Tuesday, 20 August 2019
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{RECIPE} Surf'n'Turf Dog Birthday Cake with Potato Frosting

Homemade dog birthday cake with frosting, sprinkles, and candles.

The dogs were beyond excited with all of the smells whilst this birthday cake was being prepared, but be forewarned that you may want to have the windows open, weather permitting! Haha! And don't get me started on the fridge after I made the error of popping the finished cake uncovered into the fridge temporarily. 

For Humphrey's 5th birthday dog party celebration, by popular request (including from Oli and Humphrey!) we revisited the simple surf'n'turf dog cake made for Oli's 13th birthday and remade it in our preferred meatloaf/patty style, like our layered lamb dog birthday cake. It takes slightly more effort to make two separate flavours, but the basic recipe is otherwise the same and both can be baked together. Tip: If you want a single flavoured double layer cake instead, just double up the ingredients except for the egg - one will still be plenty.

Dog birthday party buffet table with layered birthday meatloaf cake and homemade dog treats.

Surf'n'Turf Dog Birthday Cake with Potato Frosting


ðŸĨ„ Cake Ingredients:

Surf Layer:
Approximately 200g lean / non-oily fish, finely chopped or ground (I used a food processor)
1 egg
1/2 cup wholegrain oats (or equivalent substitute)
2 tbsp ground flax or LSA (optional)
1 tbsp dried parsley (optional)

Turf Layer:
Approximately 200g lean ground beef (or other lean meat of your preference)
1 egg
1/2 cup wholegrain oats (or equivalent substitute)
2 tbsp ground flax or LSA (optional)

Frosting and Decorations:
Mashed potato
Water (or other dog-friendly liquid) to thin if/as needed
Optional sprinkling of hemp hearts (or other dog-friendly sprinkles)

Step-by-step recipe instructions for DIY meatloaf dog birthday cake.

ðŸĨ„ Making and Decorating the Cake: 

Preheat oven to 180C and lightly grease your pan(s). These volumes suit two mini spring-form pans, one of each flavour, but see other ideas for baking below.  Combine the cake ingredients in two separate mixing bowls, one for each flavour. Press the separate mixtures into the pans and flatten the top(s) for easier layering. There is no need to leave expansion room as these cakes will not change in size during baking.  Bake for approximately 30 minutes, until cooked thoroughly.  Remove from the oven, cool slightly, (you can release and reclip your springform at this stage, if using) and then refrigerate to cool thoroughly. 

Step-by-step instructions for frosting a dog birthday cake with mashed potato instead of icing.

ðŸĨ„ Decorating the Cake: 

Remove from the pan and construct your layer cake, applying mashed potato frosting on (or just between you'd like to use less) each layer.  Garnish to decorate (optional) and refrigerate until you are ready to serve. Refrigerate or freeze extra for follow-on treats. Pampered pooches might enjoy their slice of cake warmed slightly before serving for extra smell and flavour.

Tips and Tricks: 
  • Cake(s) can be baked in other shapes/sizes. Muffins (or mini-muffins) offer a great single-serve alternative and this firm patty-like "dough" works as a meatball if you'd rather free-form a barkday meaty treat as well. Remember to adjust cooking times accordingly. 
  • No time for mashing? Instant mashed potato is a very quick and easy option for frosting/icing savoury dog cakes. It is inherently smooth and uniform in consistency and is 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.
  • To serve, I usually unlayer my cakes and cut into small pieces. I refrigerate some extras for the short term and freeze the rest. Either can then be reheated as a single special snack portion. 
  • See our comprehensive post on making and storing homemade dog cakes for additional information including helpful cake making tips, decorating ideas, and safe storage.  

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.

Homemade layered meatloaf dog birthday cake with potato frosting and candles on dog party buffet table.

    Dog birthday party buffet table with birthday cake and treats

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