Chocolate and Raspberry Tarts
Rich and quietly beautiful, chocolate and raspberry tarts are a good fit for a variety of different cuisines. They dish itself is pretty adaptable too, as its richness can change based on how and where you use the chocolate. For example, if you’re looking for an explosion of chocolate flavor, you can use a chocolate crust instead of the standard pastry crust! Best of all, raspberries start hitting their peak in May, so you’ll get the best fruit possible just in time for Mother’s Day.
Marbled Chocolate Cheesecake
Chocolate on chocolate on chocolate. What’s not to love? Cliche as it may be, serving a chocolate loaded cake is an integral part of the mother’s day dining experience. To make ours stand out in the crowd, we like to swirl in a mixture of dark and white chocolate onto a cheesecake in order to create an eye-catching marbling effect. It’s important to note that the percentage of cocoa in the dark chocolate can have a big effect on your finished product; stick to something under 50% to avoid unwanted bitterness and a lumpy texture.
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
One of the most iconic desserts of all time, no Mother’s Day would be complete without some chocolate covered strawberries. Interestingly enough, strawberries actually peak around late spring/summer, so your chocolate covered strawberries should taste better than their Valentine’s Day compatriots. To start, dip your berries in a semisweet chocolate and top with a milk chocolate drizzle.
Passion Fruit Mousse
Easily the most tropical item on this list, passion fruit mousse also holds the distinction of being the easiest dish to prepare. Despite the fruit’s outward appearance, there are truly an explosion of flavors beyond the peel. Expect to see fruity and tart notes play alongside iconic perfume-like aromatics. Don’t just use the fruit in the mousse itself though; a fresh passion fruit syrup can go a long way for your presentation game.
- Pro Tip: Looking to find more ways to add passionfruit to your Mother’s Day menu? See our favorite passionfruit cocktails here!
Red Velvet Cake
Red velvet cake gets a bad wrap. Much more than an after-school baking project, a well executed red-velvet cake can be a luscious and aesthetically pleasing affair. Creating the perfect texture in your sponge cake is integral, so be sure to switch between wet and dry ingredients in order to keep it moist and juicy. Once you’ve busted out the cake and buttercream icing, decorate with a frosting flower to make mom swoon.
- Did you know? Red velvet cake originally got its signature color from a chemical reaction between the cocoa, vinegar, and milk!