You may already celebrate your dog’s birthday by singing to them, showering them with treats, and sharing their precious puppy pictures with everyone you see. But how excited will your dog be this year when you also present them with a birthday cake? A homemade dog birthday cake can be easy to bake and a delicious treat for your pup on their special day.
Let's take a look at a few of the different options you have when making your own dog cake. You can opt to make one from scratch or use ingredients right from a box to make the process quicker and easier. What's more, you can choose from a variety of flavors and ingredients you already know your dog loves to guarantee the birthday cake meets their high doggy standards.
Dog-Safe Cake Ingredients
Choosing safe ingredients for your DIY dog birthday cake is the most important part of baking for your pup. Select healthy fruits and vegetables to include in your dog’s birthday cake to boost energy and provide some extra vitamins and minerals.
Peanut butter is a well-known dog favorite, and commonly selected for DIY dog cakes. It also mixes well with other beloved dog flavors, including carrots, cheese, and a host of different dog-safe berries and meats, making it a widely used go-to ingredient for all kinds of homemade dog treats and cakes.
However, if your peanut butter contains xylitol, do NOT feed it to your dog! Xylitol is an artificial sweetener that is toxic to dogs and will cause vomiting, depression, and seizures. If you discover that your dog has ingested xylitol, take them to an emergency veterinary clinic immediately.
Peanut butter is also high in saturated fat, so if your dog is working on shedding a few holiday pounds, consider choosing a recipe with low-fat ingredients.
If you plan on baking from scratch, you may want to try a dog birthday cake recipe for layer cake -- this way, you'll be offering a wide array of flavors that everyone at the puppy party is sure to enjoy!
Birthday Cake for Dogs Right from a Box
For dog owners who don’t always have the most success when baking, choosing a dog-friendly cake mix instead of a dog cake recipe might be the best option.
A dog-friendly cake mix is also perfect for pet owners who want to do something special for their dog on their birthday, but just don't have the time to shop for a bunch of ingredients and prep them all from scratch.
"Pupcake" (instead of cupcake) mix brands like wheat-free PuppyCake come in as many as eight different flavor varieties, featuring everything from peanut butter dog cakes to banana doggy cupcakes. There’s even a dog-friendly cheesecake option! PuppyCake and other ready-made dog birthday cake mixes offer affordable and healthy options for every dog, including dogs on diets, dogs with diabetes, and senior dogs.
From the Store
Want to skip the hassle of the kitchen entirely and bring your dog a cake right from the store? You’re in luck! Dog bakeries have been popping up all over the United States in the last few years. A quick search of the Internet will provide you with the nearest dog-friendly "barkery."
These bakeries make everything from simple treats to elaborate custom-designed dog cakes. Call or visit ahead to pick out a puppy-safe frosting and let the staff know which flavors your dog loves. Just pick up your order on the day of your doggy birthday bash and avoid any time spent in the kitchen.
If you are unable to find a free-standing dog bakery nearby, call your local pet stores to see if they offer pre-made cakes or dog cake mixes. They may even recommend a business in the area if they don’t provide dog cupcakes or baked goods in-house.
Other Dog-Friendly Birthday Treats
If your dog isn’t a fan of cake, or you want to provide them with a healthier treat, making your own “pupsicles” is a great alternative. These popsicle-style treats can incorporate fresh fruit or frozen meat, whichever you think your dog will enjoy the most.
And keep in mind, dog birthday treats do not necessarily have to be edible. It’s easy to find all kinds of dog birthday gifts for dogs of any age online or at your local pet store. New toys, entertaining activities like dog puzzles, or other accessories can be a fun way to celebrate your pup’s big day.
Don’t forget: the best birthday treat you can give your dog is your own company! Take your dog to a new park, explore a hiking trail, or spend some time playing catch in the backyard. And of course, don’t forget to sing "Happy Birthday" to your pup from the AKC Pet Insurance team!