Pumpkin Dog Cake (For Humans Too!)

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Make your favorite furry friend an edible birthday pumpkin dog cake for their special day! This healthy dog cake recipe for dogs and humans is made with simple ingredients. It’s safe and delicious for you and your dog!

Dog Birthday Cake Recipe

When my sweet dog Pumpkin turned two, I wanted to make something fun to celebrate how much he means to us, so I baked up this pumpkin dog birthday cake that we could all enjoy made with dog safe ingredients like pumpkin puree, applesauce and yogurt.

This pumpkin dog cake is topped off with a peanut butter yogurt frosting and makes for the perfect birthday cake that you and your dog can enjoy! Maybe it’s a millennial thing to make your dog a birthday cake, but when you’re as in love with your dog as we are with Pumpkin, making a dog birthday cake doesn’t seem that crazy, does it?!


Pumpkin is the first dog I’ve ever had so I didn’t really know the type of unconditional love, joy and sweetness you get from a dog until the day we brought him home. Since then he has filled our lives with so much happiness, love and cavalier personality. He’s full of snuggly sweetness, always curious about everything around him, and knows how to get what he wants with those big brown eyes!

I could truly go on and on about all the ways he has made our life better and I know you must feel the same way if you’re looking for a cake to make for your dog’s birthday. Let’s celebrate our very special furry friends!

Pumpkin Birthday Cake for Dogs and Humans

This pumpkin dog birthday cake for dogs and humans is perfect to make for you and your pooch. It’s made with dog and human-safe ingredients, not overly complicated to make, and easy to decorate with your dog’s favorite treats or peanut butter yogurt frosting.

This cake is made with pumpkin puree which is good for us and good for dogs. It gets it get it’s moist texture from unsweetened applesauce which is a healthier way to add sweetness and moisture to baked goods for both dogs and humans.

It tastes like a fall spiced cake that you and your dog can enjoy anytime of the year!

healthy pumpkin dog cake recipe

Dog Birthday Cake Recipe

This dog birthday cake recipe is made especially for your dog but one that you can also eat! It would be fun to make for a dog birthday party, puppy play date or when you want something you and your furry best friend can both enjoy.

My dog loved licking the frosting off this cake. And now it’s become tradition that I make it for him to celebrate his birthday in January. I used peanut butter in a pipping bag on the original cake to make a “2” and a little pumpkin on the cake.

Can You Give a Dog Birthday Cake?

Traditional birthday cakes are most likely made with ingredients that are not safe for dogs, especially chocolate birthday cake. Chocolate birthday cake would be a huge no for dogs as chocolate can be harmful to dogs.

Traditional vanilla or yellow cake may also contain ingredients that are not the best for dogs. I recommend making this recipe for your dog instead!

You and Your Dog will Love This Recipe Because…

  • It’s easy to make (takes less than 1 hour).
  • It’s made with simple ingredients that are all dog safe.
  • It’s made with pumpkin puree which is especially good for dogs and their digestion.
  • It’s totally edible for humans, so you can also eat it!
Dog Birthday Cake Ingredients

9 Ingredients for This Pumpkin Dog Cake Recipe

  • Pumpkin Puree be sure it’s pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie mix.
  • Oat Flour if you can’t find oat flour at the store, simply blend old-fashioned oats in a blender until they are the consistency of flour.
  • Unsweetened Creamy Peanut Butterit’s best to choose unsweetened versions for dogs.
  • Plain Greek Yogurt I used siggi’s, which I like because it’s low in sugar and doesn’t contain any artificial sweeteners or sugar alcohols which are not good for dogs.
  • Eggs
  • Unsweetened Applesauce this will help give the cake a subtle sweetness and a moist texture.
  • Cinnamon cinnamon is safe for dogs to eat.
  • Baking Soda
  • Baking Powder

equipment / utensils:

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Is Yogurt Good For Dogs?

Yogurt is generally safe for dogs to eat. Some yogurts do contain a lot of added sugar and artificial sweeteners. These aren’t good for dogs, so you want to make sure you’re giving them lower in sugar, plain 0% yogurt that doesn’t contain artificial sugars or sugar alcohols.

I recommend a lower in sugar plain 0% yogurt for this dog birthday cake recipe.

I’m not a vet or dog food specialist and every dog is different in terms of the food they can eat. Check with your vet before giving this cake to your dog if you have any hesitation.

Is Peanut Butter Good for Dogs?

Peanut butter is generally safe for dogs to eat. As a dog owner, I’m sure you’ve seen peanut butter in many different dogs treats. When you’re buying it to give to your dog, make sure you are choosing peanut butter that doesn’t have added sugars and no artificial sweeteners. These aren’t good for dogs (and not really humans either!). That is the kind I recommend using in this pumpkin dog birthday cake recipe.

While peanut butter is safe for dogs to eat, it is higher in fat and calories. This might not be the best for all dogs on a regular basis. Chat with your vet about what a safe amount would be to give your dog on a regular basis.

Is Pumpkin Puree Good for Dogs?

Yes, pumpkin puree is good for dogs! Not only is it a fall superfood for humans, but it’s good for dogs too!

When buying pumpkin puree at the store for this dog birthday cake (or any other recipe on my site) make sure it’s pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie mix. Pumpkin pie mix is mixed with sugar and other ingredients.

You just want 100% pure pumpkin and it can be the same can that you would buy at the grocery store for yourself. No need to buy special pumpkin puree from pet stores since they’re probably more expensive.

Health Benefits of Pumpkin Puree for Dogs

Pumpkin puree is safe for dogs to eat and good for their digestion when they are having issues like constipation or diarrhea because it contains fiber.

How Much Can Pumpkin Puree Can You Give Them?

Depending on the size of your dog, 2 tsp – 1 tbsp is a safe amount to give them to help with tummy troubles.

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pumpkin dog cake for humans too

Pumpkin Dog Cake (For Humans Too!)

Maggie Michalczyk, RDN
Celebrate your special furry friend with this pumpkin dog cake is the perfect treat to make for your dog on their birthday! All of the ingredients are safe for humans and dogs and it's easy to make.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 10 slices


  • 2 mixing bowls
  • 1 Whisk
  • 2 6-in cake pans
  • 1 knife or cake leveler


For the Cake

  • 1 1/2 cups oat flour
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup creamy unsweetened peanut butter

For the Peanut Butter Yogurt Frosting

  • 1 cup plain, unsweetened 0% yogurt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened creamy peanut butter
  • your dog's favorite treats for garnishing


  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease and flour two 6-inch round cake pans. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together oat flour, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon. Set a side.
  • Gently whisk together the pumpkin, applesauce, eggs and peanut butter until well combined. Add in the flour ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon to combine.
  • Divide batter evenly between the two prepared pans and bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes then invert cakes onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Use a cake leveler or knife to cut the top off of one of the cakes. Spread a thin layer of yogurt on top of that layer and place the other layer on top.
  • In a small bowl with a spoon mix the rest of the yogurt and the peanut butter.
  • Use a small spatula to frost a thin layer of it around the entire cake. Garnish with extra peanut butter or dog treats. Enjoy!
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Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treat Recipe

If you like this dog cake recipe, be sure to check out this baked pumpkin peanut butter dog treat recipe. It’s an easy recipe for healthy homemade dog treats.

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  1. 5 stars
    I made one of these today for my Corgi for his 12th birthday, and he LOVED it. I didn’t have applesauce, so I used extra pumpkin in its place and it worked well. I also added some blueberries to the frosting. Thank you so much for the recipe. It was very simple and the smile on his face made me so happy.