Dog Treats

Doggie Birthday Beef Cake

December 18, 2019

Last Saturday was Zu’s seventh birthday. I can’t believe it was seven years ago I picked up that little 19 pound teddy bear and brought him home. He was so adorable. A friend was driving us back so I could bond with him in the back seat where he eventually threw up all over me. I knew in that moment, he was mine.

If you follow our doggie adventures, you know I feed Zu a raw food diet. However, he does get the weekly cooked food treat like hamburgers or turkey. His favorite doggie “cake” is beef with sweet potato frosting so that’s what I made him, minus the candles. He’s not a huge fan of flames. The recipe is super easy and it’s fun to watch your pup dive in. Because it can be a lot of food, even for Zu’s tummy, I use a round cookie cutter to make the patties smaller before building the cake. Zu gets the leftovers during the week.

I found 4-inch mini cake pans at Home Goods for $2 each. They are also available at Amazon. You can bake this recipe like a meat loaf in one pan. Just watch your baking time so you don’t overcook.

You may use a potato masher or fork to mash up the sweet potatoes. I used a small icing spatula to spread the sweet potatoes evenly onto the cooked beef cake.

Basic healthy ingredients.

Use mini pans to bake your layers. I used a tiny amount of refined coconut oil to grease the pan.

Control portion size of cake by using a cookie cutter.

Layer boiled sweet potato between baked patties.

Flavor Options:

  • Add 1/4 cup of shredded cheese to the recipe
  • Change out peas and carrots with other vegetables your pup loves.
  • Decorate with frozen blueberries
  • This cake can be made with raw beef as well.
  • Use white potatoes instead of sweet potatoes.

Using frozen peas makes it much easier to decorate.

Who’s a happy birthday boy!

Soooo good….and not a drop on the floor.

Doggie Birthday Beef Cake

Make something special to celebrate your pup's birthday!


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen peas and carrots, plus more frozen peas for decorating
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into 2-inch cubes



Preheat oven to 350° F.


Combine ground beef, egg, peas and carrots in a large bowl.


Form into patties and distribute evenly into mini pans.


Place pans on a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes, depending on your oven.


While baking patties, bring water to a boil in a large pot to boil sweet potatoes.


Boil sweet potatoes for 20 minutes, drain and allow to cool.


Mash sweet potatoes with a potato masher or fork.


Allow both the beef patties and sweet potatoes to cool completely before assembling the cake.


Sweet potatoes can be spread on to the beef cake with a knife or small spatula. If you would like to get fancy, put mashed sweet potatoes into an icing bag with a decorative tip and pipe as you would a regular cake.


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  • Reply
    Jane Caruthers
    December 19, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    Great photos of my birthday granddog enjoying his delicious cake.

    • Reply
      December 31, 2019 at 8:45 am

      We wish you had been here to celebrate!! I’m sure Zu would have shared his beef cake with you!!

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