Cakes for Dogs: Let Your Pup Dig In

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Pets have crossed the line from the animal world into the human world. It is not uncommon for people to refer to their pets as their “children”. We see evidence of this in the market of pet-related products from fashionable clothing and high-end accessories to pet insurance and pet cemeteries. It is no wonder that people also want to include their pets in family celebrations complete with party favors and cakes.

Cakes for Dogs

That’s right – cakes for dogs! It would be cruel to order a Dairy Queen ice cream cake for Fido’s birthday party and either not let him partake of the treats or let him indulge and then suffer the inevitable belly ache (not to mention the messes…) afterwards. But dog owners now have viable options available to provide healthy and beautiful cakes made especially for doggie bellies. You can either order a cake for Fido or Fifi or you can even make one yourself!

Where to Buy Cakes for Dogs

Here are some sites that are user-friendly, have attractive products with nutritional information, and customer reviews. The cakes look so good they even get me drooling!

The Barkery Online – This site has all kinds of bakery items for dogs and they specialize in dog birthday cakes. With four main flavors and four shapes, you can specially design the cake to meet the needs of your special occasion. You can even get a photo of your dog put onto the cake’s decorations for an additional five dollars. Cakes range from $18.00 – $28.00.

Kool Dog Kafe – At the Kool Dog Kafe you can find smaller sized birthday cakes and even cupcakes so that you do not have to worry about overindulging. There are only two main designed for the cakes and one for the cupcakes, so your choices are limited, but they also offer other kinds of celebration food including dipped bones and birthday cookies (update: Kool Dog Kafe appears to no longer be in business).

Posh Pet Glamour Boutique – Although the Posh Pet Glamour Boutique specialized in designer clothes and accessories, they have a bakery section that has a really nice selection of cupcakes and cakes that range in price from $10.00 to $60.00. This is a fun site to browse and get some great ideas for pampering your pup.

Make Your Own Cakes for Dogs

Three Dogs Eat Birthday CakeIf you like to bake, you can have unlimited creative freedom in designing your own Fido cake. You can also decorate it to fit any holiday or festivity. However, I strongly suggest that you take a picture of your doggie cake before you let Fido dig in because once he gets started, it will be gone, and without proof that you actually made a cake for your dog, no one will ever believe it!

Double Layer Meat Cake

Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ cup softened margarine
  • 6 eggs
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 5 oz. chicken baby food
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • 1 large container of plain yogurt
  • 4 strips of bacon

Steps

  • Preheat oven to 325.
  • Grease two round cake pans (8”). You may also want to flour the pans as well, though this is optional.
  • In a small bowl, combine the flour and baking powder and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, beat the eggs until well blended.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the margarine; add the eggs oil until all is well blended.
  • Add the chicken and carrots. Continue beating.
  • Slowly add the flour mixture until it is all well blended.
  • Pour half the batter into each of the baking pans.
  • Bake for approximately one hour. Test the doneness by sticking a toothpick into the center of the cakes and if it comes out clean, the cakes are ready to be taken out of the oven.
  • Let the cakes cool for at least ten minutes before turning them out to cool completely on wire racks.

While the cakes are cooling, fry the bacon so that it is very crisp. Drain, cool, then chop into small pieces.

To ice and decorate the cake, place one layer on a serving plate and cover it with 1/3 of the yogurt. Place the second layer on top of that and cover it with the remaining yogurt. Be sure to ice the sides as well. Sprinkle the crumbled bacon over the top.

Serving size: 1 cake

Tips:

You can place “candles” on the cake by using thin snack treat sticks.

Warning:

Do not give the whole cake to your dog at one time!! Cut it into small pieces and share it with other dogs in the neighborhood 🙂

Growing up, Kimberly used to get the sniffles when she was around dogs. Thankfully, she grew out of her allergy and is now able to play and snuggle with dogs as much as she wants! She adopted Sally, a 3 year old hound mix, in 2017 and is loving life as a pet parent.

