We’re dog people. We own two of them and love them dearly. They’re part of our family. So when we were asked to make a birthday cake for a friend’s dog, Dixie, we jumped at the chance! Every dog has its day and we wanted to make sure Dixie had the best 1st birthday. In the dog eat dog world of baking, we set out to create a pawsitively delicious and dog-friendly birthday cake! (We wouldn’t want to be in the dog house by making a tasteless cake). This post is going to the dogs.
Before we did any research, we were aware that dogs have very specific things they can and cannot eat. Chocolate was the number one thing we KNEW was on the no-no list. After many hours of research, we were able to compile a list of good/bad food choices for dogs.
2. Chocolate (it’s a “ruff” life)
4. Macadamia nuts
1. Peanut Butter-A great source of protein and good fat
2. Low-fat cheese-Make sure your dog isn’t lactose intolerant
3. Carrots-Great for their teeth
4. Pumpkin-Helps with digestion
5. Coconut Oil-Makes their coats EXTRA shiny
6. Honey-A healthy alternative to sugar
Armed with our research we set out to make a hot dog of a cake for Dixie. Of course, we had to do some test runs…so we had our two little helpers (Minnie Mouse & Daisy Duck) sample the goods.
We had our taste testers try a few batches.
The verdict? Well, they licked the bowls clean so we’re taking that as a good sign!!! The best part about this cake is that it is dog AND human friendly! Share with your pet. Have a party and invite the local dogs. We’re sure they’ll appreciate every morsel.
Ciao for now!
V, K, Daisy & Minnie
Lucky Dog Birthday Cake
1 cup Whole Wheat Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 large Egg
1/4 cup Honey
1/4 cup Peanut Butter
1/4 cup Coconut Oil
1/2 cup Shredded Carrots
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a cupcake pan. (We chose to avoid paper wrappers so the dogs could just dig in).
In a small bowl, mix together the flour and baking soda. In another bowl whisk the egg, honey, peanut butter and coconut oil until thoroughly combined. Stir in the dry ingredients. Fold in the carrots. Spoon the batter into the pan until each cupcake hole is about 2/3 filled. Bake the cupcakes for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on racks. Now these cupcakes are very crumbly, and that’s the way they should be. This makes it easier for the dogs to eat.
Lick & Lick & Lickin’ Good Peanut Butter Frosting
1/2 cup Lowfat Cream Cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup Peanut Butter
1 Tablespoon Honey
Whip the cream cheese, peanut butter, and honey together until light and fluffy. You can use this frosting to pipe designs or spread on top of the cupcakes. Warning: this frosting is very sticky because of the peanut butter and honey, but that doesn’t make it any less tasty!!