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Dog Birthday Cake For Your Furry Friend

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Made with whole wheat flour, peanut butter, eggs, applesauce, grated carrot, and just a touch of honey, this cake is wholesome and the perfect Dog Birthday Cake for your furry friend!


Hi Bold Bakers!

One of the most important days of the year just passed for me: my dog Waffles had his 6th birthday!

Waffles is my best companion and one of my best friends! I don’t know about you, but as a huge animal lover, I love to celebrate my puppy’s birthday with a gorgeous dog-friendly birthday cake. This adorable cake is packed with ingredients that are not only great for dogs but ingredients that they love the taste of. Made with whole wheat flour, peanut butter, eggs, applesauce, grated carrot, and just a touch of honey, this cake is wholesome and the perfect Dog Birthday Cake for your furry friend!

Do you have to bake a dog cake?

Made with similar ingredients to a whole wheat carrot cake, my Dog Birthday Cake recipe is whipped up and baked just like a regular cake. The pup-friendly cake batter is super quick to whip up so celebrating your dog’s birthday is no chore at all.

In one bowl I simply whisk together the ingredients then divide the batter between 2 small 6-inch tins. Filled with natural peanut butter (without xylitol), fresh carrots, and applesauce, this cake has lots of nourishing ingredients for your doggy. They love the flavor of the carrot and peanut butter. Please just make sure that the peanut butter you use is smooth, not salted, and free from xylitol.

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Can humans have some dog cake?

The funny thing is, this cake can absolutely be eaten by you, your friends, and family as well! Since there is just a touch of honey in the cake it’s not particularly sweet, though. So while I would not suggest serving this cake at a dinner party, it is totally safe for all to eat.

How long will a dog birthday cake last?

Just like a regular cake, this Dog Birthday Cake can be covered in cling wrap and stored at room temperature for up to 3 days. I love to save leftovers and dole out little bits as treats after Waffles’s birthday party. This cake also freezes really well. To save some of the cake and use at a later time simply allow it to defrost at room temperature until soft.

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4.34 from 45 votes
Dog Birthday Cake
Dog Birthday Cake Recipe For Your Furry Friend
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

Made with whole wheat flour, peanut butter, eggs, applesauce, grated carrot, and just a touch of honey, this cake is wholesome and the perfect Dog Birthday Cake recipe for your furry friend!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Author: Gemma Stafford
Ingredients
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup (2floz/57ml) flavorless oil
  • 1/3 cup (4oz/115g) applesauce
  • 1/3 cup (2 ½ oz/71g) peanut butter*
  • 1 cup (5oz/142g) carrot, grated
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup (5oz/142g) whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • additional peanut butter for frosting, if desired
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Butter and line 2 (6-inch) round cake pans with parchment paper, set aside. 

  2. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, oil, apple sauce, peanut butter, carrot, and honey until smooth.

  3. Next, stir in the flour and baking powder until combined. Divide the batter between the two prepared cake pans.

  4. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center of the cake comes out clean. Allow cooling in the pan for 3-5 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack. Let cool to room temperature.

  5. Stack layers together using a thin layer of peanut butter. Serve a little slice to your furry friend.

  6. Cover the cake with cling wrap and store at room temperature for up to 3 days. Freeze the rest in slices to give as a treat in the future.

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Recipe Notes

*Peanut butter: Please just make sure that the peanut butter you use is smooth, not salted, and free from xylitol. 

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  1. Sophie on August 6, 2019 at 8:35 am

    Hi Gemma
    I’m looking forward to making this for my sausage dog’s first birthday at the weekend! She has two younger dog friends coming along, 10 months and 10 weeks…..can I check if the cake is suitable for them please?
    Thank you

    • Gemma Stafford on August 7, 2019 at 3:34 am

      Hi Sophie,
      This depends on the dog! A little puppy will not have the same digestive system as a big dog, the owner should make sure that he/she is happy with what the ingredients are, and more importantly perhaps, the amount a dog will eat. A little is sufficient for a small animal. Allergies can be a thing too in animals, we need to be careful.
      I cannot be sure as I do not know the dogs, but the owner should,
      Gemma 🙂

  2. Bishop on July 5, 2019 at 9:10 am

    I made this cake for my 1 yr old lab Bishop for his birthday on July 4th. I couldn’t keep him away from it! I brought it out of the refrigerator set it on the counter and he had to lick it!! It was a big hit!!! 5 stars ♥️ I will definitely make this again thank you ! Bishop and his bff Pearl loved every bit of it!!