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Another thing I noticed was that the whole idea of taking human food and adapting them for dogs is a huge trend right now. There are even famous chefs and cooks that are starting to capitalize on this. Rachel Ray comes immediately to mind. I saw the website listed and the words every day with Rachel were the first things I saw. I thought to myself that there was no way this was actually a Rachel Ray website. Well, folks, I was wrong. Rachel is officially in the people to dog food business. I guess her cooking has finally gone to the dogs!
Tell Rachel I am sorry for the cheap shot. She is a phenomenal cook and also a very smart business person. This is a huge trend, why not capitalize on it and give the people what they want? Honestly, I am more interested in thinking about this from a business and marketing stand point than looking at it as a pet owner (which I am not) or thinking that this is a wonderful thing and how loving we are to our pets.
I think the main draw on a site like Rachel’s would be the advertising revenue. There are a number of dog recipes. Then on many of these recipes there are a number of additional ads for other dog recipes, treats, and even other pet products.
Many of these advertisements are done on what is known as an affiliate arrangement. This simply means that they person (or business) who placed the ad is acting as a commission based sales person. They hope that someone will click on the ad and eventually visit the owner’s site and buy some of the products listed there. If this happens they make a commission based on whatever is bought.
This type of sales arrangement is actually very common on the internet and offers an excellent opportunity for the beginning marketer to start making some money with internet marketing. All they really need to do is find good places to place ads or other ways to drive traffic.
Judging by the popularity of dog cakes and food for dogs, this could be a hugely profitable topic for a smart affiliate marketer to take advantage of. However, I think it should be done right. If someone who actually loved dogs caught hold of this opportunity that would be the type of person who will have the most success.
Instead of just having an ad send the visitors to the merchant site straight away, why not make a site yourself. Give your customers what they want: information all about dogs. Maybe they are trying to solve a problem with their dog’s diet, or to get them to stop peeing on the carpet, or chewing the furniture or whatever. If you are a dog owner, you will likely be familiar with the big issues.

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Did you know that many people actually give cakes to their dogs? This was a big surprise for me. Then again, I am not a dog owner, so this is not something which I was very well versed in any way. Of course, we are not talking about the type of cake that a person might eat for their birthday. Certainly not any kind of ice cream cake, either. Most dog owners are aware that most human food is not meant for the digestive system of a dog. Given them a birthday cake would be cruel, since it would result in a fair amount of intestinal distress for the dog afterwards.
But there are a number of dog friendly cake options. There are many places online which advertise and sell these. I wonder what is in them. They seem be a decent option for a dog and I guess that is the ultimate point. If the little guy likes them, then go ahead. The situation could get a bit out of hand if we are not careful. The next thing you know people will actually be dressing their dogs in clothes and taking them out in public like this.
Oh, I guess that has happened already. OK, well since we are already past the point of no return, what harm can actually baking dog friendly cakes do? I suppose a number of people already make their own dog treats. The theory behind this is that they are healthier for the dog. Frankly, I do not think the dog cares about being healthy. I think that the health of a dog is determined primarily by the owner. If you take your dog out to walk and run every day, then they will probably remain active and in decent health. On the other hand if you are an old lazy dude who never wants to go anywhere, then the dog will tend to lounge around all day and be lazy as well.
Personally, I tend to resemble this remark. But I recognize this as well, so that is why I do not have a dog at the moment. It is certainly comforting to see so many people who are very fanatically devoted to their dogs and would go the extra mile to make them happy and take care of them. Having their own special cakes, treats and other foods is a great example of this kind of love and care.
Actually, taking a look at some of the example I came across on the internet was pretty fascinating. If you are just a little bit careful with the ingredients, you could even make your own cake without a whole lot of effort. There are a ton of sites online that provide recipes and examples. It is really all about planning and being a little more careful since there are certain ingredients that are very bad for dogs like chocolate, nuts and the like.

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My dog loves peanut butter more than anything so I would LOVE to give her a peanut butter cake for her birthday. Her birthday is April 21st and I would love to have a recipe to make for her special day. Let me know!

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This is amazing idea! At first I thought that this was for stuck-up celebrities with their pure-bred chihuahuas in gucci handbags, but now I realize how you dont have to have a gourmet chef to make one or be a millionare to buy one! truely a awesome thing to do for your pooch! Happy Birthday to all the hounds out there and Happy Birthday to my Basset Hound pup, Dudley!! =D

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We always celebrate our black Labrador’s birthday with a cake that he takes to doggy daycare to share with his friends but I do have a warning. If you choose to purchase your dogs cake ensure that you purchase from a reputable company. While researching new companies one year we came across a company that was including raisins in one of their products. Raisins can be extremely bad news for dogs and can cause an array of health problems and in some cases even death. Before you buy from any company take a look around and ensure that they know their stuff or at least obtain a detailed list of every ingredient that will be in your dog’s birthday cake!

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I love this idea! We are huge dog lovers in my family, and have adopted our little one into the family. We do always celebrate her birthday each year and I love the idea of letting her have her own little cake! I can not wait to try and make one this year for her. Thanks for sharing the idea and the recipe!!

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