15 Father's Day Cakes That Are Sure to Make Dad's Day

Want to show Dad just how special he is? From chocolate and caramel to beer-infused sweets, these recipes make it easy.

May 15, 2023

Father's Day Cake Recipes in Every Flavor

There’s no denying that Dad deserves a great Father’s Day gift and a hearty breakfast or dinner, cooked just for him—but no special day is complete without something sweet. When it comes to celebratory desserts, you can’t do better than cake. Fluffy layers sandwiched with creamy frosting and a topping or two—what’s not to love about that? That’s why we’ve rounded up a few ideas that we know Dad will love. Whether he’s a caramel, beer or chocolate kind of guy you’re sure to find something in this roundup that’s fit for his big day. One of our personal favorites? This creative twist on the classic Hummingbird Cake. The tropical flavors of banana and coconut are enhanced by the assertive, bitter hops in an IPA, while caramel and poppy seeds in the frosting add sweet toasty notes. This cake is great for a beer-lover or for anyone who appreciates a nuanced dessert with a little bite.

Get the Recipe: Hummingbird IPA Cake with Caramel Buttercream

Marshmallow Crème Filled Bundt Cake

Everyone has a favorite snack cake from childhood. If the Twinkie was Dad’s, he will love this bundt version. The iconic yellow cake gives way to a fluffy cream filling.

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Red Ale and Strawberry Stack Cake

The yeasty bitterness of red ale contrasts pleasantly with tart, sweet strawberries in this update on the classic shortcake. The cake rounds are stacked with buttercream frosting and left bare on the sides, so you can see the beautiful berries, macerated in more ale, peeking out.

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My Cannoli Filling Rum Cake

Alex’s cake tastes just like your favorite Italian pasty. She brushes the cake layers with a rum glaze for moisture and tops the whole thing with a chocolate chip-studded whipped cream.

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11 Carton Cake

The word "carton" in the title refers to a 6-ounce yogurt carton, which is used to measure most of the ingredients in this easy-to-assemble cake. Just make sure to rinse and dry the carton before using it to measure out the dry ingredients.

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David’s Favorite Carrot Cake with Pineapple Cream Cheese Frosting

Chopped pineapple lends both moisture and flavor to Nancy’s carrot cake, which is guaranteed to make Dad’s day.

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Lemon Upside-Down Cake

Michael’s lemony upside-down cake is cooked right on the grill, which is sure to please your favorite grill-master. Don’t forget the whipped cream for serving!

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Vanilla Cake with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

Valerie’s better-than-box cake is simple, sweet and perfectly tender.

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Snickerdoodle Cake

This comforting layered cake tastes just like the classic cookie!

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Kardea's Caramel Apple Cake

Dad will adore Kardea’s five-star caramel cake, which reviewers describe as decadent, delicious and perfectly textured.

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Ooey Gooey Buttercake

Trisha’s version of this St. Louis classic is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. It’s also super-easy to prepare, so there’s no need to stress in the kitchen.

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German Chocolate Cake with Butterscotch Frosting

A butterscotch cream cheese frosting puts a unique spin on the classic German Chocolate Cake.

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Cherry Coke Cake

Chocolate and cherries are a magical combination. Here, we amp up the cherry flavor by using cherry cola in the cake batter.

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Butterscotch Love Cake

If Dad loves butterscotch, this is the dessert for him. Valerie incorporates a simple butterscotch sauce into cake mix, then bakes the cake with a mascarpone-ricotta filling. A creamy butterscotch frosting adds the luscious finishing touch!

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Top Secret Chocolate Cake

Ree’s secret? She doctors a chocolate cake mix by adding extra milk, butter and plenty of chocolate chips.

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