Fen’s Pineapple Apple Cake! Dog Cake Recipe

August 1, 2022

Today, August 1st, 2022, is my Alaskan klee kai Fenrir‘s 7th birthday!

I decided to make this weekend a long one and take today off.  No, I didn’t tell my boss it was so I could celebrate my dog’s birthday.  But our dog birthday cake recipe wasn’t going to write itself, and I promised the birthday pup a nice hike and extra snuggle time!

Last week I was trying to come up with a new recipe to make, and share, for Fen’s birthday.  I wanted to make a healthier dog birthday cake and was thinking about using applesauce in the mix.  I sometimes replace oil in (human) baked good recipes with applesauce, so that’s where my original idea came from.  We also happened to have a pineapple that was ready to cut sitting on our counter.

I was running a few recipe ideas by my partner.  When he mentioned adding pineapple to my apple cake we both started laughing.  Do you guys remember that silly “Pen Pineapple Apple Pen” song that went viral a couple of years ago now?  Well “pen” sounds so similar to “Fen”, that Fenrir got stuck with the wacky nickname “Fen pineapple apple Fen!”.

What’s better for our Fen pineapple apple Fen on his 7th birthday than a pineapple apple cake!?

dog cake recipeI’ve written about apples being dog friendly before.  I haven’t written a post about pineapples (yet), but it is also dog safe.  Pineapples are a whopping 82% water, so they can help keep your pup hydrated.  They also contains antioxidants, vitamins C and B6, and minerals that can help maintain a healthy skin and coat, among other things.  Fresh pineapple is high in natural sugars, so it should really be offered to dogs in moderation.  But in our case, when it’s being used in a doggy cake, we’re going to use those natural sugars to our advantage!

I also added a little bit of cinnamon to help flavor Fen’s cake.  Cinnamon is nontoxic to dogs, and is thought to also have some health benefits.  Cinnamon is an anti-inflammatory, is antioxidant-rich, and can help regulate blood sugar and blood pressure.

But everyone knows that birthdays aren’t really about being healthy!  Bring on the cake!

Fen Pineapple Apple Cake – Dog Cake Recipe

I used this recipe to make 12 pineapple apple dog cupcakes.

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of applesauce (dog safe!  I used homemade.  Check the ingredients list if you’re using store bought applesauce.)
  • 1/2 cup pureed pineapple
  • (Optional) A small amount of cinnamon and
  • (Optional) Larger slices of pineapple to decorate the top of the cupcakes

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You will also need…
  • A blender
  • A mixing bowl
  • A mixing spoon, or a whisk
  • A cupcake pan
  • Cupcake pan liners
  1. Preheat your oven to 350*F.
  2. I started by using my blender to make 1 cup of applesauce, and a half a cup of pineapple puree.  For the ‘applesauce’ I just blended two apples with water until I had an applesauce consistency.  I did the same with the pineapple.  If your purees are a little bit chunky that should be ok.  If you’re using store bought applesauce, make sure to double check the ingredient list to make sure it doesn’t contain any unwanted ingredients.  The more natural/simple the applesauce, the better.
  3. Mix your applesauce and pineapple purees together with 2 cups of flour, and 2 eggs.  The resulting dough will be on the thicker side, so it may take a bit of extra elbow grease to thoroughly mix.  If you’re really having a hard time mixing, you can add a bit of water.  I didn’t have to do this, but my applesauce was on the watery side.
  4. Put your paper cupcake liners into your cupcake pan, and fill each liner up to around 3/4 of the way full.  When I made this recipe, it was enough dough to make 12 capcakes.
  5. (Optional) Since this is an unfrosted cake, you can get creative and decorate the tops a bit.  I decorated each of my cupcakes with pieces of pineapple and a small sprinkle of cinnamon.dog cake recipe
  6. Bake your dog cupcakes in a 350*F oven for 30 minutes.  These are a pretty soft treat.  When they’re done baking, the tops of the cupcakes should feel spongy and dry.  The inside will be more moist, thanks to the fruit.
  7. Let your cupcakes cool before offering one to your pup!  Because these treats do not contain any preservatives, store any extras in the refrigerator.

