I made a cake a while back that had puppy prints going across it, and a friend asked if it was for a dog or a people. That particular cake was for a people, but I told her I would certainly be happy to give a dog cake a try.
Well, the little guy's birthday arrived and I got the call.
I decided to replicate the pup. I didn't want to use a bunch of food coloring, so tried to keep pretty natural colors. I did try to crunch up dark dog biscuits and add it to the frosting to darken it, but did end up adding a tiny bit of food coloring to match the pup's locks.
The cake is a peanut butter carrot cake, then I made the frosting from cream cheese and yogurt. It was actually a pretty good consistency to work with. To make the lighter brown color, I added a little peanut butter to the frosting.
I had a blast working on this! It was an adventure to decorate within the limits of dog friendly materials. I will say, doing this will break of the habit of licking your utensils to see if it's tasting right. I got close, then smelled dog treat and quickly backed away.
Now the pup was apparently a little taken aback by his dog cake. His Mommy set it up, and the real dog was growling at it like it was a real dog. I don't think it's that realistic, but he was a little freaked out. Plus, it smelled like yummies, not a different dog. Getting the picture taken was apparently a little challenging because of this, but so worth it!
While I was working on this, I also whipped up some peanut butter dog treats. My pup is LOVING them. But now both the dog and the 4 year old are confused. Now they both think that anything Mommy makes is for them. Poor kids!