I recently shared one of my favorite dog treat recipes for making some cute homemade snacks for your pup this Valentine’s Day. Since then , I have received a few emails from people wondering if I had any easy dog cake recipes for Valentine’s Day.
Well, as a matter of Fact, I do:)
Easy Dog Cake Recipes
This is one of many simple dog cake recipes with baby food. (I happen to have a 5 month old at home, so using a recipe that requires baby food seemed appropriate.) Anyway, it’s an easy recipe that you can use to make either a cake or cupcakes (pupcakes). I actually found this recipe online and like most of the recipe that I use, I tweaked a little bit to make it my own. Why? Well, the recipe that I found used bacon and because my dog is older and on the chubbier side, I wanted to make him something a little more healthy. Not that he wouldn’t love the bacon…he just really shouldn’t have it. Nonetheless, this has become one of my favorite healthy dog cake recipes.
Healthy Dog Cake Recipes
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2/3 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 jar of carrot baby food
- 3 large eggs
- 1/2 cup shredded carrot
- Stir flour and baking powder together in a mixing bowl.
- Cream together the butter, oil, baby food and eggs.
- Mix the dry ingredients with the wet mix, and then stir in the bacon bits.
- Pour into a greased and floured 8″ x 8″ baking pan or 12 cupcake pan.
- If desired, sprinkle a light layer of shredded carrots on top as a frosting substitute.
- Bake in a 350 degree F oven for approximately 35-40 minutes, or until the center of the cake springs back when lightly poked. Oven times may vary.
Dog Cake Frosting Recipes
In the dog cake recipe above I mentioned that you could use shredded carrots as a frosting substitute. However, I used frosting on my pupcakes. Again, I’m sure that there are probably a ton of recipes for dog cake frosting that you could make yourself, but I prefer to use melted yogurt chips as frosting. I like using the yogurt chips because when they dry they form a hard coating and it prevents smudging and smearing. Because my dog bakery is online, most of orders had to be shipped so I wanted to make sure that when my customers got their dog treats or dog cakes that they looked presentable and not a smeared up mess. Using yogurt chips on my dog cookies and cakes eliminates this from ever happening.
Dog Cupcake Recipes
As I mentioned above, you can use the recipe above to make either a single cake or cupcakes. It really depends on what you want. I do however have another recipe for “pupcakes” that I thought I would share with you. This particular recipe is called Alice’s Apple Crunch Pupcakes because the recipe calls for apples. However, you can substitute the apples with other fruits or vegetables, like carrots or bananas.
Dog Cake Decorating
When it comes to decorating dog cakes, you can pretty much use the same techniques that would when decorating a cake for humans. I use the same tools when I’m decorating a dog cake that I use when making my son’s their birthday cakes. So what are the basic cake decorating tools that you will need?
- Spatula- to spread and smooth icing (works great with melted yogurt chips too.)
- Pastry Bags- you can get these pre-made at your local craft store or make them yourself out of parchment paper.
- Set of Tips: It’s a good idea to buy a whole set of cake decorating tips because you will have several options to choose from when it comes to make designs and writing on your cakes.
- Coupler and a Coupler Screw: These items are necessary when working with pastry bags. You place the coupler inside the pastry bag and then you’re able to screw on the desired tip.
Here a few other dog cake recipes that you may want to try: