If you're planning on throwing a party for your pup to celebrate a holiday, his birthday or just for fun, make him a tasty cake to chow down on with some of his canine friends. Use pooch-friendly ingredients to not only create a cake your pup will love, but that's also healthy for him to eat. Don't forget to decorate and shape it into something fun for him to enjoy.
Keeping it Simple
You don't have to be a culinary master in the kitchen to create a sumptuous cake your canine will enjoy. Grind up dry dog food in a food processor and mix it with pate-style canned food to create a moldable, mousse-like filling. Pack a gelatin mold with it to shape it into a heart, bone or a smiling pup. Frost the soft cake with mashed potatoes or mashed sweet potatoes. Garnish the cake with grated carrots, pieces of cheese or green beans to provide a pop of color and a pup-safe decoration that's actually good for Fido. Vegetables provide canine diners with healthy fiber and give the cake a bit of a crunch.
Just as you would for humans, why not bake Fido a cake that doesn't contain unhealthy ingredients like sugar, which pooches definitely don't need in their diet, even for a special occasion. Instead, use ingredients like whole wheat flour, peanut butter, eggs, baking powder, baking soda, water, vegetable oil and milk, along with a little bit of honey for sweetness, to create a cake for your pup. Bake in some tasty apple pieces or carrot slices for added texture. Frost the cake with yogurt, mashed cottage cheese, cream cheese or peanut butter to give it a professional look. Combine colorful carrots or spinach in a food processor with cream cheese or yogurt to create a bright hue of frosting to pipe around the sides of the cake or draw a design in the middle. This way you avoid using any food coloring that could upset your pup's tummy.
The Best of Both Worlds
Combine a cake with your pooch's favorite pate-style dog food to create a tasty treat your pooch will adore. Use a savory base, such as a typical cornbread mix with just a small amount of honey instead of sugar in it, and add ingredients like a bit of cooked chicken, liver, corn or beef to it. Bake it and frost it with pate-style dog food; you can even layer the dog food between levels of cornbread to create a multi-layer cake. Use crunchy and chewy dog treats to make designs or shapes on top of the cake along with veggies like broccoli, cauliflower or green beans. Cut and serve the cake to your canine in his dinner dish or on a fancy cake plate.
Never serve your pooch a cake designed for humans, especially one that contains any chocolate or sugar substitutes. Human cakes contain sugar and fats that are unhealthy for dogs. Chocolate contains theobromine, an ingredient which is toxic to your canine companions, as are sugar substitutes like xylitol, warns petMD. You'll also want to avoid potential safety hazards on your canine cake like candles, especially lit ones, and plastic cake decorations. Even if you plan to remove these garnishes before serving the cake to your pup, some clever pooches may sneak up and ingest them when you have your back turned. Plastic cake decorations are a potential choking hazard and could cause an intestinal blockage, while lit candles could burn your pooch's skin.
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Based in Las Vegas, Susan Paretts has been writing since 1998. She writes about many subjects including pets, finances, crafts, food, home improvement, shopping and going green. Her articles, short stories and reviews have appeared on City National Bank's website and on The Noseprint. Paretts holds a Master of Professional Writing from the University of Southern California.