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5 Dog Treat Recipes That Kids Can Make


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Beefy Birthday Cake
The Dog Bone birthday cake at the North Shore Animal League celebration for 'DOGust The First', a universal birthday for rescued dogs everywhere on August 1, in Port Washington, N.Y.
The Dog Bone birthday cake at the North Shore Animal League celebration for 'DOGust The First', a universal birthday for rescued dogs everywhere on August 1, in Port Washington, N.Y.
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Dogs love birthday celebrations just as much as people do. Along with gifts and plenty of attention and affection, dogs also need cake for their birthday bashes. And not just any cake, canines crave the meaty goodness of beefy birthday cake on their special days.

The idea of a cake made from meat is probably not your idea of an ideal birthday treat, but dogs will love this proteinaceous pastry. What's more, this doggie delicacy is quite simple to prepare, even with little ones.

Before you start, preheat the oven to 325 degrees (160 degrees Celsius) and have a greased cake pan ready. Then, gather up the ingredients:

  • 2-1/2 cups of buckwheat flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1/2 cup of oil
  • 4 ounces of ground beef
  • 2 strips of beef jerky
  • 3 eggs

Cream together all the wet ingredients first (butter, oil, beef, and eggs), and then fold in the dry ones (flour and baking powder) as you mix it all together, crumbling the beef jerky in at the end. Then, pour the batter into the cake pan and bake for 60 minutes. Be sure to allow the cake to cool before icing it with cream cheese.

Kids can help with the icing as well as all the mixing and involved in this recipe. They can also decorate the beefcake with shaved carrots, peas, and whatever other wholesome ingredients your dog might like to have at his pooch party. Be sure to refrigerate any uneaten cake. It's even better the next day.


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