Ideas for a Puppy Birthday Cakeby Lee Parker
Partying with your puppy can include all sorts of birthday cheer, but perhaps the most important aspect of his special day is the canine-friendly birthday cake. Mostly healthy -- with a little sweetness -- these cake ideas suit a variety of situations. Whether you're throwing a large party or celebrating with a low-key affair, his own personalized canine-friendly cake is the highlight for your puppy.
Types of Cakes
When it comes to puppy birthday treats, dog owners have many options. Decide first if you wish to bake your puppy's birthday cake at home, or purchase it from a specialty bakery. Buying your pup's cake from a bakery is far more convenient, while baking your own cake is often more cost-effective. If you choose to purchase your cake, research local bakeries on the Web; some bakeries will craft specialty items such as a cake for a puppy, even if they aren't a "dog bakery."
Homemade Cake Basics
Choosing to bake your puppy's birthday cake at home will take some time but is highly economical. In addition, you alone control the ingredients, so you know exactly how healthy the cake is for your puppy and his friends. Homemade cakes for puppies can range from savory to sweet, such as a hamburger, bacon and rice layer cake or a carrot and carob sheet cake. You can frost savory cakes with mashed potatoes, and sweet cakes with a low-fat cream cheese blend.
Think Outside the Box
Whether you use store-bought or homemade, match your cake ideas to your puppy's personality. Does he love chasing tennis balls at the local dog park? Craft a giant cake shaped and colored like a tennis ball. Request that store-bought cakes be decorated in bright doggy-friendly colors such as blue or yellow. A photograph of a special moment with your puppy can even be transferred to the cake using special edible paper you can print at home.
Cake Ideas for a Party
If you're celebrating your puppy's birthday with a few of his favorite pals, there are even more cake ideas for your furry guests to enjoy. Instead of one cake, offer an array of dog-friendly cupcakes -- or "pupcakes" -- for your puppy and his friends. Cupcakes are easy to bake in batches, and extras can go home with the canine guests in "doggy bags." Another option, especially for smaller dogs, is dog-friendly cakepops, delicious round cake pieces attached to a beef or thin rawhide "stick."
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