Last week I made my first dog cake ever in celebration of Homerpugalicious hitting 100k followers! Yes, you read that right – a cake for dogs.
Pretty sure I got wayyyyyy more enjoyment out of watching Homer devour my cake than he did eating it!!!
I found this dog cake quite challenging as it was full of dense ingredients and no rising agents. Before tackling this cake I ran past a list of recipes by Homer’s owner, Mei, for her tick of approval. There are quite a few recipes out there using plain flour and baking powder but I decided to avoid the use of those just in case Homer is allergic to something his owner wasn’t aware of. After all, I didn’t want to kill the poor dog with any unknown allergies!
THE “CHOCOLATE DRIP”:
Chocolate for dogs are a big NO NO! Hmmm..but how was I going to make the dog cake look similar to one of my human cakes if I can’t add a chocolate drip? A trip down to the Pet Lovers Cafe solved that dilemma. I found these pet friendly carob and yoghurt drops!
Carob on is a comparable and significantly healthier alternative. I tasted a bit as I was making the cake…definitely it’s not for me! HAHA the packet said it was 100% human grade :s Carob is derived from an evergreen flowering shrub and belongs to the legume family, and both the pods and seeds are edible. Unlike commercial chocolate, carob does not contain theobromine, caffeine, phenylethylamine or fromamide. These are stimulants that can cause migraines and allergic reactions in some people and are toxic to dogs and cats.
Most dog cake recipes call for peanut butter. On initial thought I was thinking to myself…what?! peanut butter? Surely that can’t be good for dogs! But on further research I found out that natural peanut butter is ok for dogs in small quantities. You MUST ensure that the brand you buy isfree. Xylitol is
Cream cheese is a good alternative to butter in dog cakes. You can still achieve the smooth texture required for piping if you add a smidge of wheat free flour to the mixture.
I was lucky enough to pick up a natural peanut butter ball and a lamb and bacon bone shaped treat from The Pet Lovers Cafe.
- 1 3/4 cup almond flour
- 1 – 2 Tbsp. raw honey
- 3 eggs
- 2-3 Tbsp. of coconut oil (melted)
- 1 block cream cheese (low or fat free)
- 2 Tbsp. honey
- 1 Tbsp. natural peanut butter
- Wheat free flour (as required)
- Natural carob and yogurt buttons
- Whatever you can find in the pet shop!
- Preheat your oven to 180 C (or 160 C fan-forced).
- Use coconut oil to grease 4" inch baking tin. My baking tins are 4" tall so if yours are shorter, decrease the baking time.
- Mix your cake ingredients until smooth.
- Pour batter into the prepared tin, about 3/4 of the way full. Bake for 35 minutes if using one tin or 20 minutes if using 2 tins.
- Let cool.
- Beat cream cheese until fluffy and smooth
- Add honey
- Add natural peanut butter
- Add flour as required as a stiffening agent for the icing. I didn't add much as I didn't want to use any flour to begin with!
- Separate the packet of carob buttons and yogurt buttons into separate microwave safe bowls
- Microwave each bowl for 30 seconds
- Stir to ensure no lumps (unmelted bit) remain
- Pour each batch into separate piping bags and set aside
- Slice the cake into layers (I sliced mine into 3 layers)
- Spread natural peanut butter on each slice
- Fill the cake with prepared frosting
- Once the last layer of cake is added on, snip the tip of the piping bag on the carob and yogurt drips and pipe it around the cake
- Pipe frosting on top of the cake
- Add other dog friendly toppings as desired!
- Processed peanut butter with sugar and other nasty chemicals
- I avoided using wheat flour because some dogs can be allergic