Puppy Dog Birthday Cakes for Kids

No birthday is complete without a cake. Baking and decorating your own can save money and provide you with full control over the finished product. Transforming a cake to resemble a puppy requires only a couple extra ingredients and a little ingenuity. Using items such as pretzels, food colouring and biscotti, you can make a standard round cake resemble a dog in no time.


When shopping for your puppy cake, you'll need basic cake supplies, as well as some specific extra ingredients. Ensure you buy (or already have at home): all-purpose flour, eggs, sugar, baking powder, white vinegar, salt, vegetable oil and milk. In addition to these supplies, pick up two cans of white frosting, pretzel sticks, brown food colouring, a plain muffin, a box of Fruit Roll-Ups (red), black liquorice, two plain biscotti cookies and a bag of Hershey's Kisses. Feel free to buy generic or alternate brands of any products listed, as long as they physically resemble their counterpart.


Combine 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 tsp baking powder and 1/4 tsp salt in a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix two eggs, 1 cup sugar, 1/4 tsp vanilla extract and 1/3 cup milk. Add 1/3 cup oil to the bowl containing the eggs. Mix well. Combine the contents of two bowls together. Add 1/4 tsp vinegar. Stir vigorously until the batter becomes fluffy.


Preheat your oven to 190 degrees C. Pour batter into a rounded pan safe for baking. Place your cake pans in the oven for 25 minutes. Remove them when ready and allow to cool. While they bake, remove one Fruit Roll-Up from the package. Cut a 2-inch segment from it. Select a strand of black liquorice. Cut two segments of 2 inches out. Unwrap three Hershey's Kisses from foil. Cut the top off the muffin.


After your cake has had sufficient time to cool, you may begin decorating it to resemble a puppy. Carefully frost the top and sides of your cake in white frosting. You will need at least half of one can left for other purposes, so don't go overboard. When your cake is fully covered in frosting, place the muffin bottom where you want the puppy's nose to be. Use your remaining frosting to cover its top and sides. Place two Kisses above the snout to designate the dog's eyes. Place your third Kiss on top of the muffin bump to complete the nose. Below it, arrange the black liquorice to make two letter J's that face back-to-back. This shape will be the top of the puppy's mouth. Underneath place the Fruit Roll-Up strip vertically to represent the puppy's tongue. Dot the sides of the mouth with the brown food colouring for freckles. Place two pretzel sticks lengthwise on either side of the nose for whiskers. Lastly, add a biscotti to either side of the top of the cake for ears. You now have a puppy cake.

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Zack Ruskin has been writing since 2004. He has published work in "The Believer," "Red Wheelbarrow," "Chinquapin" and shares a byline in an upcoming issue of "McSweeney's." He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from University of California, Santa Cruz.