This post could alternatively be titled “How To Make The World’s Ugliest Dog Birthday Cake.”
But don’t worry! Yours doesn’t have to be ugly. I’m just a terrible cake decorator.
The important thing is, this cake is delicious. Boogie gobbled down a slice in two seconds flat.
It’s also healthy, and full of ingredients that I would feed my dogs anyway, so you don’t have to feel guilty about serving them cake for dinner.
Plus, it’s relatively easy to make. Chances are you have most of these ingredients in your refrigerator already!
So, without further ado, here’s how to make a homemade meatloaf dog birthday cake, or, if you copy my cake decor, how to make a yellow, lumpy mound of beef. Onwards!
- 1/2 pound ground beef
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup shredded cheese
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen peas
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen carrots
- 1 large sweet potato
- Water and/or broth
You can use pretty much anything small, edible and dog-friendly to decorate your cake. Some favorites include blueberries and your dog’s favorite treats. Be creative!
We are in Rio de Janeiro, and used the following:
Other options include: quail eggs, strawberries, carrots and chickpeas.
Gather your cake ingredients and combine them in a bowl. Mix together.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Then scoop the mixture into your baking tins. Make sure to spread it evenly.
I used egg tart tins to make a small cake. You can get similar ones below, or make round patties using the palm of your hand, similar to making hamburgers.
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Put your tins in the oven for 40 minutes, or until the meat is cooked through.
While your cakes are cooking, peel the sweet potato and cut it into pieces.
Bring water to a boil and cook your sweet potato chunks until they’re tender. It will take about 25 minutes.
Note that sweet potatoes in Rio are a foggy white color on the inside, so my frosting turned out the same. If you’re in the United States, where sweet potatoes are orange, you’ll get orange frosting.
Check your sweet potato pieces with a fork, and when they’re tender, drain the water out.
Smash the pieces until the potatoes become smooth. You can change the consistency and make them creamier by adding in small amounts of water or chicken broth. You can use an immersion blender if you prefer.
Check on your beef cakes and take them out of the oven.
Let the beef cakes and potato frosting cool. Now it’s cake building time!
Now it’s time to decorate!
Due to a shortage of items, we only used peas and corn to decorate our cake, but feel free to go wild! Use anything small, edible and dog-friendly. Try things like chickpeas, strawberries, blueberries or your dog’s favorite treats. You can add as little or as much as you want.
Voila! You’ve just made a pupcake!
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