Happy Birthday to Ninja face! This past Saturday he turned the BIG 5! My sweet baby boy who I picked up at 11 weeks is now 5-years-old!?! I am definitely one of those dog people who are way too obsessed with their dog and is completely okay with it. So for his 5th birthday I knew I wanted to do something extra special -- a day filled with yumminess, goodies and friends.
If you are looking for cute dog toys -- I highly recommend these Kyjen or Zippy paw toys. They are toys stuffed (that do not tear easily) with little animals and Ninja loves to just pull them out. He has a tree trunk with little squirrels in it, bamboo trunk with little pandas, bee hive with bees, chicken coup with chicks and a banana with monkeys. Too cute!
As I was shopping for Ninja's presents, I kept stumbling on these Puppy Cake mixes. I bought them on Amazon. They seemed really neat and I am always a fan of, what I like to call "spoiled dog products." Plus the mixes got extremely high ratings on Amazon; a big hit with other pups. They come in many different flavors and yogurt frosting. For Ninja's birthday cake, I decided to use carob cake mix but not the frosting. The frosting did not look very good and I wanted something a little more taste appealing. So I decided to make my own frosting.
Each mix makes a 6" cake so I bought 2 mixes to make one, slightly taller 8" cake. Some disclosure -- if you are making a cake for just one dog, this will be way too much. I do not like giving Ninja too much junk food because it is not healthy and I want to avoid any stomach aches. I ended up giving some of his cake away to friends. 1 mix should be plenty. However, if you have more than one dog 2 mixes might be great. These mixes are EASY to make. Completely fail proof!
Add some oil, water and an egg and they bake perfectly. Frost it -- add some treats for decoration and voila! You got yourself one delicious pup friendly cake! Ninja LOVES it :) He gives it 5 paws up! I definitely recommend this product for your next paw-tay! ;)
Preheat Oven to 350F Degrees
FOR THE CAKE
1 box of Puppy Cake mix
3/4 c. water
1/4 c. vegetable oil
FOR THE FROSTING
8 oz. of cream cheese
2/3 c. all natural peanut butter
1/8 c. honey
For the cake:
In a bowl combine cake mix, vegetable oil, water and egg. Coat 6" cake pan with cooking spray. Pour batter into cake pan and bake for 20 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool.
For the frosting:
While the cake is baking, in the bowl of the stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream together cream cheese, peanut butter and honey. Mix the ingredients for a few minutes and you will notice the frosting will get fluffier. The frosting should be stiff and not sticky to the touch. Frost cake and garnish with dog treats.