If you love your dog as much as I do, you’ve likely considered throwing a huge party and inviting all of your friends (puppy friends included) for your pup’s 2nd birthday celebration. If you’re like me and a big bash is simply not realistic, then don’t fret! Your dog will still have an awesome day with a few doggy gifts and this easy to make b-day cake, specially prepared for your pawed one.
The recipe was inspired by a few different dog-friendly baked goods off the internet, and modified for ingredients I already had in my pantry. It took about 10 minutes to mix all the ingredients together, 20 minutes in the oven, then another 10 minutes to perfect the icing.
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup creamy or chunky peanut butter
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup honey (you can add more, but not necessary)
1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
1 cup carrots, shredded or matchstick
First, as always, I preheated the oven. 350 degrees for this cake. I mixed together the dry ingredients (the flour and the baking soda) first, then added the rest of the ingredients. Before adding the peanut butter, I heated it over the stove to soften it up. This made it much easier to mix into the other ingredients. Save the pan you used to melt more peanut butter later for the icing.
When the batter was mixed, I greased an 8×4 loaf pan and added the mixture. Don’t expect a human cake batter consistency – this cake will not be as smooth and moist as your own 2nd birthday cake! It will probably need to be spread along the bottom.
I baked it for about 20 minutes until the cake was dark brown the edges. You can cut it into any shape you want, or just leave it as is, but I thought a bone would be pretty appetizing!
The last step to perfect this cake was to ice it. And what better icing for Luca than Peanut butter? I simply heated some chunky PB on the stove, then drizzled it onto the cake.
And, voila! Happy dog.