Hello Puppers and Doggo’s!
I’m a tad sad today. I had actually planned to post a full video of how I made Olive’s birthday cake for you, but the unthinkable happened: My SD card with all the video’s snapped in half while trying to transfer them to my laptop. Oops! Lucky for you I still have a short video of Olive enjoying her cake, and the recipe I also still have so instead of a video, you are getting a blog post!
It’s still unbelievable to me how fast the last three years have gone, Olive has turned into this amazing, well balanced, sweet and kind dog that is everything I could have ever hoped for and more. And that deserves a cake. A doggo cake. So that is what I made her for her birthday.
My goal for a cake was to make it epic, and I must say finding a recipe that suited was harder than I thought so I ended up Frankenstein-ing a recipe especially for Olive. I found that most pupcake recipes were based on mainly flower, or were just frozen meat. I feel like although it is her birthday, I still wanted to make a cake that was slightly healthy, and that I afterwards could cut up in cubes and use as treats.
For the main ingredient I picked beef – it’s one of those meats that a lot of dogs can have without issues, and I felt like Olive would like it more than a mince chicken cake, so there we go. This recipe calls for no flour at all, just a little bit of oats, carrot and an egg to get everything to stick together, and off you go. If you prefer your dog doesn’t get any type of grain at all you can even choose to leave out the oats completely!
The frosting is the part where it got a little trickier. I’ve read a lot about different types of frosting for dogs, and I chose to go with thick, Turkish style yoghurt, although Greek style yoghurt will do too. I hung the yoghurt up in a cheesecloth for a couple of hours although that is totally optional, draining some of the liquids makes the yoghurt a little bit thicker and easier to work with. I mixed in some tapioca flour to make it even thicker and then, to get a slightly pinkish colour, I blended the yoghurt together with a can of Tuna, GROSS! But it definitely had the result I wanted!
Lastly, it was time to assemble it all. I ended up making two layers, both the same, in a super tiny cake tin. I stacked them together with a bit of the frosting in between and then lathered the cake full of the frosting, top to bottom, all around. To finish it all off I decided to stick dehydrated little sardines all around the side, and there you go! A perfect Birthday cake for your perfect doggo!
For the cake:
- 250 grams of minced beef
- 1 cup of carrot, grated
- 2/3 cup of rolled oats
- 1 egg
- Little bit of mozzarella cheese
- Small cake tin
For the frosting:
- ½ cup of tapioca starch or cornstarch
- ½ cup of greek yoghurt
- 1 can of tuna
For the finishing touch:
- Dried sardines for on the side
- Some crumbly treats or dog bones for on top
- Preheat the oven to 375F
- Mix the beef, oats, carrot, egg and tiny bit of mozzarella together and split the portion in two
- Spray a small cake tin (I used a 10cm one) with cooking spray and firmly press down half of the mixture in there
- Place the other half of the mixture in the fridge, and cook the first tin for 40 minutes in the middle of the oven. Put a tray or so underneath it to prevent leaking
- When the first is done, let it cool down and remove from the mold. Wash, respray with cooking spray and cook the second batch.
- Let the second batch cool down too and place one of the two cakes on a plate
- Spread a blob of frosting on top of the first cake and place the second cake on top, with the bottom side up so that your top is nice and flat
- Spread the frosting all around and on top, and make it nice and smooth. If you have a palette knife or an offset spatula this would work perfectly for this!
- Stick the dried fish all around the sides and place some bones or crumbly treats on top to finish it off!
- Give it to your doggo and watch them enjoy!