Why, yes, I am one of those people who makes their dog a birthday cake! However, she only has one sweater (which she detests and doesn't wear often) so I'm not one of those people, don't worry.
Monday was Gracie's sixth birthday. We "celebrated" yesterday and I made her the easiest, quickest, cutest little birthday cake with peanut butter, carrots, oatmeal and cream cheese/yogurt frosting. All of the dog-friendly cake recipes I found online called for baking the cakes, but I microwaved. Call me a rebel, but it got the job done. The cake was moist but spongy and definately Gracie approved.
No-Bake, Microwavable Doggie Birthday Cake
Makes one jumbo muffin-size birthday cake.
1/4 cup white flour
1/4 cup oatmeal
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/8 cup peanut butter
1/8 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/8 cup honey
1 small egg
Mix all dry ingredients together then add all wet ingredients and mix well. Pour dough into greased ceramic or glass ramekin. I used a 2-cup glass bowl.
Microwave on high at 1 minute 30 second intervals. I should take about 3 to 3 1/2 minutes for cake to set. Let cool for 5 minute then flip the cake onto a plate and let cool.
Once cake is cool, combine enough cream cheese and yogurt to frost cake. You may have to add a bit of flour to make it less runny and easier to frost.
After frosting the cake, I garnished it with a few bone-shaped treats and black raspberry.
After singing "Happy Birthday" - of course! - Gracie dove into the cake. First, she licked off all of the icing.
Then she got down to business and chomped down the rest of the cake.
Definitely a Gracie-approved treat. She licked the plate entirely clean then licked all the cake bits off of the grass. I think she'd say it was real good 6th birthday.
Happy birthday to my Gracie dog!