So you're looking for a way to provide your birthday pooch with a small meat cake to make the occasion special? That's sweet, even if the cake won't be. No, a meat cake might not sound too appealing to you, but your doggy is guaranteed to love it.
Make Chicken Cake
A chicken-based cake is easy, affordable and nutritious for your pooch's birthday celebration. Chicken cake may not sound like a delicious slice of heaven to you, but it certainly pleases the canine palate. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and grease an 8-inch cake pan. Mix 1 1/2 cups flour and 1/2 tablespoon baking powder in a small bowl. Beat 1/4 cup softened margarine until it's smooth in a large bowl, then beat in three eggs and 1/4 cup corn oil. Thoroughly stir in one jar of chicken baby food and 1 cup of finely shredded carrots. Incorporate the flour and baking powder mixture, then pour the batter into your cake pan. Bake the meat cake for 60 minutes, let it cool in the pan for five minutes, then take it out and let it finish cooling.
Icing the Cake
There are lots of ingredients with which to whip up an icing for your doggy's birthday meat cake. They aren't necessarily what springs immediately to mind when you fantasize about a rich, delicious frosting, but they'll be perfect for your pet. Yogurt, cream cheese, peanut butter and cottage cheese are just a few suitable options. This time, try a cottage cheese icing for your chicken cake. Whip 1 cup low-fat or nonfat cottage cheese and two egg whites at high speed in a blender. Include 1 tablespoon of peanut butter if you want to add more flavor. Slowly spoon in flour until the frosting thickens to the desired consistency. Use a rubber-tipped stirrer to smooth it over the cake.
If you're really looking to spoil your pooch -- and you are, of course -- add more meat to your chicken cake. Pull apart some small bits of jerky and add them into your chicken cake batter. They also make for a tasty, decorative topping to sprinkle over the cottage cheese icing. Crumbled bacon is another alternative if you're looking to up the meat count. It won't hold up well in the oven for an hour, so don't put it into the cake batter, but fry a slice or two up nice and crisp and break it up over the top of the cake after you frost it.
Your doggy's birthday cake is packed with protein and fats, both of which she needs a lot of. While dogs are better built to handle saturated fat and cholesterol than us humans, these ingredients still aren't as good for them as unsaturated fats and leaner proteins. While one birthday cake won't make a difference, over the long term, your pet should be eating healthier sources of protein and fat. However, you can make your meat birthday cake relatively healthy without sacrificing fun or flavor from your pet's perspective, so why not? Chicken is healthful, and using margarine instead of butter is a smart way to go, as is using low-fat or fat-free cottage cheese. Also, unlike you, your doggy doesn't need a cake loaded with sugar to be happy. There's no need to sweeten it, as sugar only makes it unhealthier.
Eric Mohrman has been a freelance writer since 2007, focusing on travel, food and lifestyle stories. His creative writing is also widely published. He lives in Orlando, Florida.