Let cool and enjoy!

dog cake recipeMy birthday pup Mr.Fenrir can be a really picky eater.  He’s an Alaskan klee kai, after all, a breed that’s pretty notorious for being food snobs.  I have to admit, I was worried I’d do all this work to come up with a dog birthday cake recipe just for Fen and he’d turn his nose up to it.  I was a bit hopeful, though, because Fenrir does like apples.

Thankfully, to my pleasant surprise, Fenrir seems to really like his apple pineapple cupcakes!  My other dog, Kitsune, really likes them too.  That’s not saying much, though, because Kit will eat almost anything!

Well that’s it for today.  The birthday pup and I have a lot of snuggling to do!  I’ll try to get Fenrir’s yearly birthday video up on our YouTube channel later this week, as is tradition.  If anyone tries out our recipe you’ll have to comment and let us know how it goes!

Happy 7th Birthday, Fenrir!

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  • Reply Cathy Armato August 5, 2022 at 10:25 pm

    Happy 7th Birthday, Fen! I LOVE this cake! It’s so simple yet really special too. It can definitely be eaten by humans too and I bet it’s delish. I’d love to try this. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply Michelle & The Paw Pack August 6, 2022 at 3:50 pm

      My partner actually ate a few of the cupcakes, lol! He said they were on the plain side, but good. Thanks for the birthday wishes! 🙂

  • Reply Britt August 6, 2022 at 11:25 am

    Happy Birthday, Fen! This is such a fun way to celebrate. We’ve made homemade cakes and treats a lot in the past, but this is definitely a new recipe that we need to try. I’m sure I could easily substitute traditional flour with homemade oat flour to accommodate Dav girl’s dietary restrictions.

    • Reply Michelle & The Paw Pack August 6, 2022 at 3:52 pm

      I bet! Next time I make it I’m going to have to try a substitute for the regular flour and report back on how it goes.

  • Reply Ruth Epstein August 6, 2022 at 1:47 pm

    Happy Birthday Fen, what a spoiled lucky dog you are to have such a fancy birthday cake, it sounds delicious and Layla wants some too. I love the idea of using fruits as they are so much healthier. Happy snuggles today

    • Reply Michelle & The Paw Pack August 6, 2022 at 3:56 pm

      Thank you! I love using dog safe fresh ingredients for homemade treats. It’s nice knowing exactly what goes into what my dogs are eating. If you try the recipe for Layla you’ll have to let me know if she likes them! 🙂

  • Reply Jana Rade August 6, 2022 at 3:06 pm

    I know that many dogs have sweet tooth. My dog, however, would ask, “where is the beef??

    • Reply Michelle & The Paw Pack August 6, 2022 at 3:54 pm

      You might be surprised! My Fenrir is SUPER picky and I’ve found quite a few fruits and veggies that even he’ll eat. He even refuses commercial meat based treats on a regular basis, but happily enjoyed his apple pineapple cupcakes.

  • Reply Terri August 7, 2022 at 12:46 pm

    Happy Birthday, Fen!!! 🎂🎈🎉 So, incredibly cute! I would’ve skipped work too for my pup’s birthday weekend. I love the pupcakes! I’m going to have to try these for Henry’s birthday next May. I’m still giggling over Fen’s eyes on that pupcake. Adorable! Well done on the recipe creation!

  • Reply Dorothy "FiveSibesMom" August 7, 2022 at 2:06 pm

    Woo! Happy Birthday, Fen! What a wonderfully yummy cake you made for Fen! I always loved to make cake for my FiveSibes birthdays. This sounds so good! I’ll be sharing your post! Have a piece of cake for me, Fen!

  • Reply Marjorie at Dash Kitten August 7, 2022 at 4:48 pm

    Oh wow that is so tasty I know most humans will be so jealous. I hope your celebration day included lots and LOTS of cake!!! Your guy takes such a cute photo

  • Reply Nikki August 7, 2022 at 11:10 pm

    Happy Birthday Fen! Hope you had an amazing time on your special day. You’re so lucky your mom spoils you with the extra-special treat – looks delish! 🙂

  • Reply Beth August 8, 2022 at 8:39 pm

    Happy Birthday to Fen! The cake looks delicious! I hope he shared it with Kitsune. I know that my dogs would love this cake.

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