40 Father’s Day Cakes That Will Make Dad Feel Special
Father’s Day doesn’t often get the attention it deserves, largely because our fathers can be so delightfully low maintenance. Take a trip to the ballpark, buy him a chili dog, and he’s in hog heaven. But why not go the extra mile? Here’s something about Southern dads: More often than not, they have a sweet tooth that cannot be rivaled. It’s practically an unspoken law in every house. “Do not bake a warm batch of cookies when your father’s in smelling range. They will not make it to the bake sale.”This Father’s Day, delight your dad’s sweet tooth with one of these Father’s Day cake ideas. From classic Southern cake recipes to delicious new ones, these picks are sure to please your papa. Try a new riff on an old-school treat, like our Peach Upside-Down Cake, or a super Southern crowd-pleaser, like our Mini Bourbon-and-Cola Bundts. Whether he’s a glutton for chocolate or a sucker for citrus, your dad will absolutely love one of these 40 Father's Day cakes. (Go ahead and get his second slice ready to go.)
Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake
Recipe: Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake
Mayonnaise may sound like a strange ingredient to add into a cake, but this iconic Southern staple yields an ultra-moist texture and mellows out the sweet flavor.
Peach-Bourbon Upside-Down Bundt Cake
Bring the bourbon to your dad's belly on Father's Day in an unexpected (but totally delicious) way.
Favorite Strawberry Shortcake
Recipe: Homemade Strawberry Shortcake
Dads don't always need all the bells and whistles. This simple classic is best during the summer, anyway, when strawberries are downright perfect.
Banana Pudding Cheesecake
Recipe: Banana Pudding Cheesecake
Meet a mash-up of epic proportions. The name says it all: banana pudding + cheesecake = heaven.
Recipe: Strawberry-Lemonade Cake
For a Father's Day lunch, nothing is more festive than this cake.
Chocolate-Coconut Pavlova Cake
Recipe: Chocolate-Coconut Pavlova Cake
Talk about a show-stopper. Chocolate and coconut go together like your mama and daddy. (Say that, and you'll secure your spot as favorite kid.)
Tropical Carrot Cake
Recipe: Tropical Carrot Cake
Like a twist between carrot cake and Hummingbird cake, this recipe will please any Southern papa.
Butter Toffee-Pecan Layer Cake
Recipe: Butter Toffee-Pecan Layer Cake
This cake is made for those with a real-deal sweet tooth. Toffee bits and chopped pecans stud vanilla cake layers, and browned butter lends a special touch to the creamy toffee frosting.
Red, White, and Blue Poke Cake
Recipe: Red, White, and Blue Poke Cake
This cake doesn't just belong on the Fourth of July. With two fillings made with fresh summer berries and a rich mascarpone frosting, it'll be a crowd-pleaser all season.
Coconut Pound Cake
Recipe: Coconut Pound Cake
You won't find a Bundt better than this coconut pound cake. Full stop. We added two secret Southern ingredients that take this cake to the next level: pecans and bourbon.
Strawberry-Banana Pudding Icebox Cake
Two Southern favorites—strawberry cake and banana pudding—come together in a cool and creamy icebox cake. What's not to love?
Tipsy Peach Shortcake
Recipe: Tipsy Peach Shortcake
Step aside, peach cobbler. Use your summer peaches in a new way, with this spin on a strawberry shortcake that pairs boozy bourbon-soaked peaches with creamy dulce de leche.
Carrot Cake Cheesecake
Recipe: Carrot Cake Cheesecake
Oh, you still use crust on your cheesecake? Well, let us introduce you to our new creation that switches boring crust for a layer of moist carrot cake.
Chocolate Éclair Cake
Recipe: Chocolate Éclair Cake
If he can never pass up one of these chocolatey treats, make a cake just as worthy of his attention.
Flourless Chocolate Cupcakes
Recipe: Flourless Chocolate Cupcakes
Leaving out the flour only makes more room for chocolate. For anyone that needs to lay off the gluten, this recipe is a hit.
Red Velvet Ice-Cream Cake
Key Lime Pound Cake
Recipe: Key Lime Pound Cake
Treat your father to a slice of paradise. Because, if anyone deserves a vacation...
Recipe: Pineapple-Coconut Cake
Get ready to tastesome of the softest cake layers you will ever put in your mouth. This cake masters a tasty combination of sweet pineapple, tangy cream cheese, and nutty toasted coconut.
