Celebrate Mother’s Day with these Three Easy Mother’s Day Desserts ready in 10 minutes or less!

Celebrate Mother's Day with these Easy Mother's Day Desserts brought to you by Tortuga!-3

I watched a Mother’s Day video last week that brought me to tears *disclaimer: I pretty much cry at every targeted video*. But aside from my constant knee-jerk tear reaction, what struck me was how simple the gift was but how much it meant to the mom that was receiving it. Sometimes we believe we have to get diamonds, two tickets to Europe (no one complaining there) or the whole works when moms usually just want to know they’re appreciated. What better way to show mom you care than an easy homemade treat?

Celebrate Mother's Day with these Easy Mother's Day Desserts brought to you by Tortuga!

When I thought of Mother’s Day Desserts, Tortuga Rum Cakes immediately came to my mind. If you’ve ever visited the Caribbean then you know that Tortuga Rum Cakes is the #1 listed souvenir from the Caribbean mainly because of their AMAZING rum cakes. I’ll admit – I may have had a wee bit too much while shooting because they are honestly ridiculously delicious! Think pound cake meets delicious brushing of rum = amazing tasting rum cake. Now that you’re (re) introduced, I got to thinking of how Tortuga Rum Cakes could be the perfect Mother’s Day gift and immediately I thought of dressing it up with a few extra ingredients to make mom’s day extra special. These recipes are so easy they can be done by kids (dads: take note!) and anyone who has no experience in the kitchen right up to your dessert expert. These are also the perfect desserts if you’re low on time and got mom a card (again) alone this year and want to supplement it with an amazing gift.

And by dessert expert I may mean expert taster (just kidding…not).

Celebrate Mother's Day with these Easy Mother's Day Desserts brought to you by Tortuga!

Let’s start with the most complex recipe – The Tortuga Trifle – came up with the name myself – I’m so creative aren’t I? This trifle reflected a parfait very much except I like to think of parfait as more of a breakfast item and a trifle as the dessert version. Layers of Tortuga Rum Cake are kissed with whipped cream and strawberries to the point where they are deliciously and lightly soaked. This was absolutely delicious. It took about 10 minutes in total which included whipping the whipped cream. Mom will definitely be super impressed by this baby – and then devour it. I’ll be adding this recipe below since it’s the most complex.

Celebrate Mother's Day with these Easy Mother's Day Desserts brought to you by Tortuga!-5

The second recipe is the simplest in the best way – the slice of Tortuga Rum Cake gets highlighted by a dollop of whipped cream and topped with some berries. In a way, it’s kind of a version of the trifle minus the extra work. This takes about 2 minutes if you’ve already whipped your whipped cream. You could even drizzle some butterscotch or chocolate on top (yummm).

Celebrate Mother's Day with these Easy Mother's Day Desserts brought to you by Tortuga!-7

The third recipe is hardly a recipe – but it’s the most traditional way of serving any kind of rum cake or pound cake – topped with ice cream! And we are looking for easy ways right? If you’re feeling crazy adventurous you can top the rum cake with some homemade ice cream (the best kind); make sure the cake is warm (20 seconds in the microwave is all you need)  and serve it up to mom. The contrasting warm and cold will taste heavenly and will definitely get eaten in seconds.

Celebrate Mother's Day with these Easy Mother's Day Desserts brought to you by Tortuga!-8

For extra points, you could serve any of these Tortuga Rum Cakes creations up with a cup of mom’s favourite coffee, some flowers and a sweet hug. I added sprinkles to make most of these even prettier but fresh fruit cut up with any of the above would work. Feel free to sub the strawberries (my favourite fruit as you may have noticed) for mangoes (YUM) or even caramelised bananas or caramelised apples.

Happy Mother’s Day when it comes! What do you plan to do? I’m convinced my mother needs the Mother’s Day award of the year for all the stellar work she’s done to help with the planning of my wedding!! Thank you mom!

Three Easy Mother's Day Desserts - Tortuga Trifle

Preparation 10 min Serves 4     adjust servings


  • Slices of Tortuga Cake
  • Very cold Whipped cream
  • 2 teaspoons of coconut/brown sugar
  • Sliced fruit
  • Mason jars


  1. Whip the whipped cream with the sugar in a stand or hand mixer with the whisk attachment on high until it starts to form peaks. When you can lift the whisk out and it forms soft peaks stop - this should take about 3-5 minutes depending on your mixer.
  2. In a mason jar, begin to layer to the cake, then the whipped cream, and then the fruit pressing the fruit to the sides also. Fill as high as you want. Enjoy!


Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Tortuga Rum Cakes. All opinions and statements and recipes are mine. Thank you for supporting brands that I love!

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  1. Ashley says:

    Oh gosh, I’m such a sucker for sappy commercials – and don’t’ even get me started on ones with animals!! I always seem to tear up! haha And awesome ideas for Mother’s Day!

  2. Maria says:

    I am soooo in love with that trifle. And serving it in the mason jar is just a cute idea. I will not-so-discretely leave this post open on my computer so that the kids and hubby can ‘surprise’ me on mother’s day 🙂

  3. Joanne Bruno says:

    I love how you dressed up the tortuga cake!! I especially love the trifle. That just looks dang good.

  4. Cailee says:

    YUM!! This is amazing!! …my Mum LOVE dessert!! Perf for Mother’s day! …plus I love that it takes 10 min.s or less!

  5. Hi Jessica, I found you through a google search for strawberry barbecue sauces and was looking at the one you prepared last summer. Nice to make your acquaintance. Your trifle above looks delicious and is something any mother would enjoy. I hope you had a great one!

    • Jessica says:

      Thank you! I hope you also enjoy the barbecue sauce it’s my favourite one to date!

  6. What a beautiful trifle that any Mom would love to eat for breakfast in bed on Mother’s day.

  7. Sharee says:

    This looks fabulous! I have to try this!!! So happy to have found you in this blogger’s world !

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