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Say it with cake

If we think back to what really made our mums smile growing up, it was always those times we made a little extra effort, whether that was the handmade card when we were six or baking her something delicious as an adult. Go the extra mile this year with our ideas for an afternoon tea to remember

Happy Mother's Day

Whether you speak to your mum every day or just couple of times a year, remembering to tell her how much you appreciate her can sometimes get forgotten. Why not show her rather than tell her this year by creating an afternoon tea worthy of the special woman in your life. We've got an array of tasty recipes on the Cook with M&S app that cover everything from cookies to tarts, but, if you aren't feeling up to making a sweet feast all by yourself, there's always our Food to Order service to take the stress out of cooking from scratch.

We recommend our light olive oil and grape cake below – great with a cup of tea – but, if a sweet shortcut is right up your street instead, explore our online range of cakes, pastries and finger food and start planning your Mother's Day celebration.

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Recipe: Olive oil cake

  • PREP: 10min
    COOK: 40min
    383 cal

Nutritional info per serving

  • Calories: 383
  • Fat: 23.2g (6.7g saturated)
  • Carbohydrates: 39.9g
  • Sugar: 25.3g
  • Fibre: 1.2g
  • Protein: 2.9g
  • Salt: 0.3g



125g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
100g caster sugar
2 large eggs
100ml olive oil
3 tbsp whole milk
Zest of 1 lemon
300g seedless sable grapes
Crème fraîche, to serve


  1. Heat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas 6. Grease and line a 20cm cake tin.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, beat the sugar and eggs for two-three minutes, using an electric mixer at high speed. Reduce the speed to medium, then add the olive oil, milk and lemon zest, and mix.
  3. Set the mixer speed to low and add the dry ingredients, being careful not to over-mix. Pour the batter into the cake tin and scatter with half the grapes.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes, then scatter over the remaining grapes and bake for another 20-25 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Serve with crème fraîche.

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