Making Dog Cakes and Treats with the Baby Bullet

Our German Shepherd Lunetta Braun van der Mitzi, also known as “Lulu,” holds a very special place in our hearts. She was the bridge between our carefree lives and our overwhelmingly responsible lives. She also filled a very important and significant void in our lives when we struggled to start a family. So we spoil her rotten. And she is our million-dollar baby. Her file at the vet’s office is about 10 inches thick. From eating random things, chasing her Pop through a glass door, and jumping around and requiring multiple surgeries, she has cost us an ever-lovin’ fortune. But we adore her.

Like most crazed pet owners, we have always celebrated Lulu’s birthday in style. We used to have this amazing pet store and bakery about a mile down the street from our house; this place was simply puppy heaven. The bakery literally had doggie baked goods behind glass cases and you could order a fresh birthday cake for your pooch.  I kid you not, they even had a special area where you could host birthday parties for your pet. IT. WAS. AWESOME. And it closed down in about a year because awesome places like that don’t last long in my neck of the woods. Bars with $2 drafts and $.25 wings do. So, alas, we cannot get our Lulu her birthday pupcake this year.

With a little research and some personal tweaking, I baked an exceptional birthday cake for our girl at home, with ingredients we already had in the house! And I whipped up a frosting that was to die for right in the Baby Bullet. Yes, I did taste it, just for the record. It actually was less dense and my dog liked it much more than the store-bought one we paid a fortune for in previous years. Once I made the cake, I kind of got on a let’s- see-what-else-I-can-make–for-dogs roll and whipped up some treats as well. They were really easy and include ingredients that have many digestive health benefits for dogs.

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Pup Cake Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour (don’t bother sifting)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ canned pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 egg

Frosting

  • ¼ cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons canned pumpkin
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix dry ingredients in bowl, then add all the wet ingredients. Mix well and pour batter (it will be pretty thick, almost like cookie dough) into coconut oil sprayed loaf pan.
  3. Bake for 20- 25 minutes. Allow to cool.  Cut into bone shape, if you so desire, and frost.
  4. While the cake is baking, put all ingredients for the frosting into the Baby Bullet and blend together until evenly distributed and smooth. Simply spread onto cooled cake with the silicone Baby Bullet spatula.

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Peanut Butter Pet Pockets

 Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 heaping tablespoons flax seed or meal
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup shredded carrot
  • ¼ cup shredded sweet potato (you can replace carrot and sweet potato with canned pumpkin or carrots or yams)
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼  cup coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients into in a bowl and mix until it gets a dough-like consistency.
  2. Either roll out flat and cut with a cookie cutter (bone-shaped would be cute!) or just roll into 1-inch balls, then flatten a bit on a sprayed cookie sheet so they sort of look like little squares.
  3. Bake at 375 for about 25-30 minutes or until a beyond-golden brown. (If you are in the process of training your dog to sit, stay, do tricks, whatever, try making them really small and pellet-sized, but only bake for 10-15 minutes.)

 

These homemade recipes really give you control over the ingredients in your pet’s diet and come with the added benefit of saving a lot of money in the process. Our birthday pupcake used to cost about $15, but this didn’t cost a cent. As with most recipes, you can certainly tweak the ingredients a little based on what you have in the house. If Lulu liked the recipes, I am sure your pup with dig them too!

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About Becky Jha

Born and raised in rural Connecticut , Becky DeMattia-Jha attended Salve Regina University in Newport, RI, and has her M.Ed. She has been teaching high school English for 15 years and currently resides in Massachusetts with her husband, their two children, and their German Shepherd. She spends her precious summer vacations indulging in passions other than literature: serving as a lactation peer coach, practicing herbal medicine, organic gardening, making natural cleansers and cosmetics, and preparing quick and easy organic recipes for her family. She hopes to share her efficient, chemical-free, eco-conscious, frugal, and simplistic homemaking and homesteading tips with you.

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