Birthday cake for dogs?! YES, of course it’s a thing! This grain-free cake recipe is perfect for dogs with a sensitive stomach. Plus, a bonus – it’s safe for humans to eat, and it’s delicious!
Happy 1st birthday, Oakley!
My baby (fur baby) turned 1! How did that happen? Oh my, I am that puppy parent. I made her a special diet dog bday cake. I dressed her up. We sang happy birthday. I spoiled her rotten. Guilty!
Yes, she is special, and so is this cake!
This cake recipe is made with love, for all the fur babies out there with a sensitive stomach, like my Vizsla. But wait a second… can a dog eat birthday cake? I mean, of course they CAN, but should they?
Are cakes bad for dogs?
Let me put it this way; it depends on what the cake is made with. Chocolate birthday cake for dogs is an absolute NO NO (bad human!). In case you don’t know, chocolate is very toxic to dogs, even in small amounts. Please don’t ever give your dog chocolate. Ever.
In addition to chocolate, too much sugar isn’t healthy for your fur baby either. Oh, and because of the alcohol, don’t use vanilla extract in anything you want your pet to eat, either. (source)
Birthday cake for dogs with a sensitive tummy
A grain free birthday cake for dogs is easy to make and healthier for dogs to enjoy! Plus it’s fun for owners to make and bake. This birthday cake is totally human friendly too; just not as sweet. 😉
Some benefits of a grain free diet for dogs:
- Helps keep dogs fuller longer, resulting in them eating less frequently. This is good news because grain-free/high-protein dog food can be more expensive.
- May help to reduce canine food allergies. By removing grains from your dog’s diet, you can narrow down what may be causing their tummy troubles.
- More energy. Well, depending on your dog, this can be a good thing or a bad thing. 😉
- Grain-free diets promote healthier skin.
- Shinier coat.
A happier tummy, shinier coat, healthier skin, and more energy? Maybe we should eat birthday cake for dogs EVERY day!
- This cake recipe calls for chickpea or oat flour. If you don’t want to buy oat flour, you can make your own by grinding gluten free rolled oats in a food processor.
- Use coconut oil or grapeseed oil. Do NOT use avocado oil! Avocados contain persin, a toxin that can cause serious health problems, and even death, in many animals.
- Our Vizla loves strawberries, but if you want to use another fruit, first make sure that’s it’s safe for your fur baby. Bananas, blueberries and raspberries would be good substitutes for strawberries.
Grain Free Birthday Cake for Dogs (egg free)
- 2 1/4 cup chickpea flour (oat flour can be substitutes if your pup can handle grains)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 c naturally refined coconut oil -liquid (or grapeseed oil)
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 2/3 c mashed strawberries (1/3 cup to be used to garnish or mixed with frosting)
- Optional honey (1 spoonful or less)
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or organic 2% milk
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt or chilled coconut cream with 1 tbsp honey
- Preheat oven 350F. Line a small cake tin (7 inches) with parchment paper.
- In a small bowl, sift your chickpea flour, cinnamon, and baking powder/soda together. In another bowl, whisk your milk, oil, lemon juice together.
- Pour your wet ingredients into your flour batter. Fold in 1/2 mashed strawberries and honey. Pour into cake tin. Bake for 30 minutes or until center comes out clean with toothpick.
- Let the cake cool then sit in fridge to set for 30 minutes. While cake is chilling, make the frosting.
- Whisk together plain Greek yogurt and 1 tbsp honey.
- Slice cake in half to create two tiers (optional). Spread about 1/2 cup or less whipped greek yogurt between each cake and stack the cakes gently on top of each other. Spread the rest of your yogurt frosting on top and garnish with leftover strawberries.
- This may be made into a sheet pan cake or one tier cake. Adjust baking times if needed. Check status of cake at 20 minutes.
- Category: dessert
- Method: bake
- Cuisine: american
Keywords: pet food, cake, grain free, dogs, birthday cake for dogs, healthy
Alright, you fur baby parents, tell me this…..
Have you ever made a birthday cake or special diet treats for your pet? I think I need more recipes! I love it! Next up, snack cakes for dogs. Haha.
Although we don’t have kids, I consider Oakley our child. I don’t really know how to get into that talk about having kids/not having kids. It’s really not in our cards at the moment. Health wise and all. Maybe that’s something to share… another day.
Thank you all for reading and supporting.