DIY Graveyard Pumpkin Dog Treats

No tricks here! Celebrate Howl-O-Ween with this tasty treat!

There’s no better way to show our furry friends some love than by baking them a treat they will savor with every bite! Today, I’m sharing with you a delightful recipe for a Pumpkin Dog Cake with a mouth-watering Peanut Butter Yogurt Frosting. Not only is this recipe fun and easy to make, but it also contains healthy and dog-friendly ingredients, promising a wholesome and tasty treat for your pup.

Ingredients

Pumpkin Dog Cake

  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour (wheat and oat flour may also be used)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • ¾ cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ¼ cup smooth natural peanut butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-2 tablespoons local honey

Peanut Butter Yogurt Frosting

  • 1 cup unsweetened Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup smooth natural peanut butter
  • 1-2 tablespoons local honey or pure maple syrup

For Decoration:

  • Your favorite dog biscuits

Instructions

Let’s start with our Pumpkin Dog Cake.

Pumpkin Dog Cake

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 6-inch round baking pans and set aside.
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Set this aside.
  2. Using a stand mixer (or a hand mixer), beat the pumpkin, applesauce, peanut butter, eggs, and honey until well combined. With the mixer set on low, slowly add the flour mixture until combined.
  3. Divide the batter evenly between the two prepared pans. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let it cool in the pan for 10 minutes then invert the cake onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Peanut Butter Yogurt Frosting

  1. Using a stand or hand mixer, beat together the yogurt, peanut butter, and honey until it’s fluffy and smooth. Use an offset spatula to frost the cakes.
  2. Time to get creative! Decorate your cakes with dog biscuits and serve to your pup(s)!

Fun Decorations and Variations

You can definitely jazz up this cake with some fun decorations.

Adding Color to the Frosting

To create an interesting ‘dirt’ color for your frosting, you can add food coloring. We found that 150 drops of red, 160 drops of green, and 6 drops of blue are a fantastic combination.

Creating Gravel

Crush some dog treats to a small-medium grind. Use the small pieces for ‘dirt’ and the medium pieces for ‘rocks’, and spread these across the ‘graveyard’.

Making a Tombstone

Stick dog treats to the cake using frosting on the bottom of the treat. You can even decorate the dog treats with names using sugar-free frosting, and use large pieces of ‘gravel’ under the ‘tombstone’.

Go ahead, give this recipe a whirl and let your four-legged friend be the judge. After all, they’re the real experts! This recipe has the seal of approval from all our test subjects, and we’re sure your canine companion will agree. This recipe is not only incredibly fun to make but it’s a sure way to let your dog know just how much you love them. So grab those aprons, preheat your oven and let’s start baking the ultimate treat for your pup!

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