If you intend to celebrate your dog’s birthday, you should definitely try this quick and easy Carrot and Apple Cake, with Cream Cheese and Peanut Butter Frosting.
When we took him from the shelter almost 10 months ago, we did not realize how much care (not to mention expenses) a dog needs and what a great responsibility it is to have a dog but we do not regret adopting him, as this little fellow has brought so much joy in our life that we couldn’t ask for a better dog to have !
I am a bit late to post the recipe as we celebrated his birthday last week, but as you may have noticed I am trying to revamp my blog. I gifted myself this premium theme for Christmas, which I am still trying to learn how to use and there were some glitches along which I have been trying to solve before posting.
We don’t know exactly the day he was born but when we took him from the shelter they told us that he was about 3 months old. The Vet confirmed this and said that he was probably born early January, 2015.
We named him Dias, which is the same as Zeus. The Greek god’s name is irregular and while in the nominative it is Ζεύς Zeús, it is inflected as follows: vocative: Ζεῦ Zeû; accusative: Δία Día; genitive: Διός Diós; dative: Διί Dií. In modern Greek, we refer to the God as Dias.
Just after Epiphany, I made this Carrot and Apple Cake for him. Before making it, however, I google searched for information. You will find the links at the end of the post.
I ended up making this cake with rice flour and oats which I already had at home and used a carrot, an apple, an egg and vegetable oil to bind the ingredients. I intended to frost it with only peanut butter and cream cheese but the mixture was too thick, so I added a little bit of Greek yoghurt (you can add some milk instead or soy milk if your dog is allergic) to make the frosting easy to spread.
The only thing missing from this cake to make it human friendly as well, is sugar and salt. If you want to make a larger quantity for the rest of the family to eat, you can set aside some for your dog and then add a small quantity of honey and a pinch of salt. (Others add honey in dog treats but I preferred to avoid it). The quantity I made is for about 2 cupcakes or 1 mini spring-form baking tin (10 cm diametre). I divided the mixture in two tins but if you decide to make it all in one, more time will be needed to bake it. When the cake is baked you can cut it in the middle to add some of the frosting inside.
You can use a piping bag with a nozzle to decorate the cake on top but this is not really necessary. You can use a fork to make some simple designs.
Carrot and Apple Doggie Cake with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Baking time: 25 minutes
Makes : 2 (in 10 cm pans)
- 50 grams (1 small) carrot, grated (more to sprinkle on top)
- 150 grams cooked apple, with skin on (half an apple)
- 50 grams raw apple (a quarter of the apple), finely chopped
- 1 large egg
- 35 grams Quaker oats
- 35 grams rice flour
- 1/8 cup vegetable oil
- 1/8 tsp baking powder
- 1/8 tsp baking soda
- 1 slice (10 grams) smoked turkey, finely chopped
Peanut Butter and Cream Cheese Frosting:
- 55 grams cream cheese
- 40 grams peanut butter
- 25 grams Greek yoghurt
- Boil half of a large apple with the skin on, with enough water to cover it, until soft, for about 20 minutes. Remove the pulp and discard the skin. Mash it with a fork. Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix with a fork.
- Line two mini baking tins (10 cm diametre) with parchment paper and divide the batter.
- Bake in a preheated oven to 180o C for about 25 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the centre comes out clean.
- Mix the cream cheese, peanut butter and yoghurt with a spoon to make a spreadable frosting.
- Decorate the cake by spreading the frosting on top and to the sides.
- Decorate with some raw grated carrot on top.
Dias can vouch that it was delicious as he started licking the cake before we lit the candle and then he devoured it in no time!
Note: Dias is not lactose intolerant. If you have any doubts about your own dog, you should consult your vet or do not add the frosting on top.
Please note that I’m not a veterinary expert or canine nutritionist but in order to make the cake I did a lot of research to see what’s good and what’s not good for a dog to eat. If you want to make this cake, use your common sense. If your dog is allergic or is lactose intolerant, do not make this cake or adjust the recipe to meet your dog’s needs.
Here are some of the links I searched in order to make the cake:
Kopiaste and Kali Orexi,