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Dog Friendly Birthday Cake | Vegan Dog Birthday Cake | Gluten free & Vegan Recipe

A yummy carrot, pumpkin and peanut butter birthday cake recipe for your canine friend! This dog friendly birthday cake is gluten free and vegan; and uses only human-grade ingredients like; oat flour, brown rice flour, apple sauce, peanut butter, carrots and pumpkin.

dog friendly birthday cakeI am that crazy dog mom. Not everyone’s into it, but I treat my two shih-poo rescues, Harley and Winston like my own children, because they are! And just like I would throw my child a party on their first birthday, I threw my dogs one too. If you think celebrating a dog’s birthday or dressing up your pup in costumes for Halloween is ridiculous, then we could never be friends.

Last weekend I hosted a combined Happy Birthday Harley & Winston birthday celebration. I invited all my dog-owing friends, and those that don’t have a dog, but love them as much as we do. I picked up some simple DIY birthday decorations on Amazon, and picked up some treats for the partying dogs Along with drinks and treats for the humans, I also decided that my dogs NEEDED to have their own birthday cake. You can absolutely find bakeries that make dog-friendly cakes, cupcakes and treats, but it’s just as easy and a lot more budget-friendly to bake it at home. Plus, you can monitor what types of ingredients you’re using. The best part? The dogs literally don’t care how it looks, so you don’t need to be some experienced pastry chef to bake and decorate a cake that they will love.

cake for your dogThis year I decided to bake my little ones a carrot, pumpkin and peanut butter cake; three flavours they’re obsessed with. I used a combination of oat and brown rice flour to make the cake high in protein and easy to digest. The frosting is made with peanut butter and a dairy-free coconut yogurt with some corn starch for thickening. Every dog in attendance went nits for this cake, and collectively they devoured the entre thing. You can serve it plain, as is, or if you’re feeling creative decorate it with some of you dogs favourite treats!

cake for your dog recipe

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Dog Friendly Birthday Cake | Vegan Dog Birthday Cake | Grain free & Vegan Recipe
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A yummy carrot, pumpkin and peanut butter birthday cake recipe for your canine friend! This dog birthday cake recipe is gluten free and vegan, and uses only human-grade ingredients like; oat flour, brown rice flour, apple sauce, peanut butter, carrots and pumpkin.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: vegan
Serves: 1- 6inch cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Grease one 6 inch cake pan with a bit of coconut oil or vegan butter and line with parchment; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl or stand mixer, whisk together oat flour, brown rice flour, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon; set aside.
  4. In a separate bowl whisk or beat together prepared flax seed, agave or maple syrup, shredded carrot, pumpkin puree, applesauce, peanut butter, and almond milk.
  5. Add dry ingredients to wet and whisk or beat to combine.
  6. Pour cake batter into the prepared cake pan and even out the top.
  7. Cake for 60-80 mins, checking after 60 mins with a toothpick. If the toothpick or tester does not come out clean, then check every 10mins until it comes out mostly clean.
  8. Remove cake pan from the oven and place on a cooling rack. Let it sit in the pan for 15 mins.
  9. Remove spring form or flip the cake onto the cooling rack and allow to cool completely.
  10. Frost cake when completely cooled.


cake for your dog

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Dog Friendly Birthday Cake Frosting
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A delightful vegan frosting for you dog! Use this on a dog-friendly birthday cake or doggie cupcakes, as well as on it's own to encourage picky eaters.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: vegan
Serves: 1¾ cups frosting
  1. In a stand mixer or a medium size bowl with a hand mixer, cream together coconut yogurt, peanut butter and corn starch until smooth.
  2. Ice your pups birthday cake or cupcakes! or serve on it's own as a delightful treat!

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In honor of Winston & Harley’s first birthday celebration, I thought I would share some fact to get to know them better:

