Forget pie and kick s’mores to the curb. For anyone who really wants to make Dad feel warm and fuzzy all Father’s Day, bake a cake.
While Father’s Day breakfast† brunch and dinner recipes are all equally enticing, whether it’s a laid-back day at the grill or a carefully planned meal, a decadent cake recipe on standby is a must. Ribs, burgers, and corn are all great, but we have a feeling your dad (or dad figure) wants to end his day on a sweet note. Maybe it’s a sour lemony or fruity cake that suits them. Or maybe your dad is the type who can’t stop Reese’s movie night doing a little dance for a chocolate cake with peanut butter†
Whatever kind of cake your dad will love, we’re here to help you choose the perfect recipe. Some of these cake recipes scream summer, while others call for a blast of sprinkles that appropriately symbolize the warmth Dad feels in his heart when he takes a bite. We’ve even included some super easy ice cream cakes that don’t take long to make and will be better than store-bought cakes any day. Amateur bakers can turn to boxed cake hacks that look professional and more seasoned or ambitious people can try multi-layered cakes with surprises.
On July 19, show your father layers and layers of love.
Martha Stewart’s Chocolate-and-Vanilla Zebra Cake by Martha Stewart
A wild streak runs through this dessert under a layer of rich chocolate icing. Cut a slice and reveal zebra-esque stripes of vanilla and chocolate cake. It’s a surprisingly easy trick to perform – just alternate spoonfuls of batter in the center of the pan and make concentric rings.
Chocolate-Mint Icebox Cake by Andrea Lynn
If your dad is a mint chocolate chip ice cream lover, this is definitely the dessert for him. To keep this recipe as simple as possible, use store-bought chocolate chip cookies and chocolate syrup. If you are transporting the icebox cake to an event, allow it to freeze for a few hours to keep it firm.
Lemon and Blackcurrant Stripe Cake by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh
This cake is just as impressive and mesmerizing when you cut into it. The combination of tart lemon and sweet, dark berries combined with the rich buttercream frosting make this a refreshing yet decadent dessert.
Chocolate cake without flour by Caroline Choe
Flourless chocolate cake is always one of those desserts worthy of a special occasion. While some reserve the decadent dish for dinner, this recipe makes it easy to bake at home (and adjust the dark chocolate to your preference for sweetness).
Rainbow Drip Cake by Joshua John Russell
Dripcakes are super cool and surprisingly easy to make. Adding drops to a cake can really make your work stand out and feel like a therapeutic, art experiment. It’s a great way to get the kids involved in making Dad’s sweet treat.
pecan pie by Vallery Lomas
“This is my dad’s favorite recipe, and it’s easy to see why: it’s full of flavor like a carrot cake, has a tight crumb like a cake, and it’s quick and easy to assemble,” says Vallery Lomas. .
Martha Stewart lemon mousse cake by Martha Stewart
Lemon and meringue are one of the great culinary duos of all time. Here they are whipped into a light cake. A Swiss meringue frosting is applied and then toasted for a golden hue to accentuate the sensual curves. A big pile of raspberries on it looks like it keeps the whole creation from floating away.
Sicilian Love Cake by Valerie Bertinelli by Valerie Bertinelli
The title says it all in this delicious dessert. Store-bought chocolate cake mix and chocolate pudding mix are the secrets behind this easy cake from Valerie Bertinelli with a rich mascarpone-ricotta filling and delicious cocoa-mascarpone frosting.
Martha Stewart’s Mile High Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake by Martha Stewart
Real, crazy and deep chocolate: pools of rich salted caramel separate layers of chocolate cake, which are then coated in dark chocolate icing and sprinkled with flaky salt. Prepare the wondrous cake layers and caramel up to three days before assembling (cooling improves texture before stacking), so you can make it look effortless.
Pancake Layer Cake by Christina Tosi
This breakfast-inspired cake looks and tastes like a big stack of pancakes. Fluffy buttermilk cake layers and sweet maple frosting pack all the flavors of the morning favorite into one impressive dessert.
Rainbow Heart Cake by Amanda Rettke
Show your dad layers of love with this stunning surprise-in-in rainbow heart cake. Just follow these step-by-step instructions.
Dylan’s pistachio cake by Dylan Dreyer
Dylan Dreyer’s pistachio cake has a light and sweet taste that is perfect for spring and summer occasions. It’s also made from yellow cake mix and instant pudding, so it’s an easy venture in the kitchen.
Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze by Gesine Bullock-Prado
This recipe doesn’t add any unexpected extras or fancy new flavors. It’s a traditional, uncomplicated red velvet cake that shows off the unbeatable flavors and textures of this iconic classic.
Top Secret Chocolate Cake by Ree Drummond
“This is an incredibly easy way to light up the cake-mix era in your life. A rich, very chocolatey cake that’s such a cinch to make, it could become your favorite birthday cake request,” says Ree Drummond.
