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What better way to celebrate your pup’s special day than with this Mini Dog Birthday Cake?! Complete with peanut butter and cheese, it’s sure to please.
Um yeah, I went there. This mini dog birthday cake is a huge hit, because dogs deserve cake too! My baby turns TWO today—like, how? I figured she deserved a dog birthday cake this year.
I always wanted a dog growing up, and in college, Miguel and I used to talk about getting a dog and maybe we sometimes spent every waking moment Googling dog photos. Then, Layla came into our lives and I can say with certainty that she’s all we ever wanted.
I’m completely biased, but Layla is simply the best. She keeps me company all day every day while I work from home, she has an adorable underbite, she helps me get my steps in for the day thanks to having to walk her, and she brings so much joy into my life.
I still remember the day I brought her home. She was so, so tiny–I think around 8 lbs.–and so scared. I drove her back to my apartment, picked her up and placed her on the concrete and she immediately started crying. I wasn’t sure if she was scared or if it had been awhile since she’d felt concrete (or ever??), but I picked her back up, took her inside and then we took a million selfies together. I mean, WHAT ELSE was there to do? It was from that moment on that I decided we were going to be best friends.
So, what do dogs deserve on their birthdays? CAKE!
DOG CAKE INGREDIENTS
- all purpose flour
- coconut oil (or any kind of oil)
- peanut butter
Like most dogs, Layla’s a big fan of pumpkin and peanut butter, so I knew I needed to include those things. This dog cake is quite similar to a human cake but with less sugar, but let me share some tips and substitutions.
DOG CAKE RECIPE
FLOUR: This recipe calls for all purpose flour, but you could also use whole wheat flour. I haven’t tried it with any sort of gluten free flour before, but again, I’m going to assume a gluten free all purpose flour would work well if your dog eats a grain-free diet.
OIL: Coconut oil tends to be my oil of choice, but it can also be on the pricey side. Canola oil works just fine and I promise your dog won’t know the difference 😉
YOGURT: The icing for this cake is made with Greek yogurt and peanut butter. If your dog doesn’t like yogurt and/or if you’re worried about it upsetting their stomach (it shouldn’t!), you could try using just peanut butter. It’ll be stickier, but still oh-so-tasty.
QUESTIONS? TONS of people have made this recipe, so be sure to read the comments for additional tips!
Layla, thanks for being you. I look forward to many more years spent together and I will continue to spoil you with this dog birthday cake and love you forever.
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Want another dog cake option? Check out this pumpkin cake!
Mini Dog Birthday Cake
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup honey preferably raw
- 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt*
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Grease two 4" cake pans with a bit of coconut oil and set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine flour and baking soda; set aside.
- Melt coconut oil in a saucepan over low-medium heat.
- While coconut oil is melting, whisk egg, honey, pumpkin, applesauce, peanut butter, and vanilla together in a large bowl using an electric mixer. Last, stir in the melted coconut oil.
- Fold the wet ingredients into the dry and stir to combine.
- Pour batter evenly into the two pans, pounding them on the countertop a few times to the batter lays flat. Place the cake pans on a baking sheet and the baking sheet in the oven.
- Bake cakes for 20-30 minutes**, or until a toothpick comes out clean or mostly clean.
- Let the cakes sit in the pans for 10 minutes before running a knife along the edges and flipping them over onto a cooling rack. Wait until cakes are completely cool before icing.
- For the icing: stir yogurt and peanut butter together
- Assembly: slice the tops of both cakes off (the "dome" part) and then lay the cut edges together, placing a bit of icing in between. Top the cake with additional icing. Additionally, if you want to cover the entire cake with icing (rather than just the top and middle), just double the icing ingredients.
- Top the cake with cheese to make your pup's special day that much better!
**Cook times vary. My oven takes forever to heat up, so the cakes took about 30 minutes, but I recommend checking yours after 20 minutes.