The aim of this guide is to let you know all the key things you need to know about making a dog safe cake – from ingredients, to icing, mixes and overall recipes.
We’ve outlined some of the most toxic or dangerous ingredients and foods for dogs to stay clear of, as well healthy and beneficial substitute ingredients.
We’ve included how you might buy a dog safe cake pre-mix if you want an easy and time efficient dog cake, and how you might bake a dog safe cake at home yourself with the right ingredients and recipe.
Let’s take a look!
(NOTE: this is a general informational and educational guide only. It is not professional advice. See a qualified expert like your vet for professional advice.)
Dog Safe Cake Ingredients, Icings, Mixes & Recipes
Toxic Cake Ingredients For Dogs
From our guide on how to make homemade dog ice cream, ingredients that can be toxic for your dog in cakes are:
Dairy & Lactose – Most dogs find it hard to process lactose and so it’s best to stay away from dairy products for this reason. Whole milk containing lactose contains the most lactose per serving among dairy products, while many cheese contain very little lactose.
Chocolate – Most chocolates are derived from roasted cacao seeds, which means most chocolates contain caffeine and theobromine. These ingredients are toxic for dogs so stay away from chocolate, in particular milk chocolate, semi sweet chocolate and baking chocolate.
Steer clear of chocolate flavor for your dog cakes.
Raisins & Grapes – Grapes and dried raisins have a high toxicity level to dogs.
Refined Sugar, Sweeteners, Artificial Preservatives – Lots of sugar and artificial preservatives are not great for dogs in general (especially for their teeth), but diabetic dogs will find sugar harmful.
Also stay away from ingredients with artificial sweeteners as they may contain Xylitol, an artificial sweetener that is toxic to pets.
Dog Safe Cake Ingredients
Also from our guide on how to make homemade dog ice cream, some safe dog cake ingredients might be:
Lactose Free, or Low Lactose Dairy – you can get lactose free or low lactose dairy products which might make them easier for your dog to digest.
Most Fruits Except Grapes and Raisins – Fruits like banana, apples without the seeds, watermelon, blueberries, oranges. They can be a good source of fiber and healthy vitamins.
Yogurt – High in calcium and protein. The healthy bacteria cultures in yogurt are good for your dog’s gut, and they also eat most of the lactose in the yogurt in fermentation (breaking it down into glucose and galactose). Use low fat, low sugar yogurt (plain yogurt) that doesn’t have artificial sweeteners. Greek yogurt can be a good option.
Peanut Butter – good source of protein, but it also contains heart healthy fats, vitamin B, niacin, and vitamin E. Make sure to use unsalted, unsweetened peanut butter.
What About Flour, Oil and Milk?
Soy, wheat and grain based flours can be hard for dogs to digest, and may bring about allergies or skin irritation for some dogs.
Some people prefer to use a whole grain flour, or cook with a substitute non grain flour such as pea flour, chickpea flour, coconut flour, lentil flour or tapioca.
Read more about the benefits of using coconut based products in cooking for your dog here.
Super Food Ingredients For Dog Cakes
These ingredients are considered super foods for dogs, which you might like to use in cake mixes for your dog:
Goji Berries/Wolfberries – Contains antioxidants, beta-carotene, vitamins A/C/E, amino acids, zinc, iron and phosphorus. They reduce inflammation, improve heart health, prevent eye disease and may even improve brain function.
Use is moderation, particularly for dogs who have problems with higher amounts of sugar.
Eggs – Contains digestible protein, vitamins and minerals.
Coconut Oil – Lauric acid in coconut oil boosts dogs’ natural immunity against bacterial, fungal and viral infections, and it can help with a healthy coat. Watch the calorie content in coconut though.
Yogurt – Already explained above. But, choose a plain (not vanilla or sweetened), fat free, unsweetened, whole-milk yogurt.
Dog Safe Cake Icings & Decorations
For regular human cakes, a common and simple way to make icing is with icing sugar, milk and vanilla essence.
For dog cake icing and decorations, instead you might use:
- Carob powder, and coconut milk or water
- Carob choc chips
- Peanut butter
- Chopped carrots
- Chopped fruit
- Plain Yogurt
You can read more about the benefits of carob chocolate for dogs in this guide.
Dog Safe Cake Pre Mixes
A popular and dog safe range of cake pre mix is the Puppy Cake Mix range with Frosting.
There are various flavors such as Peanut Butter, Pumpkin, Carob, Banana, Red Velvet, Cheesecake.
You can use it to make a 6 inch round cake, or up to 8 standard size cupcakes for your puppy or dog.
The ingredients are all natural, wheat free, and made in the USA. They are human grade ingredients, with the frosting being yohgurt frosting that you just need to add water to.
Taking the peanut butter dog cake mix for example, the stated ingredients list is:
- Cake Mix – Rice flour, evaporated cane juice, peanuts, baking powder and salt
- Frosting Mix – tapioca starch and unflavored yogurt powder
You can check out the range of Puppy Cake Mixes with Frosting on Amazon.
Homemade Dog Safe Cake Recipe
Note that this is a general recipe and mix only. Your vet is the best person to confirm the safety of new foods and amounts in recipes for your dog:
Step 1 – Combine and Mix The Cake Mix In A Bowl
- A few cups of Dog Safe Flour – coconut flour or rice flour for example
- Teaspoon or small amount Baking powder
- A small amount of vegetable oil or coconut oil
- A teaspoon of unsweetened honey
- Pinch of salt
- One or two Eggs
- Your choice of dog safe flavoring – banana, peanut butter, strawberry, carob etc.
- Add some water to bring the mix to the right consistency
- Taste the mix to make sure it isn’t too sweet or too bitter. You may have to experiment with different ingredients and amounts to get a mix that tastes right and is the right consistency
Step 2 – Pour The Mix Into A Cake Pan For The Oven, Cook, Remove and Let Sit
- Make sure the mix is of a smooth consistency and isn’t too runny or too thick/lumpy
- Line a cake pan with baking paper, and spray with a non stick coconut oil or spray
- Pour the cake mix into the pan
- Cook on mid to high heat for half an hour to 40 minutes – roughly 350°F (180°C)
- Take the cake out when it has risen, and cooked through, but still slightly moist
- Let the cake sit and cool to room temperature
Step 3 – Apply Frosting, and Serve To Your Dog
- Apply your choice of dog safe frosting or icing to the cake with a cake icing applicator, or with a spoon, or by sprinkling over the cake
- Serve To Your Dog!
Dog Cake Supplies You Might Use
You can check out dog cake pans like the Wilton Paw Print pan (on Amazon). They come in different shapes and patterns like dog bones, paws and more.
Make sure they are heat rated to the right temperature for your oven, or microwave proof, depending on how you intend to use them.
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