From the kitchen of: allrecipes.com Makes: plenty for one happy pup!
Total time: 15 min to prep, 35-40 min to bake
Look at his face. I mean, really. Doesn’t he just make you smile? Last Thursday, our puppy Kevin turned 1. With a cookie monster party hat and a whole cake to himself, he was smiling from ear to ear. Just look at him! Adorable, huh? Since we adopted Kevin last October from Bonnie Blue Rescue, our daily routine has certainly changed. Yes, we’ve been vacuuming more often than none. Yes, we’ve been walking every day thanks to him. Yes, he wakes us up at 6am to feed him. But even with all these changes, he has become part of our family. We just love him so much. So to celebrate his first birthday, I baked him his very own cake made with his favorite thing: peanut butter. It’s a win for him and a win for us just to see how happy he was that day. Happy Birthday, Kevin aka Pig, Mr. Pig, Pigity Pig. I know, our names/nicknames are totally unconventional for a dog. Haha.
1/4 cup natural peanut butter
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 heaping tablespoon honey
1 cup shredded carrots
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1. Mix wet ingredients. First things first, preheat oven to 350º. While the oven heats up, combine the egg, peanut butter, vegetable oil, vanilla extract and honey in a medium-size bowl. I simply used a fork to mix everything together.
2. Add dry ingredients. To the wet mixture, add the shredded carrots, wheat flour and baking soda. Mix together to form a crumbly, dense texture. Side note, feel free to include any other vegetable other than carrots. I had some left over broccoli stalk that I chopped in. Kevin loves all sorts of veggies. Use what your puppy loves to eat!
3. Bake and rest. Spoon the mixture into a non-stick or glass pan. Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes. Once top of the cake is nicely browned, remove from the oven and then turn out on a wire rack to cool completely. Because dogs love peanut butter, spread more peanut butter on top as the frosting. Note that I didn’t need to grease my glass pan. It came out nicely since it has vegetable oil in it.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Kevin! I just love these photos of him with his tongue hanging out, licking off all the crumbs on his face. His hat was very fitting then, wouldn’t you agree? What a spoiled brat!
Don’t worry, we didn’t allow him to eat the entire cake at once. We saved the rest for another day, which he certainly enjoyed!
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