This week came with a handful of exciting events, lots of puppy kisses, and more smiles than my cheeks could hardly handle. This week my spoiled little man-child turned two. Growing up, my family never had pets. Nico has been a true test of my responsibility, care and willingness to provide for another living being. It’s odd to think that I took in a sick little puppy, gave him health & nourishment, made him grow, and kept him happy and (relatively) well behaved from infancy into his teenage years. I continue telling him that now that he is no longer a “puppy” there’s no excise for acting up, although I don’t think he’s quite getting it. I also keep waiting for his energy level to drop just the slightest, but I’ll love him no matter what.
As if he isn’t spoiled enough on any other normal day, I had to make his second birthday extra special! So, between extra trips to the dog park and destroying all his new toys, Nico was treated to his very own birthday surprise. Though my cake making skills aren’t quite up to par this occasion called for something special, so I set aside all hesitation and went for the gold.
I looked through numerous recipes for dog-friendly cakes and put together my own gluten-free concoction I thought Mr. Nico would enjoy and I wouldn’t feel too guilty feeding him.
Brown rice flour, apple sauce, honey and an egg were the ingredients of choice.
I knew I wanted to make a small, round layer cake and after searching through my kitchen cabinets I had two options. I could use a muffin tin by filling just the bottom with batter to make very small layers or I could use these crème brûlée dishes. All in all I decided this was the better choice and made four layers.
In the end I think they worked just fine! They might look a little funny, but Nico serves no judgement ;) Also, I’ve never actually made a cake with rice flour, so it was entirely an experiment.
A little plain greek yogurt and peanut butter frosting…
some crushed up store bought dog treat sprinkles…
And there it is!
All the cake stands I had on hand were way too big for this doggy delight and I found myself, again, searching thorough my cabinets. Eventually I stumbled upon this gem, hand crafted in elementary school art class by my favorite little sister, Emily Rose. It’s the perfect size and did the job best!
Nico is very used to being taunted with food at eye level thanks to my routine food photography habits. He knows his distance and almost never tires to sneak a taste while I’m not looking. Lucky for him, this time was a little different. After I got the shots I was looking for it was all his!
It took him a few minutes to warm up to the idea that it was okay for him to go ahead and try it. He got real close, laid down next to the cake, and guarded it.
After a while he got up and started sniffing around.
A few encouraging words and a welcoming gesture later and…
After the first lick it was all over from there. I knew I had done good and was an extremely happy momma :)
Though he quickly polished off all the frosting he needed a little enticing to bite into the cake itself and I was there to help.
For a second he paused, looked away and I was sure he was about to bolt off as fast as he could to go hide his prize in a secret spot for later. Thankfully he reconsidered and finished it then and there.
Overall, it’s safe to say this gluten-free, doggy-friendly birthday cake recipe was a success. I saved the aftermath of the feast, cut it into small cubes and put them in the freezer. I think they will make good treats for later and I already know my furry bambino will love them <3
Apple Sauce & Honey Cake w/ Peanut Butter Cream Frosting
– 1 C brown rice flour
– 1/2 C sugar free apple sauce
– 2 T honey
– 1 egg
– 1 T baking soda
– 1 C plain greek yogurt
– 1/3 C peanut butter
– a handful for gluten free dry doggy treats
How – to :
pre – heat oven to 350° F
– In a large mixing bowl combine flour and baking soda
– in a separate bowl mix apple sauce, honey and egg
– mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients
– pour batter into greased crème brûlée dishes or your baking dish of choice. Use a small amount of butter to grease the pans
– bake for 15 – 20 minute – baking time will vary based on the size of your baking dish. Mine didn’t take too long. Do the toothpick check – when it comes out clean they are done!
– while the cakes cool mix the yogurt and peanut butter together in a small bowl
– in a separate bowl, use a mortar and pestle to crush the dog treats. You can also put the treats in a zip lock bag and press a rolling pin over the bag to crush the treats too.
– once the cake has cooled ice the layers and sprinkle with your doggie treat sprinkles! :))