Making A Dog Birthday Cake

Yesterday we celebrated Mr. Theodore’s 5th birthday. Though we did a lot together to make his day happy (sleeping in, snuggle time, hiking, nap time), one of the highlights of the day was his birthday cake.

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This was my first attempt at making one, and it went over so well with the dogs that I wanted to share the recipe.

I looked for recipes online and didn’t entirely love any of them. So I took bits and pieces from other recipes to make my own.

Here it is!

Ingredients:

1 cup flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/8 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup peanut butter

1 cup applesauce

1 tsp honey

1 egg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine flour and baking soda in large bowl.

In a separate bowl, mix together oil, peanut butter, honey, and applesauce. Once mixed, stir in egg and blend.

Warning: Your dog may beg during this process.

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Teddy was waiting for his turn to lick the bowl.

Combine wet and dry ingredients and stir until well blended.

Pour into a greased cake pan or separate equally into cupcake pan (makes one 8″ round cake or about 8 cupcakes.

Bake for 20-30 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool before removing from pan.

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If you’d like to make frosting, I used a single-serving container of Chobani plain greek yogurt mixed with a tablespoon of peanut butter. Some recipes called for more peanut butter, but this seemed to be the right amount for my dogs.

Please note: This recipe may not be suitable for all dogs. Please check with a veterinarian with concerns.

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I spread the “frosting” on top and garnished it with a peanut butter dog bone (peanut butter is Teddy’s favorite).

I tried a little of one of the cupcakes, and it was actually quite delicious, even without sugar. I think a little more honey, and you could probably serve this as a breakfast treat for humans.

But we didn’t have time for that. It was time for the doggie taste test.

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After delicately licking off most of the frosting, he dug right in (with a little assistance from mom).

Success! Teddy and his big sister Piper LOVED it! We know what we’ll be making for future birthday celebrations.

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