  1. Harley 100% food motivated. This is most likely the case with almost every dog, but she really takes it to the next level. She will steal the handheld apple pie right out of your hand, or will lick the bottom of the bowl you’re eating from to feel included in the meal.
  2. Winston is shy, he likes his space, but it’s the best cuddler when he decides it’s time to be touched. Then, he’ll beg you to rub his belly until your hand cramps.
  3. Both Harley and Winston HATE everything about winter. There is nothing in the world they hate more than putting on those silyl rubber boots and their fancy bomber jackets. When dressed, they just sit and stare at mommy and daddy with looks of pure sorrow.
  4. Harley loves to be held like a toddler. She enjoys being cradled, bounced on a hip and even rocked back and forth. Being close to mommy or daddy is her favourite pastime.
  5. Winston loves to steal his sisters toys, and food. He’s very sneaky about, so we often don’t notice until it’s too late. This has forced us to sit and watch them at dinner time.
  6. Harley is blind in her left eye, she gets 3 different type of eye drops twice a day, daily. She hates it, but is very brave and only demands more snuggles after the process is done.
  7. Both Harley and Winston are very smart and love to learn new tricks. They both dance on their hind legs for treats and can sit, shake, paw roll over, and stay.
  8. Winston LOVES to eat strawberries and bananas. Fruit is one if his favourites treats.
  9. Both Harley live on a primarily vegan diet. They love their Evolution Gourmet Fondue cheesy flavoured vegan kibble, but only when soaked in water. They have sensitive teeth and hard kibble hurts them.
  10. Harley has a sweet tooth for chocolate. She once climbed onto the kitchen table and ate an entire bar of dark chocolate and had to be rushed into the doggy emergency room at 1am.

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  • I made this for my pibble who is turning 1 and she LOVED it. Her friends at daycare also seemed pleased. I’ll def be making this again.

  • did anyone try it? would people enjoy as well?

    • This is definitely a recipe for dogs! It’s edible but I’m not sure a human palette would enjoy it, there is no sweetener.

  • can I leave out the carrots and sub with more pumpkin? I have so much canned pumpkin in the house I want to use it! 🙂

  • I wish I would have made something like this for my dogs that have passed on. They all would have loved it! My current dog had pancreatitis a few years back so we have to watch the fat. Maybe with a little tweaking I can make it work. Love the pictures. So sweet.

  • Hi! I love your recipe and will be making it this weekend for my pup’s 10th birthday. Thanks! Just wanted to point out that nuts are not safe for dogs, and you have almond milk listed here as an ingredient. One time my dog ate a bunch of almonds and the vet told me they are dangerous for dogs…can kill them. Fortunately, she survived, but I don’t want to take that risk again! Just thought you should know, and maybe you’ll want to provide a nut-free alternative. 🙂

  • Dogs should 100% not be vegan. They look up to you to provide them with the nutrition they need as they are unable to do it themselves. Do your dogs a favour and feed them what their bodies need. They will have a longer, happier and healthier life.

  • Marian says:

    This was a big hit! I was skeptical all those ingredients would come together. I didn’t have time to test the recipe ahead so I was nervous. It was PERFECT for my dog’s 16th birthday party yesterday.

  • would leaving out the flax seed effect the cake? My dog is allergic.

  • I have this in the oven right now for my guide dog, Nitro’s, second birthday which is today. One of his buddies, who is also a guide dog, is coming over to share a slice with him this afternoon. Thank you for this recipe. My guide means so much to me so I love being able to do special things for him like this.

  • PowderPuff says:

    We love our doggies as much as you love yours. Don’t mind the stares. Just be who you are. Yummy cake for our rescue, who happens to look just like Winston was a hit. lol. We loved the jackfruit carnitas, by the way!

    • EdgyVeg says:

      Thats so great! Aren’t dogs the best?! So happy to hear you love the Jackfruit Carnitas!

  • Oh, this cake looks delicious! I mean, I would eat this cake myself! 😀 Looks like the perfect cake to make for my fog, even though her birthday was in January!

  • Harley and Winston are ADORABLE!
    I have two pugs and a chichuahua Manchester mix. They are definitely my babies so I know exactly what you mean when you say Harley and Winston are your children. Love the recipe. It is a bit dif from thenone I use and will try it. Since no birthdays coming up soon I guess they will have to suffer through a “just because your special” cake this weekend. Thanks for sharing!

  • It was nice to hear about your furbabies! We can be a bit over board and it shouldn’t be any other way!! 🙂
    I always find it interesting to find out what other Vegans feed their pups. My heart aches because of the dog food and making choices of loving one when we love them all!! Knowing now there is vegan dog food gives me hope. Where do you buy your dogs food from? Thanks so much for all your hard work and showing us such wonderful food delights!! <3 (Happy Belated Birthday Winston and Harley).

    • EdgyVeg says:

      I buy our pups food from here in Toronto. I buy the Evolution Diet brand form them.

  • Cleverpiggy says:

    Making this as pupcakes tonight for our doggie’s 1 year dogaversary! Thanks!


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