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10 DIY dog birthday cakes and treats to spoil your pup

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Whether it's a special treat or a special occasion, DIY dog cakes are the most inventive way to make your canine feel like a truly pampered pup. 

From dog birthday cakes to making your own perfect pupcakes, homemade dog treats continue to rise in popularity as pet owners look to create the best dog treats for their pooch, often turning to everyday kitchen ingredients.

The recipes below are compiled from real pet parents and feature dog-friendly delights, but you should also consider your dog's individual dietary requirements before deciding which dog cake recipe is perfect for your pooch. 

What kind of cake can a dog eat?

If you're a dog owner already, then it's likely you already know that chocolate is toxic for your canine chum. However, you may be wondering about other ingredients in a typical birthday cake recipe, such as vanilla, icing or even the flour.

Dogs can eat these ingredients, but, as they're typically loaded in fat, sugar and wheat, it's best to create them their very own dog cake and ensure they only receive a small piece. 

Ideal ingredients for making your own dog cake include some of your pup's favorite gooey treats such as peanut butter, apple sauce and pumpkin; just make sure you always choose xylitol-free as the standard peanut butter found in your kitchen can be highly toxic to dogs. 

Savvy pet owners have even developed dog birthday cakes that are perfect for pups on a raw dog food diet. 

Dog cake recipes: 10 DIY dog birthday treats 

Apple, cinnamon and pumpkin dog birthday cake

@kaylakowalskinutrition

Doggy Birthday cake!🎂 It’s Rylie’s 1st birthday!💞🥳 ##dogrecipes ##dogfood ##dogtreats ##dogmom ##birthday ##dog ##dogsoftiktok ##husky ##puppy ##rawfeddog

♬ Taste It - Ikson

Ingredients
• 4 cups of oat flour
• 1 cup of pumpkin
• 1 cup of cinnamon apple sauce
• 1 cup coconut oil
•  ½ cup of xylitol-free peanut butter
•  2 eggs

Method
•  Combine all ingredients into a large mixing bowl
•  Bake at 350F for 30 minutes

Recipe via Kayla Kowalski 

Dog-friendly cheesecake

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Ingredients
• A large tbsp of xylitol-free peanut butter
• 2 ripe bananas
• 2 medium eggs
• 2 cups of oatmeal
• ½ tub of cream cheese
• 4 sweet potatoes
•  4 tbsp of water

Method
• Using a fork, mash the bananas in a large bowl
• Fold in the eggs, oatmeal and water to the banana
• Use coconut oil to grease a baking tin
• Press the mixture into the tin and leave in the oven for 25 mins at 180 degrees. This  mixture will form your base.
• To create the icing, cook the sweet potatoes, then blend to create a purée.  Mix together with cream cheese.
• Once you have made the icing, remove your base from the oven and allow to cool.
• Spread the icing evenly over your base and leave to cool in the fridge overnight.
• Cut into small slices and serve. 

Recipe via schniffn/Instagram 

Pupcake with cream frosting

@bakingwithfrancesca

happy 1st birthday lola♬ Roxanne - Instrumental - Califa Azul

Ingredients
For the cake

• 3/4 cup flour
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
• 1 large egg
• 2 tablespoons xylitol-free peanut butter
• 2 tablespoons oil
• 1/4 cup applesauce unsweetened
• 2 tablespoons honey

For the frosting
• 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream 

Method
• Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 6-inch round cake pan (or a 9x5-inch bread pan) with parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray.

• Stir flour, baking soda, baking powder, peanut butter, oil, applesauce, egg and honey. Pour into pans. Bake 20-30 minutes, until browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

• To make frosting: beat heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form.

• Frost cake as desired. You can double the frosting recipe and torte the cake (cut the cake in half horizontally) to make it a 2-layer cake.

• Store covered in refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Recipe via Baking with Francesca/TikTok and Crazy for Crust. 

Dog birthday ring cake

@laurens_pack

Maverick’s birthday cake recipe 😊 ##fyp ##foryou ##foryoupage ##dogsoftiktok ##germanshepherd ##dogbirthdaycake

♬ original sound - Lauren’s Pack

Ingredients
For the cake
• 1 egg
• 1 tsp honey
• 1/2 cup apple sauce
• 1/4 cup xylitol-free peanut puree
• 1 cup flour
• 1 tsp baking powder
• 2 tsp oil 

For the icing
• 1/2 cup greek yoghurt
• 1/4 cup xylitol-free peanut butter
• Dry dog treats
Method
• Whisk all ingredients, apart from the flour and baking powder, together in a large bowl to form a thick liquid.
• Add the liquid mixture to the flour and baking powder, and combine until you form a thick paste-like consistency.
• Add the mixture to a large baking ring and bake at 180 degrees.
• To create the icing, combine the ingredients in a bowl and whisk together.
• Once your dog cake has cooled, apply the icing and top with your dog's favorite kibble. 

