Party-Down Dog Birthday Cake Recipe

Amy Tokic
by Amy Tokic

I’ve never thrown Oscar a birthday party or baked him a birthday cake. Now that he’s turning four, I think it’s about time that we celebrated. I went all out – birthday hats, party favors and presents. But the best part had to be the cake (you can say that it took the cake!) This uber-easy dog birthday cake recipe is simple to make, contains all-natural and healthy ingredients and is totally delish (according to Oscar).

Party-Down Dog Birthday Cake Recipe

Makes 1 cake

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 cup shredded carrots

1/3 cup honey

1 egg

1 cup flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 cup natural peanut butter


3 tbsp spreadable cream cheese

2/3 cup pumpkin puree or peanut butter (or 1/3 of each!)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C)
  2. Mix together flour and baking soda until completely blended. Add remaining ingredients and mix well with a wooden spoon or spatula.
  3. Pour mixture into a non-stick 8″ round cake pan or an 8×4-inch loaf pan.
  4. Bake in oven for 40 minutes.
  5. Let cool. Use this time to mix frosting ingredients. Frost when cake is completely cool.
  6. Get the party started – everybody throw your paws up in the air and wave ‘em like you just don’t care!

As you can tell from the pictures, Oscar loves this dog birthday cake recipe and can’t wait to turn five next year. Many happy returns buddy!

Tips for Throwing a Paw-some Birthday Party

Now that you have the cake, are you ready to celebrate? Throwing a birthday party for your dog may seem a little over the top, but who doesn’t want to celebrate their pup? The following tips will help you throw a fun, enjoyable and stress-free birthday party for your dog’s big day!

  1. Decorate your room or outdoor space with pictures in mind. If you are anything like me, you are going to want to capture all your memories in photos. Create the perfect backdrop and you’ll have some great Instagram-worthy pictures to share with friends and family.
  2. Don’t forget your dog’s attire. A custom dog t-shirt or bandana will add a personal touch to the festivities. Make sure that you pay attention to your dog’s comfort level and plan accordingly. For example, if your dog isn’t comfortable wearing clothing you may want to stick with a bandana.
  3. Set the tone with a fun personalized playlist. Choose your favourite upbeat tunes or play up the fact that it’s a dog party by selecting dog-themed music such as Who Let the Dogs Out by the Baha Men or Like My Dog by Billy Currington.
  4. Have fun! It is a party, after all…
Amy Tokic
Amy Tokic

Amy Tokic, Editor of, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).

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