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Colt's First Birthday and Cake Recipe - Katie Kinsley

Colt’s First Birthday and Cake Recipe

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March 29 is our official date of birth for Colt. He is one and is still very energetic, adorable and still as naughty as ever. Now that Colt is one, we must celebrate – doggie style! (Recipe okay for humans, too!)

Colt's First Birthday

Zack and I picked up Colt from the owners in front of a Petco. He was the last of his litter and we were told that he would be a German Shepherd. After watching him grow from a cute little teddy bear into this weird, cute little shaggy-haired dog, we knew he wasn’t full German. He had nice colorations, but he topped out at 50 pounds.

We drove him on his first cross-country trip to Wisconsin over Thanksgiving to see our parents. No one believed us that he was a German. For Christmas, my mom bought us a Mars Veterinary Wisdom Panel in order to test Colt’s DNA. It’s not super cheap, but it’s not over-priced either considering all the information you receive.

It turns out that Colt is 50% Australian Shepherd and only 25% German Shepherd. The test results dive into that his other 25% is a mixed breed that may contain terrier, guard, herding or sporting. It goes into detail about each group. So Zack and I did get a German, but only a little bit. His ears, coloring and excessive whining for sure.

Another good part of the test results is that we know Colt has the MDR1 gene. The MDR1 is a genetic mutation found in many of the herding breeds, some sight-hound breeds and many mixed breed dogs. These dogs require reduced drug doses for most drugs that are pumped by P-glycoprotein. It is good information for our vet to know.

Ingredients

Cake

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg

Frosting

  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter

Instructions

Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour and baking soda.
  3. In a separate bowl mix together vegetable oil, peanut butter, applesauce and pumpkin puree. Once combined, mix in egg and mix until combined.
  4. Combine wet and dry ingredients and stir until combined
  5. Pour mixture into an 8″ pan that has been greased with oil.
  6. Bake for approximately 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and the cake springs back when pressed lightly.
  7. Allow to cool before removing from pan
  8. After cooling, add frosting

Frosting

  1. Mix Greek yogurt and peanut butter until well combined. Spread over cake. If not serving immediately, store in refrigerator.

56 Comments

  1. robin masshole mommy
    May 29, 2018 / 7:05 pm

    Happy Birthday, Colt! I am sure he appreciated the effort you put into making him his special cake. What a fun treat for pups ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. May 29, 2018 / 7:06 pm

    I didn’t realize at first that the birthday cake was for your dog names Colt and not for a small child. Wasn’t until I got to reading your post that I realized I had it all wrong. What a fun and great thing to do for your fur baby to celebrate his birthday. Hope Colt enjoyed his cake.

  3. May 29, 2018 / 7:06 pm

    I have never actually thought about celebrating my dog’s birthday, but I know she would enjoy a little cake like that. Your dog is adorable by the way.

  4. robin masshole mommy
    March 30, 2017 / 5:09 am

    Happy Birthday, Colt! I am sure he appreciated the effort you put into making him his special cake. What a fun treat for pups ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. March 30, 2017 / 5:58 am

    I didn’t realize at first that the birthday cake was for your dog names Colt and not for a small child. Wasn’t until I got to reading your post that I realized I had it all wrong. What a fun and great thing to do for your fur baby to celebrate his birthday. Hope Colt enjoyed his cake.

  6. May 29, 2018 / 7:05 pm

    This looks like a great cake to make for the dogs. I love Colt’s face. What a cutie! I have 2 German Shepherds that will be 9 this summer.

  7. March 30, 2017 / 7:22 am

    I have never actually thought about celebrating my dog’s birthday, but I know she would enjoy a little cake like that. Your dog is adorable by the way.

  8. May 29, 2018 / 7:06 pm

    Awww cute! I am sure he loved his birthday cake! It’s great when you find a recipe that you can share with your dog!

  9. May 29, 2018 / 7:06 pm

    Oh my gosh, he’s so cute! Our dog has a ton of allergies so he’s not able to have many treats, but we’ll have to try an allergy-friendly version of this cake for his upcoming 8th bday because I’m sure he’d love it!

  10. March 30, 2017 / 10:09 am

    This looks like a great cake to make for the dogs. I love Colt’s face. What a cutie! I have 2 German Shepherds that will be 9 this summer.

  11. March 30, 2017 / 11:45 am

    Awww cute! I am sure he loved his birthday cake! It’s great when you find a recipe that you can share with your dog!

