Crunchy, Swirly, and Yeasty Coffee Cakes for Mother’s Day

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.

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