Tuesday, 24 April 2018

{RECIPE} Pumpkin + Peanut Butter Cake with Yogurt Frosting

It's not really a birthday party without a cake, is it? In the words of Julia Child, "a party without cake is just a meeting." and while we do enjoy meetings with doggone delicious snacks, barkday parties with dog-friendly cakes are far superior. :)  Our dog birthday cakes are usually meatloaf-style creations, but for Oli's barkday pawty this year I decided to make meatballs as a side and bake a cakier cake instead.

Pumpkin and Peanut Butter Cake with Coconut Yogurt Frosting

1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1/2 cup of dog-friendly pumpkin baby food (I used pumpkin and beef - yummo!) or equivalent substitute
1 egg
1 tbsp ground LSA or flax
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 cup self-raising wholemeal flour or equivalent substitute
Optional for frosting: low fat thick-style yogurt and coconut flour 

Preheat oven to 160C.  Combine peanut butter, baby food, and egg in a small mixing bowl. Stir in the LSA/flax and chia seeds, then add flour and mix until just combined. Spoon into a prepared mini springform pan (or alternative baking pan/dish of your preference) and smooth/tap to even out the batter. Bake for approximately 25 minutes.  Remove to cool slightly before loosening the spring-form ring to cool completely.  If preparing in advance, once fully cooled, the unfrosted cake can be wrapped short term or frozen for longer storage.  To prepare the optional frosting, mix a small quantity of coconut flour into thick-style yogurt to further thicken into a moldable mixture that will stay in place atop the cake.  Dress the cake and celebrate! I used my mini heart plunger to indent a ring of hearts around the edge of the frosting and topped the cake with some special Carrot and Peanut Butter Birthday Cookies made with a 12 (recipe and details in an upcoming post).

Tips and Tricks:
  • When using ingredients like peanut butter or yogurt for dogs, go natural or take care when when shopping to avoid the artificial sweeteners, particularly xylitol, which is extremely dangerous for dogs. Xylitol may also be labelled under as sweetener code 967.
  • Always check your ingredients to ensure the contents are dog-safe if using baby food. If it is sold in your area, canned pumpkin puree (plain pumpkin, NOT spiced or sweetened pie filling) can be used. It isn't common down here (although goodness knows why - kiwis love pumpkin!).  You can also make these with homemade pumpkin puree but that usually has much less water so you may need to play around with the flour quantity to get a nice workable consistency.
  • Since my cake was just a single mini springform pan I used the toaster oven to bake - more energy efficient than the full sized oven. :)  
  • This is a thick batter making a lovely dense moist cake or tasty little pupcakes. The cake(s) can be baked into other shapes and sizes. Adjust cooking times accordingly.   
  • To avoid soggy cake and save fridge space, frost shortly before serving.  Yogurt based frosting requires refrigeration. The cake can be sliced and refrigerated short term or frozen longer term (we have a few leftover slices in our freezer right now for special treats!). 

Hungry for more tasty treats?  See all of our recipes hereRemember, 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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