You all know I rescued Zoey from a shelter so I have no way of knowing her exact birth date. So I guestimated 4 months earlier from the time that she lost her baby teeth, which turned out to be the beginning of February. My dad’s birthday is February 1st so we decided to make Zoey’s birthday February 1st as well so they could celebrate together. So each year I make a cake for my dad and a cake for Zoey. My dad’s favorite cake is carrot cake and it turns out it’s Zoey’s favorite cake too! Obviously Zoey’s cake is much more dog friendly.
For my dad’s cake I made a 2 layer 9″ round cake. I had Duncan Hines spice cake mix from a BOGO deal I had from earlier so I used this as the base of my carrot cake.
I made the icing from scratch. I used a cream cheese frosting to frost the outside and the middle layer. I used buttercream for the carrots and edging.
With carrot cake I would pair a Zinfandel. I chose a St. Francis “Old Vines” Zinfandel 2012 from Costco. It has flavors of vanilla bean and cherry and aromas of pepper, spice and raspberry. It paired well with the sweetness and the spices in the carrot cake.
I made Zoey’s dog cake from scratch. There are no pre-made doggy cake mixes out there that I know of.
The cake includes some of Zoey’s favorites: peanut butter, carrots and honey.
The topping has peanut butter and cream cheese. I added some extra shredded carrots and dog treats around the edge for decoration.
credit: Country Cleaver
For the cake:
½ cup whole wheat flour
½ tsp baking soda
1/8 cup peanut butter
1/8 cup vegetable oil
½ cup shredded carrots
½ tsp vanilla extract
1/6 cup honey
For the frosting:
¼ cup cream cheese, softened
¼ cup peanut butter
½ TBS honey
Preheat oven to 350°F. In a small bowl mix flour and baking soda. In another larger bowl mix peanut butter, oil, carrots vanilla and honey. Slowly add flour mixture to the wet mixture. Bake in muffin tin or small greased pan for 30 minutes. Mix together all frosting ingredients and frost the cake when it is cool. Add dog treats and extra carrot for decoration.
Here is Zoey enjoying her birthday cake: