Dog Birthday Cake

Happy 3rd Birthday to my Golden Retriever, Einstein!

Since I find an excuse to bake for just about every other occasion I couldn’t let my dog’s birthday pass without letting him enjoy a special cake. I went looking online to find a dog-suitable recipe for a cake and can you believe there are whole bakeries out there dedicated to dog treats and cakes? I was astonished! Probably a very nice niche to be in, actually. In the end, I used some of the same ingredients that went into the homemade dog treats I made a couple of years ago. Throw in some shredded carrots and a few other things, and the cake was ready to go! It can be baked in a round pan or a loaf pan; I did it in a loaf pan and then carved it into a bone and used peanut butter for a little “icing”. I also read that you could puree cottage cheese for white icing as well.

He waited so patiently for me to give him his cake and then enjoyed the rawhide to top off his birthday evening. What a spoiled little man he is!

Peanut Butter Carrot Doggy Cake

Yield: 1 doggie cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes


1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ cup natural peanut butter
¼ cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup honey
1 cup shredded carrots
1 egg


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8" round cake pan or an 8x4-inch loaf pan.

2. Whisk together the flour and baking soda. Add the rest of the ingredients and, using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, mix until thoroughly combined. Pour batter into pan and bake for about 30 minutes, or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean.

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  1. Kelly @ EvilShenanigans on January 15, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    What a wonderful idea, and how sweet of you! Your pup is adorable!


  2. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on January 15, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    OMG! I have a true obsession with goldens. We had 2 growing up, and I have been begging my hubby for one. We are hopefully getting our next in May or June. Einstein is adorable!! <3


  3. BethieofVA on January 15, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Too cute!


  4. Sara on January 15, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Oh my gosh, I love this! My chocolate lab is turning 1 on January 31st…maybe I’ll make him this special treat. :)


  5. Jen on January 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    I love making birthday cakes for our golden retriever too! I’ll have to try your recipe for her 4th birthday in July!


  6. Jill on January 15, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    I love it — that is so cute! So… is it weird to ask if any humans tasted it? 😉


  7. Julie @ Willow Bird on January 15, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    ADORABLE, plain and simple! I love how he’s looking at it like, “I can EAT that?! That’s for ME?!” :)


  8. Michel-lee on January 15, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    We have a dog bakery in our town and we have gotten our dog her birthday cakes from there. They aren’t too expensive but it would be great to make one at home. She turns 5 in June. I’ll have to make this for her.


  9. shelly (cookies and cups) on January 15, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    I made my dog a bday cake too, but different recipe..your is so cute in the bone shape!!


  10. shelly (cookies and cups) on January 15, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    I take that back…it is the same recipe I used…duh!


  11. Annie on January 15, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Aww, so cute! Einy is the cutest dog ever :)


  12. Liz Brooks on January 15, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Very cute! Another Watchers fan? :) Great cake idea!


  13. The Local Cook on January 15, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    That is TOO stinkin cute!


  14. Michelle on January 15, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Hi Jill,

    Not weird at all! My sister actually tasted it, and said it’s definitely a taste only a dog could love 😉


  15. Kristin on January 15, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    That is just about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen! I LOVE golden retrievers!


  16. Jessie on January 15, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    I love making treats for my dog. Thanks for sharing this with us!


  17. Married to an Aussie in OK on January 15, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Very cute. I need to find a cat cake recipe, though, cause I don’t like my dog that much and really, he’d be happy to share the cat cake since there are six of them and only one of him :)


    • Lab Lover of 2 chocolatte's on June 7th, 2013 at 10:36 pm

      Did you really just say you don’t like your dog that much? Wow! I’m glad I am not your dog, and maybe you should find him a home with someone that does like him. Just sayin’


      • Sarah on July 12th, 2014 at 12:13 am

        I totally agree! That’s so awful! Give the dog away if you don’t like him. That poor dog!


  18. Erin on January 15, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    How cute is that? I’m sure he enjoyed it! My puppy turns one in April, and I can’t wait to celebrate!


  19. Julie on January 15, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    How cute and patient he is! I’m sure he enjoyed it :)


  20. Janice on January 15, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    Happy Birthday Einstein! He is so good waiting patiently for the delicious cake. My dog’s birthday is coming up so this would be a wonderful treat for him. Thanks for sharing


  21. Jenny on January 15, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Please tell me that ‘mommy’ cut up Einstein’s cake before you served it? I can see him trying to chomp on it in one bite after being made to be so patient while you took a picture of him with it. Gone in 8 seconds? LOL So cute!


