dog cake for birthday blog

Is your furry child’s barkday coming up? Why not spoil them with a delicious homemade dog cake? Celebrating your pup's special day with a cake made just for them is a fantastic way to show how much you love and appreciate them. And the best part? You don't have to be a paw-fessional baker to whip up a tasty treat! In this article, we’ll share an easy family recipe, along with some helpful tips to make sure your baking adventure goes smoothly. Let's get baking!

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Why celebrate your dog's birthday with a homemade cake?

Health benefits of homemade dog cakes

Common ingredients used in homemade dog cakes

Bad Ingredients for a Dog Birthday Cake

Tips for baking a dog-friendly cake

How to make a dog-friendly frosting

Decorating ideas for a dog-themed cake

Celebrating your dog's birthday with a cake smash photoshoot

Our all natural dog birthday cake recipe

Why celebrate your dog's birthday with a homemade cake?

Your dog is not just a pet; they’re part of your family. Celebrating their birthday with a homemade cake is a wonderful way to make them feel special and loved.  Your pup probably won’t know the difference between a store bought or homemade cake, but YOU WILL.  A homemade cake allows you to control the ingredients and ensure that your pup is getting a delicious, yet healthy treat.

When you bake a cake for your dog, you can avoid harmful additives, preservatives, and artificial colors that are often found in commercially produced dog treats.

And, baking a cake for your dog's birthday allows you to personalize the treat specifically for them. You can tailor the flavors and decorations, making the cake a truly unique and one-of-a-kind birthday surprise. So, ditch the store-bought treats and show your pup some extra love with a homemade cake!

Health benefits of homemade dog cakes

One of the main benefits of homemade dog cakes is that you can customize them to address any dietary restrictions or allergies your dog may have. For example, if your dog is sensitive to certain ingredients, you can easily substitute them with alternatives. Being the pawsome dog pawrent you are, you want your dog to enjoy their birthday cake without any adverse reactions!

You can also incorporate nutritious ingredients like pumpkin, carrots, or apples, which are packed with vitamins and fiber. These ingredients can promote good digestion, support a healthy immune system, and contribute to your dog's overall well-being.

Let’s take a look at some common ingredients used in homemade dog cakes to get started on our baking adventure.

Common ingredients used in homemade dog cakes

When it comes to baking a homemade dog cake, there are some go-to ingredients that are both safe and healthy for your pup.  Popular ingredients include:

  • Peanut butter (no xylitol!)
  • Pumpkin
  • Carrots
  • Oats
  • Applesauce
  • Bananas
  • Coconut Oil

Dogs love the taste of peanut butter, and it can add a rich and creamy texture to the cake. It’s important to choose a peanut butter with NO xylitol, as this sweetener can be toxic to dogs. Look for all-natural peanut butter that only contains peanuts and maybe a touch of salt. Stay away from sugar-free, fat-free, low-fat, etc as these often times will contain xylitol!  

Pumpkin is not only delicious but also packed with fiber and nutrients that can aid in digestion. It can also help regulate your dog's bowel movements, making it a great addition to their cake.

Carrots are another popular ingredient that can be incorporated into dog cakes. Carrots are low in calories and high in vitamins and minerals, making them a nutritious choice. They also add a natural sweetness to the cake, without the need for additional sugar.

Other ingredients used in homemade dog cakes include oats, applesauce, bananas, and coconut oil. These ingredients not only add flavor but also add to the cake's texture and nutritional value.

Bad Ingredients for a Dog Birthday Cake

Some ingredients can be toxic to your dog. We've highlighted some that are typically used in human cakes that should NOT be used in dog cakes. Read more from the ASPCA's website here. Contact your vet should you have any questions about what foods to give your dog. 

  • Chocolate
  • Raisins
  • Grapes
  • Onions
  • Artificial sweeteners like xylitol
  • Nuts

Tips for baking a dog-friendly cake

Baking a dog-friendly cake requires a slightly different approach than baking a cake for humans. Here are some valuable tips that will help you bake a delicious -and safe- cake for your pup's birthday:

  1. ## Use dog-friendly ingredients: When selecting ingredients for your dog's cake, make sure they are safe and healthy for dogs. Avoid using ingredients that are toxic to dogs, such as chocolate, raisins, grapes, onions, or artificial sweeteners like xylitol.
  2. ## Avoid excessive sugar and salt: While a little bit of sugar and salt is generally fine for dogs, it's best to avoid excessive amounts. Too much sugar can lead to weight gain and dental issues, while excessive salt can be harmful to your dog's health.
  3. ## Be mindful of allergies: Just like humans, dogs can have allergies or sensitivities to certain ingredients. Pay attention to any signs of discomfort or allergic reactions when introducing new ingredients to your dog's diet.
  4. ## Consider the texture: Dogs may have different preferences when it comes to the texture of their cake. Some may prefer a soft and moist cake, while others may enjoy a chewier texture. 
  5. ## Serve in moderation: While a homemade dog cake is a special treat, it's important to remember that moderation is key. Too much cake can upset your dog's stomach or lead to weight gain. Serve the cake as a part of their birthday celebration, but don't make it a regular occurrence.

