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Dog Cakes: the good the bad and the ugly

Dog Birthday Cakes

Whether your dog is turning 1 or 11 – they absolutely deserve a birthday pawty, and you simply can’t have a puppy party without a dog birthday cake. While your four legged friend won’t be able to consume a standard human cake, there are plenty of tasty treats we can give them to make sure that their birthday is a woofin’ success. 

Dog friendly birthday cakes have become increasingly popular over the past few years, and here at Postman Pooch we’ve sourced some of the most delicious dog cakes so that you can celebrate your canine. However, if you don’t want to splash out on a pawfessional bake, you can also whip up something pretty tasty in your own kitchen. 

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Here’s our run-down of the best doggy birthday cakes that your pup is bound to love  – the good, the bad and the ugly. 

The good

When it comes to good dog birthday cakes – you want one that is completely safe for your pup, is abspawlutely delicious and one that looks the part too, so that you can take plenty of pictures of your fluffy friend on their special day. 

Our range of dog birthday cakes come with a card, which means that even though your fluffer can’t read, you’ll be able to keep a memento of the special day. 

Postman Pooch’s selection of colourful doggy cakes come from Barking Bakery, topped with yogurt frosting and surrounded by delicious bone biscuits. 

The puppy party cakes come in white, blue or pink, and each comes with an icing pen so that you can write your own message to your dearly be-woofed for their birthday – and a candle too, how adorable! 

If your dog deserves the best, then this personalised dog cake, also from Barking Bakery, lets you print a photo of your perfect pooch onto a delicious doggy birthday cake, adding an extra special element to any barkday extravaganza. 

The bad 

Having mentioned a whole host of delicious pupcakes that will set tails wagging – it’s also incredibly important to cover the bad too, because there are a number of different ingredients which can actually be harmful or poisonous for your dog to consume, so it’s vital to be aware. 

Here’s a list of ingredients that your dog cannot have: 

  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Chives
  • Chocolate
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Avocado
  • Artificial sweetener
  • Grapes
  • Raisins 
  • Corn on the cob

If your dog ingests any of these ingredients then please be sure to get them to the vets ASAP! 

The ugly 

We’ve seen the good, we’ve read about the bad – now it’s time for the ugly! Unless you’re a star baker that Mary Berry would be proud of, it can be difficult to whip up a pretty cake in the kitchen, that’s why we’re labelling our DIY doggy birthday cakes ‘the ugly’. Whether you’re confident in your baking skills or you’re a complete novice, the good news is, your dog will wolf down your creation whether it’s aesthetically stunning or not quite pretty enough to make your Instagram feed.

Here’s a quick and simple recipe to make a delicious dog birthday cake at home. This recipe comes from Battersea

Ingredients: 

  • 210g plain or wholemeal flour
  • 1 peeled banana, mashed
  • Half a grated carrot
  • 2tsp coconut oil
  • 250ml oat milk
  • 1 egg

For the decoration

  • 1 large potato, mashed
  • Treats to decorate
  • Meaty stick for a candle (Stick-shaped edible dog treat)

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and line a small cake tin with greaseproof paper. You can use a cupcake tray and make several smaller cakes if you’d prefer. 
  • Put your banana into a bowl and mash with a fork, then add your pre-whisked egg, grated carrot, melted coconut oil and oat milk. Mix all the ingredients together, then add the flour while stirring slowly. 
  • Spoon the cake mixture into the lined cake tin and make sure it’s smooth. Bake the cake 45 minutes to 1 hour until completely cooked through, then leave to cool.
  • Whilst your cake is cooling, make the frosting. Peel and chop your potato into chunks, then boil in a saucepan of water for 15-20 minutes until soft. Drain your potato and leave to cool before mashing. Make sure it’s mashed thoroughly and that there are no lumps. Loosen with a little water and spoon into a piping bag.
  • Cut the cooled cake into two even layers. Pipe some of your mash onto one half and sandwich the layers together. Pipe the remaining mash on top and decorate with your dog’s favourite treats. If it’s for their birthday, you can even add a meaty stick-shaped edible dog treat to make a candle.

So there you have it – the perfect range of dog friendly birthday cakes; the good, the bad and the ugly. What will you go for?