How to make a small dog cake

Updated February 21, 2017

A small dog cake is the right size gift to make a small breed dog a part of any celebration. Dog cakes are made of all natural foods that are as safe for a human as they are for a dog. Making small dog cakes at home allows you to control the quality and quantity of the ingredients that go into the treat. Customised each dog cake to fit the likes and dislikes of any party dog.

Drizzle warm water into a bowl of instant mashed potatoes as you quickly stir with a whisk to combine the ingredients into a paste.

Cover the bowl of potato paste with cling film, and put it in the refrigerator to get cold while you make the cake.

Crack a large egg into a mixing bowl, and use a fork to beat the egg until begins to get foamy.

Add room temperature butter and oil to the egg, and mix them together with the fork.

Dump in the carrots, flour and baking powder, and switch to a spatula or spoon to thoroughly mix the wet and dry ingredients. Stir in a small jar of strained chicken baby food for an extra treat.

Pour the dog cake batter into a small greased cake pan, and press the two pieces of cooked bacon into the batter.

Slide the small dog cake onto the centre rack of a preheated 325 degree Fahrenheit oven, and let it bake for 40 minutes.

Test the dog cake to see if it is finished baking by inserting a toothpick into the very centre of the cake and pulling it straight back out. Probe the cake again every ten minutes until the toothpick comes out with no batter.

Turn the cake pan over on a plate to pop the dog cake out after it has cooled for 15 minutes.

Turn the cake back over onto a wire rack, and allow it to rest for 30 minutes or until it has completely cooled to the touch.

Retrieve the potato paste frosting from the refrigerator, and use an offset spatula to add a thick layer to the cooled cake. Sprinkle the small dogs favourite treats over the top of the cake for a personalised touch.


Dogs can make a real mess when they eat sloppy foods like cakes. Give the cake to a dog outside or in an easily washed area to avoid a big cleanup job.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 tbsp warm water
  • Bowl
  • 1 cup instant mashed potatoes
  • Whisk
  • Cling film
  • Refrigerator
  • Mixing bowl
  • 1 large egg
  • Fork
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup or 1 jar (70.9gr) strained chicken baby food (optional)
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded carrots
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • Spatula or spoon
  • Greased 4 X 2 cake pan
  • 2 pieces cooked bacon
  • Oven
  • Toothpick
  • Plate
  • Wire rack
  • Offset spatula
  • Small dog treats (optional)
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Jeffrey Brian Airman is a writer, musician and food blogger. A 15-year veteran of the restaurant industry, Airman has used his experience to cover food, restaurants, cooking and do-it-yourself projects. Airman also studied nursing at San Diego State University.