Celebration and Birthday Cake Recipes Your Dog Will Love

No matter the occasion, your dogs will anticipate and enjoy the opportunity to savor a special treat made just for them.


Create a custom cake by assembling your dog’s favorite ingredients, such as peanut butter, bananas, apples, pecans, walnuts, unsweetened shredded coconut, carrots, bacon, chicken, fish, eggs, or cheese – or add whatever your dog most enjoys to any of the following!

To make a fast, no-bake cake for dogs:

  • Mix 1 cup of dry dog food with
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened (xylitol-free) peanut butter and
  • 1 or 2 mashed ripe bananas.

For a larger cake, double or triple these ingredients. Shape the mixture as a ball or flat square or circle.

To bake a custom dog-friendly cake:

  • Mix 1 cup all-purpose, almond, or gluten-free flour with
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and set aside.

In a mixing bowl combine

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup pureed apple (unsweetened applesauce is fine)
  • 1/2 cup plain canned pumpkin (not canned pumpkin pie mix)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened peanut butter or almond butter, and
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cooked bacon.

Add the flour mixture, mix or beat well, pour into a greased 8-inch round or square pan, and bake at 350ºF for 25 to 30 minutes or until done. Cool on a wire rack and remove from baking pan.

dog birthday cake recipe ingredients
One cup of your favorite healthy flour (whether all-purpose, gluten-free, almond, chickpea, oat) is the base for the egg, oil, pumpkin, and nut butter for a dense and delicious baked cake for your dog. ©Nancy Kerns

To decorate your cake, place it on a serving plate.

decorated dog friendly cake
©Nancy Kerns

Mix 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt and 4 tablespoons room-temperature cream cheese (double the recipe as needed).

Apply the frosting with a spatula or drizzle it over the cake. You can also press bone-shaped dog biscuits or dog treats on the top; sprinkle colorful berries, chopped nuts (like walnuts or pecans), or bacon bits all over the top; and/or arrange small carrots like candles onto the frosted cake. Slice and serve.

For a festive meatloaf cake recipe for dogs:

  • Mix 2 cups (1 pound) low-fat ground beef, chicken, turkey, or other meat with
  • 1 egg and
  • 1/2 cup chopped or grated cheese.

Shape and serve raw or bake in a loaf pan at 350ºF for 40 minutes, then cool and remove from pan.

Leftovers of all cakes should be covered and refrigerated for serving later.


  1. Reading the ingredients for Birthday cakes I noticed the recipe calls for pecans. I have learned that pecans are very toxic to dogs. They contain a compound called ‘Juglone’ also found in walnuts. Maybe best to check out ingredients from lists of recommended (or not!) foods for dogs.
    Joan Gibson
    ps if the above is proven incorrect, my apologies, and I stand corrected!…..jg