DIY: Spoiled Dog Cake

Everyone knows that a party isn’t really a party unless there’s cake. So if there was one facet of Maddie’s Birthday Bash that we had nailed down from the get-go, it was that Maddie was getting a cake—and a doggone good one.

The #dcdogmoms pored over several dog cookbooks (Amanda has an enviable if not questionable number of them), but every birthday cake recipe called for so many ingredients—and even though we love our pups, ain’t nobody got time for that. So to Pinterest we went, which is where we came across the Spoiled Dog Cake Recipe from Love From The Oven. It only had eight ingredients, sounded fairly easy to make, and was freaking beautiful, so we were instantly sold. And given all of the Pinterest fails our collective group has produced over the years, we were thrilled when the finished product was even better than we’d expected.

While we didn’t get any verbal feedback from the pups who tried it, it sure seemed like the cake was a total hit!

If you’d like to try your hand at baking for your best bud, here’s the recipe—and be sure to tag #dcdogmoms so we can see the (baked) goods in all their glory!

SPOILED DOG CAKE RECIPE
By Love From The Oven

Note: If you want to make a layer cake like we did, be sure to double the recipe.

INGREDIENTS
Cake:
1 c. flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/8 c. oil (we used sunflower oil)
1/4 c. peanut butter (make sure that xylitol is NOT one of the ingredients as it’s toxic to dogs)
1/2 c. applesauce
1/2 c. pumpkin
1 egg

Frosting:
1/2 c. plain Greek yogurt
1/4 c. peanut butter
Assorted treats for decorating

INSTRUCTIONS
Cake:
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. If you’re using a gas oven like we did, preheat to 325 degrees and cover the cake with foil for all but the last 15 minutes of baking time.
2. In a large bowl, combine the flour and baking soda.
3. In a separate bowl, mix together the oil, peanut butter, applesauce, and pumpkin. Mix well, and then stir in the egg until combined.
4. Combine the wet and dry ingredients and stir until combined.
5. Pour mixture into an 8" round pan (or two round pans if you doubled the recipe) that has been greased with oil.
6. Bake for approximately 25-30 minutes or until a fork inserted into the center comes out clean and the cake springs back when pressed lightly.
7. Allow the cake to cool prior to removing it from the pan.
8. After cooling, add frosting if desired.

Frosting:
1. Mix Greek yogurt and peanut butter until well combined.
2. Spread over cake. If not serving immediately, store the cake in your refrigerator until serving time.
3. Decorate using assorted treats. We used Old Mother Hubbard Natural Dog Snacks Extra Tasty Assortment Classic Crunch Biscuits around the edges and as well as piled on top along with Bubba Rose Biscuit Co. P. Nutty B. Biscuits and Merrick Pet Care kibble.

Heather Vaughan