  12. May 29, 2018 / 7:06 pm

    What a handsome looking dog! Happy birthday, Colt! My shih tzu turned 4 human years old last Valentine’s day and he still believes he is the alpha male in this household, hogging the couch, sleeping behind the main door (his protective stance), and giving a weird bark when a family member is sick. Dogs are family, that’s for sure. If only they could talk… Thanks for sharing the recipe. I’m making one for his next birthday too.

  13. March 30, 2017 / 1:54 pm

    Oh my gosh, he’s so cute! Our dog has a ton of allergies so he’s not able to have many treats, but we’ll have to try an allergy-friendly version of this cake for his upcoming 8th bday because I’m sure he’d love it!

  14. Claudia Krusch
    May 29, 2018 / 7:06 pm

    I like to make a special treat for my dog on her birthday. I will have to try this recipe next time.

  15. Pam
    May 29, 2018 / 7:06 pm

    I would love to try one of those DNA tests for our dogs. One is supposed to be half German, but I don’t think she is.

  16. May 29, 2018 / 7:06 pm

    This is so cute. I love seeing pets having fun birthday parties lol. Having DNA checked is a good thing. My sister would benefit from this! We don’t know what her dog is lol.

  17. May 29, 2018 / 6:56 pm

    Aww, what an adorable pup! And how cute that you celebrated his birthday with a special homemade treat! Love this idea – happy birthday to your doggy!

  18. March 30, 2017 / 5:11 pm

    What a handsome looking dog! Happy birthday, Colt! My shih tzu turned 4 human years old last Valentine’s day and he still believes he is the alpha male in this household, hogging the couch, sleeping behind the main door (his protective stance), and giving a weird bark when a family member is sick. Dogs are family, that’s for sure. If only they could talk… Thanks for sharing the recipe. I’m making one for his next birthday too.

  19. Claudia Krusch
    March 30, 2017 / 5:59 pm

    I like to make a special treat for my dog on her birthday. I will have to try this recipe next time.

  20. Pam
    March 30, 2017 / 7:41 pm

    I would love to try one of those DNA tests for our dogs. One is supposed to be half German, but I don’t think she is.

  21. March 30, 2017 / 8:07 pm

    This is so cute. I love seeing pets having fun birthday parties lol. Having DNA checked is a good thing. My sister would benefit from this! We don’t know what her dog is lol.

  22. March 30, 2017 / 8:19 pm

    Aww, what an adorable pup! And how cute that you celebrated his birthday with a special homemade treat! Love this idea – happy birthday to your doggy!

  23. Rebecca Swenor
    May 29, 2018 / 6:56 pm

    What ever Colt is he is adorable. The genetic testing is something I have found to be interesting in both humans and animals. This dog cake I am going to have to make for my little man for his birthday in November when he will be 8 yrs old. Thanks for sharing the recipe and your cute little fur baby.

  24. May 29, 2018 / 6:56 pm

    Aw this is so cute. Cake for the dog I would totally do something like this!

  25. Rebecca Swenor
    March 31, 2017 / 1:21 am

    What ever Colt is he is adorable. The genetic testing is something I have found to be interesting in both humans and animals. This dog cake I am going to have to make for my little man for his birthday in November when he will be 8 yrs old. Thanks for sharing the recipe and your cute little fur baby.

  26. March 31, 2017 / 1:34 am

    Aw this is so cute. Cake for the dog I would totally do something like this!

  27. May 29, 2018 / 6:56 pm

    Aww! Happy Birthday Colt! That’s soo sweet!!

  28. March 31, 2017 / 7:37 am

    Aww! Happy Birthday Colt! That’s soo sweet!!

  29. May 29, 2018 / 6:56 pm

    This is so cute. I’m really glad to see we aren’t the only ones who celebrate our pets and their birthdays.

    • kkinsley
      May 29, 2018 / 7:15 pm

      First birthday is a big event!

  30. March 31, 2017 / 2:30 pm

    This is so cute. I’m really glad to see we aren’t the only ones who celebrate our pets and their birthdays.

    • kkinsley
      March 31, 2017 / 4:05 pm

      First birthday is a big event!

  31. May 29, 2018 / 6:56 pm

    Happy Birthday Colt! He’s such a cute pooch. Sounds like he had a wonderful celebration and a delicious cake to go with it. I will make this at home for Sally’s birthday!

  32. April 1, 2017 / 2:38 pm

    Happy Birthday Colt! He’s such a cute pooch. Sounds like he had a wonderful celebration and a delicious cake to go with it. I will make this at home for Sally’s birthday!

  33. May 29, 2018 / 6:56 pm

    Happy Birthday Colt, his treat looks delicious. Enjoy your party doggie style.

  34. April 3, 2017 / 11:42 am

    Happy Birthday Colt, his treat looks delicious. Enjoy your party doggie style.

