Mothering Sunday (Mother’s Day) Recipes: Cakes, Scones, Tarts & Sandwiches

Mothering Sunday Recipes: Cakes, Bakes & Tarts

Lemon Drizzle Cake with Edible Flowers

Mothering Sunday (Mother’s Day) Recipes:

Cakes, Scones, Tarts & Sandwiches

Mothering Sunday Recipes: Cakes, Bakes & Tarts

Teacup Posy

It’s British Mothering Sunday, (Mother’s Day) this Sunday the 30th of March, time to dust off the best china, bring posies of spring flowers into the house and bake cakes and other delicious treats for our mums. I was hoping to share a new recipe with you this year, but time and travel have stolen the few spare hours I had, so I am sharing some older recipes as well as some newly commissioned recipes with you all today. I DO have a wonderful spring cake recipe in mind, and I will be making it (and testing it!) next week, just in time for Easter and Mother’s Day around the rest of the globe.

Little Victoria Lemon Daisy Cakes

Little Victoria Lemon Daisy Cakes

So, why is British Mother’s Day different to the rest of the world? For a start the correct name is Mothering Sunday, and the day originates from the practice of visiting your “mother church” or dioceses ; the Victorians then linked it to our more commercial mother’s day of today by suggesting that it was also a day to visit your “earthly” mothers and treat them to chocolates, flowers and cakes, as well as giving cards. Mothering Sunday in Britain is linked to the Christian calendar, and always falls on the 4th Sunday in Lent. Also known as Refreshment Sunday or Rose Sunday, it is a date linked with food and the relaxing of strict Lenten fasting, hence the opportunity to enjoy eggs, butter and of course cake!

Cheese and Broccoli Spring Onion Tartlets

Cheese and Broccoli Spring Onion Tartlets

It’s one of my favourite days in the British calendar of feasts and festivals, and if I can’t visit my mum, I always make sure she has a card and a gift to open and enjoy on the day. If I am able to visit her, then I always arrive bearing cake and flowers. I think that all of today’s recipes for spring cakes would be more than welcome and appropriate for this special day. As well as cakes, my recipe for little cheese and vegetable tarts, cut out in the shape of daisies (flowers) would also make a welcome appearance on the tea time table, plus they are so pretty too, and more importantly they are meat-free, as my mum is a vegetarian.

Little Violet & Rose Fancies

Little Violet & Rose Fancies

So, what’s on the menu in my Mothering Sunday recipe share? Well, we have cake and cakes, of course. We also have little savoury tarts, scones and some dainty sandwiches. All that is needed then is to make a bog pot of freshly brewed tea, or maybe some fresh coffee if your mum’s are like mine and prefer a milky coffee. Push the boat out for the sandwiches, and well as cucumber why not make some cucumber and smoked salmon sandwiches, or cream cheese and mixed herbs.

Cream Cheese and Herb Sandwiches

Cream Cheese and Herb Sandwiches

A big bowl of salad and some freshly boiled eggs are also wonderful accompaniments for a special Mothering Sunday tea, and I often like to make a fruit cake. I hope that today’s post will provide you with some recipe ideas and seasonal inspiration, have a wonderful day on Sunday if you are lucky enough to be with your mums, and do pop back to see what new recipes I have been creating, as well as couple enter in to a couple of  new giveaways too. Karen 

Lemon Drizzle Cake with Edible Flowers

Lemon Drizzle Cake with Edible Flowers

Mothering Sunday (Mother’s Day) Recipes:

Lemon Drizzle Cake with Edible Flowers

Lemon Drizzle Cake with Edible Flowers

Cheddar and Broccoli Spring Onion Tartlets

Cheddar and Broccoli Spring Onion Tartlets

Little Chocolate & Violet Fancies

http://www.lavenderandlovage.com/2012/03/mothering-sunday-and-tea-in-the-parlour-with-little-chocolate-violet-fancies.html

Little Victoria Lemon Daisy Cakes

http://www.lavenderandlovage.com/2013/03/mothering-sunday-and-blue-white-china-little-victoria-lemon-daisy-cakes-recipe.html

Orange Cream Cheese Cake 

Thrifty & Organic Meal Planner: Salmon with Herb Mayonnaise, Spring Greens & Orange Cream Cheese Cake Recipes

Herb Garden Tea Sandwiches with Cream Cheese

Herb Garden Tea Sandwiches with Cream Cheese

Victorian Watercress Tea Sandwiches for High Tea

Victorian Watercress Tea Sandwiches

Old-Fashioned Rose Lemonade Scones

Floral Sunday Baking: Old-Fashioned Rose Lemonade Scones Recipe

Low Calorie Vanilla Bean Scones 

Low Calorie Vanilla Bean Scones

Mothering Sunday Posy of Flowers

Mothering Sunday Posy of Flowers

Comments

  1. says

    For those of us not lucky enough to have a mother to visit but who are mothers ourselves, any suggestions for recipes for children to make for, or with, their mums?

    • says

      Most of these featured recipes are easy to make and the children would love to be involved in all of them, especially the little cheese tarts and small daisy cakes! Karen

  2. says

    Everything here is so pretty and dainty. I espeically admire the lemon daisy cakes. I already thought your blog was one of the most beautiful I’ve ever read, but your new look is even more gorgeous than the last! I love how clean and light-filled and elegant the layout is.

  3. Danielle Vedmore says

    Everything looks so pretty! I love the lemon drizzle cake with the flowers (one of my mums favourites! Happy Mothers Day to you for Sunday! ) xxx

  4. says

    Wish I’d read this earlier. I was trying to explain to my mum and co. today that Mothering Sunday was something to do with the Church, only I couldn’t remember quite what!

    I think this is the first time I’ve ever seen real daisies on a cake Karen – lovely.

  5. says

    very pretty collection of bakes. The posy is what piqued my memory most though, I remember my Sunday School class being turned over to making victorian posies for us to take home to our mothers when I was about eight. And I really do remember my mum’s face when I presented her with my own raggedy posy!

    • says

      Thanks Fiona! Aww……..what a LOVELY and very poignant memory – something that you must keep close to you now your mum has gone too…..Hugs xxxx

  6. says

    Happy Mothers Day Karen, and what a fine selection of fancies you have on offer here! I made a special sunday lunch for my Mum today rather than a cake, she’s trying so hard to cut out the calories these days and a whole cake would be a little too tempting!

  7. says

    What a splendid spread – if I was given even one of these cakes I would be over the moon.. When my kids are a bit older I will suggest they take a look at this blog post! Hope you had a lovely day yourself.

  8. rebecca nisbet says

    i put a stone on just looking at these pictures! going to have to give a few of these a go

  9. says

    Firstly – I’ve just found your blog, and I just love it. It’s Mother’s Day here in Australia this Sunday (11th May). I am contemplating a menu, but keep deviating towards spring produce, because it seems more appropriate. Arg! So far I have an Orange/Almond Cake on the menu, and scones with homemade strawberry jam and that’s it. Do you have any Autumnal fragrant suggestions? Thanks x

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