Happy birthday boof

Today is Merle’s (aka Boof, Boofie, Nugget Face) first birthday—and the perfect excuse to dress him in a humiliating but painfully adorable little cone-shaped hat and feed him lots of T-R-E-A-T-S (my fellow dog-owners catch my drift). In honor of our spoiled little piggy, I whipped up a cake with puppy-tested, mom-approved ingredients—and the results were drool-worthy (at least for the canine set).


Pumpkin-peanut-butter puppy cake

You’ll need:

1 cup flour

1 egg

1/3 cup peanut butter (natural, lower-sugar varieties are better)

2/3 cup pure pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin-pie mix as that has sugar and other ingredients in it)

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup water


2 tablespoons cream cheese

2/3 cup pumpkin puree


Mix all cake ingredients. Bake in a small, greased and floured pan (I used two 6-inch ramekins—a small round pan or a small loaf pan would probably be good, too) at 350 degrees for about 15 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool. Meanwhile, mix frosting ingredients. Frost when cake is completely cool. Serve to the pups … or perhaps to a human who you aren’t particularly fond of.

ERMAHGERD CAKE … nom nom nom nom … can I haz more cake?

34 thoughts on “Happy birthday boof”

  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MERLZY, from the original home of Merle I. Down here in AXA and missing you guys. Lot’s of memories. Love.

  2. I have a very sweet chocolate lab who has a 9th birthday today, Feb 14th.. So I made this recipe and made 12 cupcakes out of it, loaded with the frosting. My lab and lab mix thoroughly enjoyed their share, and I also made a few for family and coworkers that have dogs. It was a big hit here, thanks for sharing!

  3. I am making this cake for my soon to be two year old min Pincher/blue Heller she loves peanut butter and pumpkin every time I pick up the jar of peanut butter she gets do excited HAPPY BIRTHDAY Daisy May mommy and Daddy love you

  4. I made this for my puppy for his 1st birthday bash! Instead of making a cake I made cupcakes so each puppy guest could have their own cake. I doubled the recipe and filled the muffin tins to the rims, baking about 5 minutes longer than recipe called, I checked them with a toothpick to ensure they were cooked complete!! Big hit!!! As a side note, I used wheat flour, not white flour.
    Thanks for sharing!!

  5. I just made this for my Lab’s 2nd Birthday. I did it in a small round tin, maybe 7 inches? I didn’t frost it, but it baked beautifully. I served Enzo a slice and of course he loved it and chased the plate round the floor licking the crumbs! Another slice for his supper I think and hoping the rest might freeze? Great recipe ­čÖé

  6. Made this recipe for my baby (turned four, still my little girl. Hehe ^_^) She LOVED it! Cut the cake in eight slices, gave her the first slice after we sang happy birthday to her and she literally licked the frosting off and then devoured the piece… WHOLE! Wonderful recipe and absolutely downright ADORABLE birthday photos of your little miss. Thanks so much!

  7. Hi Jody–sorry your pup didn’t like it :(. Mine loved his, so I thought it was worth sharing!

  8. Jody,

    Your dog might not like it, but plenty of other dogs do love it. Your dog liking it does not make it a bad recipe. It doesn’t even mean there are “better” recipes out there. It just means your dog doesn’t care for it.

  9. I just baked this for my pup for his birthday and he practically inhaled the slice! The icing is very runny but my pup did not mind one bit. Topped it off with some blueberries for color. Very simple and easy recipe with great results!

  10. We made this for our dog’s birthday and it looked and smelled great. We were so glad to have found this recipe. Gracie ate it up happily but it gave her diarrhea.

  11. About to make this for my Peekapom puppy who will be 1 tomorrow… Ewok has been such a blessing I love the fact that it’s so easy to spoil my little fur baby

  12. I can’t believe anyone posted that this was a bad recipe! Or that any pup didn’t just LOVE these. I make these into cupcakes. We have three pups of our own and a rotating fourth foster. My three LOVE these…and no matter what foster pup is in the house they LOVE them too!

  13. If I had to make these for 20 great danes how much would I increase the ingredients? HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY GIRL ATHENA AMD MY BOY BRODY AND ALL THIER SIBLINGS XO

  14. Today is my pup’s birthday. I tried the recipe as is above and it was very thick. Could there be an ingredient missing? like water?

  15. Two paws up! Made this for our little girl on her 3rd birthday and she LOVED it! Dogs love peanut butter and pumpkin so it was an easy choice. Can’t go wrong with this simple recipe. Happy birthday, Sookie!

  16. My dearest grandpuppy Teddy is 6 on the 16th of September. He just had eye surgery and my daughter says he won’t be up to a party. I plan to make this cake for him and gift him a matching sweatshirt/eyepatch combo I am making for him. Have not seen him since his surgery. ..not in person anyway. He is only my second puppy love in all of my 63 years. We have a mutual adoration. So want to see him and give him some loving. This cake is part of it

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