Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Happy Birthday, Loki: A Cake for Puppies

by Darla

Our littlest boy turned 10 years old just before Thanksgiving. Which is a pretty big deal. I mean, our furry babies don’t get too many birthdays as it is, so celebrating a whole decade is pretty much the equivelant of a people’s 40th.

I’m a spoiler anyway when it comes to any of my boys celebrating a birthday, but this was a big one, so obviously, there needed to be cake involved.

I’m quite sure some people think it’s silly to bake a cake for a puppy, but if you’re here, then I know you know I’m definitely not one of those people.

We also give him gifts for his birthday. And he loves every minute of it! You can see just how excited he is, and he obviously knows that they’re for him. :) He’s the silliest puppy ever on Christmas morning, when he thinks all the gifts are his. How could we not give him a little prize or two??

The biggest gifts were his cake and carob bones, though. He was sniffing around the kitchen all day while I made them. I’m pretty sure he knew they were his. :)

The carob bones were insanely simple to make, and he is obsessed with them.

All I did for them was melt about one cup of unsweetened carob chips in the microwave, with about a teaspoon of vegetable shortening. I added the shortening because carob chips don’t have a whole lot of fat in them, so they’re not super stable for melting. By adding a little additional fat, in the form of the shortening, it makes the carob melt a little smoother, and stay melted longer.

When melting the chips, microwave them for about 15 seconds, then stir. Heat for another 15 seconds and stir. Continue this process until completely melted and smooth. They melt quickly, so you shouldn’t need more than two or three goes in the microwave.

Once smooth, fill a chocolate mold with the carob and set aside to harden. I used this bone mold from CK Products.

Now that those are done, lets get back to the cake…and the birthday boy.

He’s got his eyes on the prize.

Why yes, he is on the dining table. It’s his tenth birthday, people. That’s a sitting on the table occasion if ever there were one.

For the frosting, I tried a lot of different stuff, but none of it worked like I had hoped. I didn’t want to add a whole lot of sugar to everything, so I tried adding honey, yogurt, and a few other things to the peanut butter for his frosting, but they all sort of made it seize up. In the end, I used plain old honey peanut butter, straight from the jar, piped on top and between each layer.

It was a little comical to watch him get it off the roof of his mouth, but I don’t think he minded one bit.

Both my people boys tried Loki’s cake, and they actually very much enjoyed it.

Except for the carob chips.

They both said that, with just a little more sweetness, and real chocolate in place of the carob, that they would have thoroughly enjoyed this cake. Hm. Maybe I need to make the human version soon?

This was such a fun and incredibly easy treat to make for my little boy. :) If you have a special puppy event coming up, or maybe just a Wednesday that needs brightening, you gotta make this for your furry babies.

Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Carob Chip Carrot Cake for Dogs
Makes 1 8-inch round cake

Ingredients

1/2 oat flour
1/2 brown rice flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup oil
1/3 cup honey
1 egg
1/3 cup peanut butter
1 cup shredded carrot
1/2 carob chips

To make the cake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (C). Lightly spray an 8-inch round cake pan with nonstick cooking spray and line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper; set aside.

In a small bowl, combine the flours and baking soda; set aside.

In a medium bowl, stir together the oil, honey, and egg until combined. Stir in the peanut butter. Once combined, add the flour mixture until just combined, then stir in the carrots and carob chips.

Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until deep golden brown in color, and the center springs back when touched.

Allow to cool completely before frosting and serving.

Recipe by Darla

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Nicole November 28, 2012 at 9:29 am

That is just the cutest picture I’ve ever seen! He looks like one happy pup!

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2 Lisa W November 28, 2012 at 10:52 am

What a little sweetie! Thank you so much for the recipe. I will have to try this for my little girl!

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3 Olivia @ Liv Lives Life November 28, 2012 at 11:16 am

Oh my gosh, he’s so cute!!! I love the little sweater!

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4 Katherine November 28, 2012 at 11:18 am

This looks like a fabulous treat for my pup! Just a general question – what else do you make with oat flour and brown rice flour? I hate to buy ingredients and have them sitting around… and I’m somewhat unfamiliar with these! Loooooove your blog. :)

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5 Becs@Lay the table November 28, 2012 at 11:40 am

Aww Happy Birthday Loki! He is adorable…our Jack Russell is 15 and she gets treated like a queen when it’s her birthday. Bless her!

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6 Becca - Cookie Jar Treats November 28, 2012 at 11:58 am

Happy Belated Birthday, Loki! He is just too adorable!

When I get a dog (if I get a dog) when I grow up, I’m definitely going to be one of those people that celebrate their doggy’s birthday :)

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7 Stephanie Dunne November 28, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Oh my gosh! That is the cutest darn puppy cake I’ve ever seen in my life! Who would have ever kown to use peanutbutter & honey as frosting, that’s just too awesome.
I just love these “unusual but too darn cute” recipes that you pay hommage to even if it is a cute lil’ pup named Loki.
Thanks Darla look forward to your next great idea. -Stephy

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8 Karly November 28, 2012 at 3:09 pm

I love this! I really need to see a picture of your doggy taking a bite of that cake. You know how they do cake smash photos for baby’s first birthday? I need to see those of your dog. :)

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9 Sarah November 28, 2012 at 5:56 pm

That is so adorable! Happy 10th birthday!

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10 Mel November 28, 2012 at 6:47 pm

I give my two dogs something for Christmas under the tree and in their stockings, and they go insane. My youngest KNOWS which presents are his and he guards them. If our cats even look at the gifts, he gets serious and will bark at them to go away. If he hears the crinkle of the treat bag, he’d probably come from a mile away because of that sound. I love it. I’m happy they enjoy Christmas just as much as their humans!

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11 Laura November 28, 2012 at 9:44 pm

How sweet!

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12 Katira November 28, 2012 at 11:17 pm

That picture of Loki looking at the cake is just fantastic. Great post!

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13 sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more November 29, 2012 at 6:44 am

he is just too cute, how lucky that little birthday boy is:)

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14 Heather November 29, 2012 at 9:56 am

Cutest thing I ever did see! LOVE that Loki!!!!! I know what I’m making Biscuit and Churro next birthday party time.

xoxo

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15 Stephanie November 29, 2012 at 11:14 am

I adore this post! You have such a lucky puppy. Our dog would absolutely love a cake like this!

We always give our pets gifts and one christmas the three kitties escaped from their room in the early morning and ripped open their gifts (only their gifts!) and when we came downstairs the cats were snoozing with their new catnip toys.

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16 Tina @ Sugar Bean Bakers November 29, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Loki is such a cute boy!!! Why wouldn’t you spoil him? :D

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17 Jillian_R November 29, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Loki is A-Dora-Ble!!
He reminds me of my little girls who are about 4 years behind your little guy. I could go on and on about my puppy girls, but I would get finger cramps! LOL
Congratulations to Loki and I hope he had a wonderful day!

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18 Lior December 12, 2012 at 12:57 pm

sooooo cute!!!
happy birthday Loki!
:)

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