Yes, there is such a thing as a dog birthday cake and we have some tail wagging recipes. You can spoil your pooch on their next milestone with many a delectable confection.
From a moreish peanut butter cake to meat and veggie concoctions, we’ve recipes to delight a sweet or savoury canine palette. The best part (at least we think so anyway), is that you can join in on the fun; these dog birthday cakes are human friendly too.
And with all these lockdowns, what better way to spend some quality time with your pet than to share a slice of cake!
Dog birthday cakes ingredients that are safe
If you’re a bit of a baker, you’ll know you generally need a balance of dry and wet ingredients and something to bind them together. For example, instead of refined flour for dogs you’ll go with something more wholesome and crunchy, like oats or rice.
For wet ingredients, you can replace dairy with veggies or meat. You can already see how much your pup is going to love their dog birthday cake… And to bind these altogether, eggs are the standard go-to for people and pets (just never give them raw eggs).
You can tailor your choice of ingredients around what your pup likes best, using as a reference this list of tasty ingredients that are safe for dogs:
- Root vegetables (carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, beets, parsnips)
- Peanut butter
- Dog-friendly gravies and sauces
- Green beans
- Peas (avoid canned peas, which may have salt)
If you want to give your dog’s birthday cake some eye candy, here are a few ideas for toppings that are safe:
- Berries (not cherries or the Karaka berry)
- Brussels sprouts
There are many more things dogs can eat. If, like Jamie Oliver, you decide to adlib, stick within the guidelines of what’s safe and what’s not for dogs to eat.
If you’re unsure of an ingredient, always do a solid Google search before adding it to the mix. For example, you may find out that dogs can happily munch apples, but you should never give them the core and seeds.
More on what not to put in your dog birthday cake next…
What NOT to put in dog birthday cakes
Is chocolate toxic to dogs? Yes, the well-loved human treat can be severely dangerous for our furrier kind. Therefore you don’t want any candy, chocolate or cocoa near your buddy’s birthday cake.
Other seemingly innocent foods that are dangerous to dogs include avocado, cherries, raisins, grapes, tomatoes, coffee and xylitol. While dairy products aren’t strictly taboo, less is more in this department. Or you could end up having a birthday boy or girl with an upset stomach.
Of course, there are many many foods that dogs and cats either shouldn’t have or should only have in strict moderation. Again, remember to check your Google helper when not sure.
Now, onto three exciting dog birthday cake recipes worth wagging tails for!
3 easy dog birthday cake recipes you’ll love
On the special day, the last thing you want is a flop. Which is why we’ve compiled some failsafe dog birthday cake recipes to choose from. There’s something here for every dog and his/her humans to try:
- Peanut butter dog birthday cake recipe
Some dogs simply lurrrve peanut butter, while others find it meh. This recipe is for the former. It’s rated as a recipe to top all recipes and it’s easy as pie to make. Not only does it contain protein-rich peanut butter it also has some veggies for added sweetness, vitamins and fibre. When choosing peanut butter for dogs, be sure it’s free of sugar, salt and xylitol, which are all bad for pooch.
- Pumpkin banana dog birthday cake
In the tasty world of human foods, both banana bread and carrot cake are prized confections. This delicious dog cake combines banana and pumpkin (which you can always substitute for carrot). Both will lead to a flavoursome outcome. Do, however, take note that pumpkin is good for that cakey texture and helps to bind the ingredients.
- Doggy meatloaf (because we just had to)
Like people, not all dogs have a sweet tooth. In fact, most will probably err on the side of savoury. This cake is all that and more as it packs in the protein. Also, let’s face it, dogs are called canines… and canines are the teeth made for eating meat. So if you really want to spoil your dog, this meatloaf is your go-to.
Here’s the video that shows how it’s made:
Once you get hooked on homemade doggo treats, try out this delish ‘dognut‘ recipe too.
Pet insurance: the best birthday give for our bestie
One of life’s great motto’s is ‘have your cake and eat it’. The popular turn of phrase does not, however, take into account the unexpected. Pet insurance, on the other hand, does. Bills for regular vet visits can cost a pretty penny, and the real crunch comes when accidents take place.
Dog insurance helps pay your pet’s medical costs outlined in their policy, so you can focus on their safety rather than your purse strings. So your pooch can have their dog birthday cake and eat it.