How to make a dog-friendly frosting

A delicious frosting can take your dog's birthday cake to the next level, adding a sweet and creamy finish to your pup's cake. You can make a SUPER easy one using only 2 ingredients: yogurt and peanut butter.  See our recipe below for how to make it.

This simple yogurt and peanut butter frosting is a dog-friendly alternative to traditional frosting made with sugar and butter. It adds a tasty and creamy layer to the cake, making it even more irresistible for your pup. You can also use it as a dip to get your pup to eat veggies or take pills.

💡 Tip: Add a strawberry to make pink-ish frosting; add blueberries to make blue-ish frosting. Refrigerate unused portion.

Decorating ideas for a dog-themed cake

When it comes to decorating your dog's birthday cake, the possibilities are endless. Here are some fun and creative ideas to help you create a dog-themed masterpiece:

  1. ## Paw prints: Use dog-friendly frosting to create paw prints on the cake. You can do this by piping small circles in a row and adding smaller dots on top to represent the pads of a paw.
  2. ## Bone-shaped treats: Decorate the cake with bone or heart shaped dog treats. You can either place them on top of the cake or use them to create a border around the edges. You can also try making your own treats. Here's a recipe we like from Love From the Oven.
  3. ## Dog-friendly fruits: Add slices of dog-friendly fruits, such as bananas or strawberries, as a colorful and healthy decoration.
  4. ## Dog toy toppers: Place small dog toys or figurines on top of the cake to give it a playful and festive touch. Be sure to remove before serving your pup cake.
  5. ## Personalize with your dog's name: Use dog-friendly frosting to write your dog's name on top of the cake. 

Remember to take into account any dietary restrictions or allergies your dog may have when choosing decorations. Avoid using decorations that could be a choking hazard or are harmful to dogs if ingested.

Celebrating your dog's birthday with a cake smash photoshoot

Hear us out...sometimes messy can be fun! A cake smash photoshoot is a great way to capture the joy of your dog's birthday celebration. Here are some tips to help you plan and execute a memorable cake smash photoshoot:

  1. ## Choose the right location: Find a well-lit and spacious area where your dog can comfortably enjoy their cake. A backyard or a quiet indoor space can work well for the photoshoot.
  2. ## Set the stage: Decorate the area with balloons, banners, or props that match the theme of the photoshoot. You can create a festive atmosphere by incorporating colors and elements that complement your dog's cake. (If you're really concerned about making a mess, lay down an old sheet first.)
  3. ## Capture the moment: Use a  good quality camera or smartphone to capture the sweet moments of your dog enjoying their cake. Get down to their level and experiment with different angles and perspectives to capture the best shots.
  4. ## Be patient: Dogs may need some time to warm up to the idea of a cake smash photoshoot. Allow them to explore and sniff the cake before diving in. Patience is key to capturing those candid and adorable moments.
  5. ## Be mindful of other dogs: If you're inviting other dogs to the pawty, make sure all pet parents are looking out for any instances of food aggression.
  6. ## Have fun: Remember to enjoy the process and have fun!

In conclusion, a homemade dog birthday cake is a wonderful way to celebrate your furry friend's special day. By using dog-friendly ingredients, following a suitable recipe, and decorating with care, you can create a delicious cake that your dog will love. Just remember to celebrate responsibly and prioritize your dog's health and well-being. So, put on your apron, get ready to bake, and let your pup enjoy a tasty birthday treat that's made with love!

dog birthday cake recipe

Our All Natural Dog Birthday Cake Recipe


  • 2 cups gluten-free flour (look for 1:1 baking flour)
  • 1 tsp baking soda 1/4 cup coconut oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter (no xylitol!)
  • 1 cup natural unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree not pumpkin mix (substitute a mashed banana if you prefer)
  • 2 eggs (room temp)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Grease two 8 or 9 inch round pans with oil
  3.  In a small bowl, mix flour and baking soda
  4. In a larger bowl, mix all wet ingredients, except eggs
  5. After wet ingredients are combined, but not over-mixed, mix in eggs
  6. Stir dry ingredients into wet just until combined
  7. Bake for 25 -30 minutes until toothpick comes out clean


The cake is dense, over mixing will cause it to be way too dense (but, we’re pretty sure your pup will like it anyway)

If using berries, coat lightly with flour before adding to batter, so they don’t sink to the bottom or tint your batter

For furbabies who can't have fruit, swap out more pumpkin for applesauce


Ingredients: 1/2 cups of Plain Greek yogurt and 1 cup of natural peanut butter (no xylitol!)

Instructions: Beat yogurt and peanut butter together, using more peanut butter for heavier consistency, or more yogurt for lighter consistency. Frost cooled cake layers.

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