Types of Cakes
When it comes to puppy birthday treats, dog owners have many options. Decide first if you wish to bake your puppy’s birthday cake at home, or purchase it from a specialty bakery. Buying your pup’s cake from a bakery is far more convenient, while baking your own cake is often more cost-effective. If you choose to purchase your cake, research local bakeries on the Web; some bakeries will craft specialty items such as a cake for a puppy, even if they aren’t a “dog bakery.”
Homemade Cake Basics
Choosing to bake your puppy’s birthday cake at home will take some time but is highly economical. In addition, you alone control the ingredients, so you know exactly how healthy the cake is for your puppy and his friends. Homemade cakes for puppies can range from savory to sweet, such as a hamburger, bacon and rice layer cake or a carrot and carob sheet cake. You can frost savory cakes with mashed potatoes, and sweet cakes with a low-fat cream cheese blend.
Cake Ideas for a Party
If you’re celebrating your puppy’s birthday with a few of his favorite pals, there are even more cake ideas for your furry guests to enjoy. Instead of one cake, offer an array of dog-friendly cupcakes — or “pupcakes” — for your puppy and his friends. Cupcakes are easy to bake in batches, and extras can go home with the canine guests in “doggy bags.” Another option, especially for smaller dogs, is dog-friendly cakepops, delicious round cake pieces attached to a beef or thin rawhide “stick.”
Get the party started right with one of these yummy treats……
1. Carrot Cake with Apple Cider Glaze
Made from shredded carrots and flavored with cinnamon.
Apple Cider glaze is the perfect finishing touch!
9″ diameter. Personalized.
2. Cookie Cake For Dogs
Natural peanut butter, whole wheat flour, honey & carob chips. Carob frosting.
9″ diameter. Personalized.
3. Brownie Bone Dog Birthday Cake
Carob flavored bone with carob frosting and delicious honey glaze.
9.25″ x 6″ wide. Personalized.
4. Healthy Hound Bakery – Gourmet Dog Treats
Delicious bone-shaped banana cake with carob chips. Peanut butter frosting is the ‘icing on the cake’!
9″ long. Personalized.
5. Wheat-free Dog Birthday Cake
Made from bananas, oatmeal and rice flour with carob frosting and banana chips.
Heart shaped. Personalized.
But just to make sure, here are a few of the bad foods for dogs that may be more popular with cakes and parties.
Chocolate is perhaps the most popularly known “no-no” food for dogs, thus a cake made from chocolate isn’t a dog-safe choice. Chocolate (even white chocolate) has something called theobromine in it, which is toxic to dogs, even in small doses. Dark chocolate is the worst culprit. The caffeine in chocolate doesn’t help anything either!
2. Macadamia Nuts
While peanuts are a popular nut that are safe for dogs, macadamia nuts can be poisonous, causing weakness, tremors and vomiting.
Just like humans, dogs can have trouble digesting lactose in milk, so avoid using it as an ingredient in your cake
While avocados might not be an ingredient in your planned cake, they are popular in party settings and thus deserve being mentioned. Something called Persin found in avocados can cause vomiting, diarrhea and even death in some dogs.
Who doesn’t love a good party? If your little one could, she’d already be planning her next celebration.
dog cake recipes
Until that happens here are some great reasons for you to throw her a party and bake a dog cake:
- New Puppy Shower – Are you or a friend bringing home a new family member? Socialization is very important for puppies, so why not host a party for all to meet the new one.
- Graduating Obedience School – This is a great opportunity to show off your dog’s new manners. You can invite your dog’s classmates to join in the dog party festivities.
- Competing in a Dog Show or Agility – Win or lose, it’s the effort that counts. So, whether you are celebrating a First Place victory, Best in Show or a job well done, do so with one of these free dog cake recipes.
- Anniversary of Adoption – Make the day you brought home your best friend a family occasion. Celebrate by baking a dog cake recipe, buying a new toy and going for a long walk. Along with baking, another way to recognize the day is to volunteer your time or donate to a local animal shelter.
- New to the Neighborhood – Don’t be shy, invite your new neighbors over and get to know them. This is a good idea for the four-legged and two-legged party goers!
Now you’ve got the dog party products ALL sorted out. You’ve got the gift/s, decorations, outifit AND yummy goodies, so your dog party preparations are about complete… oh, wait… what about games?
No worries, check out this page for lots of great ideas… Party Games For Dogs.
And finally – make sure your birthday pooch and his/her friends enjoy their fun and games safely by taking a look at my Dog Party Safety page. Now you really ARE ready!