There's no denying that all dogs naturally love meat -- so why mess with a good thing? Get the paw-ty started with this moist and tasty liver and cheese birthday cake. It may be small, but this scrumptious, double-layer cake is big enough to serve up a generous slice to your pup and his pals, with leftovers for doggie bags.
• 1/2 lb. beef liver
• 1/2 cup milk
• 1/2 cup oat flour
• 1/2 cup brown rice flour
• 3 1/2 tbsp. olive oil
• 1 Egg
• 2 tbsp. dried parsley
• 1/2 cup low-fat cream cheese
• 1 tbsp. honey
• A few dog bone biscuits
Optional Ingredients for topping/decorating* (See Caution below)
• Grated low-fat swiss cheese (if your dog tolerates lactose)
• 2 slices low-sodium bacon or 2 - 3 thin slices of low-sodium, lean ham
1 - Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. If using bacon, fry until crisp, then finely chop and set aside. Liquidize the liver and milk in the food processor or blender.
2 - Mix the flours, 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, egg and parsley together in the bowl. Fold the liver puree into the mixture and stir until it forms a smooth paste.
3 - Grease the cake pans with the olive oil cooking spray. Pour an equal amount of batter into each of the cake pans. Bake the cake halves on the middle rack of the oven for 30 to 35 minutes. Test to see if the cakes are cooked by inserting a knife into the center of each. If the knife comes out dry, the cake is cooked. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
4 - Beat the cream cheese, honey and the remaining olive oil together until fluffy with the stick blender or spoon. Place a plate over one of the cake halves and turn over to place the cake upside down on the plate. Spread half of the frosting over the cake. Place the second cake half on top, and spread the remaining frosting over the cake with a spatula or frosting knife. Decorate with dog bone biscuits as desired.
If using optional toppings*: Sprinkle sparingly with swiss cheese if desired. Sprinkle chopped bacon over the cake, or arrange slices of ham on top. Store leftover cake in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours, or freeze for up to three months.
*Caution: High-fat and high-sodium foods such as bacon and ham should be considered as "very special occasion" treats and should only be fed in small quantities, dictated by the size of your dog. If given regularly or in large quantities, they can contribute to weight gain and pancreatitis in dogs.
By Susan Dorling
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Based in Ontario, Susan Dorling has written professionally since 2000, with hundreds of articles published in a variety of popular online venues. Writing on a diverse range of topics, she reflects her passion for animals, interior design, home decorating, style, fashion and business.