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.
- 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.
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.