Updated: Aug 9, 2021
We love to celebrate our dogs' birthdays! Each birthday always includes a special treat like gourmet dog biscuits from our local dog bakery, pup ice cream, or a tower constructed entirely of dog bones. This year, I decided I would make Bailey a very special dog birthday cake from scratch inspired by her love for muffins.
Often on the weekends, I will sit at the breakfast table drinking coffee and eating a muffin. Bailey always wants a bite of my muffin and occasionally she wins even though they are not the best things for her to eat. So, I decided that for her birthday I would make her a strawberry muffin cake that I knew she would love, and leave me feeling guilt-free.
Bonus: For those with dogs who hate peanut butter, this is a dog birthday cake recipe without peanut butter!
Bailey's Strawberry Muffin Cake
A Dog Birthday Cake Recipe with Icing
For the Cake:
1 cup Whole Wheat Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 cup Applesauce
1/4 cup Olive Oil
2/3 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
4 - 8 Whole Strawberries
1 Tbsp Honey
For the Icing:
1/2 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
3-4 Whole Strawberries
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and spray a standard muffin pan with non-stick spray.
Step 2: Whisk the whole wheat flour and baking powder in a bowl. Set aside.
Step 3: Roughly chop the strawberries. Using an immersion blender or food processor pulse the strawberries until they are pureed. Note: If your dog likes strawberry chunks, you can leave them roughly chopped.
Step 4: In a standup mixer, combine the apple sauce, olive oil, and Greek yogurt.
Step 5: Slowly add your flour mixture to the wet ingredients. Mix until well combined.
Step 6: Add the strawberries and honey. Mix until combined.
Step 7: Pour the batter into approximately six muffin tins.
Step 8: Bake the muffins for 15-20 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. Note: Due to the nature of the ingredients, this will be a spongy, moist cake and some cake that is baked may still stick to the knife.
Step 9: Allow the muffins to fully cool on a wire rack. Once cooled, use a spatula to spread the icing on top of each of the cakes.
Step 10: Stack and arrange the cakes as desired. Garnish with fresh strawberries and birthday decorations!
Step 1: Roughly chop 3-4 whole strawberries. Using an immersion blender or food processor pulse the strawberries until they are liquified. This is important because this is what will give you that natural pink color for your frosting. Note if your dog loves blueberries and you want blue frosting, you can easily substitute blueberries for strawberries.
Step 2: Mix the Greek Yogurt and Strawberries in a bowl until combined and sit aside until the muffins are cool and ready to be iced.
Not sure you want to make a cake from scratch try pre-mix cookies instead!
A Special Birthday Treat!
That's it! Such an easy, healthy dog birthday cake recipe that your pup will love! If you have any left over icing you can spread it on a dog licking mat to provide them even more fun and stimulation.
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