Cakes for Canines

28 Jan

I’ve been a cake-baking gal for a while now. Almost everyone in my circle has had the pleasure of me baking them a cake for their special day (you’re welcome), except for one… our canine daughter Mercy-Me. Awww, poor Mercy-Me! So, I’ve decided to change that this year when her “Save Day” came around. Since we don’t know when her exact birthday is, we decided to celebrate the day we adopted her and brought her home from the death jail… AKA the pound. This year marked her 4th year with our family and I decided it was about time to bake a special cake just for her. Not the prettiest thing ever, but canine friendly. Mercy-Me ate it in a matter of minutes. I hope your special canine friend will love it too!

Thanks to my dog-loving-crazed-cousin for the inspiration.

Mercy-me cake

Peanut Butter and Carrot Canine Cake

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour (you can use regular white flour too)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ cup natural peanut butter ( I used Adams 100% natural, but use whatever you want to)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 oz of applesauce or flavored apple sauce. (I used an apple-banana applesauce)
  • 1 cup shredded carrots (the finer, the better your canine will digest it)
  • 1 egg

In a separate bowl, whisk together flour and baking soda until well blended. Set aside.

In mixing bowl, add peanut butter, applesauce, carrots, egg and oil. Mix until well blended. Add your flour and baking soda mixture and blend until well mixed and even. Batter will be thicker than a normal cake. If you think that it is too thick, add  1 tablespoon of applesauce, honey or oil at a time, but batter should be mostly solid for easier digestion for dogs. So don’t make it “runny” like a normal cake.

Bake at 350° in a greased “loaf pan”. You can use a 8×4 inch pan, but I used a 6×9 inch glass pan.

Pour batter into pan and spread evenly with spatula.

Bake for 30 minutes.

Once baked, let cake cool for a minute or two in pan. Once cooled enough, place cake on cooling rack or plate.

TIP: Do not cut or frost until cake has cooled!

Once cooled, you can cut your cake into a “bone” shape with a sharp non-serrated knife.

Peanut Butter and Yam “Frosting”

  • ¼ cup natural peanut butter
  • ¼ cup of mashed up canned yams (or use cooked sweet potato)
  • Add applesauce, honey or Karo Syrup to likened sweetness

In a large bowl, whip up peanut butter with electric mixer. Add yams (or sweet potato) and whip again until well mixed together. Add your choice of “sweetener” to doggy taste and whip again! Place in refrigerator until chilled.

Once cake has been cooled and cut, frost away! I chose to only frost the top of my dogs cake since the frosting was a bit thick.

I whipped up 2 tablespoons of  low-fat cream cheese and added pink food coloring and placed in bag. I cut the tip off the bag and wrote “Happy Save Day Mercy Me” on the cake.

Looks are not important here. Dogs don’t care what the cake looks like. The only thing that matters is the love and time you put into something special for your special friend!

Have fun watching your canine friend enjoy your home-baked bone doggy cake!

“I can’t wait to dig my teeth into that cake!
I can taste it now…”

Once we sang her a special version of “Happy Save Day” it was a GO! She first licked all the frosting off and then inhaled the cake in a matter of minutes. I guess she loved it, which made my day!

Cake devoured!

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