Wednesday, 19 August 2015
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{RECIPE} Tasty Turkey Meatloaf Dog Birthday Cake

Our next few posts will share the DIY details from Humphrey's first birthday, and what better place to start than with cake?  This is a party after all, so what not have the cake first! There is something about a nice tall layer cake that really makes it feel like a special celebration, isn't there?  The smell of meat cooking in the kitchen is a really exciting event for our dogs. For personal reasons, I converted to a vegetarian diet some time ago and hubby also limits his consumption, so meat isn't usually on the menu unless we are cooking for guests or (of course) the pampered pets. Since I wanted this cake to be more of an indulgent birthday dinner than a dessert, I opted to make it meaty - much to the joy and delight of my salivating sous-chefs.

Dalmatian dog with homemade turkey meatloaf birthday cake

Turkey Meatloaf Layer Cake for Dogs with Mashed Potato Frosting


ðŸĨ„ Cake Ingredients:

Cake:
300g lean ground turkey (approximate)
1 carrot, shredded
1 cup rolled oats
1 egg
 
Frosting:
2+ cups of cooled mashed potato (approximate)
milk/water to adjust consistency if/as needed
dog biscuits to garnish (optional)


ðŸĨ„ Making and Decorating the Cake: 

Preheat your oven to 180C (or local equivalent) and gather together your baking ingredients and materials. Lightly oil your pan(s). These volumes will make two miniature spring form pan cakes, but you can bake them as meaty muffins instead if you prefer.  

Combine the cake ingredients in a mixing bowl and press firmly into your prepared pans. There is no need to leave expansion room as these cakes will not change in size during baking.  

Bake for approximately 30-40 minutes (time will depend on size), until cooked thoroughly.  Remove from the oven, cool slightly, and then refrigerate to cool thoroughly.

When thoroughly cooled, remove from the pans and slice each cake into two layers (total of four layers).  Construct your layer cake, applying mashed potato frosting between each layer.  Frost the exterior with additional mashed potato, garnish with biscuits to decorate, and refrigerate until you are ready to serve. Pampered pooches might enjoy their slice of cake warmed slightly for extra smell and flavour.


How to make a layered meatloaf dog birthday cake

Tips and Tricks:
  • Cakes can be baked into other shapes and sizes. Remember to adjust your cooking times accordingly. 
  • Other ground meats can be used based upon your preferences and dog's tastes. 
  • If your dog can't have oats, gluten-free breadcrumbs are a potential alternative to still get a loaf-like consistency to your cake or skip it all together, leading to a smaller, denser, meatier cake. Check our other doggy cake recipes for delicious ideas!
  • Instant mashed potato makes a very quick and easy option for frosting / icing dog cakes. It is inherently smooth and uniform in consistency and can be easily adjusted to be thinner (additional liquid) or thicker (additional flakes).  Mashed potato is also a neutral base for tinting is you wish to add food colouring.

ðŸĶī Hungry for more tasty treats?  You can explore from our treat navigation page, hop straight into our homemade dog treat ideas in the blog archives, search the blog from our sidebar, or use the labels below this post to find other recipes that might be of interest. Remember, treats (bought or homemade) are for spoiling your pup in moderation. We share ideas here from treats that we make ourselves for our pets, but different animals will have different preferences (likes/dislikes) and dietary needs. Some pets may have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt or have questions about what's suitable for your pet, have a chat with your trusted vet.
 
Dalmatian dog at a DIY birthday party with homemade cake and treats

🎉 Explore all of Humphrey's 1st birthday celebration posts, recipes, DIYs, and more:

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