Recipe via Lauren's Pack / TikTok

Tuna dog cake

Ingredients
For the cake
• 1 can tuna (with water strained)
• 2 tbsp flour
• 1 egg
• 2 tbsp shredded cheese (optional)

For the icing 
• 1 tbsp xylitol-free peanut butter
• 1 tbsp plain yoghurt or cream cheese
•  Kibble, for decoration
Method
For the cake
• Mix all the cake ingredients together until combined.
• Divide mixture into 4 parts. Make 3 parts into a flat circular shape to form the cake layers, turning the last part into the shape of your choice.
• Place on nonstick baking tray
• Cook for 12-15mins.

For the icing
• Mix the icing ingredients together until smooth and spreadable.
• Spread icing on top of each flat circular cake piece and stack them on top of each other. Then place the last piece on top.
• To decorate, use some of your pup’s regular kibble pieces and place around the icing on top.

Recipe via lhots.e/Instagram 

Layered dog cake

@thegoldentwoofficial

Your layered dog cake tutorial! Our most requested video 🎂 ##dogcake ##bakingathome ##homemade ##recipesoftiktok ##birthdaycake ##dogfriendly ##dogbakery 

♬ original sound - thegoldentwo

Ingredients
For the cake batter
• 3 eggs
• 1 3/4 cups unsweetened apple sauce
• 1 1/2 cups plain non fat greek yoghurt
• 1/3 melted coconut oil
• Splash of vanilla
• 2 cups oat flour
• 1 cup of all-purpose flour
• 2 1/4 tsp baking powder
• 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
• Blueberries
• Milk 

For the frosting
• 10 oz low fat cream cheese
• 2/3 cup non fat plain greek yoghurt
• Splash of maple syrup
• 2/3 cup non xylitol peanut butter
• 1 3/4 cups tapioca flour

Method
• Combine all cake batter ingredients, apart from the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda) the blueberries and milk, and blend.
• Next, add in the dry ingredients and mix it together, pouring it out into a parchment-lined cake pan.
• Sprinkle blueberries into the mixture and bake at 30 mins for 350 degrees.
• Once the dog cake is removed from the oven, cut out three circles with a 4-5 inch cake ring.
• Mix together the icing ingredients in a large bowl, sifting in tapioca flour.
• Line a cake ring, place a layer of cake in, then baste with milk.
• Top all three layers with a thick layer of icing. You can add more blueberries for decoration.
• Place the cake into the freezer overnight.

Recipe via thegoldentwoofficial / TikTok 

Pink dog birthday cake

Ingredients
• 1 pack Big Dog Salmon
• 1 tbsp greek yoghurt
• 1 tsp dragon fruit powder
• Sprinkle of carob
• Sprinkle of raspberries
• Kefir heart
• Mint and bee pollen 

Method
• Spread and freeze a pack of Big Dog Salmon into a small cake ring.
• Mix together the greek yoghurt and powder, and spread the mixture over the dog cake.
• Grate carob and sprinkle raspberries on top, for decoration
• Add a dollop of yoghurt to the center of the cake, and place a kefir heart.
• Sprinkle mint and bee pollen across the cake.

Recipe via Chefs and Dogs / Instagram. 

Raw food dog cake

@theo_the.gsd

Dog birthday cake, raw style! ##rawfeddog ##rawfed ##birthday ##cake ##rawfedpets

♬ Happy Birthday - Jovanie

Ingredients
• 2 beef slabs
• Coconut oil
• Blue spirulina
• Blueberries

Method
• Place the two beef slabs on top of one another to form the cake
• Mix blue spirulina with the coconut oil and drizzle on top
• Decorate with an outer ring of blueberries. You can add your dog's favorite treats in the middle or make frozen smoothie hearts. 

Recipe via Theo The GSD / TikTok

Pupcakes

@katlinmayy_

Easy to make recipe for your furry friends 🐶🧁 ps. Ignore my hands sunbeds are shut ##pupcakes ##cakesfordogs ##dog ##baking ##cooking ##cupcakes ##recipe

♬ Lets Link - WhoHeem

Ingredients
• 2 eggs
• 2 bananas
• 75g honey
• 75g oats
• 100g plain flour
• 1 tsp baking powder (optional)
• 150g xylitol-free peanut butter
• 125ml water
• Dog treats

Method
• Preheat over to 180 degrees
• Mash bananas in a large bowl and add the peanut butter, honey and eggs. Mix well.
• Add the flour, oats and baking powder and mix together.
• Add water to thin.
• Divide the mixture between 12 cake cases.
• Bake for 25 mins.
• Decorate with treats.

Recipe via Katlin Elise/ TikTok

Frozen dog cake

@lashesbyla

Birthday cake for the birthday boy ##foryou ##dogfoodrecipe ##dogtreatsrecipe ##dogs ##aussies

♬ Heartbreak Anniversary - Giveon

Ingredients
• 1 banana
• 2 tbsp xylitol-free peanut butter
• 1 1/2 tbsp plain yoghurt 

Method
• Mash the banana in a mixing bowl and add the peanut butter butter and yoghurt.
• Mix well with a hand whisk.
• Pour the mixture into a mould and freeze for 2 hours. 

Recipe via lashesbyla / TikTok