Your furry friend marks yet another year — and it’s now time to celebrate. What better way to do so than with a dog birthday cake? You can even bring over some of the pet pals your pooch made while out in the dog pack, and their owners as well, to partake in the festivities.
But first, let’s make sure that you get the cake done right. Here’s what you need to make one for your pup:
Picking The Right Flour For Your Dog Birthday Cake
Not all flours are equal. Yes, it’s the binding agent that you’ll find in dry food and dog biscuits, but you want to work with flour that will be ideal for your pet’s health.
All-purpose white flour may be an option, but it has few nutrients, due to the extreme processing that it goes through.
Of course, whole grain flour is a healthier alternative. Here, your choices include oat, sorghum, barley, buckwheat, and whole wheat flours.
Is your pooch sensitive to wheat? Perhaps you’re following a grain-free diet or you simply want a dog birthday case that is loaded with nutrients—in this case, you can go with non-grain flour. These are the likes of potato, lentil, coconut, chickpea and almond flours.
Selecting The Right Ingredients
When baking the cake, you’ll be using some human food ingredients. Here, you want to be sure that they will be dog friendly.
Check out AKC for a breakdown of the human foods that can and cannot be used for your pup’s meals. Also, don’t forget to check our in-depth article to learn what types of fruits dogs can and cannot eat.
Here are some of the common safe ingredients that you can work with:
- Apples (without the seeds)
For the frosting, you can use:
- Mashed potatoes
- Coconut oil
- Low-sugar yoghurt
- Honey in small quantities
- Peanut butter
- Pumpkin puree
Avoid these ingredients at all costs:
Dog Cake Recipe Ideas That Will Be A Sweet Treat
Dog Birthday Cake With Fluffy Frosting
This recipe will serve your furry friend and pet pals that have come over to commemorate the happy birthday. It will be enough for around 30 dogs.
- ¼ cup canola or vegetable oil
- ⅓ cup of honey or maple syrup
- ½ cup peanut butter
- ⅔ cup of milk or water
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups of flour (that’s around 300g)
- 2½ cups of shredded carrot
- 2½ teaspoons of baking soda
- 600g – 700g potatoes
- ¾ – 1 cup of plain unsweetened yoghurt (water works too)
- Preheat oven to 350°F
- Grease the cake pan and line its base
- Mix the eggs, honey, peanut butter, milk and oil.
- Add the shredded carrot and stir it all together.
- Add the flour and baking soda, and continue stirring until you get an even mix.
- Place the cake batter in the pan, and spread the surface to ensure it’s smooth.
- You can use two cake pans if needed, depending on the size of the units you have in your kitchen arsenal.
- Bake the cake for 25 minutes (or until a toothpick inserted in its center comes out clean).
- Allow to cool.
Next is the frosting:
- Peel and cut the potatoes, and place them in your electric beater. Add the yogurt.
- Whip them up until you get a fluffy result.
- Your goal here is not to make it completely smooth. Just run the beater at medium speed for around 1½ minutes.
- If needed, top up some water to loosen the frosting and give it a soft and spreadable consistency.
- Spread the frosting onto the cake. This should be while it is still warm. You can retain some of the frosting for use on other homemade dog treats. If you prefer you can use peanut butter or yogurt as frosting.
The cake is now ready to be served.
Apple Banana Dog Birthday Cake
This is a quick recipe for dogs. It makes two cupcakes, in case you don’t want a crowd for that day.
The apples will bring vitamins and fiber, and bananas are loaded with potassium and fiber as well. Just ensure that the apple seeds are removed.
- Almond flour (1 cup)
- Unsweetened applesauce (¼ cup)
- 1 mashed banana
- Shredded apple (¼ cup)
- ¼ cup of water
- Baking powder (1 teaspoon)
For the frosting, you’ll need a mashed banana, and apple slices.
Let’s get baking:
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Take a large bowl and mix the shredded apple, mashed banana plus the applesauce in it. Add the flour and water and stir it all together.
- Prepare the cake pan by greasing it with coconut oil.
- Bake until the center becomes firm—which should take between 20 and 25 minutes.
- Prepare the frosting by mixing the mashed bananas with flour.
- Decorate the cake with the apple slices and mashed banana.
Tips To Spice Up Your Dog’s Birthday
Get things rolling with some birthday treats
From crunchy biscuits coated in vanilla icing, a birthday dog bone that will brighten up your pet’s morning— kicking off the day with treats will get your pooch in the mood.
Whether you’re gearing up for your pet’s 1st birthday or want to bring over the entire dog park for Fluffy’s 2nd birthday, you want it to be special. The treats and presents are part and parcel of all dog birthdays.
Before the gang gathers to enjoy the sumptuous dog birthday cake, first take a commemorative photo. Sure, it may be difficult to get all the dogs to cooperate and hold still for a shot.
To help you out, ask the pet owners to stand behind the photographer. You can use treats that the dogs love as well to get their attention.
Bring out Fluffy in style
It’s your pet’s big day, so get him dressed in some birthday party apparel. Some pets can get fussy, but you can always drape on an item like a classy bandana on your furry friend.
Your pet may not be very keen on spending the day in any form of outfit though. In this case, simply snap a photo and let Fluffy enjoy the rest of the day in his birthday suit.
Try to get this shot together with the birthday cake to capture the moment.
Create order during snack time
You don’t want a free-for-all scenario with hungry dogs on your property. Arrange the treats in bowls that the pet owners can pick up and dole out to their doggies.
The bonus is owners have more control over what their pups eat.