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.
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.
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.
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.
A ring of deep, dark, fudgy goodness is the perfect way to show someone they're alright.
If your dad drives you a little nutty, then bake up this simple snack cake. (Forgive the dad joke, please.)
Bake a cake that can do dinner or breakfast. (Psst—that’s this one!)
What started as improv transformed into a tart, warm cake you'll probably want at least two slices of.
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.
What's your favorite way to celebrate Dad? Any memorable meals?