Are you planning to throw a birthday party for your dog?
Your furry friend makes you feel special—like every day is your birthday. Celebrate them with a fun-filled party and include their favorite treats, games, and of course, birthday cake.
If you want to go all-out appreciating Fido, bake the birthday cake at home using only delicious, pup-friendly ingredients that are sure to earn a tail wag.
We’ve rounded up three easy recipes that are healthy and dog-friendly to help you prepare for your pup’s special day.
If you don’t have time to bake but would still love to gift your furry friend with a birthday-worthy cake, head over to The Dog Bakery and place your customized order today.
Recipe 1. Dog Cake for Meat Lovers
If your dog goes crazy for meat, this doggo delicious mini meatloaf from Personal Creations will get chowed down in seconds.
It’s easy to prepare, uses only healthy, dog-friendly ingredients, and it can be frozen if you have leftovers.
Here’s how to prepare it:
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1 egg
- ½ a cup of oats
- ½ a cup of shredded carrots
- ½ a cup of fresh or frozen peas
- One large potato
- ½ a cup of water
- Finely chopped carrots and fresh peas (as desired)
- Preheat your oven to 350℉ (177℃).
- Chop and boil the potatoes for 15–20 minutes until they’re soft.
- In a bowl, mix the lean ground meat, oats, shredded carrots, peas, and beaten eggs.
- Grease your baking tin with coconut oil.
- Add the meaty mixture.
- Bake for about 35 minutes, until the meat is cooked. The mixture should be dry and the meat evenly browned.
- For the frosting, blend the boiled potatoes and add water until you achieve a smooth texture.
- Let the cake cool before spreading the potato frosting over it with a small spatula.
- Crown the iced cake with hand-placed peas or carrots for a super-festive look. You can also substitute these toppings with your dog’s favorite vegetables, such as boiled sweetcorn or blueberries.
Expert tip: Fats are not good for your dog’s digestion system. To ensure that your mutt enjoys his birthday cake without having to deal with an upset stomach, use:
- Lean ground beef—contains less than 10% fat, unlike regular ground beef which has 30% fat.
- Coconut oil—it’s healthy, allergen-free, improves digestion, and dogs love the smell.
If your dog prefers treats with chicken, check out these simple chicken cake recipes.
Recipe 2. Dog Cake for the Pumpkin-Loving Pooch
Your dog can’t get enough pumpkin purée, licks spoonfuls of peanut butter, and empties yogurt cans in seconds. Send them to doggo heaven on their Gotcha Day with this decadent birthday cake recipe from Cake Decorist.
This recipe takes roughly an hour and calls for 6-inch, round baking tins that’ll yield ten servings. If Fido’s friends will be coming over and you need more cake slices, double the recipe for ten additional slices.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2 cups of all-purpose flour
- ½ a cup of pumpkin purée
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1 ¼ teaspoon of baking soda
- 2 large eggs
- ½ a cup of applesauce
- ¼ cup of natural peanut butter
- ½ a teaspoon of salt
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 1 cup of heavy whipping cream
- ½ a cup of peanut butter
For the pumpkin cake:
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (177℃).
- In a bowl, thoroughly whisk the dry ingredients—flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
- In a separate bowl, use a hand mixer to combine the pumpkin purée, peanut butter, applesauce, honey, and eggs.
- Set the hand mixer to low before gradually adding the dry flour mixture. The low setting prevents splattering and ensures that the heavy batter blends evenly.
- Uniformly grease your baking tins before adding the batter. To prevent the cake from overflowing, the batter should not fill more than 2/3 of the tin.
- Bake for about 40 minutes.
- Once done, place the pan on a cooling rack and let the cake cool for 10 minutes. Don’t let it sit for too long in the pan as it may get soggy edges.
- Transfer the cake from the pan directly to the rack to allow air to circulate all around and cool it completely.
With that, your pooch’s pumpkin cake is ready. Let’s prepare the frosting.
For the frosting:
- Beat heavy whipping cream in a mixing bowl until it forms soft peaks that can easily be blended with the peanut butter.
- Gradually add peanut butter to the cream and continue whipping. You should get a stiff peak that holds its shape and sticks to the whisk when you lift it out of the bowl.
- Use an offset spatula to spread the frosting on the pumpkin cake.
- Serve to your furry friend and watch them devour their cake with glee.
Expert tip: Artificial sugars such as xylitol, commonly found in peanut butter and yogurt, are safe for humans but harmful to dogs. Always double-check the ingredients before use.
Recipe 3. Grain-Free Dog Cake for Sensitive Stomachs
If your dog is grain-intolerant and can’t have wheat or rice cakes, you can still make them a tummy-friendly, grain-free birthday treat with this recipe from A Cozy Kitchen.
You’ll love that the grain-free recipe is easy to follow and that the cake will be ready in less than thirty minutes.
It calls for a standard half-sheet pan (13 x 18 inches), which should yield about four mini-layer cakes.
To prepare the cake, you’ll need:
- 4 cups of chickpea flour
- 2 teaspoons of baking soda
- 1 cup of natural peanut butter
- ¼ cup of honey
- 6 tablespoons of melted coconut oil
- 4 large eggs
- 2 cups of shredded apples (use 4 peeled apples)
- 1 cup of greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 1 tablespoon of unsweetened shredded coconut
For the grain-free cake:
- Preheat the oven to 325℉ (163 ℃).
- Prepare your baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper, then lightly brush the paper and the sheet’s sides with coconut oil. The paper ensures the cakes bake evenly and prevents them from sticking to the pan.
Tip: If you don’t have parchment paper, you can substitute it with aluminum foil, silicone baking mats, or grease the pan.
- Combine the chickpea flour with baking soda in a large mixing bowl.
- In a separate bowl, mix the peanut butter, honey, eggs, and water. Make sure you stir the peanut butter first so that any oil that has settled on top can seep back in.
- Gradually blend the wet ingredients into the flour mixture in the large bowl.
- Gently fold the shredded apples into the mix.
- Pour and uniformly spread your batter on the baking sheet.
- Bake for about 15 minutes. Leave the cake to cool.
When the cake is done, it should feel pillowy and spring back if you gently press the middle with a finger. You can also prick it with a toothpick and check for any streaks of raw batter.
For the frosting and toppings:
- In a mixing bowl, beat together the Greek yogurt and honey until you get a thick frosting.
- Toast your plain shredded coconut in a small skillet. To ensure even toasting, spread the coconut out evenly and constantly stir over medium-low heat until it turns a light golden brown.
To build pup’s mini layer cakes:
- Use a 4-inch round cookie cutter to cut out neat layers from the sheet cake. If you follow this recipe, you should get about 12 pieces.
- Spread frosting on each layer before assembling them in stacks of three to get four mini-layer cakes. Once stacked, apply more frosting to cover the cake.
- Finally, garnish the cakes with roasted coconut flakes.
Decorate this insta-worthy cake with candles and capture Fido’s sunny smile, floppy ears, and eyes of appreciation.
No Time to Bake?
No matter the occasion, The Dog Bakery has the perfect celebration cake for your pup.
We use only wholesome, local and natural ingredients to create customized dog cakes with the recipe, shape, color and message you want.
Here’s what happy fur parents think of our natural, freshly baked cakes:
Testimonial from Jaclyn P.
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We deliver throughout the USA within five days of ordering. If you’d like to pick up your order at one of our stores, order two days in advance for a customized cake.
We want you and your furry friend to have a blast, so we’ll give you some amazing discounts on our dog party accessories when you buy one of our cakes.
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.