Bake Dad One of These Delicious Cakes in Honor of Father's Day

chocolate-peanut butter sheet cake recipe
Con Poulos

With all the dishes they wash, trash bags they take out, bugs they kill, and hugs they offer when we're feeling down, our dads deserve the world. This year, celebrate the father-figure in your life by baking an extra-special cake, such as the Chocolate-Peanut Butter Sheet Cake that's pictured here. He'll love the sweet treat and the thought behind it.

Though we're big fans of the combination of chocolate and peanut butter, it's definitely not your only cake option. In fact, we have a number of tasty cake recipes that'll appeal to every dad's sweet tooth. If the father figure in your life—whether he's your dad, your husband, your father-in-law, or your grandfather—is a chocolate lover, he'll be thrilled to devour one of our dark chocolate cake recipes. Some are simple (like a sheet cake) and others, such as a Bundt cake, are more intricate. No matter how you ice it or slice it, he's sure to love these fudgy iterations for a Father's Day dessert.

While taking Dad to his favorite cocktail bar might not be in the cards this year, you can make a Father's Day cake inspired by his favorite liquor. We have a couple of Father's Day cake recipes that make use of bourbon, which adds smoky, subtle caramel flavors to desserts. Combined with brown sugar, which enhances those notes, and plump summer fruit, it's a dessert that will show any father figure just how much you love him.

Father's Day falls just a few days shy of the start of summer, but that doesn't mean that you can't start to embrace the best part of warm weather: ice cream! We have several ice cream cake recipes that are sure to satisfy his sweet tooth. If you're celebrating socially distanced and outdoors this year, be sure to keep it cool until it's time to enjoy.

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Orange-and-Poppy-Seed Sheet Cake

orange-and-poppy-seed sheet cake recipe
Con Poulos

We love serving sheet cakes for Father's Day because of their easy-going, family-friendly nature. Dad is sure to love this low-key, but delicious cake recipe that has both orange juice and zest in the cake batter and frosting.

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Banana Sheet Cake with Passion-Fruit Frosting

banana sheet cake with passion-fruit frosting recipe
Con Poulos

Maybe you can't gift Dad a tropical vacation for Father's Day, but you can bake him this cake that's bursting with fruity flavors. Ripe, mashed bananas are folded into the batter and a cream cheese frosting flavored with passion fruit juice is spread over the cake.

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Naked-Fruit Chiffon Cake

Naked-Fruit Chiffon Cake
Lennart Weibull

The dads out there who aren't frosting fans will love a slice of this simple, cloud-like cake. The four layers of chiffon cake are filled with sweetened whipped cream and berries.

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Pressure-Cooker Raspberry Upside-Down Cake

raspberry upside down cake
Marcus Nilsson

Give Dad something special—while also spending plenty of time focusing on him—with this hands-off cake that cooks in a pressure cooker and uses seasonal berries.

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Blondie Ice Cream Cake

blondie ice cream cake
Ryan Liebe

Even if an ice cream truck doesn't drive by on Father's Day, Dad can still enjoy a cooling treat. Make him this genius ice cream cake that uses blondie batter as the base layer.

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Kentucky Bourbon-Brown Butter Cake

Stephen Kent Johnson

Bourbon is the quintessential dad drink, so we created a Father's Day cake recipe inspired by the caramelized flavors found in the American spirit.

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Coffee Feather Cake

Coffee Feather Cake
Lennart Weibull

If Dad always starts his day with a cup of coffee, why not end it with this caffeinated Father's Day cake recipe? Dark, milk, and white chocolate feathers are the stunning decorations added to the sides of the finished cake.

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Orange-Cardamom Bundt Cake

orange-cardamom bundt cake recipe
Marcus Nilsson

Ground cardamom adds a subtle spice to this Father's Day cake recipe that gets its orange flavor from the zest and juice of two oranges.

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Vanilla Sheet Cake with Chocolate-Ganache Buttercream

vanilla cake ganache frosting in pan
Alpha Smoot

A wise dad knows that sometimes it's best to get back to basics. This low-maintenance chocolate and vanilla sheet cake is still plenty celebratory for father figures who deserve the world.

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Triple-Chocolate Ice Cream Cake

triple ice cream cake chocolate martha bakes
Mike Krautter

Upgrade Dad's usual two-scoop cone with this luscious ice cream cake for Father's Day. It's made with chocolate cake, chocolate ice cream, and a white chocolate ganache.

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Bourbon-and-Brown-Sugar Cake with Berries

bourbon and brown-sugar cake with berries
Kate Mathis

The caramel notes found in bourbon are a fabulous contrast to sweet, juicy summer berries in this single-layer Father's Day cake recipe.

