Strawberry Zucchini Cake for Dogs


Dogs | Published June 17, 2024 by Mimi Council

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So cute, you’d think this cake was for you! This Strawberry Zucchini Cake for Dogs is a fun way to celebrate your dog’s birthday.

If you’re looking for more homemade dog treats, check out some of John John’s favorites like Blueberry Peanut Butter Cake for Dogs, Mini Blueberry Cheesecakes for Dogs, or Peanut Butter Dog Cookies.

strawberry zucchini cake for dogs

It was John John’s second birthday last week, so of course I had to make a dog birthday cake! I wanted to make something different than last years Blueberry Peanut Butter Dog Cake, so I decided to make this dog birthday cake with strawberries and zucchini.

This Strawberry Zucchini Cake for Dogs is an easy one bowl cake that you can mix up with just a spatula. I frost this with a mixture of plain Greek yogurt and fresh strawberries for a beautiful light pink “frosting” that’s good for dogs and they love it!

The best part about this cake is that I made a matching human version so you can match with your dog! I was baking John John’s cake and then I was thinking, wait — I need a cake too! So I made an Eggless Strawberry Zucchini Cake for me. If you’re hosting a dog party, make this dog birthday cake for the pups and Eggless Strawberry Zucchini Cake for the humans!

strawberry zucchini cake for dogs
strawberry zucchini cake for dogs

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Dog Birthday Cake: While this cake may look delicious, it’s made up of dog friendly ingredients that your pup will love — but you can eat it too!

Health Benefits: While this is an indulgent treat for your pup, this dog birthday cake also has health benefits of fresh food!

Dogs Love It: John John liked this even more than last year’s cake! We also made sure to share with all the neighborhood friends and it is dog approved!

strawberry zucchini cake for dogs

Ingredients & Health Benefits

Coconut Oil: Organic coconut oil is the fat in this cake. Coconut oil has great health benefits for dogs! He’s antimicrobial, contains antioxidants, and can help improve gut health.

Zucchini: Organic zucchini contains fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and more!

Pumpkin: I’ve talked about organic pumpkin before — it’s a super food for your dog! John John eats this daily. Pumpkin has antioxidants, supposed the immune system, promotes gut health, and more. It also makes this cake super fluffy with a beautiful crumb.

Eggs: Organic eggs have omega-3s and protein for your pup.

All Purpose Flour: I use organic all purpose flour.

Coconut: A little organic unsweetened fine shredded coconut is used inside the cake for texture and flavor. Make sure you’re buying unsweetened coconut as sugar is harmful to dogs.

Baking Powder: I use aluminum free baking powder.

Greek Yogurt: Make sure to use organic plain Greek yogurt, avoid all sweetened or flavored yogurt as those ingredients can be harmful to dogs. Plain Greek yogurt has beneficial probiotics for your pup!

Strawberries: Organic strawberries are high in vitamin C and they can help improve oral health for your dog! The natural acids found in strawberries may help break down plaque and tartar on your dog's teeth!

strawberry zucchini cake for dogs
strawberry zucchini cake for dogs

Tools Needed

Mixing Bowl

Spatula or Whisk

6-inch Cake Pan (use code MIMIBAKES for 10% off Kana, my favorite sustainable cake pans!)

Parchment Paper (use code MIMIBAKES for 10% off Kana, my favorite non toxic parchment paper!)

Blender

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350. Line two 6-inch cake pan with parchment paper.

Step 2

To make the batter: In a large mixing bowl add the coconut oil, zucchini, pumpkin, and eggs and mix to combine.

Add the all purpose flour, coconut, and baking powder. Mix to combine into a batter. Transfer the batter to the prepared baking pans, about 12 ounces each.

strawberry zucchini cake for dogs
strawberry zucchini cake for dogs
strawberry zucchini cake for dogs
strawberry zucchini cake for dogs
strawberry zucchini cake for dogs
strawberry zucchini cake for dogs

Step 3

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely in the baking pans. (If you’re baking at high altitude, be sure to check the Notes at the bottom of the recipe for high altitude baking instructions).

Step 4

To make the frosting: Add the Greek yogurt and strawberries to a blender and blend until smooth.

Step 5

Place one of the cake layers onto a plate and add half the frosting and spread evenly. Top with the second cake layer and add the remaining frosting and spread evenly. Add more strawberries on top.

strawberry zucchini cake for dogs

Easy Substitutions

  • If your dog is dairy free, you can frost with just plain peanut butter instead of Greek yogurt.
  • You can use fresh or frozen strawberries.
  • You can use blueberries instead of strawberries if your dog prefers.
strawberry zucchini cake for dogs
strawberry zucchini cake for dogs

John John hates birthday hats! If you read our post last year, Blueberry Peanut Butter Dog Cake, then you saw he does not want to wear hats. Well, this year was the same, haha!

How to Serve

  • Cut small pieces for your dog and break it up so they can easily eat this cake.
  • Break off small pieces and give to your dog like treats. 
  • You can add leftover crumbled cake on top of food as a food topper.

FAQ’s

Can I eat this cake?

Yes! While this is a dog cake it’s made up of ingredients that you can definitely eat too! It’s just lacking in the sugar and salt so you may or enjoy it as much as your dog does.

How should I store this?

Store extra in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

strawberry zucchini cake for dogs
strawberry zucchini cake for dogs

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strawberry zucchini cake for dogs

Strawberry Zucchini Cake for Dogs

Mimi Council
This dog birthday cake uses fresh summer produce for a seasonal dog friendly cake that your pup and their friends will love! This Strawberry Zucchini Cake for Dogs is a simple one bowl cake with a strawberry Greek yogurt frosting that will be the center of your dog's birthday. Plus, make my matching Eggless Strawberry Zucchini Cake for the humans!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Dog Food
Cuisine American
Makes 12 servings
Calories 196 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Batter

Frosting

Toppings

  • 5 strawberries (sliced)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two 6-inch cake pan with parchment paper.
  • To make the batter: In a large mixing bowl add the coconut oil, zucchini, pumpkin, and eggs and mix to combine.
  • Add the all purpose flour, coconut, and baking powder. Mix to combine into a batter. Transfer the batter to the prepared baking pans, about 12 ounces each.
  • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely in the baking pans.
  • To make the frosting: Add the Greek yogurt and strawberries to a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Place one of the cake layers onto a plate and add half the frosting and spread evenly. Top with the second cake layer and add the remaining frosting and spread evenly.
  • Add more strawberries on top.
  • Store in airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Video

Notes

Tip — Make sure to use a Greek yogurt that is thick. I used the Nancy's Organic. And if you have extra frosting, then just store it in the fridge and add 1 tablespoon to your dogs food as a delicious food topper.
High Altitude — Bake at 350°F for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Nutrition

Calories: 196kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 5gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.003gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 55mgPotassium: 133mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 1526IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 51mgIron: 1mg
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