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I’ve never in my life been to, or hosted, a puppy birthday party. But this happy puppy truly deserves to be honored– and any excuse for cake, right?
A Quick Backstory
Louie came into our lives in March of 2018. We had two dogs starting 2018, but we lost both by 1pm on February 28th to old age and illness (they were 16 and 12- both had great lives). Being that I work from home and am obsessed with doggies, I (and The Husband) knew I was going to need a daytime companion ASAP. The Husband came home at noon on March 1st and asked me what I wanted to do that day. I told him “find a puppy”. By 5pm that evening we were in the car on our way to pick up a 10 week old, pure black Poodle.
The whole way there I kept looking at his picture on my phone as we were thinking up names. The Husband randomly calls people “Louie” as a nickname, so I said “Wouldn’t it be funny if we called him Louie?” As soon as I said it out loud, both of our faces lit up and we decided that we really wanted the name Louie to fit! I also kept saying “God, he’s a cute little booger!” And now you know his nickname. hehehehe
He was so little he fit on The Husband’s forearm, and rode all the way home like that. He needed a boost to get up onto the couch and the only toy we had left from my other two pooches was bigger than his whole body– in our defense, the toy was for a full grown Great Dane. Within 24 hours, he had his first trip to PetSmart, a new collar, 12 toys he had picked out himself strewn around the house and momma had about 1,000 new pictures on her phone.
This puppy, and the efforts of The Husband and my bestie, were pretty much the only things keeping me from being very depressed about losing both of my previous furbabies. They were my first dogs as well as “our” first dogs. My Border Collie, Spaz, had been with me for 16 years. That’s an eternity for a dog! He was my boy. Anyway, for Louie’s efforts toward keeping me distracted from my grief, I figured he deserved a little puppy birthday party.
A Puppy Party
I’m using the term “party” very loosely. Think of your birthday parties as a kid. You’re turning 5 on a Wednesday and you live out in the sticks. It’s basically a gathering of the people that live in your house with presents and cake. And the cake is the important part.
There’s a laundry list of things that dogs shouldn’t eat. And, according to vets and other smart people, dogs shouldn’t have a lot of sugar either. I mean, Louie and I share a bag of marshmallows, but I’ll try and make a healthier cake. I enjoy the frosting the most, so I thought I’d try to find a recipe with some sort of frosting for my boy. I actually thought of a carrot cake because he absolutely LOVES carrots! After a quick Pinterest search, I found a recipe by DogTreatKitchen.com. It sounded easy enough and delicious– ya know, for a puppy cake– so we gave it a go!
The All Important Cake
Louie is the only critter that was going to be at his puppy birthday party, so I decided it would be a good idea to make individual cakes. And, since he’s fancy, I thought it would be nice to make them in my mini fluted cake pan!
Ok, bakeware decided, it was time to get down to actually making the cake. I already had some baby carrots in the fridge because, like I said, Louie loves them and we have them handy for snacks for him. Since I wanted to keep my fingertips firmly attached to their respective fingers, I used the Veggie Strip Maker to shred the carrots. It’s made of plastic so it’s totally safe! Once I started to add the dry ingredients into the wet, I immediately knew it was going to be super dry. I ended up adding more applesauce so it would be smoother. Honestly, I still didn’t get it mixed up well. I’d suggest leaving the shredded carrots out until you get the batter mixed up well. Then mix in the carrots.
Now, you guys, this batter was STICK-Y! It was kind of a mess to get into the pans. But, after I put the frosting on, the look on Louie’s face was well worth the stickiness! He LOVED these cakes! The frosting was his favorite part. I will definitely be making these again for his next birthdays, with the modifications I mentioned.
- 2 cups shredded carrots
- 3 eggs
- ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- ½ cup rolled oats
- 3 cups whole wheat flour
- 8 oz low fat cream cheese, softened
- ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
- Preheat oven to 350
- Lightly spray muffin tin/mini-fluted cake pan/cupcake tin
- In large bowl, mix together carrots, eggs and applesauce.
- In another medium bowl, whisk the cinnamon, oats and flour.
- Slowly mix in the dry ingredients. Stir until well blended.
- Spoon the mixture into the tin. The dough will be thick- you may want to wet your fingers to press the dough into place. If it's too dry, you can add 1 Tbsp water or applesauce to the mixture.
- These cupcakes will not rise very much, so don't worry about over filling the cups.
- Blend both ingredients with a hand mixer until well blended.
- Spoon into pastry bag for easy decorating.