Your dog is your family member, so it's only natural that you want to celebrate special events with him. Whether his birthday is coming up or you just want to give him a special treat to show how much he means to you, dog-friendly cakes and frostings are a must. These dog frosting recipes are made with ingredients that are safe for your dog, and with a little time and effort, you can make your dog a special treat for any celebration.
Avoid traditional frosting and icing
You might be tempted to frost your dog's cake with traditional frosting or icing, to just pick up a can of ready-made frosting at the store. But this could lead to some health issues for your pet. Some frostings and icings contain milk, and milk can upset your dog's stomach and cause diarrhea.
Most frostings are rich in sugar, but too much sugar is bad for your dog's health. Dogs who ingest too much sugar can develop dental problems and may become overweight. In some cases, sugar may cause diabetes in dogs.
Chocolate frosting can be twice as bad for dogs. In addition to being rich in sugar, all types of chocolate contain theobromine, which can cause symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea. If dogs ingest large amounts of chocolate, they can experience seizures, heart problems, tremors, and can even pass away.
If you'd like to treat your dog to a special cake, then finding a healthy dog-cake recipe and making up some dog-cake icing of your own is a much safer option.
Peanut butter yogurt dog frosting
If your dog loves peanut butter, she's sure to love this simple peanut butter frosting recipe made with dog-safe ingredients. To start, you'll need:
- ½ cup plain unsweetened yogurt
- 8-ounce block of light cream cheese
- ½ cup unsweetened peanut butter
- ½ cup tapioca flour
It only takes a few minutes to create this frosting. Start by blending the cream cheese and yogurt in a food processor or mixer. Add in the peanut butter next and mix until blended. Lastly, gradually add in the tapioca flour.
The tapioca gives the frosting strength to hold its shape, though the frosting will still be somewhat soft when finished. You can use it to frost a cake or to top dog biscuits or treats.
Greek yogurt dog frosting
This easy Greek yogurt frosting recipe only takes about five minutes to make, and when left to sit, the frosting will harden as it sets. You will need:
- ½ cup tapioca starch
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
- 3 tablespoons water
Start by combining the tapioca starch and yogurt in a small bowl, then mix in one tablespoon of water at a time. That's all there is to it! You can spread the frosting onto a cake or cookie, and if you spread it on wax paper, it will harden. If you choose to make this frosting ahead of time, be sure to refrigerate it until you're ready to serve it to your lucky dog.
Safely coloring frosting
Some frostings, like peanut butter frosting, will naturally have a color. Others, like the Greek yogurt frosting, are white and could be colored. To safely color frosting for your dog, use natural coloring from a health food store or puree some dog-safe foods to add a bit of color.
Pureed cranberries, strawberries, and parsley will all add bold colors and some flavor to the frosting. Just make sure that you only use foods that are safe for your dog.
When it comes to serving frosting to your dog, do so in moderation. Even though these frostings contain ingredients that are safe for dogs, it's still possible that your dog could have an allergic reaction to the frosting, especially if he doesn't eat these ingredients often. Giving your dog smaller servings will also help to reduce the chance of digestive upset, so he can truly enjoy the celebration and special treat that you're giving him.
Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.