When you're celebrating a special occasion and you want your pooch to share in the festivities, bake him his own cake. Most human cakes contain all kinds of unhealthy ingredients for canines, like flour, chocolate and sugar. Avoid such issues by creating a tasty flourless cake just for Fido.
Combine the dry dog cake ingredients together in a mixing bowl. These dry ingredients consist of 1 3/4 cups of cornmeal, 1/4 cup of ground flax seed meal and 1 teaspoon each of baking powder and baking soda. Flaxseed meal contains lots of healthy omega-3 fatty acids to support a healthy coat, according to WebMD.
Whisk together the wet ingredients. These ingredients consist of 2 eggs, 1 3/4 cups of buttermilk, 1/2 cup of pureed cooked chicken and 1/4 cup of grated carrots.
Combine wet and dry ingredients, and stir them together to form a thick batter.
Heat 1/4 cup of vegetable oil in a cast iron skillet over medium heat until it sizzles. Vegetable oil provides healthy omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
Pour the batter into the skillet and stir well.
Remove the skillet from the heat and place it into the middle rack of your oven, preheated to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
Bake the cake for 20 minutes.
Remove the cake and flip it onto a plate with a spatula.
Allow the cake to cool for 20 minutes before frosting it with a mixture of 1/2 cup of cream cheese and 1/2 cup of pate-style dog food.
Garnish the cake with dog biscuits, grated carrots and green beans, all good sources of fiber for your pooch. Plus, they give the cake a pop of color. Cut and serve it to your pooch on a decorative plate or in his doggie dish.
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- Food.com: No-Flour Cornbread
- BigOven: Southern Style Cornbread (No Sugar or Flour)
- Texas Cooking Online: Cornbread Seminar
- WebMD: Dogs and Chocolate: Get the Facts
- WebMD: Dog Nutrition for a Healthy Coat
- Pipe the frosting for a more decorative effect using a resealable plastic bag with a corner cut off to squeeze the frosting through.
- If your pooch loves peanut butter, substitute it for frosting.
- Substitute dog food, pureed cooked ground beef or pureed cooked liver, depending on your particular pooch's tastes, for the pureed cooked chicken.
- Use this recipe to make single-serving "pupcakes" -- doggie cupcakes -- by pouring the batter into a muffin tin greased with vegetable shortening instead of vegetable oil.
- This recipe contains no gluten or wheat.
- Never use ingredients like chocolate in your cake or as decorations for it; chocolate contains theobromine, toxic to most pets.
- Avoid using candles or plastic decorations on cakes for dogs. Your excited pooch could easily burn himself with them or ingest them before you have a chance to remove them.
Based in Las Vegas, Susan Paretts has been writing since 1998. She writes about many subjects including pets, finances, crafts, food, home improvement, shopping and going green. Her articles, short stories and reviews have appeared on City National Bank's website and on The Noseprint. Paretts holds a Master of Professional Writing from the University of Southern California.