This Healthy Dog Cake Recipe is the perfect way to celebrate your pup! Made with gluten-free, natural ingredients it’s a sweet treat that won’t upset their stomach. Bonus – it’s safe for humans to eat and is delicious so you can partake in the festivities, too!
The Origins of Our Dog Cake Family Tradition
I made this healthy dog cake recipe on my dog, Oakley’s, first birthday, and I’ve made it every year since! A spoiled rotten fur baby, she always deserves a treat, especially on her birthday. However, she, like many dogs, has a pretty sensitive stomach, and store-bought and pre-made options don’t tend to sit well with her tummy.
Plus, I don’t tend to love all the ingredients in them. So, in Cotter Crunch fashion, I made a homemade version instead!
This birthday cake for dogs is:
- Made with a handful of natural ingredients.
- Ready in less than an hour.
- Customizable with different flavors and toppings.
- Easy to make ahead for your dog’s birthday party or any other day.
Wait, Can Dogs Eat Cake?
Of course, they can. We’ve seen our furry best friend eat a wide array of things, but should they? That’s the real question! To put it simply, it depends on what the cake is made with. For example, chocolate birthday cake for dogs is an absolute NO NO in any dog birthday cake recipes or homemade dog treats! In case you didn’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, which rules out most human cake recipes. Vanilla is also a no-go for dogs because of the alcohol in it. Who knew!
All this to say, if your cake contains any of these toxic ingredients, it should not be given to your dog. Otherwise, it’s A-okay for a fun treat every now and again. Because our dog has a particularly sensitive stomach, we take it one step further and make sure our birthday cake recipe for dogs is grain-free, too.
What’s In This Healthy Dog Cake Recipe?
Rest assured we’ve done our research to ensure everything in this dog-friendly cake is suitable for your furry friend!
- Chickpea Flour – This provides structure to the cake without the need for grains. However, if your pup can handle grains, feel free to use oat flour instead.
- Cinnamon – Just a pinch helps enhance the flavor.
- Baking Powder and Baking Soda – Combined, these help the cake batter rise.
- Naturally Refined Coconut Oil – Used to create a moist crumb and a tender, fluffy texture. Olive oil can be used, too. Just make sure NOT to use avocado oil! Avocados contain persin, a toxin that can cause serious health problems.
- Apple Cider Vinegar – Used to enhance the flavors and leaven the cake. Do NOT use lemon juice!
- Strawberries – We use mashed strawberries in the cake as well as on top for a sweet flavor and extra nutrients for your dog.
- Honey – An optional addition, this helps sweeten the batter without the need for sugar or artificial sweeteners which are great for our furry friends.
- Milk – Either unsweetened almond milk or organic 2% milk can be used to combine the ingredients.
- Toppings – For frosting, we combine plain Greek yogurt or chilled coconut cream with a bit of honey for a simple, sweet topping!
How to Make a Cake for Dogs
This dog cake recipe comes together just like any other human cake. Whip it up in no time for your dog’s birthday party!
- Prepare. Preheat the oven, and line a small round cake tin with parchment paper.
- Mix the Dry Ingredients. In a large bowl, sift the dry ingredients together.
- Whisk the Wet Ingredients. In a separate bowl, whisk the wet ingredients until smooth.
- Combine the Wet and Dry Ingredients. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients, mixing just until smooth. Then, fold in part of the mashed strawberries and honey.
- Bake. Pour the batter into the prepared cake tin. Or, pour the batter into a sheet pan instead. Bake until the cake is fluffy and a toothpick can be inserted into the center and comes out clean.
- Frost. Place the cake to cool in the fridge, and prepare the yogurt frosting. Once cool, smooth the icing on top, and garnish with extra strawberries.
Pro-Tip: If you’re feeling fancy, slice the cake in ½ two creating two tiers to use for a layer cake. Spread ½ the frosting on top of one tier, stack the second on top and smooth the remaining frosting over it. Top with edible flowers and strawberries!
Common Questions About This Dog Cake Recipe
Sure! Feel free to switch out or add to the strawberries with any other dog-friendly fruit. For example, blueberries, applesauce, and smashed bananas all work great.
Sure! Feel free to spread natural peanut butter without any added ingredients between the cake layers, or mix it into the frosting. You could also add a topping of peanuts for extra crunch!
Stored in an airtight container, this dog cake recipe will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Do you have questions, feedback, or tips about this recipe? Leave a comment below with any questions or feedback you’d like to share!