    • Gemma Stafford on July 6, 2019 at 4:13 am

      Haha! love that bishop has a girlfriend! What a lovely name she has too!
      Gemma 🙂

  3. Bishop on July 5, 2019 at 9:05 am

    I made this cake for my 1 yr old lab Bishop for his birthday! I couldn’t keep him away from it! I brought it out of the refrigerator setbitbon the counter and he had to pick it!! It was a big hit!!! 5 stars ♥️

    • Gemma Stafford on July 6, 2019 at 4:12 am

      Hi there,
      how lovely to have this gorgeous breed of dog. I grew up with a Lab retriever mix, a fabulous girl, so nicely mannered and kind.
      I am delighted your boy liked his birthday cake, I hope he lives a long and happy life, and brings much joy to you and yours,
      Gemma 🙂

  4. Emily on July 4, 2019 at 11:18 am

    My 15 year old rott/lab has cancer in his mouth and we are always looking for special things he can have that are soft. I’m running out to buy the stuff now. I know he’s gonna love it.

    • Gemma Stafford on July 5, 2019 at 5:00 am

      Ohhhh! I have tears in my eyes for the poor boy! That is too bad, what a horrible thing this is. I do hope he enjoys his special treats, he sure is a fine old age!
      I will be thinking about him,
      Gemma 🙂

  5. Elle on June 24, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    I want to make this for my dogs first birthday! Could I use cream cheese instead of peanut Butter on top as icing? I have a theme as blue and want to know if I could add blue food die to the cream cheese instead of peanut butter?

    • Gemma Stafford on June 25, 2019 at 2:23 am

      Hi Elle,
      what matters here is that your dog likes cream cheese and that he does not eat too much at one time, it is rich and might make him sick. It is a nice idea other than that. I hope you have a lovely time doing this for him. I do not love giving the dog food coloring, so very little, of a good quality paste will do it for you. If you can find a natural one that will be better. Blue is more difficult to make at home, it is made with red cabbage and bicarbonate of soda, but you may find it in a store.
      Happy birthday to your little friend,
      Gemma 🙂

  6. Jodie-leigh Proudlock on June 7, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    Could you sub the peanut for pumkin puree, incasen9f allergies, I have an unusual dog her allergies are most based around meat and dairy 🙈

    • Gemma Stafford on June 9, 2019 at 4:00 am

      Hi Jodie-leigh,
      ah! that is too bad but it sounds like you are on top of this for your little dog. You can make this with whatever ingredient does not cause an issue for your dog, it will be good, and a nice treat, no matter what.
      Thank you for being in touch,
      Gemma 🙂

  7. Autumn Simms on June 5, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    Do you use raw or regular honey for this? Is there even a difference?

    • Gemma Stafford on June 7, 2019 at 7:44 am

      Hi Autumn,
      either one would do it, no real preference. A more liquid honey will be easier to work with,
      Gemma 🙂

  8. Cathy on June 5, 2019 at 9:43 am

    What everyday item could I use instead of applesauce

    • Gemma Stafford on June 5, 2019 at 11:06 am

      Hi Cathy,
      banana! Banana becomes glutenous when mashed well and makes a great egg substitute for any bake. They are also a great treat for dogs, being highly nutritious.
      They are also high in sugar so not too much at one time. One medium banana will do it and you could reduce the honey a little if you wish.
      I hope this is of help,
      Gemma 🙂

  9. EleanorMonkey on June 2, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    I threw my dog a party for his 4th birthday and the cake was the best thing the dogs had ever tasted! I’m sure it didn’t touch the sides and they wanted more (greedy puppies!)
    Thought it was super weird while putting all the ingredients in, but as soon as the cake was in the oven it started to look a lot more appetising. Put some blueberries on top for decoration and it was perfect!

    • Gemma Stafford on June 4, 2019 at 8:38 am

      Hi Eleanor,
      haha! I bet that was fun. Our Waffles thinks he can get treats every day so we have to be strict or he would burst! I am delighted your puppies liked this bake, thank you for this kind review,
      Gemma 🙂

  10. Margaret Hutton on May 21, 2019 at 9:00 am

    I am going to be making this for my dog Murray’s 6th birthday tomorrow.

    • Gemma Stafford on May 21, 2019 at 7:33 pm

      Thanks so much for trying them out. I hope he likes it.

      Best,
      Gemma.

  11. Ori on April 16, 2019 at 4:51 am

    Hello
    I’v Made the cake for my dog’s birthday and she loved it! Thank you 😊
    Can I use this recipe for little treats? Do I have to bake it for less time?

    • Gemma Stafford on April 16, 2019 at 1:54 pm

      Yes, i’m delighted to hear that, it’s such a great one!

  12. Heather on April 9, 2019 at 11:38 am

    Made this for my Bella Boo’s third birthday today. I’d recommend doing these in smaller rounds because the cakes came out so thin in regular rounds (or double the recipe for regular rounds). We’re taking her to the park to eat it later. Will definitely post pics.

