30 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 30 Father's Day cakes. (Go ahead and get his second slice ready to go.)
How To Make Chocolate-Mayonnaise Cake
Recipe: Chocolate-Mayonnaise Cake
This classic should be in every Southern woman's recipe repertoire. A moist, delicious Chocolate-Mayonnaise Cake pleases crowds of all ages, and is the perfect dessert to bring to a neighbor, to a potluck, or to a summer party. 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. The tradition of using mayonnaise in cakes dates all the way back to war times, when ingredients like eggs and oil were rationed. In place of these, cooks substituted mayo – whose main ingredients are, as you probably know, eggs and oil. Pulling together this homemade sheet cake recipe only takes about 20 minutes of hands-on prep time. We've topped this recipe with our creamy Chocolate-Cream Cheese Frosting, which is a decadent garnish on this Southern dessert. If you're not a chocolate-on-chocolate gal, feel free to use your favorite buttercream or frosting to finish off your cake.
Start this recipe by whisking together flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and baking powder in a medium bowl. The addition of salt in this recipe actually brings out the sweetness – so don't forget to add it! Then, prepare a 13- x 9-inch pan by greasing and flouring. Using a stand mixer, beat together the eggs, sugar, and vanilla until you have a creamy, light brown mixture. The goal is to have ribbons form when the beater is lifted from the bowl. Then, add mayonnaise to your wet ingredients, and beat at low speed until combined. Next, add the cocoa-flour mixture to the egg mixture alternately with hot water, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Be sure to beat at low speed after each addition so that the mixtures can become fully incorporated. Pour the batter into your pan, and bake! Cool your Chocolate-Mayonnaise Cake completely before spreading on your favorite frosting.
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.
Recipe: Peanut-Cola Cake
Does he happen to be a peanuts and cola kind of guy? This cake makes a fit choice.
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.
Robert E. Lee Bundt
Recipe: Robert E. Lee Bundt
Legend has it that this was Robert E. Lee’s favorite cake. Make it for your father, and the heavenly citrus Bundt will likely become a favorite of his, as well.
Peach Upside-Down Cake
Recipe: Peach Upside-Down Cake
Give this classic cast-iron cake a summer-ready twist by using your fresh peaches.
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.)
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.
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.
Mini Bourbon-and-Cola Bundt Cakes
It doesn't get more Dad-approved than classic bourbon and cola—in cake form!
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?
Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Buttercream
Inspired by the beloved old-fashioned sandwich—a favorite of Elvis', too—these banana cream-filled cupcakes make a fun Father's Day treat.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 taste some 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.
Buttermilk-Glazed Cherry Sheet Cake
This sheet cake will ease all of your layer cake worries. (Stacking the layers? Icing it perfectly? Forget about it.) Cherries, lemon juice, and almond extract are the stars in this not-too-sweet recipe finished with a buttermilk glaze.
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.