The Pawfect Dog Birthday Cake

On 2nd May 2007 a miracle happened.

Not only was it David Beckham’s 32nd birthday, but an angel was born. And that angel was Nina Dog (a.k.a The Shmoo). Please see image below…

Last week, we celebrated this annual landmark in the best way possible: a Nina-friendly birthday cake.

Now, before you start judging me for how out of hand the design of this cake is, just know that I unapologetically worship my doggos. They are the purest things in the world and, frankly, we are just not worthy. So if my shmoo wants piped mashed potato then she will damn well get it.

Nina has always had a rather sensitive tummy, so this ‘cake’ had to be suitable for her. A normal dog-friendly sweet cake would have been too much, so I thought i’d keep it nice and simple with her favourite tummy-friendly ingredients: turkey, rice, carrots, peas and potato.

It’s pawfect 😏

The Pawfect Dog Birthday Cake

Makes one small (13cm diameter) cake


  • ½ cup (100g) basmati rice
    185ml boiling water
  • ½ large carrot
  • handful of frozen garden peas
  • 500g turkey thigh mince
  • 3-4 large potatoes
  • 8 small dog treats


  1. Place the rice into a small saucepan with the boiling water and bring to the boil. Once boiling, place a lid on and leave on a medium-high heat for 7 minutes. Then take the pan off the heat, keeping the lid on, and leave it to steam for a further 7 minutes.
  2. Pre-heat the oven to 170ºC (fan) and grease and line a small cake tin.
  3. Peel and chop the carrot up into a small dice, then place in a medium-sized bowl along with the frozen peas, cooked rice and turkey mince. Scrunch the mixture through with your hands until it is well incorporated, then place half into the cake tin and squish it all down into a level patty shape. If you have another tin the same size you can repeat this with the other half and cook them together, if not then cook them half at a time.
  4. Place the cake tin on a baking tray in the middle of the oven and cook for around 25 minutes. Once cooked, turn out onto a plate and repeat the process with the second half of mince.
  5. While the second cake half is cooking, peel and chop the potatoes into quarters and place into a large saucepan. Cover with boiling water and boil for around 15-20 minutes until you can easily insert a knife into the middle of a potato without much resistance.
  6. Drain the potatoes, then mash with either a fork or a potato masher until smooth. If you need to loosen the mash up a bit then mix in a little bit of water.
  7. To assemble your cake, place one cake half on a plate, then either pipe or spread 3/4 of the mash potato on top. Place the second cake half on top of the mash, then either spread or pipe the rest of the mash on top of the cake. Finish with a sprinkle of mini dog treats!

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