The bond we have with our dogs can be truly amazing. That's why it's no surprise that there is a growing trend for celebrating a dog's birthday not only with some extra cuddles but also with an extra special treat: a cake!
But not just any cake will do for a dog — it has to stay within a dog's dietary needs, of course. Grain-free and sugar-free cakes are a healthful way to celebrate. Many dogs have allergies to grains, resulting in itchy, dry skin and other problems, and added sugar is not good for their system. They experience sugar highs and lows just like we do, and the negative effects just aren't worth it. So the following cake recipes leave these harmful ingredients out.
The first recipe uses coconut flour instead of a grain-based flour. Coconut flour is a perfect ingredient for baked dog treats because it has loads of nutrients, including protein and iron, and is far lower on the glycemic index than grain flours. The second recipe uses no flour at all.
I used liver paste for the frosting since my dog is not a big fan of cheese or peanut butter, which are the main ingredients for the frosting recipe below. Needless to say, the frosting was licked off first! Feel free to get creative (within reason, for your dog's health) with the frosting and toppings and make them suit your dog's preferences.
These recipes offer options, one for dogs that like peanut butter, and one for dogs that like apples. First up, Peanut Butter and Banana Birthday Cupcakes! This recipe was inspired by K9 Instinct.
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 25 min
Total time: 40 min
Yield: 12 cupcakes
For the cupcakes, followed by frosting ingredients that start with cream cheese
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This next recipe is for dogs that like apples or just sweeter treats. It's amazingly simple, and quick to put together. This recipe is inspired by Spoonful of Sugar Free.
Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 25 min
Total time: 30 min
Yield: 1 mini cake