3-Ingredient Dog Cake
Everybody deserves cake! Whether it’s for a birthday, gotcha day, holiday, or any day, your dog will appreciate a special cake made just for them. While dogs are always super happy to eat human cake, the ingredients in our desserts aren’t always good for them. This is especially true if the cake has chocolate in it, which is toxic to dogs.
Today, we’ll be sharing lots of easy 3-ingredient dog cake recipes that are fun to make. Your dog will love the taste and texture of these delicious cakes; you will love how easy they are to make! It’s no secret that we LOVE dog cake here at The Dog Bakery– we’re all about finding new ways to make cake for our best friends. From no-bake recipes to pupcake recipes, from meaty cake recipes to pumpkin cake recipes, we love to share dog cake recipes with you. Today, we want to share the best 3-ingredient dog cake recipes that we’ve found. These easy cake recipes will take no time and are a great way to show your dog how much you care.
3-Ingredient Dog Cake With Carrots
This simple recipe is super easy to make, so it’s perfect for kids to help with! Parents need to supervise oven use, but kids will love mixing up the batter. It uses carrots for a crunchy texture that dogs will just love. Carrots are great for dogs– they contain lots of nutrients like Vitamin A and beta carotene.
- 2 large eggs
- ⅓ cup Natural Peanut Butter without any added sugar, salt, or oil
- ½ cup shredded carrots
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C).
- Whisk the eggs with fresh drippy peanut butter and grated carrot in a small mixing bowl.
- Grease a small round springform cake.
- Pour the batter into the pan and bake in the center rack of the oven for 15 to 22 minutes or until a pick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
Let the dog cake cool down completely on a wire rack before frosting or topping with dog treats or more shredded carrots.
3-Ingredient Dog Cake With Brown Rice
Brown rice, sweet potato, and peanut butter combine to make a grrrr-eat 3-ingredient dog cake! Brown rice is great for a dog’s tummy and is super easy to digest, so this cake is great for pups who might be a little more sensitive. Be sure to cook the sweet potato thoroughly; otherwise, it won’t mash well and you won’t be able to form it into a cake shape!
- 1 small sweet potato
- 2 tablespoons raw unsalted peanut butter, divided
- 1/3 cup cooked brown rice
- Poke holes in the sweet potato and microwave it for 6-8 minutes. Stop at the halfway point to flip the potato over. Let stand until cool.
- With a fork or spoon, scrape out the orange flesh of the sweet potato and mash it thoroughly. One sweet potato will yield about ½ to 1 cup of mash.
- Mix one tablespoon of the peanut butter into the sweet potato mash.
- Add in the cooked brown rice. Stir to combine.
- Place the mixture on a plate, patting into a cake shape. The mixture will be firm, but letting it sit in the fridge for at least 15 minutes will make it even firmer.
- Remove from fridge and “frost” with remaining 1 tablespoon of peanut butter.
3-Ingredient Dog Cake Without Peanut Butter
You will notice that a lot of 3-ingredient dog cakes will involve peanut butter. It’s an obvious ingredient– it helps things hold together, and dogs love it! But what if you have a peanut allergy or your pup doesn’t do well with peanut butter? You have a few options. First, any peanut butter in any recipe can be swapped out for almond butter or sunflower butter. Second, you can make a dog cake that doesn’t use nut butter at all! This recipe, which only has three ingredients (and water), doesn’t use any kind of peanut butter; its fluffy texture is much like the kind of cake you would eat!
- 1 cup rice flour
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons of olive or canola oil
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C).
- Mix all of the ingredients with ¼ cup of water in a small bowl.
- Pour into a greased 3-inch pan. You can fill right to the top; unless you add 1½ tsp of baking powder, this cake will not rise.
- Bake for 18 minutes.
- Let cool completely before frosting or serving to your dog!
3-Ingredient No-Bake Dog Cake
What’s easier than a 3-ingredient dog cake? No-bake dog cake! This recipe is so easy, and dogs just love it! This is the perfect recipe for the busy pet parent because you can whip it up in just a few minutes. It’s also really great if your kiddos want to help pamper your pooch– since the oven isn’t involved, they can make this easy 3-ingredient dog cake on their own. The littlest kids might need help with the food processor, or you can skip the food processor and just mix for a lumpier– but just as tasty– no-bake dog cake.
