The special relationship we have with our dogs means that even if they might not be sure what a birthday is, we still want to make a fuss of them! And what better way than with a homemade dog birthday cake, or even a teatime spread of dog birthday party food? They may not know it’s their birthday, but they’ll certainly enjoy being spoiled.
Here at Natures Menu, making dogs happy is what we go to work for, and we think doggy birthdays are certainly worth going to town (or even better, to the park) for. A fun way to show your dog you care is to make them a tasty, canine-friendly dog birthday cake on their special day, whether that’s their birthday or their adoption day. Birthday meals for dogs are something we get asked about a lot and we’re here to help. There are some wooftastic recipes out there so we’ve pulled together a couple of our favourites, plus a few other ideas, to help you celebrate your four-legged family member in style.
Banana and Carrot Dog Birthday Cake with Potato Frosting
Now here’s a dog birthday cake to bark about! We love this wholesome dog birthday cake recipe, courtesy of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. It’s simple to make and we particularly love the addition of a meaty treat for a candle! Our Natures Menu Meaty Treats or Superfood bars would work a treat.
For the cake
For the cake
210g wholemeal flour
1 peeled banana, mashed
Half a grated carrot
2tsp coconut oil
250ml oat milk
For the decoration
1 large potato or sweet potato, mashed
Meaty Treats for a candle and decorations
Preheat your oven to 200 degrees centigrade and line a small cake tin with greaseproof paper. You could also make these as cupcakes, with a Meaty Treat on each one!
Mash banana, then add whisked egg, grated carrot, melted coconut oil and oat milk. Mix, then stir in the flour.
Spoon the cake mixture into the lined cake tin and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour until completely cooked through, then remove from the oven and leave it to cool. Don’t worry if it doesn’t rise much - that’s because there is no baking powder in this recipe.
Whilst your dog birthday cake is cooling, make the frosting. Peel and chop your potato into chunks, then boil in a saucepan of water for 15-20 minutes until soft. Drain your potato and leave to cool before mashing. Make sure it’s mashed thoroughly and that there are no lumps. Loosen with a little water and spoon into a piping bag, ready to decorate your cake.
Cut the cooled cake into two even layers. Pipe some of your mash onto one half and sandwich the layers together. Pipe the remaining mash on top and decorate with your dog’s favourite treats.
Serve your dog a small slice as a celebratory treat!
More Dog Birthday Treats
Whilst making some dog birthday party food is a sure win to get that tail wagging, there are plenty of other great gift ideas out there bound to get them jumping for joy. Jolleys and Viovet had loads of great dog birthday treats. We love these Kong feeding toys, and this chicken toy made us chuckle.
If your dog tends to wolf their food down, you could try gifting them a slow feeder. Slow feeders are a great way to help them pace themselves and prevent gulping and the dietary issues this can cause. We like the SloDog Feeder Dog Plate in green – stylish as well as functional!
A frozen food stuffed Kong is also a fun way to give your dog a tasty treat and a jaw workout in one. Our Country Hunter Cans made with 80% meat and blended with superfoods are ideal for filling a Kong with then freezing.
Give the Raw Food Look
Last but certainly not least, what could make a better gift than the raw food look? Birthday meals for dogs don’t get better than Natures Menu, natural, quality, responsibly sourced raw food. Our many satisfied customers and their two-legged friends report a wide range of benefits from a raw diet. Some of the ones we hear about most are shiny coats, fresh breath and firmer, smaller poos – so getting them on a raw diet could be a great gift for you too! (Anyone for non-stinky kisses and easy to pick up poos?)
If your dog’s not already on a raw diet, why not start their next year with a whole new, natural menu? Our starter bundle has everything you need to go raw. Switching is a simple process, and only takes seven days. Find out more about how and why to go raw from our in-house Veterinary Practitioner Mel here. And if your dog has already got the raw food look, our raw bundle could make the perfect gift for another dog owner in your life.
Whichever dog birthday cake recipe or dog birthday treats you choose, we hope you have great fun making them and even more fun watching your dog enjoy them. There’s nothing quite like giving the ones you love a special day, so to us it makes perfect sense to do the same for your dog. They certainly deserve it!
Please note: recipes suggested are for guidance only. It is the owners' responsibility to be aware of allergies and intolerance suffered by their own pets in regards to ingredients listed. Natures Manu cannot be held responsible for any digestive upset following consumption of the above recipes.