Dogs are considered man’s best friend because they show unconditional love and affection. What better way to return the favor than with a special birthday bash to celebrate the day they were born or their Gotcha Day? 

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Homemade dog birthday cake uses many of the same ingredients that you normally would when baking, but as always, be sure to avoid any ingredients that are toxic or unhealthy for dogs such as chocolate, artificial sweeteners (e.g., xylitol), macadamia nuts, pie spices, ice cream, frosting, and edible decorations. When crafting your “pupcake”, consider incorporating their favorite flavors like banana, carrots, or pumpkin, and opt to use whole wheat flour or whole grain flour rather than white flour, which can cause high blood sugar. For a frosting alternative, simply mix together non-fat Greek yogurt with natural peanut butter (no artificial sweeteners) until you reach a spreadable consistency to top it off (because what is your dog's birthday cake without frosting?). Happy Birthday or Gotcha Day to your pup! 

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  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter (make sure it does not contain an artificial sweetener like xylitol)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup shredded carrots (can substitute banana or canned pumpkin)
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 6-cup ring mold or Bundt pan


  • 1/2 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter (no artificial sweeteners)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a 6-cup ring mold/Bundt pan.
  2. Combine the egg, peanut butter, oil, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Stir in the shredded carrots and mix thoroughly. 
  4. Sift together the flour and baking soda and fold into the wet mixture. 
  5. Spoon cake batter into prepared pan.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes. 
  7. Let cake cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing. 
  8. Turn out cake onto a wire rack to cool completely. 
  9. While cake cools, mix together non-fat Greek yogurt with peanut butter to create frosting.
  10. Top cake with frosting and serve.

Recipe inspired by This article contains recipe information that is considered suitable for pets. However, it’s important to consult with your veterinarian before offering your pet any of the ingredients contained in this recipe.


Sam Gilbert, VMD

Raised in Northern Virginia, Dr. Sam Gilbert received both his BSE and VMD degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Gilbert completed a one-year small animal internship and additional surgical training before relocating to New Jersey for roles in the medical device and animal health industries. Dr. Gilbert worked at Zoetis Petcare HQ Medical Lead for pet owner directed initiatives in dermatology and cross-portfolio therapeutic areas. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, and cat.