Celebrate your dog’s birthday with this special birthday cake that has coconut oil, blueberries, and almond butter! When my dog is given the choice, he’ll choose almond butter over peanut butter every time, and seeing as how it’s his special day… here is the recipe for a dog birthday cake without peanut butter.
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It’s Lemon’s birthday! Yes, my dog’s name is Lemon. He’s a rescue and came with the name (we think because he’s kinda yellow?) The blog is in fact named after him and not the fruit. So, to celebrate this wonderful pup, I made him a dog birthday cake without peanut butter because, to be honest, he’s obsessed with almond butter. This dog birthday cake is people-friendly too, so the whole family can enjoy it!
Fun fact about Lemon: he’s Chinese. Like actually from China, not just a Chinese breed. My husband and I were teaching English in China and decided we’d foster a dog while we were there. Well, I fell completely in love with the little guy and we brought him back to New York with us. We had no idea what breed he was until we did a DNA test and it turns out that he’s a Pekingese, Lhaso Apso, Shitsu, and Chow Chow mix. The Chow Chow explains the blue spots on his tongue!
Lemon is a huge fan of blueberries, it’s about the only fruit he’ll eat, so I wanted to include them. When I made Healthy Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins last week, he was waiting most patiently for crumbs to fall. So, I adapted the recipe to make him his very own birthday cake. Blueberries are great because they help sweeten the cake without adding sugar.
Like every recipe on Lemon and Sophia, this cake is refined sugar-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free. However, if you find that the cake is not sweet enough, you can increase the amount of maple syrup to 1/2 cup in the cake recipe. You can also add 3 tablespoons of maple syrup and a teaspoon of vanilla extract to the almond butter to make a caramel-like frosting. You can also use honey instead of maple syrup.
Almond butter can be quite expensive so if you’re looking to cut costs consider making it yourself. If you buy almonds in bulk it can much more economical to do it this way.
Time needed: 40 minutes.
How to make a people-friendly, dog birthday cake.
- Prepare the ingredients
Process the old-fashioned oats in a food processor to make flour, then do the same with the walnuts. Measure out the other ingredients and allow the eggs to come to room temperature. You can leave them on the counter for an hour, or place them in a bowl of warm (not hot) water for 5 minutes.
- Combine dry ingredients
Combine the walnut meal, oat flour, baking powder, and cinnamon. Coat the blueberries with flour so they don’t sink to the bottom.
- Combine wet ingredients
It’s important that all the wet ingredients are at the same temperature. If the eggs are too cold, the coconut oil will solidify. If the coconut oil is too hot, the eggs will start to cook. Mix the eggs, coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract together.
- Mix the wet and dry ingredients
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Be careful not to burst the blueberries. When the batter is ready, divide between two 6-inch cake pans and bake at 350F for 25 minutes. The cakes are done when they are firm to touch and a toothpick comes out clean.
- Cool and decorate
Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the pans and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. When the cakes are cool sandwich them together with almond butter, then spread more almond butter on top. Decorate with desiccated coconut if desired.
Some important notes on the cake to make sure it’s dog friendly…
I used walnuts to make this cake. You can replace them with almonds but if you do use walnuts make sure you use English walnuts (the normal kind for eating) and not Black Walnuts (which grow in the wild), Black Walnuts can be toxic to dogs.
Make sure the almond butter you use is made from 100% almonds. Ingredients such as palm oil and hydrogenated fats are bad for dogs. If you need a recipe for dog-friendly almond butter, check out How to Make Homemade Almond Butter. The first time I made almond butter was actually for my sister’s dog to use in his kong because we couldn’t find peanut butter without palm oil.
Use pure coconut oil, not butter. While some dogs might be ok with a stick of butter, it might cause an upset stomach for others. Lemon loves coconut oil. Any time I need him to take a pill, I coat it in coconut oil and it’s gone!
If you make this recipe, please let me know in the comments below or tag me on Instagram @lemonandsophia!! I’d love to know if your dog liked it as much as mine did! Don’t forget to Pin this recipe for later!
Looking for a doggie birthday present? Be sure to check out a Kong! I tried putting some of this cake in Lemon’s and he was playing with it for ages.
Dog Birthday Cake (with no peanut butter)
- Two 6-inch cake pans
- 1½ cups old-fashioned oats
- 1½ cups English walnuts (see notes)
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup blueberries fresh or frozen
- 6 tbsp coconut oil melted and cooled
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 eggs room temperature
- 1 cup almond butter
- ¼ cup desiccated coconut to decorate
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease and line two 6-inch baking pans.
- Process the old-fashioned oats on high until they make fine flour. Add to a large mixing bowl.
- Process the walnuts (or almonds) on high until they turn into meal. Add to the oat flour and combine with the baking powder and cinnamon. Coat the blueberries with the dry ingredients.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and eggs. Make sure the eggs are not cold or the coconut oil will solidify.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Divide the batter evenly between the two cake pans.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes until the cakes are firm to touch and a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pans for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
- When the cakes are cool, sandwich them together with almond butter, then top with more almond butter.
Disclaimer: This recipe makes ten servings. I strongly recommend that you do not allow your dog to eat the entire cake in one sitting. Please be mindful of your pet’s individual dietary needs.