My pups had a wonderful birthday and better yet, I got to make them an awesome pup cake. Keeping in line with typical ingredients used in dog treats (peanut butter, carob and banana), I was able to create a healthy, but still pup-approved dessert.
Luckily for me, I had a cute cake stand waiting to be used for the first time and this occasion seemed fitting. To add a little pretty to the cake, I garnished it with a Milk Bone wrap and extra sprinkles of carob chips. Other fun items that can be used to spruce up a pup cake include crushed dog cookies, carob dipped bones and filled rawhide sticks.
Banana Carob Oat Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting
2 ripe bananas, mashed
4 tbsp honey
2 cups water
3 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 tbsp baking powder
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup carob chips
1 cup peanut butter
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Using nonstick spray, coat an 8-inch cake pan and set aside.
In a bowl, mix the bananas, 3 tablespoons honey, egg and water together until combined. Then stir in the flour, baking powder and oats. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle the carob chips on top. Use a fork to slightly mix in the carob chips in a marbling fashion; the chips should be slightly visible on the surface.
Bake the cake for 1 hour. Check and bake for an additional 15 minutes if you insert a toothpick and it does not come out clean. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 30 minutes before transferring to a rack to cool completely.
As the cake is cooling on the rack, mix the peanut butter and remaining honey in a bowl until thoroughly incorporated to create the frosting. Using a spoon or spatula, spread the peanut butter frosting over the cake.