Tasty Turkey Meatloaf Dog Birthday Cake

Homemade tasty turkey meatloaf dog birthday cake with mashed potato frosting

Tasty turkey meatloaf layers and mashed potato frosting make this an extra special dog birthday cake indeed. This cake was made for Humphrey’s first birthday celebration. First birthday, first birthday party, first birthday cake!  Here’s the turkey meatloaf birthday cake recipe and DIY details.

Celebration Cakes

There is something about a nice tall layer cake that really makes it feel like a special celebration, isn’t there? Admittedly, I might have gone a little over board on this one!  I sliced my two meatloaf cakes in half for a four layered mega cake. Or a mega mini cake, since they were mini meatloaves.  I wanted this cake to be more of an indulgent birthday dinner snack or meaty treat than a dessert, so I made it with dog-friendly meatloaf instead of a more traditional pupcake. Mmmm….meat! Much to the joy and delight of my salivating sous-chefs.

Homemade tasty turkey meatloaf dog birthday cake with mashed potato frosting

Tasty Turkey Meatloaf Dog Birthday Cake Recipe

Dog Birthday Cake with Turkey Meatloaf and Mashed Potato Frosting

Layering and frosting this cake are optional. The recipe below fits two mini-springform pans, as pictured, but can be made in different pans or as meaty muffins or meatballs, if you prefer.

🥄 Cake Ingredients:


  • Approximately 300g lean ground turkey (or other meat of your preference)
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 egg

Optional Frosting and Decorations:

  • Approximately 2 cups of cooked cooked mashed potato
  • Water to adjust the consistency of the potato if/as needed
  • Optional dog-friendly edible decorations or garnish
Making turkey meatloaf dog birthday cake with mashed potato frosting

🥄 Making the Cake:

  • Preheat your oven to 180C (or local equivalent) and gather together your baking ingredients and materials. Lightly oil your pan(s). 
  • 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.

🥄 Decorating the Cake (Optional):

  • When thoroughly cooled, remove from the pans.
  • Optional: Slice each cake into two layers (total of four layers) for a mega layer cake, as pictured. Stick with two for an easier cake construction.
  • Construct your layer cake, applying mashed potato frosting between each layer.
  • Frost the exterior with additional mashed potato, garnish (optional) 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.
Humphrey's 1st dog birthday party buffet of homemade cake and treats

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.
  • Meatloaf cakes can be made in advance stored (refrigerated short term, frozen longer term) and then decorated for the party. Leftovers can be cut into bite-sized snacks and refrigerated or frozen.

Recipe and Ingredient Tips and Tricks

  • Not in the mood to mash? 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.
  • See our intro post on making birthday and special occasion dog cakes for different frosting and decorating ideas, or browse through the other DIY dog cakes and pupcakes for ideas.

🦴 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.

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