Let’s “Pawty”: Ideas for a Dog Birthday Cake

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Our furry friends are family, too. And what do we do for family? We treat them like royalty on their birthday. That’s right. It means a dog birthday cake is in order. So grab your bone-shaped cake pan, preheat the oven, and get ready to throw a birthday “pawty”! We’ve got some ideas for dog cakes that will make your puppy start drooling.

Finding the Right Birthday Cake for Your Pup

You can purchase a box mix from Petsmart called “pooch cake” along with dog-friendly ice cream! You can also check out a local dog bakery (assuming you have enough millennials in your town for that market). Although some dogs may have a refined palate, I think any dog would be equally as pleased with your own homemade creation, especially when it’s made with so much wholesome and yummy goodness.

First of all, unless it’s your dog’s last meal, don’t go with the traditional cake filled with sugar, butter, and human indulgences. Dogs don’t need highly-processed people-food (as much as my dog may argue otherwise). Here are some wholesome ingredients to consider for your doggie birthday cake:

  • peanut butter
  • applesauce 
  • pumpkin puree
  • potatoes
  • peas
  • blueberries
  • strawberries

Dog Birthday Cake Recipes

Ready to start making a dog birthday cake that your fur baby will surely appreciate on their special day? We’ve got some great ideas!

Remember, any of these dog cake recipes can be modified into cupcakes or a mini dog birthday cake! You can also replace the flour with coconut flour, oat flour, almond flour, etc. Be aware of your dog’s dietary sensitivities, too.

Dogs have different taste preferences just like people, assuming your dog isn’t of the “vacuum cleaner” persuasion. My dog won’t eat salty snacks and prefers veggies over anything else! Whatever you add to your dog birthday cake, do a quick check to ensure the ingredients are dog-safe.

The Meat Lovers PupCake

If your pet is particularly fond of meat, this is the cake recipe for them. Although, I would argue it’s more meatloaf-ish than cake-ish. It’s also a great option if you’re looking for a nut-free recipe. Start by preheating the oven to 350℉. Chop and boil two potatoes until soft. This process will take about 20 minutes. Mix 1 lb lean ground beef, one egg, 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup shredded carrots, and 1/2 cup of peas. Grease baking tins with coconut oil and add meat. Bake for 30-40 minutes until meat is cooked through. While meat is baking, make your mashed potato frosting. Add boiled potatoes to a bowl. Mix with a hand mixer, adding water until your potatoes reach the desired consistency. Once the meat cakes have cooled, frost with potatoes and decorate with peas and carrots.

Show How You Care With Carrot Cake

My dog absolutely loves carrots, and this recipe is perfect for my big guy Andy, and your dog is sure to love it, too! Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, whisk together 2 eggs, 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1/2 cup oil, 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup, and 2/3 cup milk. Stir in 2-1/2 cups of shredded carrots, then add 2 cups whole wheat flour and 2-1/2 tsp baking soda and stir until just combined—divide the batter between two 8 inch cake pans. Bake for 25 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. For the frosting, whip together 1-1/2 lbs potatoes (peeled, boiled, chopped) and 1 cup of plain yogurt until it’s as fluffy and smooth as possible. Add water as needed to loosen the frosting if it’s too stiff. Spread 1/4 frosting on one cake, top with the other, and finish frosting.

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The Paw-fect Dog Birthday Cake With Peanut Butter Icing

A wholesome treat to celebrate your pooch’s big day.
4.70 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dog Food
Cuisine American
Servings 6 slices
Calories 381 kcal


  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  • In a large bowl, combine flour and baking soda.
  • In a separate bowl mix together vegetable oil, peanut butter, applesauce and pumpkin puree, and egg. Mix until combined.
  • Combine wet and dry ingredients and stir.
  • Pour mixture into an 8″ round pan greased with oil. You can also use a square pan.
  • Bake for about 25-30 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean.
  • Allow to cool on a wire rack before removing from the pan. Add icing if desired.


  • Combine greek yogurt and peanut butter. Allow cake to cool completely before frosting.


Calories: 381kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 18gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 151mgSodium: 305mgPotassium: 418mgFiber: 5gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 3405IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 68mgIron: 2mg
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Sweet and Salty Dog Birthday Cake

This recipe includes bacon fat for an extra treat and is topped with applewood smoked bacon! It also contains pumpkin, one of my doggy’s absolute favorites.

Happy Birthday, Ya Filthy Animals!

Just kidding! They’re not filthy; they’re adorable.

Sometimes it’s good for us to celebrate our dogs, who can be the most loyal companions we’ll ever have. They don’t need conversation, gifts, or things. They just want a loving home, exercise, chin scratches, and most importantly: us.

Whether you have a puppy or a senior doggy, a birthday cake could be the perfect way to celebrate your furry friend, even if the concept of a “birthday” is a bit lost on them.

So spend your doggy’s birthday with a special birthday cake, lots of love, and an extra-long walk. And don’t forget to share a photo of your pup’s cake with the people you love on FamilyApp!

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