A Dog Friendly Birthday Cake Recipe

There are tons of dog friendly recipes out there, but I think I’m a little overly protective of what my furchild eats.  I felt bad the other day because I gave her some canned peas, then later researched it on the internet and started to panic because there’s sodium in canned peas.  I only gave her a few peas, but still felt really bad about the unnecessary sodium.
So when I told hubby I was having a cake for furbaby’s 10th B-day and he asked if it was going to be a doggie cake, and I replied yes, then he asked from where, I scoffed.  “From where???”, I retorted, “I’m going to make it of course!”

I looked up a few recipes to get an idea of the amounts, but in all honesty, just winged it.  Density, and other frivolousness, is reserved for humans with preconceived notions about how should look.  But furbabe doesn’t know what cake should be like.  She just knows if it’s good, she eats it.  And it must have been pretty good!
This cake has no baking soda, baking powder, or anything else added as a leavening agent, so….it’s a brick.  I do not suggest giving this whole cake all at once.  Think treat size pieces.  No need for overwhelmed tummies and sicknesses.  I also left out the “oil” that most recipes call to use.

Cake:  1 cup whole wheat flour, 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter, 1/2 heaping cup applesauce, 1/2 cup pumpkin puree, 1 egg.
“Frosting”: I large Sweet Potato, 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Combine peanut butter, applesauce, and pumpkin puree in bowl.  Lightly beat egg and add to mixture.  Last add the flour and mix well.  Mixture will be dense.  Spray pan with oil and flour with whole wheat flour.  Shake out excess.  Add your batter.  Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Baking times will vary.
“Frosting”  Microwave your sweet potato until a fork inserted in center pierces through.  Carefully cut the potato in half and scoop out potato.  Mash in bowl, and add pumpkin puree to desired consistency.

Once your cake has cooled you can get creative.  I made a two layer cake with a layer of low sodium Braunschweiger (Liverwurst) in the center.  Then the top tier had the “frosting” in the center of that.  I basically just coated the whole thing in the mashed sweet potato mixture.

The cut out treats are another recipe for another time, and are equally simple.  I made some cake decorations with those, including the 10.

She didn’t know what was going on, but leaned in for a nibble, figuring she wasn’t told to leave it.  Then I cut her a proper slice, which was quickly gobbled up.

Yummy!  Celebrate!