Dog Birthday Cake Recipes

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Best Dog Birthday Cakes

Welcome To Our Complete Guide To The Best Dog Birthday Cake Recipes! Easy To  Elaborate Ways To Celebrate Your Pup’s Birthday, Together With Our Favorite Dog Themed Cake Pan Ideas!

My husband reckons I spoil our pets too much.

Obviously he’s wrong, because they NEED that much fuss and flattery. And that many toys. And all those birthday presents.

But I can honestly say I’d never thought about making them birthday cakes before.

Until now.

Puppy birthday cake

What’s changed?

Everything apparently.

I must have turned my back on the internet for a minute, because the next time I looked it had exploded with dog birthday cake ideas and easy dog birthday cake recipes.

And sure, at first it looks like maybe people have started to go Too Far.

But when you read the stories of the people who were inspired to bake cakes for their doggy pals, it’s impossible to remain cynical.

Making something from scratch is one of the most heartfelt ways we have of showing someone (or somedog) how much they mean to us. It’s a small gesture that speaks big volumes.

It makes us feel good, and even though our dogs might by oblivious to the emotional subtext, they love the special attention and food.

Dog 1st birthday cake

What really touches me is that people want to find out how to make a dog birthday cake for all kinds of reasons.

Sometimes it’s their puppy’s first birthday: the hardest of the puppy months are behind them and their hound is growing up.

It’s a time for nostalgia, high fives and rewards.

Sometimes their dog has reached a milestone age like ten years, and baking a cake is an act of gratitude for all the years of friendship and shared experiences.

And sometimes dog owners want a DIY dog birthday cake recipe to honor the first anniversary of adopting their rescue dog, to mark the moment that transformed both their lives.

How to make a dog birthday cake

So is your dog about to reach their birthday or homecoming anniversary?

Congratulations!

And are you ready to introduce the best pet in the world (your dog) to the best culinary invention in the world (cake)?

Yes?!

Let’s get started.

Dog birthday cake recipes

Dog birthday cake recipes fall into two categories: meaty and spongy.

The meaty varieties are like meatloaves, but with only dog friendly ingredients (so no bread crumbs, onion, garlic or spices – more on these and other toxic ingredients later).

The sponge examples are more like a traditional human birthday cake, but without refined sugar. And usually featuring a protein-rich addition like peanut butter or extra eggs.

We’ll take the meat ones first.

Dog birthday cake recipes: The meaty one for feeding a crowd

If you’re thinking big and bold, look no further than chef Rachael Ray’s Doggy Birthday Cake. 

It looks surprisingly, and in fact the recipe is a bit too “human” for dogs in some ways.

Added salt doesn’t really have a place in your dog’s diet, so leave it out.

Likewise, bacon contains a lots of salt, so if you want to make it even more virtuous use turkey bacon instead.

The cream cheese frosting is a popular twist in a lot of the recipes I’ve found, but if your dog is lactose intolerant give it a miss.

To keep the festive feeling, sprinkle your bake with chopped parsley, and use Dingo Twist Sticks in place of candles.

Dog birthday cake recipes: The little meaty one

If you were thinking smaller, what about these Meatloaf Cupcakes from Doggy Dessert Chef? 

Best Dog Birthday Cake Recipes
Photo Credit: Doggy Dessert Chef. Click picture to view full recipe.

Leftover uncooked cupcake mix will keep for three months in the freezer, so wrap it up in individual portions for another day (remember to thaw them out completely before cooking).

They won’t last until your pooch’s next birthday, but might be around for Thanksgiving.

And you could also use them as a super deluxe reward when you’re working on a tricky area of training.

Dog birthday cake recipes: The easy meaty one

For the meaty cake with the least fuss, try UK pet food brand Lily’s Kitchen’s Dog Birthday Cake Recipe.

Best Dog Birthday Cake Recipes
Photo Credit: Lily’s Kitchen. To view full recipe click here.

This recipe comes complete with a handy how-to video and nutritional values, so you can work out an appropriate portion size for your dog.

The measurements are in metric so it might help if I tell you now that 300g of beef is 2/3lb, and a 1/3 cup is 50g.

Birthday cake for dogs

Moving on to the recipes we’d think of as cakes next.

If you’ve ever make cakes for a weaning baby, these will look a little familiar.

From our point of view they’re a bit like cake with the fun removed, but that makes them a much more friendly treat for your dog.

They are almost invariably sweetened with honey, and frequently contain peanut putter to give a protein hit.

Here are the best the web has to offer:

Dog birthday cake recipes: The one that looks too good to eat

If no effort is too much for your dog, and you’re baking to impress, then you can’t fail to appreciate this Banana Carob Oat Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting by Joanna Meyer.