  35. May 29, 2018 / 6:56 pm

    Lucky dog! Love seeing birthday parties for pups. Just too cute. I don’t have a dog to do that with and my cat could care less LOL! I’m not much on Pumpkin, but would see if I could do a different flavoring. Thanks for sharing!

  36. lisa
    May 29, 2018 / 6:56 pm

    Happy Birthday Colt!! This is so cute, my daughter always celebrate her dogs birthday and it appears he knows just when it is because she goes way out with surprises. LOL Now I need to share this doggie recipe with her for Royal!

  37. April 18, 2017 / 10:31 am

    Lucky dog! Love seeing birthday parties for pups. Just too cute. I don’t have a dog to do that with and my cat could care less LOL! I’m not much on Pumpkin, but would see if I could do a different flavoring. Thanks for sharing!

  38. lisa
    April 18, 2017 / 1:00 pm

    Happy Birthday Colt!! This is so cute, my daughter always celebrate her dogs birthday and it appears he knows just when it is because she goes way out with surprises. LOL Now I need to share this doggie recipe with her for Royal!

  39. May 29, 2018 / 6:56 pm

    Haha so cute! You treat your dog so well! I feel like a bad fur mother and will have to work on giving my doggie some delicious cake.. just for being such a good dog! Happy birthday Colt!

  40. May 29, 2018 / 7:07 pm

    Awee Happy Birthday Colt! I am saving this cake for my babies birthday.

  41. May 29, 2018 / 7:07 pm

    How cute! He looks very happy to be celebrating his birthday! I love that you made him a cake. I wonder if there is a birthday cake for cats? WE are not dog owners. just kitties! Happy birthday Colt!!

  42. April 18, 2017 / 5:55 pm

    Haha so cute! You treat your dog so well! I feel like a bad fur mother and will have to work on giving my doggie some delicious cake.. just for being such a good dog! Happy birthday Colt!

  43. April 18, 2017 / 6:37 pm

    Awee Happy Birthday Colt! I am saving this cake for my babies birthday.

  44. April 18, 2017 / 8:09 pm

    How cute! He looks very happy to be celebrating his birthday! I love that you made him a cake. I wonder if there is a birthday cake for cats? WE are not dog owners. just kitties! Happy birthday Colt!!

  45. May 29, 2018 / 7:07 pm

    I absolutely love that you made a doggy birthday cake! I am going to save this recipe for mine! I am also a dog mom. I have 2 rescue dogs! One is a yorkie, we know for sure. Our other dog is a complete mystery, but we would like to find out what she is someday!

  46. April 19, 2017 / 2:46 pm

    I absolutely love that you made a doggy birthday cake! I am going to save this recipe for mine! I am also a dog mom. I have 2 rescue dogs! One is a yorkie, we know for sure. Our other dog is a complete mystery, but we would like to find out what she is someday!

  47. May 29, 2018 / 7:07 pm

    Aww, that’s such a cute idea!! I love how happy he looks! I also like how a ‘human’ cook eat this too!

  48. May 29, 2018 / 7:07 pm

    What a fun idea to make your dog a birthday cake. I’m certain that if this was a tradition that I started, that my kids would never let me not do it! He looks like he is having a great time for his 1st birthday!

  49. April 19, 2017 / 6:57 pm

    Aww, that’s such a cute idea!! I love how happy he looks! I also like how a ‘human’ cook eat this too!

  50. April 19, 2017 / 7:53 pm

    What a fun idea to make your dog a birthday cake. I’m certain that if this was a tradition that I started, that my kids would never let me not do it! He looks like he is having a great time for his 1st birthday!

  51. May 29, 2018 / 7:07 pm

    We have never celebrated a pet’s birthday. Now, my sister-in-law would tell you a different story when it comes to her pets. I may just do this because my little chihuahua needs some special attention. Plus my four year old would enjoy making the cake.

  52. April 21, 2017 / 6:15 am

    We have never celebrated a pet’s birthday. Now, my sister-in-law would tell you a different story when it comes to her pets. I may just do this because my little chihuahua needs some special attention. Plus my four year old would enjoy making the cake.

  53. May 29, 2018 / 7:07 pm

    Happy belated birthday to Colt! If I had a dog, I’d go overboard with all these things I think. I can totally understand your excitement about this recipe as well! ๐Ÿ™‚

  54. April 21, 2017 / 12:35 pm

    Happy belated birthday to Colt! If I had a dog, I’d go overboard with all these things I think. I can totally understand your excitement about this recipe as well! ๐Ÿ™‚

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