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Pupper Dog Cake Recipe

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This quick and easy Dog Cake Recipe is perfect for celebrating your pup’s birthday, gotcha day or just plain spoiling them. You know, just because!

My human kids, and even my husband, have been asking me over the past month just how we were going to celebrate, and ultimately spoil, Bailey on her first birthday. And of course one of the answers included baking her some type of tasty treat.

What to bake though? Homemade dog biscuits, doggie donuts, pup cakes? And we decided, as with any special day, we needed to celebrate with cake. A doggie approved cake!

How adorable is this little cake?

It’s pretty safe to say that our birthday girl was thrilled. And so was Nugget, our senior Pekingese. Because, of course he was part of the birthday celebration. Both of my pups are VERY food motivated, meaning they both practically live for food. I can’t be the only dog mom whose doggies go bonkers for nom noms. Right?

Dog Cake Recipe

Like everything that I cook for my dogs, this cake is packed full of healthy ingredients that dogs just love, including peanut butter, applesauce and pumpkin. It all comes together beautifully and bakes up just like any other cake, but is perfect for your dog. The frosting, which is optional, is made from peanut butter and plain yogurt.

I’m pretty sure you’re wondering if you can share this cake with your dog, and the answer is YES! However, unlike a traditional cake, it lacks sugar. I did take a little bite and it was okay, just not as sweet as my Bailey Boo and Nugget.

Decorating The Cake

When I was in the planning process of this cake, I had big plans. Those plans included baking some dog friendly cookies and using one of my number-shaped cookie cutters to make a “1”, and then frost it with melted yogurt chips. But, the migraine I had from Sunday into Monday quickly changed those plans for me, and I decorated the cake with Milk Bone minis instead.

The frosting is optional, but what’s a cake without frosting? And much like the actual cake itself, the frosting lacks sugar. So, you can absolutely dig in and share this cake with your dogs, but it’s not going to be sweet. At all. Just thought you should know.



  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 dog friendly peanut butter (Do NOT use a peanut butter with Xylitol as it’s dangerous to dogs. Check the ingredients!)
  • 1 cup plain unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (make sure to use pure pumpkin)
  • 2 eggs


  • 1 cup plain yogurt (regular or Greek style)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour and baking soda.
  3. In a separate bowl mix together vegetable oil, peanut butter, applesauce and pumpkin puree. Once combined, mix in eggs and mix until combined.
  4. Combine wet and dry ingredients and stir until combined.
  5. Pour mixture into two springform pans (4″ and 7″). I found these adorable pans on Amazon and used the two smaller sizes to make this a double layer cake. Make sure the pans have been greased with oil.
  6. Bake for approximately 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and the cake springs back when pressed lightly.
  7. Allow to cool on a wire rack prior to removing from pan.
  8. After cooling, add frosting if desired.


Mix the yogurt with the peanut butter until well combined. Spread over the cakes. If not serving immediately, store in refrigerator.

If you make this recipe, please let me know. And please send a pic of your dog enjoying to our email or tag us on Instagram @trishandbailey

***I am in the process of testing out a few recipe plugins for the blog. Once I settle on one, I will redo any posts that have recipes written out like the one above. It’s a journey and a learning process.

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