Best Dog Birthday Cake recipe
Photo Credit: Joanna Meyer. Click picture to view full recipe.

With any recipe that contains banana like this one, you could easily use less honey than the recipe states, or leave it out altogether (follow all the other instructions the same).

Honey won’t harm your dog, but if they’re overweight or have diabetes it won’t do them any favors either.

The banana will give plenty of sweetness on it’s own – remember your dog’s palate is used to a much more savory diet than us!

Grain free dog birthday cake

Diagnosing food allergies in dogs can be a long process of patience and perseverance.

But finding out your dog is allergic to wheat doesn’t mean the end of the line for birthday baking.

In these Grain Free Mini Dog Cakes by A Cozy Kitchen, wheat flour is replaced with chickpea flour for a grain free dog birthday cake recipe.

Best Grain Free Dog Birthday Cake
Photo Credit: A Cozy Kitchen. Click picture to view recipe in full.

Chickpea flour also contains twice as much protein as all-purpose flour, and these protein packed cakes also contain a lot of eggs and a huge dollop of peanut butter.

It’s not exactly enough to make them healthy, but it’s a nod to giving dogs the nutrition they need, and not just empty calories.

Dog birthday cake recipe without peanut butter

Most dog safe birthday cakes feature peanut butter, but if one of the humans in your home has a nut allergy, you might prefer to leave it out.

This Nut-Free Dog Birthday Cake from Life at Clover Hill is also really straightforward to make.

Dog Birthday Cake Recipe
Photo Credit: Life At Clover Hill. Click picture to read full recipe.

It only uses eight ingredients, all of which are kitchen staples you probably already have.

Easy dog birthday cake

Another easy dog friendly birthday cake is the Coconut Honey Doggie Cake from Brown-Eyed Baker. 

Birthday Cake For Dogs
Photo Credit: Brown Eyed Baker. View full recipe by clicking on this image.

If you have reservations about using coconut oil, or you don’t have any to hand, you could substitute any other oil and the recipe would still work.

Creator Michelle mentions that the recipe she started from used almond flour, which is a great option high in fat and protein, if you’re not worried about nut allergies.

This recipe could also easily be scaled down to a half quantity if your dog is only small, or you don’t want to put him in the way of temptation.

Healthy dog birthday cake recipe

Dogs are adapted to digest a high-protein, high-fat diet.

You probably don’t need me to point out that traditional cakes as we know them are total carbfest.

These recipes have all been adapted by their bakers to meet dog’s nutritional needs better than a human cake would.

These recipes are still high in carbohydrates, but unless your vet has advised you otherwise, carbohydrates aren’t intrinsically harmful to your dog.

However they are much more calorie-dense than protein, and over-indulging on a regular basis can lead to weight gain and obesity.

Adding bulk with grated vegetables whilst leaving sugar out is a great way to reduce the calories in a slice.

Just like in our own diet, moderation is key. As long as cake is restricted to birthdays, it won’t ruin an otherwise healthy diet.

Dog birthday cake mix

There are some ingredients you must never add to your dog’s birthday cake mix.

These ingredients are delicious staples of human cooking, but they are toxic to dogs.

And nothing will ruin a birthday party quicker than an emergency trip to the vet with a sick dog.

The banned list is:

  • Alcohol or caffeine. Dogs are not equipped to metabolize these, at all.
  • Candy. Don’t be tempted to decorate your dog’s cake with candies. Not only is the sugar really bad for them, many candies contain xylitol, a sweetener which causes kidney failure and even death.
  • Chocolate. Chocolate contains theobromine, which can be lethal to dogs in even tiny quantities.
  • Grapes and raisins. Can cause kidney failure.
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Onions, garlic and other alliums. These contain disulfides and sulfoxides which cause anemia and red blood cell damage in dogs.
  • Yeast

Best dog birthday cake

For me, the best dog birthday cake recipes are the meaty ones.

Including lots of veg boosts the overall water content, which means they’re easier on your pup’s waistline if he over indulges.
Best dog birthday cake
But, baking cakes is essentially a human ritual, and I totally get how only a sponge cake can feel right.

Following one of the recipes I’ve found here means you can share the tradition of birthday cakes with your dog in the safest way possible.

Dog birthday cakes

When I first heard about dog birthday cakes, I can’t deny being a little bit cynical about them.

But I’m sure you’ve gathered that I’m a total convert now!

How do you feel? And do you already have a favorite recipe?

I’d love to read your thoughts in the comments section below. And for a complete canine experience,  don’t forget to check out all the dog themed cake and muffin pans on Amazon.

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Sarah Holloway holds a bachelors degree in Zoology and has a special interest in animal behavior and communication

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