Dogs Really Love This Liver Cake Recipe

Sure, this cake smells awful to us humans. But we’re not the ones eating it — your dog is. And trust me, he’ll love it.

You’re not going to want to eat it, but your dog will.

Inexpensive and nutritious, liver cake is the perfect way to show your dog how much you love him. It’s sinfully delicious — well, if you’re a dog, that is.

I found this liver cake recipe several years ago. The cake is rich and contains a lot of calories, so it’s not intended to replace regular pet food.

Save it for special occasions, such as your dog’s next birthday party. Invite his puppy pals, and you’ll be the most popular pet parent on the block. Bouncy house optional.

Other recipes for liver cake may call for garlic — but not this one. (Some veterinarians recommend steering clear of garlic; others say it can be healthy in small amounts.)

Instead, this cake is frosted with pumpkin and cream cheese. Pumpkin has several health benefits for dogs. Find a brand of canned pumpkin that doesn’t have added sugars.


  • 1 tablespoon butter or shortening
  • 1 lb. raw beef liver
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup whipped light cream cheese (optional)
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin (optional)

Cooking Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Grease a cake pan with butter or shortening.
  3. Puree the liver in a blender or food processor.
  4. Combine liver, flour and eggs in a large bowl. Mix thoroughly.
  5. Pour the mixture into the cake pan.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes. Allow cake to cool completely.
  7. Frost cake with cream cheese and/or canned pumpkin.

Makes 8 servings for small dogs and 4 for large dogs.

Warning: Even if you’re adventurous, you do not want to eat a sample. Trust me. To human noses, it smells even worse than it tastes. Yes, your house will reek for a couple of hours — but isn’t your spoiled baby worth it?

—Recipe courtesy of Marcia R.

Tamar Love Grande

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Tamar Love Grande, former associate editor, is a Crazy Dog Person who has fostered and found homes for more than 200 dachshunds in the past few years. Tamar lives in Los Angeles with her husband, her cat and far too many wiener dogs.


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