How to Make an Edible Cake for Dogs

If you're making a cake for your pooch, use foods dogs like that are healthy for them, including meat, vegetables, peanut butter and yogurt. Using a recipe from a trusted source is a foolproof way to make a cake for dogs to eat. If you create your own recipe, check that all the ingredients for the cake are safe for dogs. If in doubt, ask your vet. Many foods humans consider yummy are toxic for dogs or could cause digestive upsets.

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It's safer to use dog treats than candles on the cake.
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Choose the Recipe and Ingredients

Recipes for cakes intended for dogs include simple cakes and special birthday cakes. Pick a recipe with ingredients your dogs like best. Alternatively, devise your own recipe based on ingredients that are safe for dogs to eat. Don't give regular cake made for humans to dogs. Cake, ice cream, candy and other human treats can give dogs digestive upsets including diarrhea. Chocolate is toxic for dogs, so don't feed them anything that contains any form of chocolate, including cocoa powder. A chocolate cake can cause vomiting and diarrhea, and too much chocolate can cause irregular heartbeat and seizures.

Create a Meatloaf Dog Cake

Make a simple version of the birthday cake Rachael Ray created for her pooch. Treat your dogs to a cake made of your choice of ground or chopped meat, such as beef, pork, turkey or chicken. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit, or 350 if your oven runs hot. Mix two eggs, 1 pound of meat, 1 cup of cooked veggies such as baby carrots and peas and a half cup of cooked barley or cooked brown rice in a bowl. Divide the mixture into a greased muffin tin's cups. This makes six mini-cakes if you use an extra large muffin tin. Double or triple the recipe to make enough for more dog guests, if needed. Bake for 40 minutes and allow to cool. Top with plain Greek yogurt and bits of real bacon, if desired. These little individual cakes work great for a dog party.

Make a Flour-Based Dog Cake

Make a dog birthday cake that looks similar to a human version. This one combines shredded veggies and tempting peanut butter. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix an egg, a quarter cup of peanut butter, a quarter cup of canola or safflower oil and a cup of shredded carrots -- or your dogs' favorite veggie -- per serving in a bowl. Sift together 1 cup of whole wheat and a teaspoon of aluminum-free baking soda per serving and mix into the moist ingredients. Put the batter into a greased whimsical cake pan such as a dog bone shape, or use regular cake pans. Substitute your preferred oil, if desired. Don't use walnuts or walnut oil in the cake as they are toxic to dogs. Bake for 40 minutes. After the cake cools, spread whipped cream cheese on the cake.

Feed Cake in Moderation

A cake binge can be as uncomfortable for dogs as it is for humans. Too much food -- especially calorie-dense treats -- can lead to obesity and health complications. More than half of adult dogs are obese, notes the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Talk to your vet about weight and feeding to help keep your dogs on track for optimal health. Digestion varies by dog so some "safe" foods could cause stomach upset, according to veterinarian Betsy Brevitz, author of "The Complete Healthy Dog Handbook."