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Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Good Old-Fashioned Double Upside-Down Cake
Bryan Gardner

Old-fashioned dads will love this Father's Day cake made with fresh pineapple slices (not canned!), pecans, and maraschino cherries.

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Carrot Cake with White-Chocolate Frosting

carrot cake with white-chocolate frosting
Ngoc Minh Ngo

Pop won't be able to resist this spiced carrot cake recipe decorated with an elegant display of white chocolate buttercream piped into ruffles.

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Lemon-Rhubarb Olive-Oil Bundt Cake

lemon-rhubarb olive-oil bundt cake recipe
Marcus Nilsson

If your dad doesn't have a super sweet tooth, this tart and understated Bundt cake made with the zest and juice of two lemons and eight ounces of fresh rhubarb should do the trick.

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Pistachio Cannoli Cake

pistachio cannoli cake

Does Dad dream of visiting Italy? Give him a taste of two classic Italian flavors—pistachios and cannolis—in the form of this over-the-top treat.

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Grasshopper Dome Ice Cream Cake

grasshopper dome ice cream cake

Summer is just around the corner, so celebrate the arrival of warm weather with this chocolate and mint ice cream cake. It's a Father's Day dessert he'll eat right up.

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Citrus Cornmeal Cake with Wine-Roasted Strawberries

citrus cornmeal cake
The Ingalls

Maybe you can't fully stock Dad's wine cellar for Father's Day, but you can make him this bright, summery dessert featuring shredded coconut and extra-virgin olive oil with strawberries roasted with dry white or rosé wine.

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German Chocolate Bundt Cake

german chocolate bundt cake recipe
Marcus Nilsson

For Father's Day, cut Dad a giant slice of this super chocolatey cake featuring a nutty filling of pecans, shredded coconut, and coconut cream. Top it off with a shiny chocolate ganache because Dad deserves it all.

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Flourless Chocolate-Almond Cake

flourless chocolate-almond cake against blue wall
Paola + Murray

Dad will not be able to get enough of this decadent, gluten-free Father's Day dessert recipe made with almond flour and bittersweet chocolate, plus whipped crème fraîche and strawberries served on top.

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Berries-and-Cherries Ice Cream Cake

berries cherries ice cream cake
Marcus Nilsson

Your all-star guy will love digging into a bite of this frozen dessert—it's a multi-layered ice cream cake featuring macerated cherries and mixed berries, cherry and vanilla ice cream, and a chocolate wafer crumb crust.

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Chocolate Sheet Cake with Vanilla Buttercream

chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream
Alpha Smoot

If you're celebrating multiple generations on Father's Day this year, make this family-friendly sheet cake that features two simple and classic flavors: chocolate and vanilla.

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Vanilla Bundt Cake with Chocolate-Cream Cheese Filling

vanilla bundt cake with chocolate-cream cheese filling
Kate Mathis

Even if your dad said he doesn't need anything for Father's Day, we promise you he won't say no to a slice of this super moist and fudgy Bundt cake. An indulgent swirl of the chocolate cream cheese filling is visually appealing and absolutely delicious.

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Coconut Chiffon Cake with Chocolate Frosting

passover coconut chiffon cake with chocolate frosting
Armando Rafael

For the dads who love coconut, make this light and airy chiffon cake. It's made with eight eggs, a duo of matzo cake meal and potato starch, coconut milk, and toasted unsweetened coconut flakes.

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Baltimore Peach Cake

Yossy Arefi

Your number one guy deserves a top-prize dessert. Make the most of in-season peaches for this Father's Day cake recipe that's sure to wow.

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Lemon Pound Cakes with Candied Lemon Slices

lemon pound cake
Clive Streeter

Perk up Dad's day with this Father's Day cake recipe that's old-fashioned and easy to love—just like him.

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Pistachio-Rhubarb Yogurt Cake

Christopher Testani

For dads who embrace the unexpected, make him this tart rhubarb cake that gets its rich flavor and moistness from two cups of plain whole-milk yogurt.

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Orange-Barley Pound Cake

Jonathan Lovekin

A combination of all-purpose and barley flour builds a unique nuttiness in this citrus-flavored cake that tastes just like summer.

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Chocolate Cherry Cake

Mike Krautter

This Father's Day cake recipe gets its flavor from kirsch—a cherry-infused brandy—and frozen black cherries. It's a delicious, tart contrast to the rich chocolate.

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The Ultimate Devil's Food Cake

Yuki Sugiura

The patriarch of the family deserves one fabulous Father's Day cake recipe, so why not bake him this dessert made with a combination of Dutch-process cocoa powder and bittersweet chocolate, topped with a generous layer of Chocolate Swiss Meringue Buttercream Frosting?

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