If you have pets (especially if you have pets and no human children), you may be part of a growing club of people who throw their pets birthday parties. Or, at least bake them a cake.
I’m not quite to the throw a full blown party level, but we do usually do a bit more than the average pet parents to celebrate one of our pup’s birthdays.
This past week marked the one year anniversary of the date that I brought our wild child, Winnie, home from the shelter. Since she came in to the shelter as a stray, there was really no way to determine her actual birth date and so the vet estimated that she was about two years old at that time. It’s been a full year since then, which makes her three now.
I followed this recipe to make a cute little dog-friendly birthday cake. I did alter the recipe a bit:
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup pure pumpkin puree
1/4 cup melted peanut butter
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup greek yogurt (add more as needed to mix well),
I found it was much easier to maneuver and ice the cake after I let this mixture sit on the counter while my cake baked in the oven.
I used two 4.25 inch cake pans that I found at a local craft store to bake the mixture. It took about 20 minutes to bake.
Let cool, level (if necessary) and stack. Add icing & voila!
I added a handful of frozen blueberries to the top for a little more visual appeal (and taste).
A cake would not be enough for a barkday celebration. So, I used my trusty Cricut to put together a banner and make a party hat for my birthday girl.
I also blew up about 20 balloons (no helium) and taped them to the wall for a fun backdrop.
If you are starting at zero, I’d estimate the cost of supplies to be about $7 for the banner/party hat supplies (paper, twine, pom poms), about $10 for the cake (if you had zero ingredients), and $3 for balloons.
I personally spent a grand total of $8 on a 2-pack of 4 inch cake pans, a birthday candle, and a couple packs of balloons. Most of the cake ingredients are pantry staples and most people will have them on hand.
This mini birthday cake was a hit among our pack of four and they very happily ate a piece with breakfast and dinner for the next two days after Winnie’s birthday.
If you have a barkday celebration you’d like to share, please do so in the comments!