Monday, 12 November 2018

{RECIPE} Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Cake with Blueberries

Small slices of blueberry dog cake on plates with dollops of whipped cream

This dog-friendly pumpkin and peanut butter cake is an easy pawty recipe if you'd prefer a more traditional cake or cupcake/pupcake to a meatloaf-style doggy cake. With yummy pumpkin, delicious nutritious blueberries, and a hint of irresistible peanut butter it is doggone droolworthy. You might even be tempted to taste test a piece yourself. We don't make cake treats very often around here - birthdays mostly, but also occasionally for special events and (of course) as part of our recipe development/testing. Whenever there is pupcake, our boys get VERY excited!

Dalmatian dog begging for a slice of blueberry cake with whipped cream

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Cake with Blueberries

🥄 Cake Ingredients:

1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1/2 cup of dog-friendly pumpkin baby food (I like to use pumpkin and beef - yummo!) or equivalent substitute
1 egg
1 tbsp ground LSA or flax
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp Ceylon cinnamon (optional)
1/2 cup self-raising wholemeal flour or equivalent substitute
Approximately 1/4 cup of blueberries (fresh or frozen)
Optional for serving: no/low sugar whipped cream and/or a sprinkle of Ceylon cinnamon

🥄 Cake Ingredients:

Preheat oven to 160C (or local equivalent) and gather together your baking ingredients and materials.

Combine peanut butter, baby food, and egg in a small mixing bowl. Stir in the LSA/flax, chia seeds, and cinnamon (optional). Add flour and mix until just combined as you would a muffin batter, then gently stir in the blueberries to distribute through the cake batter.

Spoon into a prepared mini springform pan (or alternative baking pan/dish of your preference) and smooth/tap to even out the batter. Bake for approximately 25 minutes (baking time will vary with pan size) until baked through. Check middle if unsure, as you would with a human cake.  

Remove to a rack and allow the cake to cool slightly before loosening the spring-form ring and then allow the cake to cool completely. Slice, garnish (optional), and enjoy!

Cutting and serving slices of blueberry dog cake with whipped cream

Tips and Tricks:
  • This is a thick muffiny batter making a lovely dense moist cake or tasty little pupcakes. The cake(s) can be baked into other shapes and sizes. Adjust cooking times accordingly.   
  • If preparing in advance, once fully cooled, the cake can be wrapped short term or frozen for longer storage.  You can also freeze leftover pieces. See our comprehensive post on homemade caked for dogs for additional information on baking and safe storage. 
  • When using ingredients like peanut butter or yogurt for dogs, go natural or take care when when shopping to avoid the artificial sweeteners, particularly xylitol, which is extremely dangerous for dogs. Xylitol may also be labelled under as sweetener code 967.
  • Always check your ingredients to ensure the contents are dog-safe if using baby food. If it is sold in your area, canned pumpkin puree (plain pumpkin, NOT spiced or sweetened pie filling) can be used. It isn't common down here (although goodness knows why - kiwis love pumpkin!).  You can also make these with homemade pumpkin puree but that usually has much less water so you may need to play around with the flour quantity to get a nice workable consistency. 
  • Not into pumpkin? Unsweetened applesauce would be a great substitute for the pumpkin baby food in this recipe.
  • In addition to being doggone delicious and fragrant, cinnamon offers some great health benefits to dogs (and people); however, it's not suitable for everyone. Pregnant/nursing dogs in particular should not be given cinnamon. Ceylon cinnamon is the recommended variety for dogs, if/when used. 

Dalmatian dog begging for a slice of blueberry cake with whipped cream

🦴 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.

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