Mother’s Day means doing something special for Mom, and buying her another cellophane-wrapped lotion basket is not very inspired. Instead, channel the days when all you needed was a homemade gift to make her happy: Deliver her a delicious coffee cake for brunch. Since there’s no formal definition of what a coffee cake is, the CHOW Test Kitchen covered the bases with three very different versions: an easy sour cream cake that the kids can help make; a fancy swirled ‘n’ streuseled number; and, for the skilled baker, a yeasted version that is more like a sweet fruit-filled bread. Now all you need to get Mom is a nice bag of coffee beans to top off her Mother’s Day.

Sour Cream Coffee CakeSour Cream Coffee Cake

Braided Coffee Cake with Apple-Ginger FillingBraided Coffee Cake with Apple-Ginger Filling

Port-Cherry Swirled Coffee Cake with Almond StreuselPort-Cherry Swirled Coffee Cake with Almond Streusel

Check out Chowhound’s Mother’s Day recipe hub for more ideas to make the day sweet for mom.

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