Birthdays should be celebrated... and that goes for dog birthdays, too. They're an important part of our families and people love celebrating that. Whether you can celebrate the actual date your dog was born or your dog's "adoption day", you can sing "Happy Birthday" and lavish your dog with lots of special attention, along with some special treats.
Dog owners celebrate their dog's birthday in many different ways. Some dogs are treated to a special day filled with all their favorite things - a trip to the park, a fun new toy, extra playtime, and a cake or some special goodies. I even know someone who actually prepares a nice steak birthday dinner for his dog!
So why not seize the day and do something special for your dog's next birthday? For some fun ideas, go to: Parties for Pooches
You can go all out and have a doggy birthday party. Dogs love birthday parties because of all the special attention they get from everyone.If you'd like to bake your dog a birthday cake, here's a great recipe from the book Southern Living, The Half-Hour Hostess. This book is filled with entertaining ideas for all kinds of parties, big and small. These yummy birthday "pupcakes" come from the book's "Doggy Birthday Party" menu.
Fido's Peanut Butter Pupcakes
Makes: 1 dozen Hands-On Time: 5 min. Total Time: 30 min.
Place baked cakes in the freezer to chill rapidly before icing. While these are safe for people to eat, they are not as tasty for humans as they are for dogs.
Peanut Butter Pupcakes
3 cups whole wheat flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1⁄4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1⁄4 cup creamy peanut butter
2 Tbsp. honey
1 tsp. vanilla extract
12 paper baking cups
Cream Cheese Frosting
1 (8-oz.) package reduced-fat cream cheese
1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp. Honey
12 small dog biscuits for garnish (optional)
1. Prepare Peanut Butter Pupcakes: Preheat oven to 375°. Whisk together flour and baking powder in a large bowl. Combine 2 cups water, applesauce, peanutbutter, honey and vanilla; add to flour mixture. Beat at medium speed with an electric mixer just until blended.
2. Place baking cups in a 12-cup muffin pan. Spoon batter into cups, filling three-fourths full.
3. Bake at 375° for 17 minutes or until cakes spring back when touched. Remove from pans to a wire rack; place in freezer 8 to 10 minutes or until completely cool.
3. Meanwhile, prepare Cream Cheese Frosting: Beat cream cheese with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add flour and honey, beating until smooth. Spread frosting on tops of pupcakes, and top each with a dog biscuit. Store in airtight container in refrigerator up to 2 days.
I hope your dog enjoys them! Go here for more recipes