Triple Threat Chocolate Cheesecake by Donatella Arpaia
This heavenly cake gets a triple stroke of chocolate from the chocolate graham crust, creamy chocolate filling and rich chocolate ganache topping – plus a bonus of chocolate curls to finish! Don’t wait until the very last minute to make this treat; it should ideally be refrigerated overnight before adding the topping.
Strawberry and Vanilla Ice Cream Cookie Cake by Samantha Seneviratne
Store-bought pre-baked cookies and ice cream make a delicious and easy dessert. Just assemble it in advance and let it cool in the freezer until ready to serve.
Lemon Velvet Cake by April Anderson and Shirley Madison
A dense, lemony delicacy, this cake reminds us of spring and the end of winter. It’s easy to toss together and fancy up with swirls of frosting and twisting lemon peels.
S’mores Ice Cream Cake by Gesine Bullock-Prado
The incredible thing about this recipe is that it uses the molded shape of a tub of ice cream to make a truly stunning dessert. With some filling, pressing, freezing and topping, the result is a decadent ice cream cake with all that good s’mores flavor.
Tahini cake with chocolate chips by Samah Dada
This vegan and gluten-free cake has an incredibly airy texture created by a combination of almond and coconut flours. The sweetness of the coconut sugar is complemented by the tahini, which completely changes the flavor profile of this dessert.
Classic carrot cake with cream cheese frosting by Casey Barber
Carrot cake is one of those cakes that satisfies a sweet tooth without feeling overly decadent. Serve this sweetly spiced dessert with walnuts, raisins, coconut and pineapple – or keep it simple with just grated carrots in the batter.
5-Ingredient Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cake by Grace Parisi
It’s hard to believe that even with cake layer baking, this dessert actually only has five ingredients (aside from pantry staples like oil and sugar). Here’s a little secret to squeezing the ice cream into the pie shell: slice it, cut it to size like a jigsaw puzzle, and smooth the seams. Comfortable!
Caramel Cake by Gesine Bullock-Prado
Learn how to make homemade caramel for this beautiful cake. “That simple act of heating sugar to the point that it changes from brilliant white to light golden brown to coppery brown is my weakness,” says Gesine Bullock-Prado.
Mini Conversation Heart Cakes by Yolanda Gampp
Talk about showing love! These sweet cakes are inspired by Valentine’s Day candies, but are completely customizable so you can write your Father’s Day card right on the confection.
No-Bake Cheesecake with Sweetened Condensed Milk by Carrie Parente
Should the heat wave come again, make this simple yet irresistible cheesecake. It’s delicious, creamy and doesn’t require any baking time at all!
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cake by Erica Chayes Wida
The double-layered cake oozes absolutely rich, fudgy frosting and is filled with chocolate chips. One of the best parts of this scrumptious creation is that it only takes about five minutes to whip, has five ingredients, plus frosting, and comes out of the oven fluffy yet moist.
Giant Funfetti Sugar Cookie Cake by Alyssa Noui
Packed with rainbow sprinkles, this huge cookie-cake hybrid makes a big, colorful splash at any party. It has all the fun of a festive cake with the buttery crunch of cookies in one special treat.
Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cake by Siri Daly
This heavenly peanut butter ice cream cake was made by Siri Daly for her husband Carson. “I tried to combine things I know Carson loves (mainly ice cream and the chocolate and peanut butter combination) into a dessert that was really easy to prepare,” Siri says. “Enter this ice cream cake (adapted from Nice little kitchen): a delectable crowd pleaser that anyone can throw together, and I mean everyone (especially if you have kids who want to unwrap all the peanut butter cups in exchange for one, two, or five).”
Lemon and olive oil cake with limoncello glaze by Anthony Contrino
The lemon and olive oil make for such a moist but not overly sweet dessert which is completed by the fragrant limoncello glaze. You might as well enjoy a fork full of sunshine.
Frozen Ice Cream Sandwich Layer Cake by means of
Made from just five ingredients, this icy cake puts a fun and festive twist on dessert.
Biscuits-and-ice cream pie by Elena Besser
This is one of our favorite easy dessert recipes. It’s so rich and flavorful, yet light. Plus, it only contains five ingredients and will last for months in the freezer…unless it’s all eaten first!
Wine glazed cake by Elizabeth Heiskell
“This cake is so delicious that it will beckon you in the middle of the night,” says Elizabeth Heiskell. “Nobody can resist, nobody! My kids will fight tooth and nail for the last piece. All I can say is make this cake at your own risk, but know you’ve been warned.”
chocolate cake by Craig Strong
Coffee is the secret ingredient in this recipe to make chocolate cake super moist and flavorful. This recipe is easy to make — and the jolt of caffeine will help liven up any Father’s Day festivities.
strawberry ice cream cake by Laura Vitale
This summer dessert is very versatile and completely customizable. It takes no effort to assemble, which is perfect when feeding a crowd.