Perhaps their dry sense of humor, bad taste in fashion, and typical ‘good cop’ parenting style are what makes us so fond of Dad. Digressing for a moment, I’m also convinced that dads develop all their ‘Dad’ traits through a universal Zoom meeting called ‘Dad Classes 101’ or something. Anyway, just like cakes, dads come in all forms. There are funny ones, serious ones, tall ones, short ones, bald ones (no shade, we live for the look), and ones with sprinkles on top. Oh wait, that’s actual cake. No wonder it can be difficult to find the perfect gift and cake for Father’s Day!
Nonetheless, dads take up a well-earned space in our hearts, and what better way to show our appreciation than by giving them the gift of colorful and creamy confectionery this Father’s Day? Besides using this article to deliver well-balanced cake and dad jokes, I promise to provide you with some useful information. Keep reading to find out how you can make or send your dad a cake for Father’s Day that will have him in ‘tiers.’
The History of Father’s Day:
In 1909, in Spokane, Washington, a lady named Sonora Smart Dodd had wished to honor her father, a widowed civil war veteran who raised her and her five siblings. However, after hearing about the success of Mother’s Day during a sermon, it sparked the idea to establish a similar holiday to honor all fathers. And after petitioning her community and local government, in 1910, the first Father’s Day was celebrated on the 19th of June in YMCA, Washington.
Kind of like dad jokes; it took a while for people to warm up to the idea. Even fathers themselves believed it was just another commercial gimmick where they would be forced to spend their ‘hard-earned money’ on flowers and gifts. Yes, you read correctly; dads were even dad-ing in the 1900s. However, after Father’s Day became a war honor for fathers fighting overseas, it surged in popularity, and President Nixon proclaimed it to be a national holiday in 1972.
Gift Giving Etiquette For Your Dad: Buying A Gift For Someone Who ‘Doesn’t Want Anything’
You’ve probably already asked; he’s probably already said what he says every year, so what do you do now? Let me give you some tips:
Keep It Affordable:
If your dad attended those ‘dad classes 101’ I referred to earlier, like most dads, he probably doesn’t want you to spend a lot of money (on him, and in general). So buying him an affordable gift definitely won’t offend him. In fact, he’ll be even more impressed that you got him something cool on a budget. If you need more reassurance, just consider that American consumer spending on Mother’s Day averages around $20 billion each year, while on Father’s day, the average is $12 billion.
Keep It Simple:
Even though they take pride in their roles as fathers, there’s probably nothing more ‘undadly’ to dads than being celebrated. However, if you present them with a simple gift, they’re more likely to take the bait. (Especially if they are fans of fishing!)
Send Him A Cake For Father’s Day
Come on, you knew this is where I was leading you all along. Cake is simple, affordable, and delicious, making it the perfect gift to give your dad on Father’s Day. Even if he claims to not have a sweet tooth, there’s a cake for every dad out there. But if you’re still unsure, help is on the way!
Cake For Father’s Day: The Layers of ‘Dad Energy’
As I’ve mentioned before, all dads are different. They can also be a combination of multiple personality traits. But, if you don’t find the opportunity to send your dad a Cake vs. Personality quiz from BuzzFeed before Father’s Day, allow these ‘dad energy’ guidelines to lead the way:
The Nurturing Dad: Vanilla Sponge Cake For The Dad Who Enjoys Simplicity
He packed your lunch for school, read you bedtime stories so you could fall asleep, and now phones in twice a week to ‘double-check that you’re not having any car troubles.’ He’s taught you your moral values, and you can always depend on him for day-to-day needs. He enjoys the simple things in life, so spoil him with a simple yet delectable vanilla sponge cake for Father’s Day.
The Sentimental Dad: Red Velvet Cake For The Dad Who Isn’t Afraid to Cry
He cried whenever you won an award at school and never failed to embarrass you in front of friends. Cheering you on ever since you revealed you wanted to become a Youtuber, he is supportive, a little annoying, and has taught you to stay in touch with your emotions. He’s one-of-a-kind. So, what better gift to give him than the one-of-a-kind taste of red velvet cake?
The Joker Dad: Colorful Cupcakes For The Dad Who Loves A Surprise
He is the captain of dad jokes, and his inability to take things seriously gets on your mom’s nerves (but you also know that’s why she fell for him). He’s made you laugh all your life, and you still giggle at a joke he made ten years ago. Such a colorful man deserves something fun with, yes, sprinkles on top. Make his day as cool as he is with delicious Father’s Day cupcakes that suit his playful personality.
The Workaholic Dad: Chocolate Cake For The Dad Who Deserves A Break
He’s always dedicated his life to giving you the best, wasn’t always there to tuck you in, but is your saving grace when it comes to career advice. A hard-working and wise man, he is the reason you’re dedicated to reaching your goals. Say “Thank You” by sending him a chocolate cake, and a reminder to stay off his phone while he eats it.
Bake Him a Cake For Father’s Day:
I don’t get to see my dad often because of distance, so this cake recipe is dedicated to him. His personality is a decent mix of all the dad energies above, but between you and me, he’s predominantly the ‘joker dad’ and, on a weird day, the sentimental dad. Therefore I’ll be giving you a simple recipe for red velvet cupcakes. Something I know he’d love, and that your dad certainly will too:
Red Velvet Cupcakes (This recipe makes 4, but double the measurements if you can’t resist eating a few. Your secret is safe with me):
– 1/4 cup canola oil
– 1/4 cup sugar
– 2 tablespoons buttermilk
– 1 egg white
– 1 teaspoon red food coloring
– 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
– 1/8 teaspoon white vinegar
– 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon flour
– 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
– 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
– 1/8 teaspoon salt
Cream Cheese Frosting:
– 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
– 2 tablespoons butter, softened
– 6 tablespoons powdered sugar
– 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
– 1 teaspoon buttermilk
1. Place cupcake liners in your cupcake tin, and preheat your oven to 350.
2. In a mixing bowl, beat together the buttermilk, canola oil, sugar, egg whites, vinegar, red dye, and vanilla with an electric mixer.
3. In a separate bowl, mix together the cocoa powder, flour, baking soda, and salt.
4. Slowly mix the wet and dry ingredients together.
5. Pour the batter evenly into your cupcake liners and bake for 20-22 minutes.
6. Beat all your icing ingredients together and frost your cupcakes once they are completely cool.
No matter what they may say, dads love to be appreciated. And not to be biased (maybe a little biased) but we at Cakes Overseas think the best way to do that is…with cake! Give this recipe a try. Or send him his favorite cake for Father’s Day with the help of your favorite cake fairies….US!
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Alex is a hopeless romantic who was supposed to be born in Italy (her dream destination), but proud to be South African nonetheless. She lives by her heart, and, consequentially, leaves a little bit of herself in everything she writes. She wholeheartedly believes that mermaids (and fairies) exist and is deadly afraid of the age ’30’.