Father’s Day Desserts

Apricot Peach Pie

Father’s Day is a holiday that doesn’t seem to be tied to any specific food. A nice BBQ, perhaps? But the lack of a traditional meal is kind of nice because it means you can make exactly what your dad loves. To help, I’ve put together this guide of Father’s Day desserts for every kind of dad or father figure. From brunch to ice cream to cakes, I have a recipe that fits every kind of sweet tooth.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cakettes for Father's Day | ZoeBakes by Zoe Francois

Father’s Day Desserts

For A Special Dad Brunch

These jelly filled doughnuts are served during Hanukkah. The pillowy fried dough can be filled to your liking, and jelly is the classic option. Dip them in ganache or glaze for a little extra sweetness and a picturesque look.
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This Apple Almond Galette is just an apple pie without the plate or a top crust. So, it’s even easier to make than pie and, I think, just as beautiful in a fruit forward, rustic way. The pie crust recipe makes two galettes, but you can always freeze one disk for later. I have also made this tart in a tart pan using my tart dough or even sugar cookie dough (great way to use up scraps).
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With its perfectly moist texture, soft crumb, and depth of apple flavor, this apple cider bundt cake is perfect for any occasion. I like to use a variety of apples in this cake such as Honey Gold, MacIntosh, Haralson and Prairie Spy. Drizzle with a simple honey-cider glaze and serve.
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For The Dad Who Can’t Get Enough Chocolate

This Guinness Chocolate Cake with White Knight Buttercream based on recipes from Zoë Bakes Cakes, was inspired by my trips to Ireland and features amazing Irish butter.
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A simple chocolate cake can be beautiful and can serve as the base for all kinds of wonderful flavors, if you so choose. I love this recipe for its simplicity, and a classic chocolate cake is just plain delicious.
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With hot chocolate as its inspiration, this hot chocolate cake has layers of Devil’s food, slathered with a deep, dark, luscious chocolate icing, that is like whipped ganache, but better, then I topped the whole thing in homemade marshmallows.
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These darling chocolate peanut butter mini cakes are inspired by many recipes from Zoë Bakes Cakes – just another way to use the recipes in creative ways.
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For The Dad Who Loves Pie

I love pie, all pies, but this blueberry pie stands above the rest. When wild blueberries are baked up in a pie shell, with just a bit of lemon, some sugar and pats of butter, I could eat the whole thing.
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It's funny how rather retro American desserts, like the Banana Cream Pie bring back memories of grandmothers and childhoods. I am happy to report this version, inspired by Sarabeth's Bakery, does not disappoint. You have to make one to see how beautifully it cuts and how fantastic it tastes.
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This peanut butter pie recipe is oh-so delicious. With a graham cracker crust, a smooth peanut butter filling made with cream cheese, a layer of chocolate ganache, and a whipped cream and candied peanut topping, this dessert is deluxe and irresistible. Be sure to chill this pie for two hours or overnight before serving.
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For The Dad Who Always Chooses Ice Cream

The no-churn ice cream in this recipe is what makes this dessert such a favorite. The coffee flavor is intense in the best way, and the ice cream is truly easy to make. It is sandwiched between two dark chocolate sugar cookies for a combination that is sure to please ice cream fanatics of all kinds.
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Layers of strawberry, blueberry and coconut ice cream, covered in meringue and torched to perfection. A beautiful dessert and no oven required!
This recipe requires you to plan ahead! You'll need to make three different ice cream recipes, freeze the ice cream layers in between, and macerate the strawberries two hours ahead of time. You can watch me assemble this in my Instagram story.
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The honey flavor is mellow and delicate with just a subtle hint of saffron in the ice cream. My family loved this recipe and I hope you do too! My ice cream inspiration came from The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz.
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For The Dad Who Wants His Own Cake

This carrot cake is perfectly spiced, moist and unbelievably good! Using candied carrot peels as decoration (optional), cream cheese frosting and sweetened shredded coconut, this cake is simply the best — I make it all the time!
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This lemon Bundt cake is perfect. It is the most delicate texture and rich flavor. I had rather small lemons and wanted it to be an intense flavor, so I added more zest. I also had a chunk of ginger on hand, so I added it to the lemon soaking syrup, but otherwise the recipe is all Sarabeth. 
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What list of desserts would be complete without cheesecake? I couldn't choose just one, so instead, you should use my cheesecake guide to find the flavor your dad will love. There are so many ways to make cheesecake, from rich and decadent to light and delicate. A little fresh fruit always helps, too.
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