37 Father's Day Cakes That Will Make Dad Feel Special

Peach-Bourbon Upside-Down Bundt Cake
Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Lindsey Lower; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

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 37 Father's Day cakes. (Go ahead and get his second slice ready to go.)

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Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake
Alison Miksch; Prop styling: Mary Clayton Carl; Food styling: Mary-Claire Britton

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.

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Peach-Bourbon Upside-Down Bundt Cake

Peach-Bourbon Upside-Down Bundt Cake
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Lindsey Lower; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: 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.

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Favorite Strawberry Shortcake

Homemade Strawberry Shortcake
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Lydia Pursell; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

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.

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Banana Pudding Cheesecake

Banana Pudding Cheesecake
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Banana Pudding Cheesecake

Meet a mash-up of epic proportions. The name says it all: banana pudding + cheesecake = heaven.

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Strawberry-Lemonade Cake

Strawberry-Lemonade Cake
Jen Causey

Recipe: Strawberry-Lemonade Cake

For a Father's Day lunch, nothing is more festive than this cake.

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Chocolate-Coconut Pavlova Cake

Chocolate-Coconut Pavlova Cake
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Tina Bell Stamos

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.)

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Tropical Carrot Cake

Tropical Carrot Cake
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Tropical Carrot Cake

Like a twist between carrot cake and Hummingbird cake, this recipe will please any Southern papa.

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Butter Toffee-Pecan Layer Cake

Butter Toffee-Pecan Layer Cake
Greg DuPree

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.

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Red, White, and Blue Poke Cake

Red, White, and Blue Poke Cake
Jennifer Causey

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.

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Coconut Pound Cake

Coconut Pound Cake
Antonis Achilleos

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.

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Strawberry-Banana Pudding Icebox Cake

Strawberry-Banana Pudding Icebox Cake
Iain Bagwell; Prop Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine; Food Styling: Hadas Smirnoff

Recipe: 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?

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Carrot Cake Cheesecake

Carrot Cake Cheesecake
Micah A. Leal

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.

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Chocolate Éclair Cake

Chocolate Eclair Cake
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Chocolate Éclair Cake

If he can never pass up one of these chocolatey treats, make a cake just as worthy of his attention.

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Red Velvet Ice-Cream Cake

Red Velvet Ice-Cream Cake
Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Red Velvet Ice-Cream Cake

Say hello to a summertime-friendly version of our classic Red Velvet Layer Cake. It'll make the dog days of summer just a little more tolerable.

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Key Lime Pound Cake

Key Lime Pound Cake
Jen Causey

Recipe: Key Lime Pound Cake

Treat your father to a slice of paradise. Because, if anyone deserves a vacation...

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Pineapple-Coconut Cake

Pineapple Coconut Cake
Micah A. Leal

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.

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Mama Dip's Rum Cake

Mama Dip's Rum Cake
Peter Frank Edwards

Recipe: Mama Dip's Rum Cake

Everyone will appreciate the double dose of rum in this oh-so moist Bundt.

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White Cake with Bourbon Buttercream and Seven Minute Frosting

White Cake with Bourbon Buttercream and Seven Minute Frosting
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: 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.

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Mama's German Chocolate Cake

German Chocolate Cake
Southern Living

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.

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Flourless Pecan-Chocolate Cake

Flourless Pecan-Chocolate Cake
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Flourless Pecan-Chocolate Cake

This velvety smooth chocolate cake is balanced out by the crunch of toasted pecans.

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Coca-Cola Cake

Coca-Cola Cake
Micah A. Leal

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.

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Brown Sugar Layer Cake with Peach Buttercream

Brown Sugar Layer Cake with Peach Buttercream
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Ginny Branch; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Brown Sugar Layer Cake with Peach Buttercream

Peaches are a favorite summer treat, especially when paired with cinnamon-spiced cake layers.

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Peanut Butter Cake

Peanut Butter Cake Recipe
Photography: Caitlin Bensel, Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

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.

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Bananas Foster Cake with Rum Buttercream

Bananas Foster Cake
Photography: Caitlin Bensel, Food Styling: Margaret Monroe Dickey, Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hilegas

Recipe: 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.

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Glazed Buttermilk Donut Cake

Glazed Buttermilk Donut Cake
Caitlin Bensel, Food Styling: Margaret Dickey, Prop Styling: Kay E Clarke

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.

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Chocolate-Zucchini Cake

Chocolate-Zucchini Cake
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Chocolate-Zucchini Cake

This chocolate version of zucchini bread will have everyone in your house asking for seconds.

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Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Cinnamon Coffee Cake
Antonis Achilleos

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.

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Caramel-Frosted Pound Cake

Caramel-Frosted Pound Cake
Southern Living

Recipe: Caramel-Frosted Pound Cake

Rich caramel frosting makes this pound cake a little fancier for your Father's Day celebration.

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Creamy Peach Icebox Cake

Creamy Peach Icebox Cake
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling; Kathleen Varner; Food Styling: Torie Cox

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.

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Classic Chocolate Pound Cake

Classic Chocolate Pound Cake
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck; Food Styling: Erin Merhar

Recipe: Classic Chocolate Pound Cake

Classic pound cakes are hard to beat, but make it chocolate and you've got an instant winner.

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Cherry Dump Cake

Cherry Dump Cake
Micah A. Leal

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.

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Peach Cobbler Cheesecake

Peach Cobbler Cheesecake
Photography and Styling: Sarah Epperson

Recipe: Peach Cobbler Cheesecake

Two of our favorites meet in this summer recipe that's sure to put a smile on Dad's face.

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Peanut Butter and Banana Cheesecake with Candied Bacon

Peanut Butter and Banana Cheesecake with Candied Bacon
Time Inc. Food Studios

Recipe: 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.

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Tennessee Jam Bundt Cake

Tennessee Jam Bundt Cake
Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck

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.

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Mini Bourbon-and-Cola Bundt Cakes

Mini Bourbon and Cola Bundt Cakes
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Mini Bourbon-and-Cola Bundt Cakes

It doesn't get more Dad-approved than classic bourbon and cola—in cake form!

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Lemon Bar Cheesecake

Lemon Bar Cheesecake
Photo: Jennifer Davick

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.

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Coconut Cream Cake

Fluffy Coconut Frosting
Hector Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

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.

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