Mother’s Day

5 Fast and Fancy Baking Recipes You Need Right Now — Recipes from the Kitchn

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Spring celebrations — like bridal showers, baby showers, and graduation parties, or even book club, picnics, and brunch with friends — call for the prettiest of sweet treats. Whether it's a stylish naked cake piled high with fresh fruit or pillowy sweet rolls you can serve at a morning get-together, we've got recipes that will work for any occasion. They come together quickly, taste delicious, and look gorgeous on any party table. And it's all thanks to fast and fancy baking.

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Recipe: Blueberry Breakfast Trifle — Recipes from The Kitchn

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Let's all thank the Brits for the trifle, which we are going to take full advantage of here to turn leftover cake into breakfast. Breakfast trifle will make you look like the Patron Saint of Brunch (or hey, just a cool mom) and it's easy, pretty, and delicious.

So what is a breakfast trifle, you ask? It has layers of tangy yogurt, studded with ripe blueberries and candied ginger, all sandwiched between vanilla cake and granola. Sounds like a real treat, right? That's because it is!

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Recipe: Marbled Coffee Cake with Nutty Crumb Streusel — Recipes from The Kitchn

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This is a darn fine coffee cake, with a sweet vanilla cake, generous streusel and nuts throughout, and a cinnamon-vanilla aroma that will make your house smell better than a bakery. Oh, and the cake part still only requires one bowl, thanks to our one-bowl vanilla cake. That first cup of coffee is starting to look even better.

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Recipe: Easy Lemon Cake with Whipped Raspberry Frosting — Recipes from The Kitchn

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Spring demands lemony desserts, and boy do we have one for you. It's a team effort between layers of sunny lemon cake and the lightest, just-sweet-enough whipped raspberry frosting with the prettiest pink hue. Scatter some fresh berries and extra lemon zest over top and you're good to go. Best of all, this impressive cake comes together with a single bowl (you'll need one more for the whipped cream) and a lineup of basic ingredients from the pantry and fridge.

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Recipe: Easy Roasted Strawberry Rhubarb Shortcakes with Cardamom Whipped Cream — Recipes from The Kitchn

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If the combination of strawberries and rhubarb wins your heart the way it does mine, then this is the only dessert you'll need from now through the end of summer. Made with tender cream biscuits, these individual shortcakes start off like the basic version you know, with a few twists that will dazzle your tastebuds. A quick roast in the oven tames the tart bite of the rhubarb and heightens the sweet flavor of the strawberries. But what really takes it over the top is the cardamom whipped cream. That's a game-changer.

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Recipe: Pink Champagne Poke Cake — Recipes from The Kitchn

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Be prepared to fall hard for this cake. If not for its soft-pink hues, then for the moist, tender crumb lightly spiked with Champagne and wells of strawberry syrup. Or maybe it will be the rosé buttercream that really does it for you. What I'm trying to say is that this cake is the whole package — a dessert primed for celebration and yet surprising easy to pull together.

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