Looking for the perfect Thanksgiving dessert recipe for your favorite pooch? This pumpkin dog cake has it all: healthy pumpkin cake, peanut butter frosting, and garnished with dog treats. What dog wouldn’t be thankful?So last week I had to come up with an impromptu activity for an event at work. Two days before the event five of six vendors canceled, the dancers didn’t come through, and my live band lead fell off the planet so I was left with finding a fun activity to keep guests busy…fast, and with no budget. I’ll give you a quick background sentence: I work for a no-kill dog shelter and this was my first event to plan. It was an alumni hoedown for all of our past adoptees. The event turned out much smaller than I was going for, but I don’t think anyone else guessed how much of a disaster the final product actually was from my original plans. #totallywingingit Anyway I decided to go with a good old fashioned cake walk, but to customize it for the occasion the dogs walked with their parents and we gave out people cakes and dog cakes to the winners.
So I stayed up late making dog cakes, and they came out so cute I thought I should definitely share it with you guys, and being pumpkin makes this the perfect time of year. The recipe is based on this beautifully easy one from Dolled Up Design. I substituted a few things based on preference and changed the cooking time because of the pumpkin, et voici: the final product.
1 Cup White Flour
1 tsp Baking soda
1/4 Cup Peanut Butter
1/4 Cup Vegetable oil
1 tsp Vanilla
1/4 Cup Honey
1 Cup Pumpkin Puree
1 Cup Greek Yogurt
1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
Preheat oven to 350
Mix all cake ingredients together in a large bowl
Once the cake is mixed pour it into a greased cake pan of your choosing. I used a mini loaf pan and was able to make two cakes from the recipe above.
Bake cakes for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. The cake will be dense.
While the cake is baking whip the frosting and peanut butter in a bowl until smooth and completely mixed. Once the cake cools, spread the frosting as desired.
I had a huge box of Milk Bones sitting around so I lined the edge of the cake and tied it up with a bow just for show.
Slice and enjoy!