Whether it’s your dog’s birthday, you’re celebrating their “gotcha day” (AKA the day you adopted your pup), or there’s another special occasion going on in your house, I’m a firm believer that no party is complete without some cake. Who else is with me?! Today, I’m sharing a very special dog cake recipe with you. It looks just like a decadent birthday bite — icing and all. But, instead of the normal cake fixings, it’s made out of healthy, gluten-free, Fido-friendly ingredients. Think: ground beef, fresh veggies, sweet potato, and salmon.
As soon as I slice a piece of this doggy cake and serve it to my fur kids, they go absolutely nuts. I bet it will make your dog’s tail wag too!
In this video, I show you step-by-step how simple it is to throw together this healthy dog cake:
To make this doggy birthday cake, you’ll need:
- Food scale, optional
- Food processor
- 1/4 cup measuring cup
- Mixing bowl
- Mini springform pan
- Baking sheet, optional
A Look at The Ingredients (& Their Health Benefits)
Meat: Unlike a traditional cake that calls for flour, the main ingredient in our doggy cake is meat! In the video above, I use a ground beef. But, if your dog’s main meals are made of beef, or your pup is sensitive to beef, you can use ground turkey instead. Just opt for the leanest meat you can find!
Carrot: Categorized as a root vegetable, these orange delights are loaded with antioxidants, fiber, key vitamins, and various minerals. Carrots help support a strong immune system and, since they’re high in Beta Carotene (which the liver converts to Vitamin A), they’re famous for maintaining and improving eye health. Find out more about carrots for dogs in our Food Facts feature HERE.
Broccoli: Broccoli is a low-calorie, nutrient-dense, cruciferous vegetable that touts anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties! Find out more about broccoli for dogs in our Food Facts feature HERE.
Oats: Naturally gluten-free, oats are a nutrient-rich grain that offer up many health benefits (such as heart, digestive, and hormonal health).
Egg: While the egg acts as a binder in this recipe, it also provides vitamin D and other beneficial nutrients.
Sweet Potato: Sweet potatoes provide a nice serving of fiber, key vitamins, and various minerals. When feeding them to your dog, make sure they’re unseasoned (or seasoned with dog-approved spices/herbs), peeled, cooked, and mashed.
Salmon: Sure, there are plenty of fish in the sea. But, salmon sure makes for a delicious and nutritious option! It’s high in protein, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, chock full of vitamins A, B-6, B12, and D, and is a good source of minerals, like potassium, magnesium, iron, and zinc. Find out more about salmon for dogs in our Food Facts feature HERE.
Dog Cake Recipe
Dog Cake Recipe
For The Cake
- ¼ pound ground beef
- Half carrot, washed and peeled
- 3-4 broccoli florets
- ¼ cup quick oats
- 1 large egg
For The Icing
- 1 sweet potato
- Half can of salmon, plain and in water
Make The Cake
- Pre-heat oven to 350ºF.
- Measure meat and put it into a mixing bowl. Set aside.
- In a food processor, chop carrot and broccoli. Pulse several times, until you're left with teeny tiny veggie pieces. But, don't overprocess. Add to mixing bowl.
- Add remaining cake ingredients into the mixing bowl. Using your hands, mix everything together until thoroughly combined.
- Press meat mixture into a greased mini-springform pan. Bake for 50 minutes.
Make The Icing
- About 15 minutes before your dog cake is finished baking, begin prepping the icing. Using a fork, poke holes into the sweet potato. Microwave for about 7 minutes, or until soft.
- Let sweet potato cool. Once cooled, scrape the potato into a mixing bowl. Ditch the skin!
- Drain canned salmon and add half can of plain salmon to sweet potato. Using a fork, mash together until thoroughly combined. Set aside until the cake is out of the oven and cooled.
Ice The Cake
- Once your dog cake is out of the oven and cool enough to handle, use a sharp knife to cut off the top. This will create a flat surface before icing.
- Either with an icing spatula or your hands, use the sweet potato/salmon mixture to ice your dog cake.
- Cut the cake into smaller, bite-sized pieces before serving to your dog (to avoid a choking hazard)
- Store cake in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- If you have leftover cake after 3 days, slice and freeze (like you would a meatloaf)!