g) cake flour
  • 1 tbsp Baking powder
  • .5 tsp Salt
  • 1 Stick butter (113g), softened
  • 3 cups (330g) confectioners sugar
  • .5 cups (55g) cocoa
  • .33 cups (43g) milk
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 cups (226g) butter
  • 7 cups (1000g) confectioners sugar
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla
  • .25 cups (32g) milk
  • Dash salt


  • For the White Cake: Cream the butter and sugar in a stand mixer until light a fluffy, about 5 minutes on high speed.
  • While that is creaming, combine the egg whites, milk, and vanilla in a medium bowl and set aside.
  • In another bowl, sift together the all-purpose and cake flours, baking powder, and salt.
  • With the mixer on low, add in about ⅓ of the sifted dry ingredients to the creamed butter mixture.
  • Next add egg white mixture slowly while continuing to mix on low speed. (you may need to scrape the sides of the bowl).
  • Repeat the same pattern; add your dry ingredients and then the remaining liquid. Add in the remaining flours.
  • Pour immediately into 9x13 baking pan that has been prepared with pan release.
  • Bake in preheated 350° F oven for approximately 30 minutes or a toothpick inserted is removed clean.
  • Allow cake to cool completely.
  • For the Chocolate Buttercream: Place butter in a bowl and beat until creamy.
  • Add sugar and cocoa, mixing well.
  • Stir in milk in portions, stirring each time.
  • Add vanilla.
  • Spread on cooled cake or other items needing frosting.
  • For the Vanilla Buttercream: Put room temperature butter, vanilla, and salt into mixer. Add in powder sugar one cup at a time, alternating with the milk until you have used it all.
  • If your frosting is too thick you can certainly add more milk.
  • To Assemble & Decorate: Separate vanilla buttercream into 3 bowls. One will remain white, one will be tinted red, and the other will be pink. Remove about 1/4 cup of the white and tint that green.
  • When cake is cooled, cut out a rough oval shape for the basket design.
  • Place the oval cake on your cake plate or cake stand and cover in a thin layer of chocolate buttercream. Chill for about 15. min. Around the top half of the oval, add some vanilla buttercream.
  • Place chocolate buttercream into a pastry bag fitted with #47 tip. Pipe out a basket weave on the lower portion on the cake. (You can see more about how to pipe a basket weave here.)
  • Remove the #47 tip and add a #32 tip to the chocolate frosting bag. Around the upper edge of the cake, pipe out a border, this border is meant to look like a basket handle. (You can see more about how to pipe a buttercream rose here.)
  • With a #104 tip, pipe out five red roses. Then switch to pink and pipe out five pink roses. Then pipe out 5 white roses. Place all the roses on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and freeze until ready to assemble the cake.
  • When the roses are frozen, remove them and start to place them on the cake. I used 4 red, 3 pink, and 3 white, but you can use whatever combination of colors you prefer.
  • After you have placed your roses on the cake, go back in and pipe some green leaves with a #67 tip. (You can learn more about piping leaves here.)
  • If you have any buttercream left over, feel free to pipe more roses onto cupcakes to decorate your table!
  • This simple and stunning Mother's Day Cake is the perfect way to create something beautiful AND delicious for mom!
Keyword Cakes, Mother's day