Loving your furkids means doing something extra special on their birthdays or adoptiversaries. That usually includes an über yummy cake to celebrate! Spoiled pooches get everything they want…well, almost everything! As much as we’d like to give them the human version of a birthday cake, sugar-laden pastries are absolute no-nos.

We got your backs, Furparents! Here are some birthday cake ideas and recipes to make your furkids’ day exceptionally festive.

Cake Mixes

So, you’re a novice at baking but still want a homemade cake for your beloved pooch. Not a problem! You can choose from any of the available ready-made treats online. Cake mixes like the Puppy Cake Wheat-Free Peanut Butter Cake Mix and Frosting for Dogs are hugely popular because they only require an egg, oil and water and, voila! You’re ready to pop the batter into the oven. You’re not even required to stick with the usual rectangular pans. Look for baking molds in the shape of bones, dogs, or any other fun shapes that tickle your fancy.

Birthday Cake Recipes

If you’re determined to go beyond the cake mixes, baking a homemade cake for your dog will definitely make his birthday extra special! From a classic favorite to grain-free pastry, here are 3 cake recipes to celebrate your pup’s day:

1. Classic Doggie Birthday Cake

Classic cakes are delicious and remind us of some fond childhood memories! With all the variety of pastries that our dogs can eat, we usually go back to the good ‘ol foolproof classic cakes. Not only are they pup-approved, but they’re also super easy to make. Here’s one classic cake recipe that you might want to try baking. The original recipe called for some vanilla extract, but we removed it since vanilla is not good for our pups!

Ingredients

1 egg
1⁄4 cup peanut butter
1⁄4 cup cooking oil
1⁄3 cup honey (optional)
1 cup carrot, shredded
1 cup whole wheat flour (preferred) or 1 cup white flour (alternate)
1 teaspoon baking soda

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350° F (175° C).
2. Grease a 6-cup ring mold.
3. Combine the egg, peanut butter, oil, and honey (optional) in a large bowl and blend well.
4. Stir in the carrots and mix thoroughly.
5. Sift together the flour and baking soda and fold into the carrot mixture.
6. Spoon cake batter into prepared pan.
7. Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes.
8. Let cake cool in pan for 10 minutes. Then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

2. Banana Carob Oat Cake With Peanut Butter Frosting

Who doesn’t like peanut butter? This cake recipe has vet-approved ingredients such as carob (a substitute for chocolate), bananas, and peanut butter so you don’t have to worry about spoiling your pups with cake on their birthday.

Ingredients

2 ripe bananas, mashed
4 tbsp honey
1 egg
2 cups water
3 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 tbsp baking powder
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup carob chips
1 cup peanut butter

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350° F (175° C). Using nonstick spray, coat an 8-inch cake pan and set aside.

2. In a bowl, mix the bananas, 3 tbsp honey, egg and water together until combined. Then stir in the flour, baking powder and oats. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle the carob chips on top. Use a fork to slightly mix in the carob chips in a marbling fashion; the chips should be slightly visible on the surface.

3. Bake the cake for 1 hour. Check and bake for an additional 15 minutes if you insert a toothpick and it does not come out clean. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 30 minutes before transferring to a rack to cool completely.

4. As the cake is cooling on the rack, mix the peanut butter and remaining honey in a bowl until thoroughly incorporated to create the frosting. Using a spoon or spatula, spread the peanut butter frosting over the cake.

3. Grain-Free Peanut Butter Apple Doggy Cake

Don’t let your dog miss out on a birthday cake just because he’s got allergies. This grain-free cake ensures a happy celebration for both furparent and furkid!

Ingredients

1 egg
3 Tablespoons peanut butter
1/2 apple, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
2. Mix all ingredients together until smooth.
3. Grease a ramekin or a jumbo muffin tin. Fill with batter.
4. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden and a toothpick comes out clean.
5. Let cool for a couple minutes, and then slide the cake out of the baking container. Cool on a cooling rack for 5 minutes before serving to your dog.
6. You may frost with extra peanut butter if desired.

Bite-Sized Cakes or Pupcakes

If you’re planning a birthday party with all the dogs in the yard, one cake is not enough! Mini cakes and pupcakes are good for celebrating with your dog’s squad. Plus, decorating them makes it extra fun for your kiddos as well. We scoured the Internet for 3 yummy and nutritious bite-sized cake recipes for you:

1. Pumpkin Banana Dog Cupcakes

We all know that pumpkin is good for humans, but did you know that pumpkin can actually ease diarrhea and constipation in dogs as well? Not all dogs will like the taste though, so incorporating pumpkin to your dog’s birthday cupcakes is a great way to increase dietary fiber without them knowing it!

Ingredients

1 cup oat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg
1/4 cup honey
8 ounces pumpkin puree
1 1/2 bananas, mashed
8 ounces light cream cheese
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1 tablespoon honey

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Place mini cupcake papers in a mini muffin tin and set aside.
2. Combine the first 8 ingredients until mixed thoroughly.
3. Using a small disher or cookie scoop, place batter in the muffin tin near the top of the papers (batter will not rise much).
4. Bake about 12 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center of the cupcake.
5. Cool on a wire rack before frosting.
6. For the frosting, beat softened cream cheese on medium-high until fluffy.
7. Add in the remaining ingredients and mix until combined.

2. Mini Berry-Almond Cake

You’re going to sneak a few bites with this sumptuous berry delight. Not only is it über healthy for your dog, it’s people-friendly as well. Happy sharing!

Ingredients

For the mini cake:
1 3/4 cup almond flour
1 to 2 tbsp honey (preferably raw)
3 eggs
2 to 3 tbsp of coconut oil, melted
1 handful of chopped organic strawberries and a couple of extra for topping (blueberries work too!)

For the icing:
1 cup of organic plain yogurt (choose one with low sugar content)
2 to 3 tbsp of almond butter or natural peanut butter

Directions

1. Preheat your oven to 350° F. Use coconut oil to grease two ramekin dishes (depending on the size of your dishes you may have enough batter for 3 layers).
2. Mix your cake ingredients in the blender until smooth and fold in the berries.
3. Pour batter into the prepared ramekin dishes, about 3/4 of the way full. Bake for 15- 20 minutes. Let cool.
4. While your mini cakes are cooling, mix together your yogurt and nut butter until smooth. Once cool, spread the icing onto the tops of each layer and stack. Garnish with berries of your choice, and the cake is ready to eat!

3. Coconut-Honey Doggy Cakes

Health conscious furparents will absolutely love this nutritious mini cake. Coconut oil is good for your pooch because it helps with their digestive processes, greatly improves their coat and even prevents infection!

Ingredients

3 tablespoons refined coconut oil(melted)
2 tablespoons honey
3 eggs
1¾ cup all-purpose flour
Yogurt (for frosting)

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease two 7-ounce ramekins and set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the melted coconut oil, honey and eggs.
3. Stir in the flour until totally absorbed.
4. Divide the batter between the two ramekins and bake for 15 to 20 minutes until lightly browned and firm when pressed in the center
5. Cool in the ramekins. Remove them, fill and frost with plain yogurt.

The Bottom Line

Your furry pals are surely going to have a blast being the center of attention on his special day. Need help on setting up his birthday party? Check out our post on “How to Throw an Awesome Dog Party”. Do you have a birthday cake recipe to share with us? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.