The celebrations could not have been more low-key when President Woodrow Wilson signed the order making Mother’s Day an official holiday in 1914 . People went to church and wrote loving letters to their moms. Before long, the hand-written notes gave way to cards, flowers and presents. What began as a simple and inexpensive way to honor mothers had turned into a splashy commercial bonanza.
In the spirit of the original meaning of the day, advertisers now promote the holiday with pictures of apple-cheeked children carrying bowls of cold cereal to their mothers for a once a year breakfast in bed treat. But we think the occasion calls for something more festive. That’s where our Flourless Chocolate Cake with Strawberries and Cream comes in.
The cake is a chocolaty confection that’s a cross between fudge and cake. We like to make it ahead and pop it into the freezer until the big day. It’s great with ice cream, but for Mother’s Day, we go the extra mile and cover it with sweetened whipped cream and fresh strawberries. The combination makes a scrumptious dessert and a terrific way to celebrate.
—By Jean Kressy