When it comes to celebrating birthdays, pet owners are just as likely to have festivities for their dog as they are for their children. Our pets are part of the family and should be celebrated as such! And what’s the best way to celebrate a birthday? With a cake, of course!
In this brief article, we’ll cover all you need to know about birthday cakes for dogs – how to make your own cake, what ingredients to use and which ones to avoid, or where to purchase a cake for your dog (with recommendations in Sydney, Perth, and Brisbane!).
What ingredients should I use for a dog cake?
Try to use foods your dog will love when making a birthday cake. You’ll want to opt for healthier choices so your pup doesn’t get a stomach ache after any birthday celebrations. The best way to do that is keep in mind they’re essentially a meat-eating carnivore
Most cakes follow a basic recipe that includes four basic ingredients: flour, eggs, butter, and sugar. With dog cakes, you’ll just need to make a few adjustments. Flour is fine to use–wheat, almond, or cashew flours are all okay. Eggs are also good for your dog to eat so long as they are cooked.
You’ll want to replace the butter with something like coconut oil, milk, peanut butter, or yogurt. Instead of sugar, you can substitute fruit or small amounts of honey.
What should I avoid putting in a dog’s cake?
Making a birthday cake for your dog is a little trickier than making a cake for a human. There are many foods that dogs should not eat as they can cause illness and even death.
Chocolate should never be given to dogs; it is toxic and in large amounts can even kill a dog. Macadamia nuts are also toxic to dogs and almonds should not be used as they can cause blockages or tears in the dog’s esophagus.
Dogs should not have sugar, but don’t use a replacement like xylitol–this is toxic to dogs as well.
Cinnamon can cause stomach upset and should be avoided in dog birthday cakes.
What are some dog cake design ideas?
Need some inspiration for your dog’s birthday cake? Check out some of these designs to get your creative ideas flowing!
Should I make my own dog cake?
Making a cake for your dog is simple, so long as you know what ingredients are harmful. There are plenty of easy recipes online for creating a special birthday cake for your furry friend.
Here’s a simple recipe that you can try at home for your dog’s birthday.
Where can I purchase a dog cake?
If you’re not up for making your own cake, don’t fret. There are lots of pet cafes that will be happy to make a birthday cake for your dog.
If you’re near Perth, be sure to check out the incredible cakes from Gofetch Bakery.
In Brisbane, the Puptisserie serves up a dog-friendly chocoholic (carob) birthday cake.
“Birthday cakes for dogs”, written by David D’Angelo
Image “Luna” dog birthday cake source: Puppadeli Cafe, Lane Cove, Sydney.