Guys. It is a very big occasion on the blog today. Drum roll please. TILLY IS ONE! Well in a week, but we’re recipe testing now…and she doesn’t know the difference. Next Wednesday is Tilly’s birthday, and call me a crazy dog mom, but I’m pretty proud of this child of mine. And in this family we celebrate with cake. And for Tilly, that is a Dog Birthday Cake. 

I have been looking forward to this dog bday cake since we got Tilly last Summer, and I have to say, it did not disappoint.

The camera loves her.

Is cake safe for dogs?

This one is! Not all human food is good for your dog’s stomach. Tilly likes to follow us around pretty much everywhere we go, and that’s often in the kitchen. She’s such a good girl that we always want to give her a little taste, but we’re always asking Alexa, “Is ____ safe for dogs?” because I’m not trying to give her a stomach ache.

So when we set out to make this dog birthday cake we wanted to use all her favorites and nothing that we know isn’t good for her (like chocolate or too much sugar).

What to put in a dog birthday cake:

As you all probably know, Tilly is my favorite thing. So, we wanted to spoil Tilly rotten for her birthday with all of her favorite things. And if you know Tilly, you know her favorite foods are pumpkin, greek yogurt, and peanut butter (duh).  Naturally we landed on a peanut butter pumpkin cake held together with a Tilly approved peanut butter and greek yogurt frosting.

Even though this cake is made with safe ingredients, you’ll still want to limit the amount of dog bday cake your puppy eats. This dog birthday cake recipe will make a small 6 inch cake, but we still wouldn’t recommend giving the entire cake to your pup. We gave Tilly a small piece and she was more than happy.

How to store dog birthday cake?

Even though Tilly doesn’t seem to discriminate against fresh and stale food, you’ll want to keep your dog cake wrapped up or in a sealed container in the fridge to keep it fresh as long as possible. It should last for about a week in the fridge. You could also slice it into 8 pieces and freeze individually for a special treat when your dog is being an extra good girl or boy to prolong the birthday fun!

How to make a dog birthday cake:

It’s pretty much the same process as making a human cake. We actually used a pumpkin bread recipe we already had and just took out the sugar. Simply mix your wet ingredients together, and then add in the dry. Bake at 350°F and then frost! Voila pb pumpkin doggie bday cake. 

And that’s it babies. It won’t taste good to us humans, but as you can see, it will taste good to your birthday puppy.


Dog Birthday Cake

We’re celebrating Tilly’s 1st birthday today! Spoil your furry friends with this homemade dog birthday cake made with pumpkin and peanut butter!

  • Author: Sofi | Broma Bakery
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 28 minutes
  • Yield: 1 6 inch layer cake 1x
  • Category: cake
  • Method: baked
  • Cuisine: dog


for the cake

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

for the frosting

  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter


for the cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease two 6 inch rounds. Set pan aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the pumpkin, peanut butter, and oil together until well mixed. If you’re using a stand mixer, about 2 minutes. Add the egg and mix well. Add in all the dry ingredients and using a rubber spatula, fold into the wet until well mixed.
  3. Divide the batter into two pans and bake for 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

for the frosting

  1. In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the yogurt and peanut butter until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  2. Once the cakes have cooled frost them. If you would like a two layer cake, you can leave the two cakes as is. If you would like a 4 layer cake, use a long serrated knife to cut each layer in half. Place one half down on a cake stand or plate and spread a thin layer of “frosting.” Place the next layer on top and repeat until all layers are assembled.
  3. Celebrate your pup and enjoy!

Keywords: easy, birthday, doggie, animal, dog safe


Heidi Clark

Happy Birthday, Tilly!!!


Happy Birthday, Tilly! Looks like a Ridgeback…..ours is a little over one! Best doggies ever 🙂


What a fantastic way to love the dog! Next up: something for cats?

Lisa Imes

Happy birthday beautiful!

michelle @ hummingbird high

they grow up so fast xo

Sofi | Broma Bakery

I KNOW. She’s so big!

Laura | Tutti Dolci

So cute, Happy Birthday Tilly!


It looks great and I may make for my Yellow Lab. Is one slice a serving? My guy would eat the whole thing!!! Can it be stored at room temperature or put in refrigerator?

Sarah | Broma Bakery

Hey Lynn! Great questions. In the heading above “How to Store Dog Bday Cake” you can find more information, but we’d recommend refrigerating it to keep it fresh as long as possible! We gave Tilly an 1/8th of the cake as a big treat, but on days other than her bday, we’d give her about half of that. The cake is totally made with safe ingredients, but the whole cake would still probably give him a stomach ache 🙂 Let us know if you have any other questions!


Hey, Happy Birthday!
Ach, den Kuchen hätte ich aber auch gegessen, sieht echt lecker aus.
Grüße, Jesse-Gabriel


When do you add the flour/baking soda? It doesn’t list it in the steps

Sofi | Broma Bakery

Woops! Just updated 🙂


Could you substitute the pumpkin purée for applesauce?

Sofi | Broma Bakery

I don’t see why not!

Kathleen Lopez

I mad3 this today. The batter was very thick, so I re read the recipe and I I used all the correct ingredients and measurements. I used a cupcake tin, put the batter in and when the timer went off, I see that batter stayed exactly as I put it, it didn’t rise at all. I have cookies? Lol. Maybe I’ll use the frosting to make them into sandwich cookies?!

Sofi | Broma Bakery

Hey when life gives you lemons.. 🙂 In all seriousness though, I’m sorry to hear that these didn’t spread! Our batter was definitely thick, but we just spread it evenly in the pan and found it baked fine! If you try again, you can always add a little water to thin it out!


I also used cupcake tins (regular muffin and mini muffin tins), but I was worried about how thick the batter was (I doubled the recipe), so I added an extra egg and a couple more tablespoons of peanut butter. The muffins rose beautifully – the mini muffins were done in 12 minutes, and the regular muffins were done in 15 minutes at 350. I didn’t make the frosting, but I added a dollop of peanut butter and a mini Milkbone to the top and took them to our city animal shelter for all the pups. Thanks for the recipe!

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