Did you know Mothers Day is May 9th? That is only twenty-seven days you have to find the perfect gift!

Good thing you stopped here.

Over the course of the next twenty-seven days I am going to be sharing with you some simple yet tear-inducing gifts that your mom will love.

I mean love.

First up is the Mothers Day Cake.

mothers day cake

You can do this! Just bake a cake then make swirly things on top. Mom’s love swirly thingies!

motehrs day cake

But lets take it a step further.

mothers day cake

Mom rocks right? She deserves something more. She deserves the little extra effort.

mothers day cake

Can you see it? The swirls are actually made up of letters! (I did this before with my Spring Celebration Cake)

Its says, “happy mothers day” over and over and over again.


When you give mom her cake, she is going to feel so special. When you tell her that *you have devoted hours and hours to painstakingly writing out each individual letter to spell out ‘happy mothers day’ she is going to flip out.

*Disclaimer. Don’t lie to your mom. This cake took me less than an hour to decorate.

I used a box mix for this cake. Devils Food.

For the fondant… (this is exciting news for me so I have a little drum roll going in my head)..

I made it from scratch!

Now. People have been telling me for over six months to make my own, but I was scared.

It seemed hard! There are so many ways to mess up! It’s not going to look as nice and smooth as the store bought!



1 bag mini marshmallows

1 pound confectioners sugar

1 tbsp water

shortening for greasing hands and surface


(cake before I added little hearts)

So not only was it easy, it tastes Great!! I actually ate cake with fondant and I enjoyed it!

Plus, it is SO MUCH cheaper!

Thank you, bakers of the world, for sharing your secrets. My wallet and taste-buds are forever grateful.

Be sure to stop back for my next Fantastic Mothers Day Gift Idea. (imagine an announcer with a really deep voice saying that in a really significant way)

I promise you won’t be disappointed!

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Amanda Rettke is the creator of I Am Baker, and the bestselling author of Surprise Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion – With a Little Something Extra Inside.Over the course of her 15+ year blogging adventure, she has been featured in and collaborated with the Food Network, New York Times, LA Times, Country Living Magazine, People Magazine, Epicurious, Brides, Romantic Homes, life:beautiful, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Mail, Star Tribune, The Globe and Mail, DailyCandy, YumSugar, The Knot, The Kitchn, and Parade, to name a few.

Reader Comments

  1. I like everything you make its so gorgeous and delicious,perfect gift for this coming mother’s day.

  2. Do you have the recipe typed out that you can share? The youtube video is great, but I do better with STILL. Also, any recommendations for dying it? Can I just add the wilton food coloring? Great photography and beautiful creations! Adding you to my bookmark:)

  3. I just google Marshmallow Fondant and lots of resources came up…
    There are a couple great ones that can help you!

  4. Hi Amanda! ~ Jen in Fargo again… Just wondering also about whether you used regular buttercream or whatever frosting or royal icing for piping the words? Thanks a ton. I plan to try for a 50th bday with words like over the hill! lol

  5. oh interesting! that’s quite an information there and i think it IS a site that is to be reckoned with if you own a small business and you need to be on top of what people are
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  6. I cannot believe how beautiful this cake is! I am definitely making it for my mother. I have never made my own fondant and I am concerned about the lettering. Could you tell us how to do the lettering? Did you have an idea of how the swirl was going to look before you started? I just don’t think I can do that!!!

  7. Hi Again Amanda!
    This is one thing that i’ve been putting off forever now! The thing is since I turned vegetarian I cant have marshmallows – cant you imagine that? It being one of my favouritest thing as a kid(back then I didnt even know what gelatin was) 🙂
    Is there anything on this planet that would help make fondant without gelatin? im not vegan…

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