How to Make Simple Dog Cake

If your dog craves a treat, make him a doggie cake.
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As pet parents you want to share the good times with your dog, but would rather avoid feeding him unhealthy, fattening treats. A basic cake recipe, modified for better canine nutrition, fits the bill nicely. Alter it with a variety of dog-approved foods to tailor-make dessert for your precious pup.

Creating Your Own Basic Dog-Cake Recipe

Step 1

Look for a good, basic human cake recipe that is low in sugar and fat.

Step 2

Alter the recipe to reduce the quantity by at least half. So, if the recipe calls for 2 cups flour, for example, use no more than 1 cup.

Step 3

Eliminate, substitute or reduce unnecessary sugar, butter or other less healthy ingredients. Honey is better than refined sugar, for instance, and is quite enough sweetener for a medium-sized dog cake. Butter or olive oil (1/4 cup) is enough fat to make a rich treat. Whole wheat flour is more nutritious than white flour. You could also substitute rye, barley, rice or other whole-grain flours. Use water or soy milk in place of cow's milk, which can upset lactose-intolerant stomachs in some pets.

Step 4

Avoid exotic ingredients that may prove toxic to dogs or cause tummy upsets. Other than flour, sweetener and some form of fat, water, eggs or egg-substitute, and baking powder are the only truly necessary ingredients for a successful cake.

Step 5

Add flavorings or other ingredients that are good dog foods -- things like peanut butter, pumpkin, squash, carob or cinnamon. Avoid chocolate, raisins and other foods not recommended for dogs.

Making the Cake

Step 1

Measure out ingredients into cups or small bowls.

Step 2

Cream the butter and honey together in a small mixing bowl. Add the egg and vanilla and blend it in well. Set the bowl aside.

Step 3

Mix flour and baking soda together in a large mixing bowl, add water and the egg, butter and honey mixture to that. Blend until the batter is smooth and creamy.

Step 4

Pour the batter into a small well-buttered baking pan or into paper cups in a muffin pan, and bake at 350-degrees Fahrenheit until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Variations & Extras

Step 1

Add one or more optional ingredients from the list to enhance the flavor and texture.

Step 2

Make a cake “frosting” by spreading cream cheese, cottage cheese or peanut butter over the top.

Step 3

Top the cake with an unsalted pretzel “candle,” a tiny dog biscuit, crumbled vanilla wafers or carob chips for fun decorations.

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