For something a bit different, a bit indulgent and perfect for their birthday - here’s a recipe they’ll love!
Watch their eyes light up when you present them with this little number. Something that looks like ‘human food’ is always a winner. And what better time to indulge them than on their birthday? It’s a pretty easy recipe too so even if baking isn’t your thing, we think you might just be swayed to give this recipe a go when you see how simple it is. Buon appetit!
1 small cake to serve in slices as an indulgent treat and to replace other daily dog treats.
210g plain or wholemeal flour
1 ripe banana, mashed
Half a grated carrot
2tsp coconut oil
250ml oat milk
1 egg, whisked
1 large potato, mashed
Your dog’s favourite treats
1 stick-shaped dog treat (for the candle, if desired)
Preheat your oven to 200℃ and line a small 11cm round cake tin. If you don’t have one, you could make several cupcakes instead.
Mix the mashed banana, whisked egg, grated carrot, melted coconut oil and oat milk together in a bowl. Then add the flour and combine everything together.
Spoon the cake mixture into the baking tin or cupcake cases.
Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Don’t worry if the cake doesn’t rise too much, but make sure it’s cooked-through before removing from the oven and allowing to cool.
For the frosting, peel, chop and boil the potato until soft (this takes 15-20 minutes depending on the size of the potato pieces). Mash and use water to loosen as needed. Make sure it remains thick and creamy in texture.
Cut the cooked cake into two layers and fill with some of the mashed potato, leaving enough to decorate the top.
If you’re feeling fancy, use a piping bag to decorate your cake with the mashed potato. You can also just spoon this on and smooth it over. Then simply add their favourite dog treats on top and a stick-shaped edible treat for the birthday cake candle.
Portion size and serving style:
All the ingredients in this dog cake recipe are perfectly safe, but it’s important to consider any known food sensitivities. You should also think about the right portion size, which will depend on the size of your dog. Remember that this cake is a treat, so it should replace any other treats that your dog may otherwise eat. We recommend serving in slices, rather than giving them the whole thing at once!
The decoration is of course optional and the bit that makes this cake extra special, but if you’re just looking to give your dog something a bit different, you may prefer to simply make the sponge on its own. You could layer it with a little extra mashed banana or sprinkle the treats on top instead. We certainly don’t think your dog will judge you if their mashed potato topping isn’t piped to perfection – or piped at all!
Happy baking – and Happy Birthday to your dog!