Let them eat cake!

Words that sparked a revolution.

If the people of France had just realized that Marie Antoinette was really trying to calm down her hungry Pug, we’d have an entirely different history book.

I’ ve been toying with the idea of making birthday cakes for dogs, and how to do it so that they’re healthy. My friends at Just Happy Hounds (www.justhappyhounds.com) got excited about the notion, and sent me a recipe.

My birthday is around the corner, and my family very generously gave me a stand mixer to save my stirring arm (Pearl’s Pumpkin Poppers were wearing me out!). And after the Tide rolled over #1 Mississippi State last Saturday (Roll Tide), I decided to play with my new mixer and whip up a little Pupcake.

Sweet Potato-Almond Butter Birthday Cake for Dogs:

  • 1 egg (local farm raised, cage free eggs)
  • 1/4 cup fresh ground almond butter (organic)
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (organic)
  • 1/3 cup raw honey (local)
  • 1 cup baked sweet potato (local, organic)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350. Line your cake pan with parchment.

Mix your wet ingredients together, then sift the flour and baking powder in gradually until everything is incorporated. The batter for this is stiffer than a regular cake batter. Spoon it into your cake pan, and smooth it out with your spatula. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes. Let it cool on a rack before serving.

This cake is moist, dense, and delicious. It’s not pretty (and I need to work on that), but it really is quite good. It’s lightly sweet, not bland at all. Reminds me of the the gingerbread cookies at the bakery behind Raleigh Tavern in Colonial Williamsburg, except not as dry. (Clearly, I ate some myself!)

The “frosting” is plain yogurt, almond butter, and molasses. I’m thinking of using a bundt pan next time and making a drizzle instead of a frosting.

Pearl and Truman loved it! Check out my Instagram account (@SamInBham) for the video of Pearl’s fit for more.

pugs & kisses,

All natural sweet potato dog birthday cake
Dog birthday cake: she’s Ugly, but oh so tasty!
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