How Do I Make My Dog A Birthday Cake?

Written by: Dr. Katy Nelson

November 15, 2018

Nothing says love like a home-baked birthday (or adoptiversary) cake for your dog. And there’s no better recipient than a treat-obsessed pooch.

Depending on what flavors your dog likes best—i.e., peanut butter, banana, or both!—it’s actually easier than you think to bake your own birthday cake. You can either opt to buy cake mixes that make it a snap to bake a homemade-style birthday cake, or you can make a cake from scratch.

Whether you’re an experienced baker or curious novice, we’ve gathered a few ideas on how to get started!

Dog-Friendly Birthday Cake Mixes

Pit Bull With Dog Birthday Cake

For the inexperienced baker, these cake mixes are a great way to whip up something both easy and tasty. These mixes that come in a variety of dog-approved flavors including peanut butter, banana, pumpkin, and red velvet. Just add an egg, water, and vegetable oil, and voila, you’ve got yourself a birthday cake for your pup!

Dog Birthday Cake Recipes

Pit Bull Dog Birthday Party

If you’re up to the fun challenge of baking a cake from scratch, it’s fairly easy to find recipes online. We’ve chosen a couple that look so delicious we couldn’t resist sharing. If you don’t already have the necessary baking items, make sure you carefully check the recipe for what’s needed and stock up before you start!

Most dogs love the taste of peanut butter, so why not add that flavor into a cake? The Peanut Butter Delight Doggie Cake is a great choice! Made from a dense carrot cake base topped with banana cream cheese frosting, your dog won’t be able to resist. Add some sprinkles on top for that quintessential birthday cake look.

For the pup that loves bananas, the Banana Carob Oat Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting is a tasty option. Made with whole wheat flour and rolled oats, it’s not just tasty, it’s also quite healthy! Top it off with carob chips and garnish with biscuits lining the outside, for a great presentation and added treat!

How About Cupcakes (Or Pupcakes)?

Hound BarkBox Birthday Hat

Instead of making an entire cake, why not bake cupcakes? They’re a fun way to liven up a dog birthday party because every dog gets their fair share. For a tasty and nutritional treat try this pupcake recipe that features wholesome ingredients like pumpkin puree, sweetened applesauce, shredded carrots, and plain Greek yogurt. Your pup will thank you!

Or opt for a Pumpkin Banana Dog Cupcake with pumpkin puree and mashed bananas that are not only tasty but good for your pooch!

No matter what you decide to make, be sure to delight in the fact that you’re baking something tasty for your dog on their special day.

But What About The Gifts?


Birthday cakes are great, but what dog birthday would be complete without a gift? Consider getting your birthday boy or girl the thing they’ve been asking for all year round—BarkBox. For as little as $21, you’ll receive a carefully curated box stuffed with two top-quality original toys, two bags of treats, and a delicious meaty chew delivered straight to your door every month.

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Written by: Dr. Katy Nelson

November 15, 2018

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