Monday, April 12, 2010

Corgi Cake

Sammy's birthday was Saturday. We had a great time. We went to the dogpark. Then we went to my grandparents to have a little party. It was lots of fun. Sammy got lots of presents. He got a blue stuffed monkey, "squirrels in a tree" puzzle for dogs (sqeaky squirrels that are inside a stuffed tree trunk with holes for Sammy to try to pull them out), a dog Snuggie (probably to be returned, I'm anti-Snuggie), a canvas sqeaky duck, tennis balls, a moose sweater, and LOTS of treats! He totally enjoyed his cake, too!
After the party, we got on the road back to Axtell for the night so Erik could clean out his aquarium. Sammy had a wonderful time playing outside ALL day! He enjoyed watching everyone doing their chores. I laid out in the sun for about an hour, and Sammy just stayed close by. Sammy was also able to share his birthday cake with his aunt. We had fun, and Sammy was EXHAUSTED!!
He woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning. Sammy has been grouchy today. Whiney, needy, cuddly, barky, etcc. Really, having a corgi is like having a child! Erik had the day off and had to put up with the whiney pup all day, and I have just gotten home, and Mr. Grouchy Pants is all tuckered out sleeping. Again. Except, not in his usual place, behind the chair in his clubhouse! He is so silly.

Anyway, in all the comotion we have lost the camera! I haven't found it in my purse or bag. It was not in Sammy's bag. We will have to double check the car, but we are wondering if we left it in Axtell! And I had some good pictures, too! I'm very disappointed to not be able to share his pictures, so instead I will share the dogcake recipe if anyone is interested. Sammy just loved it!

Banana Peanut Dog Birthday Party Cake

2/3 cup ripe mashed bananas
1/2 cup softened safflower margarine
3 large eggs
3/4 cup Water
2 cups unbleached white flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped peanuts


Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C)

In mixing bowl, beat together mashed banana and butter until creamy. Add eggs and water. Beat well. Stir in dry ingredients. Beat until smooth. Add nuts. Spoon batter evenly into oiled and floured bundt pan. Bake for about 35 minutes. Cool on wire rack 5 minutes, remove from pan, replace on rack and cool.

**I however did not use chopped peanuts because I don't think dogs really digest them, so I didn't want to mess with "picking" them up later! Also it did raise ALOT, so if I did it again, I might not do as much of the baking powder/soda. Finally, when I cooked it, it took 10 minutes longer than the instructions said. It was very mushy when I first took it out.
**I cooked in a bread pan. Fits just perfectly!
**It smells like banana bread, but it doesn't taste like it! After it was cooked, it wasn't too bad. Still not too appetizing for people! Lol. (I was curious)

Carob Frosting

Combine the following ingredients and blend thoroughly:

12 ounces nonfat cream cheese (room temperature)
3 tsp carob powder
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp honey

**carob powder was finally found at Whole Foods. In a giant container that is approximately the size of hot cocoa containers! (about $4 here in Nebraska)
**In hindsight, I would just do 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese. I did not use all the frosting. I didn't want to make it too thick and get him sick. So I ended up throwing a bunch of it away.

I got all this from a website:
It has Peanut Butter Delight Dog Cake, Banana Carob Chip Dog Cake, as well as the Banana Peanut Dog Cake. Originally I thought the Banana Carob Chip Cake sounded like fun, but it was too difficult to find the carob powder around here! Also it had 2 other options for frosting: Cinnamon Frosting and Banana Carob Frosting. The recipe I used suggested Banana Carob with the cake I chose, but I decided to be different. All the frosting called for 12 oz cream cheese, but really I wouldn't do that much. And, if you are deciding to make one, and can't find carob powder, the cinnamon frosting does not call for any, so don't stress too much. It was super simple, and Sammy loved it! He still has some in the refridgerator!

Hope to find the camera soon, and share the photos!


  1. I am SO making that for Gibson for his Birthday this year :) Thanks for sharing!

    I'm glad Sammy had a good birthday!!!!

  2. Hi Bri & Sammy - we found your blog via our dog park friends Sam & Finley, and i think your blog is great! Hope you find your camera so that we can see pictures of sammy bear!

  3. yes those dog snuggies are.... hideous. bright neon cult wear.. thats what id call it!

  4. Thanks for the recipe!! I hope you find your camera soon! Also, Sadie used to have that squirrels in the tree toy and loved it! She "used to" have it because she killed all the squirrels and ripped their insides out hahahaha. But she did enjoy doing so :)

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  6. Here's the recipe I used for Bailey's 2nd birthday this past January. It was a huge hit with Bailey and his friends. We've made it again since for a housewarming party in which the dogs were invited, and every dog loved it! We substituted the vegetable oil for 1 whole banana, and we frosted the cake with some non-fat plain yogurt with mashed banana and decorated with carrots!

    Peanut Butter Carrot Cake
    Naturally sweet, colorful and flavorful, this cake is simple and easy to make. Great for Fall.

    1 cup flour (we used whole wheat!)
    1 tsp baking soda
    1/4 cup peanut butter (natural, if you can find it)
    1/4 cup vegetable oil (we used 1 mashed banana instead)
    1 cup shredded carrots
    1 tsp. vanilla
    1/3 cup honey
    1 egg
    Mix flour and baking soda. Add remaining ingredients. Pour into greased 8" round cake pan and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Let cool. Puree cottage cheese in blender for icing. Decorate with more peanut butter and carrots.

  7. I hope it goes well for all of you. Sammy loved it everyday! He looks at his kibble then looks up at me like, "Really?" Haha.
    Laurie, oh man, Sammy loves the squirrels. He immediately began by ripping off the hair of the squirrels. Then he got tired of me putting the squirrels back in the trunk, so he took the trunk and hid it behind the couch! He has it down to one shake to get those squirrels out! Lol. They aren't as interesting now since they don't squeak. lol
    Karen, I like your recipe! I think next time, I might do something more like that. Hmmm....who know dog cakes would be so fun! lol. AND SNUGGIES are the WORST! I'm not even sure how I got to disdain, since it seems over the top to hate them, but yuck, no snuggie for Sammy!