Yesterday we celebrated Lola’s 11th Birthday! I can’t believe she’s been on this Earth for 11 years. She is definitely smarter than all of us and is unquestionably the best dog ever (sorry Lucy, you have a little work to do!). Of course, Lola deserved her very own birthday cake.
This is an easy doggy birthday cake recipe that you can whip up and let your dog destroy to celebrate their big day. It would work great for gotcha day celebrations, too! I originally found the recipe on Pinterest and altered it a little bit, plus switched up the icing.
Update: I can’t believe it’s been years since I first made this cake! Although sweet Lola is no longer here, I still make it as a special treat for Lucy and Burt.
1 banana, mashed
1 heaping spoonful of natural peanut butter (get this one! it has no sugar, salt or xylitol)
1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
3/4 cup all-purpose flour (we like this one)
1 tsp baking powder
splash of water as needed
cream cheese for the frosting
food coloring (optional, this is a nice natural one)
treats for decoration (fun shapes like these will look cute!)
Combine dry ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together.
Combine wet ingredients in another small bowl and mix well. Gradually add the dry ingredients to this bowl, mixing well each time you add.
If your mixture feels a little too dry, add water as needed to get a cake batter consistency. It should be slightly runny.
Pour the mixture into a round nonstick cake pan like this one (or you could make cupcakes).
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely before removing from pan.
For the frosting: Combine a heaping spoonful of cream cheese with food coloring in your dog’s favorite color. Spoon the mixture into a plastic bag and cut off the tip of one corner. You can use that to pipe on a pretty design. Decorate with treats, then get your camera ready!
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How to Decorate a Doggy Cake
I chose to make a big number 11 since we’re so excited to celebrate our senior girl! I used cute shaped pumpkin treats as decoration and stuck them on with my cream cheese frosting. It’s super easy to decorate if you put your frosting in a zip lock back and just snip off a corner, you don’t need a fancy piping bag. Just take your time doing the design. And remember – this is for a dog! They will love it no matter what it looks like!
How Much Doggy Cake Can My Dog Have?
I tried to get a photo of Lola and Lucy chowing down, but the cake literally disappeared! I started out by giving them each a slice, then they just devoured the entire cake! Since the two of them split it and they each weigh about 60 or 70 pounds, I thought it was OK for a special treat.
That’s why I make sure to use the healthiest ingredients that I can find. For this recipe, I think the most important thing is to read the label on the peanut butter that you’re using. Make sure it has no xylitol at all and ideally, no added salt or sugar. This one from the 365 brand at Whole Foods fits the bill – and you can get it from Amazon Pantry. Couldn’t be easier!
If you have a smaller dog, or no one to share the cake with, I recommend sticking to just one slice per day. Remember that treats should really only comprise 10% of your dog’s daily diet.
Do you celebrate your dog’s birthday?
This was my first time making a cake (Special thanks to Meals & Moves for the recipe inspiration), since then I’ve made special treats for Lucy’s birthday! We even did a really fun styled dog birthday photoshoot in the park with our friend Jenny Karlsson.
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