Our next few posts will share the DIY details from Humphrey's first birthday, and what better place to start than with cake? This is a party after all, so what not have the cake first! There is something about a nice tall layer cake that really makes it feel like a special celebration, isn't there? The smell of meat cooking in the kitchen is a really exciting event for our dogs. For personal reasons, I converted to a vegetarian diet some time ago and hubby also limits his consumption, so meat isn't usually on the menu unless we are cooking for guests or (of course) the pampered pets. Since I wanted this cake to be more of an indulgent birthday dinner than a dessert, I opted to make it meaty - much to the joy and delight of my salivating sous-chefs.
1 carrot, shredded
1 cup rolled oats
2+ cups of cooled mashed potato* (approximate)
milk/water to adjust consistency if/as needed
dog biscuits to garnish (optional)
Preheat oven to 180C and lightly grease your pan(s). These volumes will make two miniature spring form pan cakes, but you can bake them as meaty muffins instead if you prefer. Combine the cake ingredients in a mixing bowl and press firmly into your prepared pans. Remember, there is no need to leave expansion room as these cakes will not change in size during baking. Bake for approximately 40 minutes, until cooked thoroughly. Remove from the oven, cool slightly, and then refrigerate to cool thoroughly. When thoroughly cooled, remove from the pans and slice each cake into two layers (total of four layers). Construct your layer cake, applying mashed potato frosting between each layer. Frost the exterior with additional mashed potato, garnish with biscuits to decorate, and refrigerate until you are ready to serve. Pampered pooches might enjoy their slice of cake warmed slightly for extra smell and flavour.
Tips and Tricks:
- Other ground meats can be used based upon your preferences and dog's tastes.
- Your cakes can be baked into other shapes and sizes. Remember to adjust your cooking times accordingly.
- If your dog can't have oats, gluten-free breadcrumbs are a potential alternative to still get a loaf-like consistency to your cake or skip it all together, leading to a smaller, denser, meatier cake.
- Instant mashed potato makes a very quick and easy option for frosting / icing dog cakes. It is inherently smooth and uniform in consistency and can be easily adjusted to be thinner (additional liquid) or thicker (additional flakes). Mashed potato is also a neutral base for tinting is you wish to add food colouring.
Hungry for more tasty treats? See all of our recipes here. Remember, treats are for spoiling your pup in moderation. Some dogs have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt, have a chat with your vet.
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