As an avid foodie and middle schooler, many people know me for my teen centric food blog  https://afternoontea.me. Though the focus of my blog, originally, was to document my adventures in exploring Afternoon Tea as a young foodie, my blog and fan based has now expanded to cover local restaurants and recipes all from the perspective of a kid foodie. 

So what’s new? Just last week, my family and I celebrated our dog’s 4th birthday!  I saw this as an awesome opportunity to explore the world of gourmet doggie treats and meals. After several days of research and dabbling in the kitchen I came up with an amazing recipe for a healthy doggy birthday cake. It’s easy put together.It’s also a carrot cake-inspired recipe. 

The biggest upside to this recipe is that not only did our dog love it but so did my mom, dad and sister. This Doggie Birthday cake recipe is totally a human-friendly cake too, because of the choice of ingredients and nut free.

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Prep time: 20 mins

Cook time: 40 mins

Serving size: 6 slices

Ingredients:

1 egg

¼ cup peanut butter (optional)

¼ cup cooking oil

1 tsp. vanilla extract

⅓ cup honey (optional)

1 cup shredded carrots

1 cup whole wheat or white flour

1 tsp. baking soda

Secret ingredient:

½ cup precooked bacon bits (optional)

 

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a 6-inch round pan.

Combine the egg, oil, vanilla, and honey in a large bowl, and blend well. Mix in the carrots thoroughly. Then, sift together the flour and baking soda and incorporate carefully into the mixture.

Put the batter into the prepared pan. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes until the top cracks, and then let the cake cool in the pan for 8 minutes after coming out of the oven.

Let’s talk about the secret ingredient: bacon bits. The bacon bits create a nice contrast to the sweetening flavor that comes from the carrots. 

Regarding toppings, cinnamon or sprinkles for the slices served to humans work well.

One last thought: This cake is not intended to be seasonal, so consider it an opportunity to come together, as family, to celebrate how much you love your furry BFF, even if it is not a birthday you are celebrating. 

Looking for more fun afternoon tea, dining or recipe tips with a kids point of view in mind, check out my blog https://afternoontea.me/, and feel free to follow.