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The 13 Best Cakes for Dads (& People Who Love Cake)

May 29, 2019

Whether it’s a tiered tower or a little loaf, cake is a wonderful way to celebrate someone. And on June 16, we’re celebrating dads.

Maybe your dad was the one who brought you to school, taught you how to flip a pancake, or that life’s okay if you lose a basketball game. Or he’s the guy who told you ghost stories while camping or texts you silly jokes when you’re blue. Maybe he’s not even your dad at all, but a grandfather or uncle or mentor who always showed up. All sorts of men are worth celebrating.

Now, not all dads love cake. And not everyone who loves cake are dads. But I’m willing to bet there’s a healthy overlap between the two. Take a look through some of our very best recipes below. You’re bound to find a favorite.

The simple, fruity, ricotta-laced cake that’s launched a thousand ovens. No wonder it’s our site’s most popular cake recipe. We like it with a dusting of powdered sugar, but no one's going to stop you from dolloping more ricotta on top.

Don't want to do a lot of work? Don't! This pistachio-dense cake comes together entirely in a food processor and topping, while optional, is as easy as mashing up some raspberries and folding them into soft cream.

A childhood snack of peaches with milk, sprinkled with sugar and a dusting of nutmeg, in cake-form. Best served on a warm, sunny day.

This chocolate-cherry cake has a sweet backstory: It helped bridge a 40-year gap between father and daughter.

Yes, “World’s Best” is a lofty claim from this towering cake—but it’s got a pretty clever trick to create such puffy, golden layers.

Inspired by boxed yellow cake mix, this layer cake is very fluffy and very moist. Chocolate frosting is a classic combo, but feel free to swap in your dad's favorite—say, vanilla buttercream or penuche.

A ring of deep, dark, fudgy goodness is the perfect way to show someone they're alright. The secret to this cake's tender, moist crumb is not one, not two, but three liquids: black coffee, vegetable oil, and sour milk (feel free to substitute buttermilk).

If your dad drives you a little nutty, then bake up this simple snack cake. (Forgive the dad joke, please.) It's got fresh blueberries, pecans (or walnuts or really any nut you love), and a hint of lemon zest.

Bake a cake that can do dinner or breakfast. (Psst—that’s this one!) It joined our site back in 2010, when the editors wrote: "Almond meal lends the cake a hearty texture yet it remains light and sweet. It would pair nicely with tea and a dollop of crème fraîche or unsweetened whipped cream."

What started as improv transformed into a tart, warm cake you'll probably want at least two slices of. The compote is one-of-a-kind with golden raisins, orange zest, and white wine. (That means this cake is good with white wine, too, right?)

Inspired by the bright-yet-complex snakebite cocktail—equal parts lager and cider—this cake combines a chocolatey stout cake with fermented pear cider frosting for an unforgettable dessert.

If you're dad doesn't like flour (or just loves pecans), this is the cake for you. All you need are pecans, brown sugar, eggs, and a pinch of salt, and you're ready to go.

The olive oil cake that will ruin you for all others. And to make it even more decadent, top it with Michelle Polzine’s slow-roasted strawberries.


See That Olive Oil Cake in Action

This article was originally published in June 2018. We're bringing it back for Father's Day this year because dads still love cake! What's your favorite way to celebrate Dad? Share gift and meal ideas in the comment section below!
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Katie is a food writer and editor who loves cheesy puns and cheesy cheese.

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