We can hardly believe that a year has passed since Annie brought home the two wriggling little bursts of Bassett hound energy otherwise known as Googie and Impy. Since then, they’ve become a fixture in our offices, showcasing their inner divas on photo shoots, keeping us company at our desks, and dutifully helping us to free the rugs of any man-overboard leftovers from lunch. But what do you give a pair of pups who already have a pretty sweet life, full of toys, comfy dog beds to test and hang out on, and more human cooing and funny faces than any canine could possibly want? The answer, of course, is a dog birthday cake.
That’s right: we’ve come up with this exclusive—and undeniably cute—recipe for a dogs-only birthday cake. Featuring healthy, dog-approved ingredients like turkey bacon, peanut butter, and eggs, this cake is the all-natural treat to end all treats. Warning: this cake will go faster than a Schnauzer galloping after a squirrel, so be sure to cut it into slices, bake individual “pupcakes” in a muffin tin, or allow your dog just a few bites at a time before you put the treat away for the next round.
Peanut Butter Turkey Bacon Cake
Recipe by Sarah Bessette
For the cake:
1/2 cup turkey bacon cooked (4 strips)
3 cups gluten free oat flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 cup safflower oil
6 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup natural (no-stir) peanut butter
1 ½ cup natural (no-stir) peanut butter, chilled in the fridge
Star-shaped homemade dog cookies
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Using safflower oil, grease a sheet pan, 12 muffin tins, or two round cake pans. In a bowl, combine the flour and baking powder, and set aside.
2. In a skillet over medium heat, cook the turkey bacon till no longer rare and you can crumble it.
3. In a bowl, combine all of the wet ingredients till well mixed. Add the dry ingredients and turkey bacon, and mix well; it should be a little crumbly. Spoon the mixture into the pans or muffin tins and press down.
4. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until browned. Transfer to rack and cool completely. When cool, frost with the chilled peanut butter, and press the dog cookies into the sides and top in any designs you desire. Chill until the peanut butter hardens before serving.