Pet Birthdays – Canine Cakes for Dapper Dogs
It’s your dog’s birthday and they’re another year (or should that be seven years) older. As your best friend, they deserve a big surprise to celebrate the occasion! After all, they’ve been by your side every day for the last 12 months – for the good times and the bad, through thick and thin.
What better day to do this than on their birthday and giving them a cake? Especially as many people say that their favourite thing about their birthday is the cake and we all know how much our pups love their treats!
Here’s a dog-friendly cake recipe that you can make with ingredients that you may already have in the kitchen. It’s quick and simple to do, so you don’t need to be a master chef!
The meat treat cake
These measurements are based on your doggie dining by themselves. If you have more canines coming to the party, adjust the amounts.
- 1 slice bacon
- 225g mince beef
- 125g cooked barley or brown rice
- 1 large grated carrot
- 1 egg
- 55g low fat cream cheese
(low fat, salt and sugar options are always advised)
- Turn your oven on to a toasty 180 °C (or gas mark 4).
- Grease an oven-proof dish that you’ll be putting the mix in, just to make sure none of it sticks.
- Grill the bacon until it’s nice and crispy. At this point your dog will be following you around the kitchen in anticipation!
- Crumble the bacon into a bowl. Allow your dog to eat the bits you’ve dropped on the floor and then add the beef, barley or rice, carrot and egg. Get a big spoon and give it a really good mix.
- Use your fingers to press the mixture into the ovenproof dish or tin. Tell your dog (for the fifth time) that it’s not ready to eat yet.
- Put the cake in the oven. Go off for 45 minutes and play a few traditional doggy party games like ‘fetch’, ‘tug of war with the cuddly toy’ and ‘chase the tail’.
- Take the cake out and wait till it cools. Then, ice it with your low-fat cream cheese to make it look a little prettier for when you take a picture for your human friends on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – tag us using #PetCakePics!
Please remember that some foods just don’t agree with our four-legged friends and you don’t really want Fido feeling funny or Princess getting a poorly tummy! For example, cream cheese can be too rich for some dogs, particularly those with prone to pancreatitis or digestive upsets.
You know your pet better than anyone, so there really is no one better to decide what your dog can or can’t eat. If you aren’t sure though, seek the advice of a vet or pet professional.
Please be aware this is intended as a treat for your dog on their special day, and shouldn’t replace their balanced diet. Always adjust how much food you give daily when giving treats – be careful not to overfeed even if it is a special occasion!
The healthy alternative
If your dog hasn’t been very well, has been a little bit greedy recently, or they’re on a doggy diet to get them on the cover of ‘Your Dog’ monthly, you may prefer a more healthy alternative. Maybe a few carrot or red pepper slices would be a tasty treat?
Throwing the perfect party
Why not give your dog a birthday to remember by throwing them a party? You could invite friends, family and, of course, their dogs to make it extra special.
However, if your pooch is a little nervous in a busy room, maybe you should consider a private party for two. Make sure you know that your pooch is comfortable with other dogs visiting before sending out any invitations – try a visit with just one pooch beforehand.
Games: Wrapping a tasty treat in gift paper gives your dog a fun activity with a tasty surprise at the end. Also, try hiding treats around the house, then letting your dog find them.
Presents: Buy gifts for your dog with them in mind. Would your dog love a new squeeze toy and a few tasty treats? Definitely.
Gift bags: Put a couple of toys and treats in party bags for people to take home for their dogs. You can even wrap up some of the delicious cake you made.
Whether it’s a masterpiece or missing pieces, too amazing to eat or too funny looking for words, we’d love to see pictures of your completed cake. We’d also love to see your dog’s reaction to their special treat!
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