- 1½ cups of your dog’s favorite dry food (freeze-dried food would work, too)
- 3 tablespoons natural peanut butter
- 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
- Put all of the ingredients into a food processor.
- Pulse until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs and sticks together.
- Press into a 4-inch springform mini cake pan or roll into a cake pop.
- Remove from the cake pan.
- Decorate with dog-friendly frosting, extra peanut butter, treats, or dog-friendly fruit like berries or bananas.
3-Ingredient Mini Pupcakes
This recipe makes adorable miniature cupcakes– or should we say pupcakes– that your dogs will devour. Almond butter and banana combine for a sweet, nutty treat that humans can enjoy, too… if your pups are willing to share! These mini cakes are soft and sweet on their own, and don’t need frosting. But if you want to use frosting, a little extra almond butter or plain yogurt works great. If you have any leftovers, they will keep well in the fridge for 5-7 days.
- ¾ cup all natural almond butter
- 2 medium ripe bananas
- 1 egg
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
- Prepare a mini muffin tin with cupcake liners or by spraying with coconut oil.
- In a large bowl, mash up the bananas with a fork or potato masher.
- Add almond butter and egg, then mix until combined.
- Spoon the batter into your prepared mini muffin tin. Fill each muffin mold to about the rim– these pupcakes will not rise.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes or until you stick a toothpick inside and it comes out clean.
- Let cool completely before serving.
3-Ingredient Dog Cake With Pumpkin
Dogs will love this 3-ingredient dog cake. Pumpkin is the star of the show, and in the dog nutrition world, pumpkin is already a total rockstar. Pumpkin is a natural stomach soother with lots of nutrients and fiber. Feeding your dog pumpkin puree is super easy and good for them; just make sure you buy 100% pumpkin puree, which is not the same thing as premade pumpkin pie filling. You don’t want to add a ton of extra sugar! This recipe was originally designed for treats, but you just need to put it in a cake pan for it to work as a cake!
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin purée
3/4 cup oat flour
- In a medium bowl, add the peanut butter and pumpkin purée. Mix well to thoroughly combine.
- Add oat flour and stir using a wooden spoon or spatula. You may need to knead with your hands as the mixture turns into a thick dough.
- To make a cake instead of cookies, press the dough into a cake shape.
- Optional: to make cookies (or flat layers for a pancake-like treat), roll out the dough into a disc, then cut out cookie shapes. Bake at 350°F (180°C) for about 30-35 minutes for perfectly crispy dog cookies!
Dog Cake Frosting
Adding a special topping as frosting is literally the icing on the cake for these recipes! You should not use human cake frosting as dog cake frosting; it’s way too high in sugar and fat to be healthy for your dog. Instead, here are some other options that you can add to any of these cakes.
- Nut butters like peanut butter and almond butter
- Plain Greek yogurt or kefir
- Melted carob
- Mashed banana
- Pumpkin pureé
For a more frosting-like texture, you can use an electric mixer to whip air into these frostings. Another option is to steam cauliflower and potatoes or sweet potatoes. Then add them to a food processor with a little bit of plain yogurt or Kefir is even better.. You’ll have a fluffy frosting that looks just like the human version!
You should avoid adding too much extra dairy or sugar in your pup’s frosting. These can upset a dog’s stomach and don’t add any nutritional value to the cake. If you don’t want to frost the cake, dog-friendly fruits like apples, bananas, strawberries, and blueberries make great garnishes. So do dog biscuits!
Don’t Feel Like Baking?
If you don’t want to bake your own dog cake, no worries! The Dog Bakery has lots of delicious options that ship nationwide, so you can spoil your furry friend without having to lift a finger. Whether you need a dog birthday cake, a treat for a pet paw-ty, or just want to treat your dog, we have the cake for you!
Rocky Kanaka is an entrepreneur, pet rescue advocate and dog dad to a rescue boxer named Flip, a blind Cane Corso called Kobe, and a terrier mix named Zoey. He's also a pet chef and owner of The Dog Bakery, which specializes in dog birthday cakes
and fresh baked dog treats. His three dogs can't get enough of the dog cakes and treats!
Lorna Paxton Ladd is a passionate dog lover and enthusiast of The Dog Bakery. She loves spoiling her 3 rescue dogs with dog cakes
and jerky. A 15 year veteran in the pet industry, her aim is to educate pet parents on the best recipes, products, tips and tricks to optimize the human/canine bond. Her favorite product at The Dog Bakery are the customizable dog birthday cakes.