This dog-friendly pumpkin and peanut butter cake with blueberries is an easy celebration cake recipe. It’s pawfect if you’d prefer a traditional baked cake, cupcake, or pupcake to a meatloaf-style dog cake. With yummy pumpkin, delicious nutritious blueberries, and a hint of irresistible peanut butter it’s doggone droolworthy. You might even be tempted to taste test a piece yourself! Here are the recipe details.
We don’t make dog-friendly cakes very often around here, but when we do, our boys get VERY excited. Cakes are an extra special celebration treat for birthdays mostly, but also occasionally for special events and (of course) as part of our recipe development and testing. This recipe was baked as an adaptation from Oli’s pumpkin and peanut butter dog birthday cake. It wasn’t created as part of posting prep, but it smelled too doggone delicious not to share the details here on the blog. The blog dog taste testers agree.
Pumpkin and Peanut Butter with Blueberries Dog Cake Recipe
Dog-Friendly Pumpkin and Peanut Butter Cake with Blueberries
The recipe below fits one mini-springform pan, as pictured, but can be made in different pans or as a small batch of mini-muffins, if you prefer. This is a thick muffin-like cake batter, and it makes a lovely dense moist cake or tasty little pupcakes.
🥄 Cake Ingredients:
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
- 1/2 cup of plain pumpkin puree, dog-friendly pumpkin baby food, or equivalent substitute
- 1 tbsp ground flax or LSA
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- Sprinkle of Ceylon cinnamon (optional)
- 1/2 cup self-raising wholemeal flour or equivalent substitute
- 1/4 cup of blueberries (fresh or frozen)
Optional to Serve:
- Thick-style yogurt or whipped cream
- Sprinkle of Ceylon cinnamon
🥄 Making the Cake:
- Preheat your oven to 160C (or local equivalent) and gather together your baking ingredients and materials. Lightly oil your pan(s).
- Combine the egg, peanut butter, and baby food in a small mixing bowl.
- Stir in the flax/LSA, 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 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 (time will depend on pan shape/size) until baked through. Check middle if unsure, as you would with a human cake.
- Remove to cool slightly before loosening the spring-form ring to cool completely.
Dog-Friendly Cake Making Tips and Tricks
- See our comprehensive post on homemade birthday and special occasion dog cakes for additional information on types of cakes, decorating ideas, storage, and more.
- Cakes can be baked into other shapes and sizes. Remember to adjust your cooking times and/or temperatures accordingly. Since my cake was just a single mini springform pan, I used the toaster oven to bake it. It’s far more energy efficient than the full sized oven.
- 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.
Recipe and Ingredient Tips and Tricks
- When using ingredients like peanut butter or yogurt for dogs, take care when shopping to avoid doggy no-nos and artificial sweeteners, especially xylitol, which is extremely dangerous for dogs. Xylitol may also be labelled under as sweetener code 967. Check your whipped cream too, if it’s not homemade.
- I used baby food in this cake batter. If using baby food for dog treats, always check the ingredients to ensure the contents are dog-safe. Canned pumpkin puree (plain pumpkin, not spiced or sweetened pie filling) can be used instead. It isn’t common down here, although I’m not sure why since Kiwis love pumpkin. You can also make the cake with homemade pumpkin puree, but that usually has much less water so you may need to play around with the flour quantity or add some liquid for a suitable batter consistency.
- Not into pumpkin? Unsweetened applesauce would be a great substitute for the pumpkin baby food in this recipe. I may have to make some apple pupcakes in a future baking project. Yum!
- 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 or nursing dogs in particular should not be given cinnamon. Ceylon cinnamon is the recommended variety for dogs, if/when used.
🦴 Hungry for more tasty treats? There are all sorts of different DIY dog treats here on the blog. Woofs! 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 or dislikes) and dietary needs. Some pets may have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies or intolerances. If you are ever in doubt or have questions about what’s suitable for your pet, have a chat with your trusted vet.