Recipe - Dog Birthday Cake

"But Minerva, this isn't human food!" That's true - in fact, this cake tastes pretty bad when eaten by a human but yesterday was my dear doggy's 7th birthday and I wanted to make him something special. Combining two loves, I decided to cook (more specifically, bake, though that's not a love) so a birthday cake it was. If there's any objection to a recipe for dogs, it's too bad I'm the author and this is my blog huh? So yes! I made him a cake and tried my hardest to shape it like a bone but my lack of finesse resulted in a somewhat bone-shaped dessert, complete with peanut butter as frosting. Ask me later if you want to see the long video of him trying to get it out from his gums...heh. By the way, sorry for the poor pictures - this was taken at night with just my phone's flashlight.

Step 1: Ingredients (yields a single 8"x 8" cake)
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/4 cup all-natural peanut butter + more for "frosting"
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup honey

Step 2: Baking
Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Mix together flour and soda. Then add in remaining ingredients. Mix well before pouring into oiled/greased 8" x 8" cake pan. Bake for approximately 30 minutes. Take out and cool.

Step 3: Presenting
Cut cake into desired shape. Slather on all-natural peanut butter as faux frosting. Place on a nice plate and bring to your pup. Make him/her wait.

Step 4: Finishing
The excitement is in the waiting. When you've tortured your pup enough, let him/her tear into the deliciousness of the cake. My Rusty took it up in two bites and spent the next 10 minutes constantly licking because of the peanut butter stuck in his mouth. Hee...hee. Enjoy! Happy birthday old man Rusty!


Photography by Minerva Thai.