By: Sarah Gardner
Why not bake a dog cake to celebrate your dogs birthday. More dog lovers are celebrating their dogs’ birthdays than ever before. It’s fun to decorate the dining room and make your dog their birthday cake and pup cakes. But unlike cake for humans, a dog’s cake should be safe for their consumption. But it can still look fantastic too! Click here for 4 easy cake recipes.
Instead of using a basic square or round shaped cake tin, try using silicone cupcake molds or a bone shaped silicone cake mold to make your dog's next celebration cake. The additional benefit is that the cake shape can be made for many different celebrations - birthday, Thanksgiving, Halloween, and Christmas.
You may not wish to add white sugar to their cake, as dogs systems are sensitive to cardiac and pancreatic diseases. The solution is to replace the sugar in a recipe with an alternative, such as pure honey. You can also decrease the amount. For instance, instead of 1/2 cup of sugar, add 1/3 cup honey instead. This ingredient is the perfect substitution if you do want to make a cake for both you and your dog to enjoy, without having to bake two.
All dogs can benefit from extra fiber in their diets. Shred one carrot and add it into your cake mixture. The carrot will cook naturally with the rest of the cake in the oven, so you don’t need to precook it. If your dog suffers from a sensitive stomach, pumpkin can be added instead of carrot. Pumpkin is full of fiber and healthy properties that help keep your dog’s digestive system running well. Ensure you only use pure pumpkin and not pie filling.
Even though the cake is for your dog and not you, you can still make some dog-friendly frosting. The frosting doesn’t need to contain endless amounts of sugar, butter, or other types of fats. Instead, you can make frosting from simple ingredients like cornstarch and eggs. Other options include making it from sweet potatoes, cream cheese or unsweetened yogurt.
If you don’t want your dog to eat an entire cake in one serving, but are concerned about mess, you can spoon your doggy cake mixture into smaller cupcake or muffin tins. Then once they have finished baking, store the extra ones in a plastic container so that your dog can enjoy birthday treats for the entire week.
Dog cake can be a fun way to celebrate this yearly special occasion with your dog. When you make them their dog cake to enjoy they’ll be pleased and happy to spend extra time with you. Don’t forget to wrap up some gifts too—perhaps some homemade dog treats!
Feel free to mix this recipe up and get creative, by using different flavors and tastes that your dog loves. If your dog is on a low-fat diet, you can substitute the oil with applesauce - this allows the cake to become sweet and healthier too for your furry companion.
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