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Henry's Birthday Cake Smash and Recipe!

a multi-layered dog birthday cake is on a wooden board, with frosting spelling the dogs name "henry"
Dog Birthday cake recipe!

It was Henry's 11th birthday recently, and to celebrate I thought we'd do a cake smash shoot! And for that- we needed a cake! So I put down my camera and picked up my mixing bowls. Thanks to the Covid crisis and the barren shelves of Woolworths, I wanted to use ingredients I already had in the cupboard/fridge and therefore needed to get a little creative. That's how Henry's Banana cake with Raspberries and Coconut Jelly was born! I have shared the recipe below, along with a few photos of Henry enjoying his feast!

a side on view of a 3 layered birthday cake for a dog


Dog Birthday Cake Recipe Banana with Raspberries and Coconut Jelly

the cake that the dog birthday cake recipe makes. A three layered cake

Ingredients 1 1/4 cups self-raising flour*

1/2 tsp baking powder

1tsp cinnamon

1tsp ground ginger

1 large egg

2 heaped tbsp coconut oil melted 1 tbsp peanut butter

2 small overripe bananas

dash of water

Coconut jelly

1/4 cup greek yoghurt

1/4 cup coconut milk

2tbsp grass fed beef gelatin* water

Toppings: Greek yoghurt Raspberries Honey Whatever else you can think of!

Method: Make the coconut jelly Melt gelatine in boiling water as per packet directions. Mix in yoghurt and coconut milk. Pour into spring loaded tray or small moulds and place in fridge to set. Once set- cut into shapes. Store in fridge until ready to assemble cake. Making the cake: Preheat oven to 180C. Mix all dry ingredients together. In a seperate bowl, mash bananas well. Add egg and coconut oil. Mix well. Combine with dry ingredients. Mixture will be thick, this is ok, but add extra water if it is too thick. Pour into lined or coconut oiled spring loaded cake tin or smaller moulds. Bake until a skewer comes out clean (I did not look at the clock at all so not sure how long it took!) Cool on wire rack. If cutting one cake into smaller rounds, once cooled, place in freezer for 15 minutes to harden (This will make cutting easier!) Cut into 3 smaller rounds. Assembly: Layer cake, coconut jelly, greek yoghurt and raspberries until no pieces remain. ‘Ice’ with some extra greek yoghurt if desired, top with berries, coconut shapes and drizzle with honey! Let cake come back to room temperature, and most importantly let your dog demolish it!

Please tag @tailsoftime if you make one for your pups! Notes: This was made with ingredients I already had. There are definitely healthier flour options you can use instead, but for a once a year treat I wasn’t worried! Just note it may not rise as much if wholewheat/oat/coconut flour is used, and coconut flour often needs a tad more moisture. The grass fed beef gelatin will be found in health food stores. This is not the same as the gelatine in the baking isle of woolworths. Grass fed beef gelatine contains amino acids beneficial for skin, fur, and joint health and is a much healthier option for our pups!

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