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Humans are in love with the world-famous Momofuku Milk Bar birthday cake, so we decided to make our own dog-friendly version. Perfect for the world’s best dog (yours, of course), this Milk Bar-style canine cake is truly gorgeous. Here’s how to create your own three-layer maple bacon cake with fluffy peanut butter cream cheese frosting, tasty carob brownie bites, and real bacon bits. This is an over-the-top, once-a-year indulgence guaranteed to get you crowned dog mom of the year.
Milk Bar Inspired Birthday Cake for Dogs Recipe
Yield 1 6" layer cake
You can substitute the carob brownie bites for your dog’s favorite treats, kibble, unsweetened dried fruit or meat, or anything else your dog loves best. You know, if you don’t feel like making brownies and cake for one recipe. Your pet will never know the difference.
But hey, since birthdays come just once a year, let’s do it right!
For the carob brownie decorations
- 1/2 cup flour (we used a gluten-free mix)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 3 tbsp carob powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 cup reserved bacon grease or coconut oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 Tbsp molasses
- A dash of milk to smooth batter if necessary
For the cake
- 2 cups rolled oat flour (pulse rolled oats in a food processor until floury)
- 1 cup regular flour (we used a gluten-free all-purpose flour)
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 ½ tsp baking soda
- 1 ½ cups applesauce (unsweetened)
- 1 ½ cups low-fat yogurt
- ⅓ cup melted coconut oil
- 3 eggs
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup
- 4 slices cooked and crumbled bacon
For the frosting
- 1 8oz block Neufchâtel (light cream cheese)
- ½ cup yogurt
- ½ cup peanut butter (check the ingredients to avoid dangerous xylitol)
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- A few pinches cream of tartar
- 1 ½ cup tapioca flour
First, we'll make the carob brownies. You can make them ahead of time and keep in an airtight container in the fridge until decorating time.
- Preheat oven to 350ºF
- Line a quarter sheet pan with parchment and grease for easy removal.
- Add the dry ingredients to the bowl of your food processor and pulse to combine.
- Add the wet ingredients and pulse until just combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl to incorporate.
- Pour batter into sheet pan, tilting to completely cover bottom of pan.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes or until just springy and a knife comes out clean.
- Allow brownies to cool completely before gently peeling off parchment and cutting out shapes with cookie cutters.
Maple Bacon Cake
- Preheat oven to 350º
- Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and grease for easy removal.
- Use the food processor to pulverize rolled oats into a fine, floury texture
- Add the remaining dry ingredients and pulse to combine.
- Add remaining wet ingredients, pulsing until combined.
- Pour the batter into the sheet pan, tapping lightly to remove air bubbles.
- Sprinkle bacon bits evenly across the cake batter.
- Bake for 30 minutes, checking for doneness with a toothpick. The cake will be dense but shouldn’t jiggle.
- Cool completely before cutting out cake rounds. You can use the fridge if you're in a hurry.
Peanut Butter Frosting
- Combine wet ingredients in food processor or stand mixer and pulse to combine.
- Add the tapioca flour a little at a time until fluffy peaks form. (You may not need the full amount.)
- You can store the frosting in the fridge until assembly time, but you'll want to mix it again and brint it to room temperature to be spreadable.
- First thing first, this cake will be going in the freezer so make sure you have the space to store this majestic beast in your deep freeze in a flat and non-perilous manner.
- Turn out sheet cake onto parchment and gently peel the parchment off the bottom of the cake.
- Using a 6” cake round, cut out 2 perfect circles of cake. You will use the remaining scraps to form the base layer.
- Clean your cake ring, place a cardboard circle in the bottom if using, and insert an acetate strip and secure.
- Assemble on a nice plate, cookie sheet, or some other flat surface you can use to easily transport the finished cake.
- Using the scraps from your sheet cake, create the base layer of your cake (the bottom doesn’t have to be perfect, but you want the edges to look nice since they will be revealed in this recipe.
- Baste the cake layer with milk to keep things moist. Add a layer of frosting (about a third of the amount you made or a little less), then sprinkle with a nice layer of your carob brownies, sprinkles, or whatever yummy treats you are using.
- Add a second tier of acetate to hold in the cakey goodness. You want the acetate to be a little higher than the finished cake to protect the top decorations.
- Assemble the middle layer the same way, saving your nicest round for the top of the cake.
- Baste the cake with milk, frost, then sprinkle your treats.
- Top with your nicest circle of cake, and frost lavishly, adding crumbles, bacon, small cookies, or whatever your dog likes best for the finishing touches.
- Move the finished cake to the freezer for a minimum of 12 hours. You can keep the cake in the freezer for a few weeks.
- Thaw the finished frozen cake in the refrigerator at least 3 hours before serving.
- Gently remove acetate strips before serving. The thawed cake will be good in the fridge for 5 days.
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