Traditional newfoundland corned beef cakes

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Cake-less cake? With steak? Yes, please! This homemade steak dog birthday cake is an extra special treat.

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Our easy homemade dog birthday steak cake is made without any actual baked cake. It still looks great for a special buổi tiệc nhỏ or celebration, but is simple lớn make and easily adjusted. You can change the size or ingredients to suit different dogs & diets without the usual baking worries of recipe substitutions. Here are the details on how khổng lồ make our dog birthday steak cake, plus ideas & tips for ingredient and decoration swaps. 


This cake was made for Humphrey’s 7th birthday celebration. It’s become a tradition in our furfamily to lớn mark milestones with cake. The dogs might not know that it’s their birthday, but they bởi vì know that something extra special is happening. Especially when it’s dog cake baking time. Humphrey was particularly attentive khổng lồ activity in the kitchen & at the grill during the preparation of this cake. After all, what dog could possibly resist a steak birthday cake? As shared in our pet chef intro on making cakes for dogs, I enjoy making crazy dogs birthday cakes and all the excitement sniffing around the kitchen brings our boys. But that’s just our way of having fun, & special celebrations don’t truly require anything fancy. Just lots of love and whatever makes you and your pet happiest.


It started as a bit of a family joke about steak cake. But after many jokes, steak cake felt lượt thích a fun idea to lớn make and share both with Humphrey & with our readers. We’ve shared many different types of dog cake ideas và recipes on the blog with lot of different ingredients, but this one is particularly easy for furfriends và their humans lớn adjust khổng lồ suit different diets. There are no flours, grains, or other ingredients that are used khổng lồ bake a conventional cake. There’s no baking required, ingredient functions lượt thích binding to lớn worry about, or even any measurements to follow. This means that ingredients are very easily swapped or adjusted. And although Humphrey’s steak was lightly seared on the barbeque (a little less gory with the mashed potato), it could be left raw for raw-fed pups.

Can there be such as thing as cake-less cake? Hmm… This steak cake looks like a cake, but fails the definition of a real cake. So I’m going with cake-less cake. And just cake for short. After all, the dogs won’t judge on names or looks. Just drool and yum factors.

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Cake-Less Dog Birthday Steak Cake with Mashed Potato Frosting

There is no recipe for this cake-less cake, but I’ve included the ingredient danh mục as well as step-by-step photos with instructions that you can adapt for your own custom cake-less cake preparations. See above for ideas on ingredient swaps & adjustments.

Ingredients:Steak or other lean meat (see above)Potato, mashedCarrot, gratedOptional dog-friendly edible decorations or garnish. 
Preparing the Cake:Cut your meat into cake-shaped rounds. Save those yummy offcuts for other cooking, for people or for pets.Lightly grill or sear to seal the meat. This is optional if you feed raw, but beware that your mashed potato frosting may discolour quickly if using raw steak. Humphrey’s steak cake was served rare, but different meats may require more thorough cooking for safety. Adjust if/as required.Cool prior to lớn decoration. To avoid bleed-through into the mashed potato, it’s best to decorate the cake as close to lớn your planned buổi tiệc nhỏ and serving as possible. Although I’m pretty confident that the dogs would not mind at all. It might even be a bit tastier that way.Construct your layer cake, applying mashed potato frosting between each layer. In the middle, I just a small quantity of mashed potato with the carrot to lớn help hold the carrot and the cakes in place.Frost the exterior with additional mashed potato, garnish (optional) to lớn decorate, & refrigerate until you are ready lớn display và serve. If chilled, pampered pooches might enjoy their slice of cake warmed slightly for extra delicious scent & flavour. 

Dog-Friendly Cake Making Tips and Tricks

Meat can be prepared in advance & stored refrigerated short term (or frozen longer term) and then decorated for the party. Leftovers can be cut into bite-sized snacks và refrigerated or frozen.

Recipe & Ingredient Tips và Tricks

Not in the mood khổng lồ mash? Instant mashed potato makes a very quick và easy option for frosting / icing dog cakes. It has a nice smooth consistency & can be easily adjusted khổng lồ be thinner (additional liquid) or thicker (additional flakes). 

Hungry for more tasty treats? There are all sorts of homemade dog treat ideas in our archives. You can also use the category and tag labels to find other recipes that might be of interest or use our internal search tools to find something specific. Remember, treats (bought or homemade) are for spoiling your pup in moderation. We nói qua ideas from treats that we’ve made ourselves for our pets, but different animals have different preferences (likes/dislikes), just lượt thích people. Some pets may have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt or have questions about what’s suitable for your pet, have a chat with your trusted vet.


Join the pawty at Humphrey’s 7th birthday celebration posts:

Looking for more celebration fun? Explore our milestone posts to grow up with the dogs and our blog over the years. You can also find all of our birthday-related nội dung under the dog birthday các buổi tiệc nhỏ post category or explore the related topics below. Woofs!