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The 10 Best Cakes for Dads (& People Who Love Cake)

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Whether it’s a tiered tower or a little loaf, cake is a wonderful way to celebrate someone. And on June 17, 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.

Louisa's Cake
Louisa's Cake

The simple, fruity, ricotta-laced cake that’s launched a thousand ovens. No wonder it’s our site’s most popular cake recipe.

Simple Summer Peach Cake
Simple Summer Peach Cake

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.

Sam's Favorite Chocolate Cake
Sam's Favorite Chocolate Cake

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

Maialino's Olive Oil Cake
Maialino's Olive Oil Cake

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.

"World's Best Cake" with Banana & Coconut
"World's Best Cake" with Banana & Coconut

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.

Chocolate Bundt Cake
Chocolate Bundt Cake

A ring of deep, dark, fudgy goodness is the perfect way to show someone they're alright.

Brooke Dojny's Blueberry Snack Cake with Toasted Pecan Topping
Brooke Dojny's Blueberry Snack Cake with Toasted Pecan Topping

If your dad drives you a little nutty, then bake up this simple snack cake. (Forgive the dad joke, please.)

Almond Cake with Orange-Flower Water Syrup
Almond Cake with Orange-Flower Water Syrup

Bake a cake that can do dinner or breakfast. (Psst—that’s this one!)

Rye & Rhubarb Anytime Cake
Rye & Rhubarb Anytime Cake

What started as improv transformed into a tart, warm cake you'll probably want at least two slices of.

The Snake Bite
The Snake Bite

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.

Another sweet treat we have our eyes on

What's your favorite way to celebrate Dad? Any memorable meals?

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Tags: Father's Day