18 Father's Day Cakes Your Papa Will Surely Love
To celebrate dad this year, we’re thinking cake — and lots of it. What goes better with a lovely June afternoon than a towering, celebratory ode to dad's sweet tooth? We’ve compiled some of our most decadent cakes in this assortment of Father's Day cake ideas, both classic and boundary pushing. There’s a cake for every type of dad, including the bacon-lover, so once your Father's Day dinner is over, bring out one of these works of art.
Too Much Chocolate Cake
Is there really such a thing as too much chocolate? One of our favorite cake ideas for Father's Day is this outrageous symphony of chocolate, perfect for the chocolate-loving dad in your life. "This chocolate cake is phenomenal!" reviewer Ellen E. exclaims.
Tiramisu Layer Cake
Few marriages are as satisfying as the marriage of the Italian dessert tiramisu — soaked ladyfingers, mascarpone, coffee, and cream — and plain layer cake. This sweet Father's Day cake idea is a delicate and beautiful tribute to both. "Awesome recipe," Allrecipes user Aria says. "Seriously, it inspired awe in those who tasted it."
Oh Canada Maple Bacon Cake
Does the dad in your life love bacon? If so, this is the Father's Day cake for him. Combining two of the world’s most compatible flavors, maple syrup and bacon, this cake is sure to suit the meat-eater-turned sweet-seeker. "Had to try this," Laurie says. And you will, too.
Soccer Ball Cake
If dad prefers the World Cup to the Super Bowl, this soccer ball-shaped cake is the right Father's Day cake choice for him. It uses cake mix for faster baking. This way, you can focus primarily on the decorating.
David's Yellow Cake
Sometimes, you just have a hankering for yellow cake. If you’re going to do yellow cake, let it be the very best. This yellow cake will not disappoint. "I challenge you to find a better yellow cake with buttercream frosting in any well-respected neighborhood bakery, or in any old-fashioned baker’s recipe box," says naples34102.
Awesome Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
The cream cheese frosting is the star of this incredibly moist carrot cake, which is sure to captivate dad (and whomever else is over for the afternoon). It is, according to e.xman, "one of the best carrot cakes I have ever had."
Old-Fashioned Pineapple Upside Down Cake
A Father's Day cake like this one is simply a joy to look at. This picture-perfect cake makes a welcome addition to any family barbecue. Allrecipes user Jessie’s feelings about this cake are simple: "DELICIOUS!!!"
You can have your grill holiday with a side of cake with this perfect replica of the ultimate barbecue food. If dad is a burger guy, consider this burger cake a fitting tribute to the man and his element on the day that's dedicated solely to him.
Banana Chocolate Chip Cake
This Father's Day cake idea is good for morning snacking, as well as for an afternoon treat. "Very fun and will definitely make again," reports Culinary Cutie.
Black Magic Cake
There is, indeed, something magic about this compelling cake. Cut a slice and you won’t be able to stop eating it. Where does it come from? That’s the true magic. "I’ve had this recipe since 1979, when I got it off the back of a Hershey cocoa can," says Kathy.
Pina Colada Rum Cake
If you can't afford to send dad to a tropical island for Father’s Day, this cake is the next best thing. A dessert full of all the pineapple and coconut notes of the islands; it's a destination on a plate.
Rainbow Pinata Cake
It's a celebration! Bring this piñata cake to the party — when you cut it open, candy bursts out — and you can enjoy the looks on your friends’ and family members’ faces when they see the surprise. Does the hidden treat center impress? "IT WAS AWESOME," says Ruby.
Golden Rum Cake
This rummy bundt cake is perfect for just about any occasion, including Father's Day. It's also a proven favorite: "This is the same cake recipe I've been using for years, and it always comes out great," says RAZMOM4.
Ice Cream Sandwich Cake
Summer afternoons call for ice cream. But what if you took that idea and made it into a cake? We're all familiar with the Carvel version, but this cake is actually a giant ice cream sandwich, and it's dressed to impress.
Double Chocolate Brownie Cake
If dad's favorite dessert is the humble brownie, you can elevate that dish, too. Just follow the directions for this stunning and chocolatey brownie cake, a dream come true for any brownie aficionado. Added bonus: "Look no further for an amazing, easy cake recipe," reviewer Laura Pitaniello says.
Smart Cookie Football Cake
Even if it's not real football season just yet, dad can still enjoy his favorite sport — in cake form. Layers of yellow cake are painted with buttercream 'grass' and topped with a scrumptious football.
Lemon Cake with Lemon Filling and Lemon Butter Frosting
A true classic, lemon cake is one of those desserts that stands the test of time. Fresh lemon offers a bright respite in this sugary confection. Dad is sure to love it. It's popular with Allrecipes users, too: "I’ve made this recipe a number of times, and I always get rave reviews," says reviewer DLSPENCER.
Coco-Cola Cake II
Some may know this as a Texas Sheet Cake; others may call it a Coca-Cola Cake. Everyone will call it delicious. This chocolate cake is made with cola soda for an intensely rich flavor. The thin layer of pecan frosting is the perfect finishing touch.