RECIPE: This Dog-Friendly Birthday Cake Will Absolutely Spoil Your Dog

This decadent, dog-friendly birthday cake oozes excitement for your pup’s big day. It features frosting and a dark carob drizzle to make decorations pop.

dog-friendly birthday cake
I was really pleased with how this dog-friendly birthday cake recipe turned out. Photos: Allison Gray/Petful

For the past 2 years, I’ve been buying, not making, a dog-friendly birthday cake for Banjo’s special day.

While she may be oblivious to the passage of time, I’m just not the type of person to let her spend her birthday without a fancy cake.

This year, I decided it was time to try my hand at making her birthday extra special and baking a cake myself. I browsed a few recipes online and settled on one that had almost all of Banjo’s favorites.


Dog-Friendly Birthday Cake

dog-friendly birthday cake ingredients
Ingredients for this dog-friendly birthday cake recipe include peanut butter, applesauce and pumpkin.



  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ⅛ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg

Frosting (optional):

  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup peanut butter (no xylitol)

Drizzle (optional):

  • ⅔ cup carob powder
  • ½ cup hot water
There’s no sugar in this dog cake recipe. But you could still have a slice, too, if your pet doesn’t mind sharing.


  1. Heat your oven to 350 F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the flour and baking soda.
  3. In another medium bowl, combine the oil, peanut butter, applesauce, pumpkin and egg.
  4. Pour the wet mixture into the flour mixture and combine.
  5. Spread the batter evenly in a greased 8- or 9-inch round cake pan.
  6. Bake for 25–30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  7. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  8. For the frosting, mix the yogurt and peanut butter in a small bowl until well combined.
  9. To create the drizzle, mix the carob powder into the hot water until completely dissolved. Allow the drizzle to cool slightly.
  10. Frost the cake and pour the drizzle on top.
  11. Refrigerate any leftovers.
dog-friendly birthday cake
Happy 3rd birthday, Banjo!

I topped this cake using a “3”-shaped Peanut Butter and Banana Dog Cookie — I’ll share the recipe for those cookies next week.

If you’re planning on having a dog birthday party, you can easily double this recipe to make a double layered cake for all the pups on your guest list.

dog-friendly birthday cake slice
A little slice of heaven for your birthday girl or boy.

I was on the fence about adding frosting and the carob drizzle to this cake, but I also knew that the dark icing would make any little decorations really pop.

Although Banjo may not have appreciated the aesthetic value of such a lovely contrast, she certainly appreciated the taste.


Adapted from Love From the Oven.

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