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20 Best Father's Day Cakes for Dads (& People Who Love Cake)

Whether it’s a tiered tower or a little loaf, or basically a vehicle for frosting, cake is a wonderful way to celebrate someone. And on June 19, we’re celebrating dads. 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.

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    Louisa's Cake

    Louisa's Cake

    Author Notes Louisa is a family friend, gardener and chef from Castellina in Chianti, Italy, where we gather several times a year. She cooks everything from memory and threw this together one night last spring. When we pressed her for the recipe she hastily rattled some ingredients off and we …

    Food-Processor Pistachio Cake With Raspberry Cream

    Food-Processor Pistachio Cake With Raspberry Cream

    Author Notes A pistachio riff on David Lebovitz’s almond cake, one of my favorite cakes ever, with a raspberry-rippled whipped cream inspired by Nigel Slater’s Genius toast. This cake is buttery, nutty, and incredibly moist—confident enough to have with nothing but hot coffee, but adaptable enough …

    Simple Summer Peach Cake

    Simple Summer Peach Cake

    Author Notes This particular flavor combination comes from my childhood—on summer mornings, my mother would fix me a bowl of cut-up peaches with milk, sprinkled with sugar and a dusting of nutmeg. Although that's a pretty sublime combination, the flavors translate well to cake form. —Savour Test …

    Sam's Favorite Chocolate Cake

    Sam's Favorite Chocolate Cake

    Author Notes I recently reunited with my father after over 40 years, along with a newly discovered 15 year old half-brother, Sam. Their visit fell on Sam’s birthday and so I asked him what his favorite dessert was. In typical teenage fashion, he shrugged, looked down at the ground and said that he …

    'World's Best Cake' With Banana & Coconut

    'World's Best Cake' With Banana & Coconut

    Author Notes Follow these instructions and you'll have an impressive, towering dessert without having to worry about burning a meringue, shaving down layers of cake to make even lines, applying a crumb coat, or dirtying more than two bowls. Because not even "the best" is good enough for me (yes, …

    Yellowest Yellow Cake With Fudgy Chocolate Frosting

    Yellowest Yellow Cake With Fudgy Chocolate Frosting

    Author Notes Yellow cake should be tender, moist, vanilla-forward, and, well, yellow. These buttermilk-based layers are inspired by a contest-winning upside-down cake by Jessie Sheehan. I called in butter for extra richness and added a pinch of turmeric for color. The chocolate frosting is a riff on …

    Chocolate Bundt Cake

    Chocolate Bundt Cake

    Author Notes Knowing my love for chocolate, my friend Hilary made me a version of this cake for my birthday one year. The recipe was inspired by something similar she had tasted in a restaurant during college. I've since made adaptations to her recipe and often take this to friends for special …

    Almond Cake with Orange-Flower Water Syrup

    Almond Cake with Orange-Flower Water Syrup

    Author Notes I'm currently studying abroad in Strasbourg, France, so I thought it appropriate to make a classic French yogurt cake to keep around for breakfast. In France, orange-flower water and almond meal are both a bit easier to come by than in the States, so I wanted to create a cake that would …

    Rye & Rhubarb Anytime Cake

    Rye & Rhubarb Anytime Cake

    Author Notes Inspired by Bon Appétit's Chocolate Rye Crumb Cake: http://www.bonappetit.com... —Sarah Jampel Serves 8 to 10 For the rhubarb compote: • 1 pound rhubarb (about 4 large stalks), roughly chopped into small pieces (about 1/4-inch big) • 1 cup turbinado sugar (use less sugar if you want a more tart …

    The Snake Bite

    The Snake Bite

    Author Notes This cake was inspired by the oh-so-tasty cocktail concoction of lager and cider known as a "snakebite." For the cake, I've replaced the lager with a stout, and have opted for fermented pear cider in place of the more traditional apple. The slightly effervescent pear cider–cream cheese …

    Flourless Pecan Cake

    Flourless Pecan Cake

    Author Notes Inspired by community member Emiko’s Calabrian Walnut Cake, this recipe has three ingredients: pecans, brown sugar, and eggs, plus a generous pinch of salt for balance. You can add a shake-shake-shake of confectioners’ sugar, or serve the cake with sweetened sour cream. Or double the …

    Maialino's Olive Oil Cake

    Maialino's Olive Oil Cake

    Author Notes Olive oil cake at its best has a crackling crust and an aromatic oil-rich middle, which, if it held any more moisture, would be pudding. Pulling this off should be easy—there aren't even egg whites to whip and fold, or butter to cream—but it isn't always. This one, however, is perfect, …

    Melissa Clark's Instant Pot Chocolate-Bourbon Lava Cakes

    Melissa Clark's Instant Pot Chocolate-Bourbon Lava Cakes

    Author Notes Reprinted from Comfort in an Instant. Copyright © 2018 by Melissa Clark. Photographs copyright © 2018 by Christopher Testani. Published by Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC. —Food52 Test Kitchen Notes Featured in: 10 Surprising Things You Can Make in Your Instant …

    Citrus Cake From Yasmin Khan

    Citrus Cake From Yasmin Khan

    Author Notes This citrus cake is a stunner in every way. First of all, just look at it. Secondly, the recipe—from Yasmin Khan's even more gripping cookbook Ripe Figs—comes together in essentially one bowl and one step (two if you count the twirl of extra-tangy frosting). No need to cream the butter …

    Key Lime Cake From Isabel Coss

    Key Lime Cake From Isabel Coss

    Author Notes This eucalyptus key lime cake recipe is one of the first desserts that I learned to make. I love tres leches cake just as much, so this recipe is a combination, a hybrid of those two desserts. This cake is also a variation of a recipe in Mexico called Carlota, a cake which is equal …

    Powdered Donut Cake

    Powdered Donut Cake

    Author Notes Heavy on the butter and nutmeg, this cake has all the flavors of your favorite cake donut in a convenient square shape—no frying necessary! Just take my word for it, and don’t wear a black shirt when you eat it. You are definitely going to get confectioners’ sugar all over yourself with …

    1 Fruity Cake, 3 Ways

    1 Fruity Cake, 3 Ways

    Author Notes This versatile, useful cake batter pairs beautifully with fresh or frozen fruit, making it perfect for dreaming up sweet treats all year long. But that’s not the only way this cake is flexible—it can also be made in a variety of different shapes and sizes. Try it as an upside-down cake, …

    One-Bowl Blueberry Buckle

    One-Bowl Blueberry Buckle

    Author Notes During the summer before my senior year of high school, my friends and I would wake up early every Saturday in June to pick blueberries. As we drove to the blueberry farm in East Feliciana Parish, familiar suburban fixtures melted into endless rural landscapes under the Louisiana sun. …

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