This Mother’s Day, show Mum how much she means to you by whipping up a tasty baked treat in the kitchen. From hosting a high tea to making a bake-ahead lunch for a crowd, this guide has all the tips and the best recipes to bake up a storm.
Baking for school fetes and fairs
If your kids’ school holds a Mother’s Day fete or fair and you don’t know what to take, consider the following treats. All are nut free and easy for little helpers to lend a hand with. And don’t forget to ensure your wares look their best with the following packaging and presentation tips:
- Package your wares in cellophane bags tied with ribbon to make them look as sweet as they taste.
- If you struggle icing cupcakes, try using a piping bag to get that professional touch.
- If you’re handling an entire stall make it look extra special by covering the table with a cloth or sheet and placing all the sweets on cake stands and in baskets.
- Mars Bar Slice
- Redskin Coconut Ice
- Soft Caramel Fudge
- Funfetti Popcorn with Honey Butter Toffee
Baking ahead for entertaining
If you’re entertaining a crowd and want to do some baking to share ahead of time then here are some recipes to see you through. Quiches, pies and tarts are all ideal dishes that look impressive and are easy to bulk out to feed many.
- Chicken Picnic Pie
- Quiche Lorraine
- Apple Pie
- Corn, Caramelised Leek and Tomato Tarts
- Lemon Tart
Baking for afternoon tea
If you don’t want to go to the hassle of holding lunch or dinner, consider putting on a Mother’s Day afternoon tea. Serve plates of scones and delicate cucumber sandwiches for a traditional touch, or simply stick to Mum’s favourites. With a handmade card and a bunch of fresh-cut flowers this is the ultimate Mother’s Day surprise. Here are a few tips to ensure your afternoon tea is stress free and fun for all:
- To cut down on the work needed on the day, choose recipes that can be made ahead of time and quickly cut up and plated on the day.
- For an extra cute touch, let the kids be the waiters, handing out cakes and refilling glasses.
- As a general rule, allow 5-7 sweet items per person for an afternoon tea lasting two to three hours.
- Choose flowers, plates and decorations in Mum’s favourite colour.
For even more afternoon tea ideas, try this handy guide:
- How to put together a high tea
- Lemonade Scones
- Neenish Tarts
- Chocolate Macarons
- Easy Orange Cake with Orange Icing
- Lemon Meringue Slice
Classic baking recipes
Sometimes, you just can’t beat the classics, and this is especially true of baked treats. Light-as-air cream puffs, jam-filled sponges and zesty lemon cheesecake prove that some things have stood the test of time for a reason.
- Custard Sponge Cake
- Chocolate Eclairs
- Baileys Cheesecake
- Divine Vanilla Slice