1 Try something new
This loaf cake looks like you’ve spent ages in the kitchen perfecting the grid-like appearance, but it’s surprisingly easy to achieve and your mum will love you for making the effort. This recipe makes three small cakes, so there’s plenty for afternoon tea and one for your mum to take home. Boutique baker Peggy Porschen advises that the key to achieving the perfect squares is level the tops of the sponge using a serrated knife, make sure each sponge is the same size and remember you need one brown and one white sponge per Battenberg.
2 Keep it simple
Buttermilk gives scones a deliciously light texture and these sugar-crusted scones, baked in a round, are perfect for sharing. Serve with this super-fast cheat’s jam from the library’s newly added author, Katy Beskow. Everyone will love this super fruity jam and there’s no need to tell them your secret.
3 Make a cake that serves as pud too
With hundreds of cakes and puddings in the library, when one keeps popping up in your collections and appearing on our most-popular recipe lists, we know it must be good. We think this one, by The Italian Baker author Melissa Forti, is a winner with you because it serves as both a pudding and a tea-time cake. Melissa even recommends eating it for breakfast!
4 Bake a treat to take away
These cute muffins are best made at the last minute so are ideal when treating mum involves a day trip. They are a fresh and satisfying treat, as well as being easy to transport. Mums on a health kick will appreciate the sugar-free Blueberry & apple muffins from Sue Quinn, while these Wholesome breakfast muffins from James Martin are really good at any time of the day.
5 Get the kids involved
If your Mother’s Day is centred on spending quality time with your children then follow former GBBO finalist and mum of three Holly Bell’s advice. Make Momma’s Cornish ginger fairings, which are delicious biscuits perfect for sandwiching ice cream with. They’re great for making with kids as they use one pan, have just five ingredients and once mixed have the consistency of warm playdough. There’s no tricky cutting or rolling of dough – just roll up a ball and pop it on the baking tray. The most difficult part is waiting for them to firm up once baked!