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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! 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Mother's Day Cake
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12 people
Author Amanda Rettke


White Cake

  • 1 cup (226g or 2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups (400g) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (210g) egg whites
  • 1 cup (245g) whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups (192g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups (192g) cake flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Chocolate Buttercream

  • 1/2 cup (113g) butter, softened
  • 3 cups (330g) confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 cup (55g) cocoa
  • 1/3 cup (43g) milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Vanilla Buttercream

  • 1 cup  (226g or 2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 7-8 cups  (1000g) confectioners sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup (32g) milk
  • dash salt


White Cake

  1. Cream the butter and sugar in a stand mixer until light a fluffy, about 5 minutes on high speed.
  2. While that is creaming, combine the egg whites, milk, and vanilla in a medium bowl and set aside.
  3. In another bowl, sift together the all-purpose and cake flours, baking powder, and salt.
  4. With the mixer on low, add in about ⅓ of the sifted dry ingredients to the creamed butter mixture.
  5. Next add egg white mixture slowly while continuing to mix on low speed. (you may need to scrape the sides of the bowl)
  6. Repeat the same pattern; add your dry ingredients and then the remaining liquid. Add in the remaining flours.
  7. Pour immediately into 9x13 baking pan that has been prepared with pan release.
  8. Bake in preheated 350° F oven for approximately 25-30 minutes or a toothpick inserted is removed mostly clean.

  9. Allow cake to cool completely.

Chocolate Buttercream

  1. Place butter in a bowl and beat until creamy.
  2. Add sugar and cocoa, mixing well.
  3. Stir in milk in portions, stirring each time.
  4. Add vanilla.

Vanilla Buttercream

  1. Put room temperature butter, vanilla, and salt into mixer. Add in powder sugar one cup at a time, alternating with the milk until you reach your desired consistency.

  2. If your frosting is too thick you can certainly add more milk.