Dog cake recipe - with dog friendly fluffy frosting!
Recipe video above. A dog cake with "frosting" that looks so impossibly real, it's been mistakenly eaten by unsuspecting people on many occasions! Made with dog friendly ingredients with an irresistible peanut butter smell. Fine for humans to consume - but it's a bit odd tasting for our palette!
Course: Dog Treats
Cuisine: Dog Food
Keyword: dog birthday cake, Dog cake recipe
Servings: 20- 30 dogs
Dog birthday cake:
1/2cuppeanut butter(spread or pure)
2/3cupmilk (or water)
1/3cuphoney or maple syrup (or apple sauce or skip it)
2 1/2cupsshredded carrot(2 large)
2cupswhole wheat / wholemeal flour(or white flour)
2 1/2tspbaking soda
Dog Friendly Fluffy Frosting (Whipped Potato Yogurt):
Grease and line the base of 2 x 20cm/8" cake pans.
Whisk together eggs, peanut butter, oil, honey and milk (little peanut butter lumps ok).
Stir in carrots. Then add flour and baking soda, stir until just combined (over mixing = hard cake = sad birthday pooch).
Divide batter between the cake pans, spread and smooth surface.
Bake 25 minutes or until skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
Cool on racks. Frost per below.
Doggie Fluffy Frosting:
Boil, steam or microwave potato until very soft.
Whip potato and yoghurt with an electric beater until fluffy and smooth as possible (won't go 100% smooth) - about 1 1/2 minutes on medium speed (speed 5).
Use water as needed to loosen frosting to soft spreadable consistency (like human buttercream frosting!). Use while warm (it "sets" when it cools).
Spread 1/4 frosting on one cake.
Top with other cake. Frost tops and sides with remaining frosting, reserving some to pipe decorations if desired (3/4 cup frosting).
1. Cake pan - could also use a bundt pan or one cake pan and cut the cake in half. Or a square pan about 20cm/8".2. Serving size - Appropriate serving size should be determined having regard to the health, size, activeness and digestive sensitivities of your dog. Dozer was fine even eating a very large slice (almost 1/8th of the cake!). But he is a highly active dog and has a broad diet, he eats many things I make and tastes almost everything I eat myself!Do not use in place of a meal - just like with human cakes, dog cakes are not a well rounded nutritious meal!3. Nutrition commentary (assumes 20 slices):
Eggs - good source of protein for dogs
Peanut butter - "treat" element, dogs are mad for peanut butter! Gives the cake an irresistible peanut butter smell, 2.5 tsp per slice
Oil - very small amount used, about 1/2 tsp per slice
Milk - if you're concerned about your dog consuming dairy, sub with water. Works out at 1.5 tsp per serve, and also remember it's cooked!
Honey - For a touch of sweetness, 3/4 tsp per slice. Can skip if you want.
Carrot - carrot is good for dogs! I hide a lot of carrot in Dozer's meals. Aso makes the sponge moist. Can sub with zucchini or sweet potato.
Wholewheat / wholemeal flour - just like with humans, carbs are fine to consume in moderation!
Baking soda - to make the sponge rise.
Potato - Same as flour, cooked potato is fine to consume in moderation! It's a better, healthier option than slathering the cake with a peanut butter yogurt frosting which seems to be the default for dog cake recipes. Too much yogurt or peanut butter is not good for our pooches (whether commercial sweetened spread or even pure unsweetened peanut butter, it's very high in fat. Some yogurt is good for dogs but not vast quantities)
Yogurt - probiotics in yogurt is good for dogs digestive system, just like with humans! If your dog is sensitive to dairy, just use water.