  22. Mary Poppins in Heels on January 15, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    Happy Birthday, Einstein!

    I love the cake! I have a great recipe for dog treats–peanut butter–if you feel like doing something special for Valentine’s Day ; )


  23. Ashley on January 15, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    I love the pictures, so stinkin’ cute! What a cute puppy! I love spoiling pets :)


  24. Amber on January 15, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Aww, I haven’t seen a picture of Einy in forever. He is such a handsome pup. I am sure he loved the cake.


  25. Brie on January 15, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    so glad to see another person who likes to spoil their dog. 😉 the cake looks great!


  26. ang on January 15, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Einstein is absolutely adorable! He and Roxie need to have a playdate! I’m definitely going to make this for her someday (if she’s good). Has he tried the Doggy Cakes from Dozen yet? Rox loves them.


  27. marla {Family Fresh Cooking} on January 15, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    OMG…could this be any cuter! Love the cake, love the pup. Happy birthday doggie :)


  28. Lauren on January 15, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    Aww! Happy Birthday Einstein =D.


  29. Jeannie on January 16, 2010 at 2:57 am

    Such an adorable dog! Nice cake too!


  30. Lauren on January 16, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Aww, how cute! Happy Birthday Einstein!


  31. Sara on January 16, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    I was wondering if people can eat this? It seems like it would be pretty healthy?!? LOL


  32. Anonymous on January 16, 2010 at 6:39 pm
    Baking soda is on the list. wouldn’t it be harmful?


  33. Renee on January 16, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Our dog turned 3 today! She is a boxer. We got her some treats at the store. I bet she would love this though.


  34. Astrid on January 16, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Happy birthday Einstein!! What a cute treat. In August I may need to make something similar for my Malcom!


  35. wasabi prime on January 16, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    Awwwwww…. aside from Einstein being ridiculously ADORABLE, what a super-special birthday treat!! I can’t show this to my dog Indy… she’ll be so jealous!!


  36. Farmer Jo on January 17, 2010 at 2:03 am

    Love this idea! My pug would love this cake!


  37. Molly on January 17, 2010 at 9:17 am

    what a good doggie, lucky too!


  38. Heather on January 17, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Happy Birthday Einstein!
    My English Retriever’s 5th birthday is coming up next month. I think this is the perfect treat for his big day! Thanks for sharing!


  39. Kerstin on January 17, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Awww, your doggie is adorable! What a perfect bday treat!


  40. Liz Marr, MS, RD on January 17, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Happy Birthday to Einstein! What a great name for a Golden Retriever. I have an 8-yr old Golden – of course, I think he’s brilliant. Anything to do with food makes for a quick learn! :-)


  41. Megan on January 17, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Happy Birthday Einstein!
    I love the pictures of him waiting for his cake. What a cute puppy, and what a good recipe for a doggie cake.


  42. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction on January 17, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    So sweet of you to make a birthday cake for Einstein! My yellow lab (appropriately named Yellowdog) sends her best wishes! I love baking for my doggy, and I know she’d love this cake. Too cute.


  43. Aimee on January 17, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Awww! Happy Birthday Einstein! :) What a perfect birthday cake!


  44. Eliana on January 18, 2010 at 9:16 am

    This is so amazing. I will be using this recipe for my lil man (long haired dachshund Kingston) who turns 3 in May.


  45. Emily Ziegler on January 18, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    This has to be the cutest blog post, ever.


  46. Cat on January 18, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    AWWWWW!!! This is great! I’m pretty sure this is my favorite cake of the year!


  47. Dolce on January 18, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Happy Birthday to him indeed :) Lucky guy 😉


  48. stephchows on January 18, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    lol such a good dog to wait while you took his picture!!


  49. Sinful Southern Sweets on January 20, 2010 at 7:04 am

    What a great idea!! He looks like he knew it was just for him. So cute!


  50. Susan @ SGCC on January 21, 2010 at 9:17 am

    Awww! What a cutie pie Einstein is! And, the cake looks terrific! I’m glad he enjoyed his birthday treat! :)


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