    • Gemma Stafford on April 10, 2019 at 4:20 pm

      That’s lovely, great job! Send us a photo!

  13. Macor magno on March 22, 2019 at 12:29 am

    Thank you for making cake and other foods for our fur babies this is perfect i will definitely do this on the end of the month im really excited!!!

    • Gemma Stafford on March 22, 2019 at 6:41 am

      Hi Macor,
      Ah! that will be lovely, and good for your little baby too, now he/she will love you forever <3
      Gemma 🙂

  14. Christina on March 16, 2019 at 3:55 am

    Hey Gemma!

    I noticed you’re from Ireland but a lot of the ingredients seem American. Is UK applesauce okay – and would “flavourless” oil be sunflower oil?

    • Gemma Stafford on March 16, 2019 at 8:58 pm

      Hi,

      Yes I live in the United States. UK applesauce is perfectly fine. Flavorless oil can be sunflower, veg, coconut or canola.

      Best,
      Gemma.

  15. Rosemary on March 13, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    Can you substitute a soy nut butter or sunflower butter? My daughter is severely allergic so no peanut or any nut butter in the house and the dog kisses would send her to the er.

    • Gemma Stafford on March 14, 2019 at 3:27 am

      Hi Rosemary,
      that is too bad, and of course you need to be really careful about this. If she can tolerate seed oils then that would be great for her, a tree nut butter too may work, or a combination, almond/sunflower seed for instance.
      The soy may need a little seed oil to get it to bind, I have not tried that one.
      I hope your little lady enjoys these treats, they certainly will be good for her,
      Gemma 🙂

  16. Darbycox on March 8, 2019 at 9:38 am

    Awesome recipe! Darby and the birthday pup Winnie LOVED it!

    • Gemma Stafford on March 9, 2019 at 6:53 am

      Yay!!! Delighted to hear that, Stacey.

      Thanks for trying it out.
      Best,
      Gemma.

  17. Darbycox on March 8, 2019 at 9:36 am

    Thank you so much, this was an awesome recipe! My daughter and I decided to make pupcakes instead of a big cake. The recipe made 12. Also we jazzed up the frosting with cream cheese, banana, peanut butter, and a little cinnamon. Our pups went crazy celebrating our littlest’s 1 year birthday. We will definitely save your recipe and make again!

    • Gemma Stafford on March 11, 2019 at 10:27 am

      AWW that’s an adorable idea, ill have to try that! Enjoy!

  18. Christine on February 19, 2019 at 10:41 am

    Can you use regular flour if you don’t have whole wheat? Thank you.

    • Gemma Stafford on February 19, 2019 at 11:50 am

      Hi, yes you can, great question!

  19. Geeta on February 17, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    My baby Casper is turning one tomm. I will bake this cake for him for sure. Thank u so much for the recipe. But can I substitute anything else for applesauce?

    • Gemma Stafford on February 18, 2019 at 2:30 am

      Hi Geeta,
      what a cute name for your little pet! I hope he has the happiest birthday possible. You can leave the applesauce out, or if he can tolerate seeds you could make a flax egg. 1 tablespoon of ground flax seed/chia seed + 3 tablespoons of water would make a good binding agent for this.
      I hope this is of help,
      Gemma 🙂

  20. Vicki L Butler on February 14, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    So excited to try this recipe. Great timing my baby Piper will be 6 on 2-15-19. I think I will go with the cupcake style since I have 3 babies. Zoe is 16 and deaf and blind my Scruffy will be 11 in May. Thank you so much

    • Gemma Stafford on February 14, 2019 at 9:02 pm

      Aw that is lovely! Please do send me a picture 😀 enjoy!

  21. Shelly Nelson on February 14, 2019 at 10:40 am

    Perfect timing – my eldest 2 dogs just turned 7. They absolutly loved this cake! Great recipe. Thank you!

    • Gemma Stafford on February 14, 2019 at 5:21 pm

      Aw! Happy birthday to your eldest fur babies!

  22. Marion Wolfsperger on February 13, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    Hi Gemma! My kids and I just watched you on the show Nailed it…haha! My daughter asked you were the same one I got the fondant recipe from.
    Ok my question on this cake, i have 2, 5 pound chiwawas. I will have cake for days or sick pups from eating too much. Can I cut this down to like a quarter size? Thanks!

    • Gemma Stafford on February 14, 2019 at 5:54 am

      Hi Marion,
      Sure you can! You can make a muffin size by dividing this recipe, it will still be fun.
      See too (https://www.biggerbolderbaking.com/?s=Dog+treats) for more ideas.
      Thank you for being in touch, share a photo if you get to do it!
      Gemma 🙂

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