How To Make a Gender Reveal Cake for Dogs
After so many long months of waiting, it’s finally time to start planning your gender reveal party! It’s an exciting time for everyone, and when you’re getting ready to welcome a new member into your family, you may want to include your dog in the process.
Though there’s plenty of approaches you can take, what better way to do so than to have your dog handle the big reveal using a gender reveal cake?
What is a Dog-Friendly Gender Reveal Cake?
Though your dog can enjoy the gender reveal cake, you may have to adjust the recipe a bit. Not all of the ingredients used in your typical cake are safe for your pup to consume, so you’ll need to swap them out with some dog-friendly alternatives. Fortunately, this is quite simple to do, and the result is the perfect gender reveal cake for your pup to enjoy!
Tricks for Creating the Reveal
As for the cake itself, you have a number of options for how you want the reveal to happen. We’ve listed a few of the most popular methods, so you can be sure your gender reveal cake is a hit with both your party guests and your pups!
Colorful Cake Crumb
This method is quick, easy, and excellent for making your dog-friendly gender reveal cake. All you have to do is make the cake batter as normal, but before baking, toss in some pink or blue dye. Once you’ve finished baking the cake, finish by coating it in neutral-colored frosting, and serve! As your pup starts snacking, the color of the cake will reveal itself!
Layered Frosting Cakes
Just as simple as the colored cake crumb method, making your dog-friendly gender reveal cake with layered frosting is perfect for those who enjoy the decorating process more than the baking itself. As with the cake crumb method, frost the outer layers of the cake with a neutral color, and use pink or blue on the inner layers, so that the big reveal will come as your pup chows down!
Frosting Bomb Cakes
If you’ve decided to have cupcakes at your gender reveal party rather than the traditional large cake, the frosting bomb method is perfect. Simply hollow out the cupcake, fill it with blue or pink frosting, and top it off with neutral-colored frosting! The big reveal will come as soon as it’s bitten into, along with a sugary burst of flavor that’ll be a hit with guests and pups alike!
The “Smash” Cake
For a bit of an unconventional option, the smash cake method is perfect. Start by preparing a dog-friendly bundt cake as you would normally. Then, fill the hole with blue or pink frosting, and cover it up with your dog’s favorite treats, such as bacon, cheese, or jerky. As your dog digs into the treat in the center, you’ll be able to reveal your baby’s gender to the guests!
Dog-Safe Cake Recipes
Want to bake your dog-friendly gender reveal cake yourself? We’ve put together a few easy recipes that taste great and are sure to impress your pup! Whether you want to make things from scratch or just go with a boxed mix, these are some of the best recipes for dog-friendly cakes and frostings!
First and foremost, let’s take a look at some of the equipment you’ll need to bake each recipe, as well as serving sizes.
Dog Birthday Cake
- ¾ cup flour
- ½ tsp of baking soda
- ¼ tsp of baking powder
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- 2 tbsp oil
- ¼ cup applesauce
- 2 tbsp honey
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and line a cake pan with parchment paper, then apply cooking spray.
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl, and stir until well combined.
- Place the cake batter into the parchment-lined pan, then bake for 20-30 minutes, or until the center is set. Allow to cool, frost, and serve!
Peanut Butter Pupcakes
For the Cake:
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- 2 tbsp oil
- 1 banana, mashed
- 2 tbsp honey
- ½ cup flour
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp baking powder
For the Frosting:
- 2 oz. cream cheese or ½ a mashed banana
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and spray a muffin pan with cooking spray.
- Stir together the peanut butter, oil, banana, and honey, then add in the remaining ingredients and stir until well combined.
- Evenly pour the batter into the muffin pan, then bake for 10-20 minutes.
- While the pupcakes are baking, prepare the frosting by stirring the peanut butter and cream cheese or mashed banana together until well combined.
- Take the pupcakes out of the oven, allow them to cool completely, frost, and serve!
Easy Dog Cake Mix
- 1 box Pooch Cake Banana Cake Mix (from Chewy)
- 1 egg
- ¾ cup water
- ¼ cup oil
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Use a mixer to blend all ingredients until well combined.
- Pour batter into a baking pan, and bake for 20-24 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
- Combine the included frosting mixture with 2 tablespoons of water, then blend in the mixer until smooth.
- Frost the cake, then serve!
Dog-Safe Frosting Recipes
If you’re making a gender reveal cake, you’ll need a frosting recipe to match. Both options are quick, easy, and delicious, so let’s take a look at how to make them, and what you’ll need to do so.
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 tbsp honey
- Add both ingredients in a mixing bowl, and beat to stiff peaks. Quick and easy!
Yogurt & Peanut Butter Frosting
- ½ cup greek yogurt
- ¼ cup all-natural peanut butter
- Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl, and mix until smooth.
Dog-Safe Food Coloring Options
As you may expect, common food dyes for humans aren’t exactly the most dog-friendly option for your gender reveal cake. Fortunately, there are plenty of all-natural solutions, with some even adding an extra touch of flavor to the cake! Here’s a list of our favorite dog-safe pink and blue food-coloring options.
For blue or green:
- Turmeric + Blueberries (yellow + blue)
- Turmeric + wheatgrass or kale juice
Amazing Dog Gender Reveal Cakes
If you’re looking to design your own dog-friendly gender reveal cake, it’s helpful to have a few references. Here are a few of our favorites, each a great source of inspiration!
First up is a custom gender reveal cake from Red Dog Bakery! This one uses the frosting bomb method, and from the looks of it, it’s a smash hit with the pup!
This dog gender reveal cake, designed by Bianca Dalesandro, uses the colored cake crumb method. Judging by how much of it is gone, it’s safe to say it went over well!
Here are two frosted layer dog cakes being enjoyed by the most adorable pooches. If you have multiple dogs you want to include in your gender reveal party, consider making several smaller cakes so your pups don’t have to share, and you don’t have to worry about food reactivity.
Another frosting bomb cake, this one is about as perfect as you could ask for. These two pups just couldn’t wait to dig in, making for a great gender reveal and some adorable pictures!
If you’re looking for the perfect bakery to make your dog-friendly gender reveal cake, visit The Dog Bakery! We’re a company of dog lovers working to make high-quality treats available to pet owners across the nation! Visit our site today for an incredible selection of treats that your pup will love!
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.