Mama Dip's Rum Cake
Recipe: Mama Dip's Rum Cake
Everyone will appreciate the double dose of rum in this oh-so moist Bundt.
White Cake with Bourbon Buttercream and Seven Minute Frosting
If you're looking to really impress, this is the one. During the holidays, we top this masterpiece with sugar-coated orange slices and sparkling cherries, but we'd happily switch in summer stone fruits and berries for this occasion.
Mama's German Chocolate Cake
Recipe: Mama's German Chocolate Cake
This classic cake is always dressed to impress, that's for sure. The rich frosting with pecans and flaked coconut can't be topped.
Flourless Pecan-Chocolate Cake
Recipe: Flourless Pecan-Chocolate Cake
This velvety smooth chocolate cake is balanced out by the crunch of toasted pecans.
Recipe: Coca-Cola Cake
Reduce Coca-Cola to a syrup and mix with slightly salty cream cheese frosting to make this cake taste just like one of Dad's favorite soft drinks.
Brown Sugar Layer Cake with Peach Buttercream
Peaches are a favorite summer treat, especially when paired with cinnamon-spiced cake layers.
Peanut Butter Cake
Recipe: Peanut Butter Cake
It’s peanut butter galore in this easy sheet cake recipe. Use buttermilk in the batter to make it extra creamy.
Bananas Foster Cake with Rum Buttercream
If you’re feeling fancy, slice the bananas and sprinkle them with sugar before using your kitchen torch to brûlée them. If you don’t have a kitchen torch, feel free to skip this step. The cake will be just as delicious.
Glazed Buttermilk Donut Cake
Recipe: Glazed Buttermilk Donut Cake
This giant donut will be a hit. While it will look and taste like a donut from the shop, it’s just a pound cake with added leavening.
Recipe: Chocolate-Zucchini Cake
This chocolate version of zucchini bread will have everyone in your house asking for seconds.
Cinnamon Coffee Cake
Recipe: Cinnamon Coffee Cake
If you’re looking for a cake to serve at a breakfast celebration, this coffee cake recipe will pair perfectly with tea and coffee.
Caramel-Frosted Pound Cake
Recipe: Caramel-Frosted Pound Cake
Rich caramel frosting makes this pound cake a little fancier for your Father’s Day celebration.
Creamy Peach Icebox Cake
Recipe: Creamy Peach Icebox Cake
This sweet summer treat is perfect for a hot afternoon celebration. Be sure to let it chill at least 8 hours before serving.
Lemon Blueberry Cake
Recipe: Lemon Blueberry Cake
This lemon cake is filled with blueberry compote and topped with tangy whipped cream. It’s a sweet and fresh delight that Dad will love.
Classic Chocolate Pound Cake
Recipe: Classic Chocolate Pound Cake
Classic pound cakes are hard to beat, but make it chocolate and you’ve got an instant winner.
Cherry Dump Cake
Recipe: Cherry Dump Cake
Sometimes a simple dessert is best. Turn to this dump cake recipe for a delicious mix of classic yellow cake, dark cherries, and subtle almond flavor.
Peach Cobbler Cheesecake
Recipe: Peach Cobbler Cheesecake
Two of our favorites meet in this summer recipe that’s sure to put a smile on Dad’s face.
Peanut Butter and Banana Cheesecake with Candied Bacon
Who says bacon is just for breakfast? Once this cheesecake is assembled, pour the caramel sauce mixture on top and add chopped candied bacon.
Tennessee Jam Bundt Cake
Recipe: Tennessee Jam Bundt
This classic Southern cake hails from a time when desserts were often sweetened with homemade jams in lieu of sugar—and we're definitely on board. Tangy blackberry jam and rich caramel frosting pair perfectly in this recipe.
Mini Bourbon-and-Cola Bundt Cakes
It doesn't get more Dad-approved than classic bourbon and cola—in cake form!
Lemon Bar Cheesecake
Recipe: Lemon Bar Cheesecake
It's hard to beat old-school lemon bars. Or classic cheesecake, for that matter. This recipe is meant for the dad who loves both.
Coconut Cream Cake
Recipe: Coconut Cream Cake
The nostalgia of coconut cream pie is something a Southern father can appreciate. In this recipe, you get a layer cake, too.