Wondering how to make a birthday cake for your dog that is healthy, safe, AND delicious? We’ve got the recipe…and an official taste tester, also known as the birthday boy!
Please note, we are not Animal Nutritionists or Veterinarians, so please check with your Vet to before feeding any new foods to your dog.
Our lab Lewie LOVES birthdays. We think birthdays imprinted on him the first time he heard us singing The Happy Birthday Song, which ended with him getting a cupcake - well, actually two cupcakes. He stole, and gobbled down, the real birthday boy’s cupcake too…
This year for Lewie’s birthday, we decided we would make him birthday cake dogs - one that was a bit healthier than a store-bought cupcake.
Lewie loves peanut butter, so we knew wanted to make him a birthday cake with this base flavor. We also wanted his cake to be somewhat healthy as this was going to be his dinner - so it includes pumpkin puree and unsweetened applesauce. Lastly, the cake had to be drool-worthy (it IS a birthday cake) so the frosting is sweet, made from simple ingredients that Lewie has eaten before, including raw honey.
The result? A cake that he excitedly devoured. That being said, Lewie is a Lab - if we gave him a shoe covered in peanut butter, he would happily devour that too!
PS: And if you are wondering…Yes, we did taste the cake before Lew sank his face into it. It wasn’t bad.
Lewie Celebrating 2
Peanut Butter Pumpkin Birthday Cake for Dogs Recipe
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour (can use oat or wheat flour as a replacement)
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp baking powder
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
¼ cup all-natural, no sugar added, smooth peanut butter
¾ cup pumpkin puree
- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- Grease and flour two 6-inch round baking pans. Set aside.
- In one bowl, whisk together dry ingredients: flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer – or in a large bowl if using a hand mixer, add the wet ingredients: eggs, applesauce, peanut butter, pumpkin, and mix until well combined. With the mixer on a low setting, slowly add the dry ingredients and mix just until combined.
- Divide batter evenly between the two prepared pans. Make sure to spread the batter out with a spatula to cover the bottom of the pans evenly (the batter will be thin). Bake about 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cakes cool in the pans for about 10 minutes, then invert cakes onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Peanut Butter Frosting
1 cup plain, unsweetened Greek yogurt
½ cup all-natural smooth peanut butter
2 tbsp raw honey
Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, beat the yogurt, peanut butter, and honey on a medium setting until fluffy and smooth. Decorate the cake with frosting and, if you would like, dog biscuits or dog cookies.
*We suggest using all-natural, organic ingredients if you are able.
As you can see, the birthday boy also participated in being part of the clean-up crew. He was VERY happy to lend a paw.
And now on to the celebration!