Phoebe’s 1st Birthday

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I cannot believe this little lunatic is a year old! And in true Farmhouse38 fashion, we couldn’t let this moment slip by without a little party. So Phoebe donned her finest tutu and tiara, and I whipped up a really simple and adorable layered pupcake. And before anyone freaks out, the flame on the candle in the above photo is photoshopped in…a tutu on a tasmanian devil next to an open flame: how’s about NOPE.

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I do have to say: for a tasmanian devil in a tutu and tiara with a tantalizing snack right in front of her nose…she was so super patient and obedient while I took hundreds of photos.

After a successful photo shoot, it was time for cake:

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-1 can of wet dog food of your choice that keeps its ‘can’ shape (I use Blue Buffalo brand and it really doesn’t keep its shape too well, so you gotta sorta improvise)

-3 slices of whole grain organic wheat bread

-Approx. half cup of organic, no salt creamy peanut butter

-a thin sheet of cardboard or cardstock

-some cute, heart-shaped training treats or kibble as decoration

This cake was super simple to make. I started with a can of wet dog food: the gross, meatloaf-y kind that sorta keeps it’s shape when you shake it out of the can. Before I removed said gross dog food from the can, I actually used it to trace a circle on a thin sheet of cardboard (I stole a piece from the back of a notepad…none of my notepads have cardboard backing anymore-I always steal them for random projects like these). Cut out this circle and build your cake on it–this makes it easier to slip a spatula under it and move the cake around when you are done (you know…in case you are doing a long, drawn-out photo shoot with it).

Open your dog food and shake it out onto a plate so that it preserves its ‘can’ shape (Thanksgiving cranberry dressing-style). If it doesn’t keep its can shape, you can still kind of cut a piece and smush it together. Now use the opening of the can as a cookie-cutter to cut three crustless circles of bread.

Place your first bread circle directly on top of the cardboard piece and center. Now, using a sharp knife, carefully cut a slice of wet dog food (I cut mine approx. a half inch thick) and gently set it on top of the first bread circle. Follow that with another bread circle and press the layers together gently. Add another layer of dog food and top with the final piece of bread. Again, press all the layers gently together.

Now, ‘ice’ your cake with the peanut butter. It may help to heat the peanut butter to a consistency that allows you to easily spread it without mauling the cake structure. Once you have it iced, top it with a few kibble or treat ‘sprinkles’.

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This actually cuts very nicely into cake slices.

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Brown dog and white dog wait patiently for their cake.

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Those slices didn’t stand a chance.

Each of my dogs was only allowed one slice of cake–I think it goes without saying that this is a once-in-a-blue-moon treat and not something they should be fed frequently (and I don’t recommend that anyone feed this whole cake to one dog). Bread isn’t that good for dogs. In small doses, it can actually be a good source of fiber–but please don’t make it a habit to feed your dogs this on a regular basis. Most bread has added sugar and salt and all sorts of stuff that is just not good for doggie tummies. Raw, unsalted peanut butter is considered by most to be a healthy treat, but also proceed with caution. Just like people, some dogs can be deathly allergic to it. But…ya know…sometimes even doggies gotta treat yoself!

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Happy, happy birthday to this silliest little girl. Never a dull moment.


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11 thoughts on “Phoebe’s 1st Birthday

  1. Patty October 3, 2014 at 5:56 pm Reply

    Your dogs are beautiful and I am so glad you celebrate birthdays.

  2. Dianne October 3, 2014 at 6:00 pm Reply

    That is the cutest baby boxer face! Happy Bday Miss Phoebe. I am curious as to how she is doing with the chickens?

    • farmhouseK8 October 4, 2014 at 2:45 pm Reply

      She is doing great! She is terrified of the RIR, who will actually charge her, but very sweet and interested in all the others.

  3. Isora October 3, 2014 at 6:09 pm Reply

    Oh my god they are so beautiful Phoebe is so cute,
    I have boxes to Lala and Bella I loved them.

  4. Liz October 3, 2014 at 6:36 pm Reply

    So stinkin’ precious!

  5. Becky Neville October 3, 2014 at 6:57 pm Reply

    How do you come up with ideas like this!!! ??? And HOW did you get Phoebe to pose in front of her “cake” in her tutu and crown!!!???

    • farmhouseK8 October 4, 2014 at 2:47 pm Reply

      BECAUSE I AM AN INSANE PERSON, BECKY!!! LOL. This was actually a milestone moment in her training. We’ve never tested her like this, but she definitely knows her sit and stay commands pretty darned well. Also, she has never worn a costume before and wasn’t so sure about it–but she still allowed it! LOL. She’s a good little girl.

  6. Debby October 3, 2014 at 9:59 pm Reply

    How cute she is in a tutu and a crown. I bet they both felt special for sure.

  7. home, garden, life October 4, 2014 at 9:17 pm Reply

    And what map is tattooed to Phoebe’s chest? Sure looks like a place I’d like to visit. 😉
    And her EARS…that is a topic for another post…

  8. Charlotte Zweigoron October 6, 2014 at 8:51 pm Reply

    I’m sure your doggies find it easy to put up with your “craziness” because there is obviously so much love that comes with it!! And, I think a well-trained dog is a happy dog, too. My little stinker will sit in front of her food if you ask her to wait and won’t touch it ’til you say OK… took all of about 2 minutes for her to realize what I wanted from her and to decide to do it. Makes a momma proud!!

  9. Caitlin | belong with wildflowers October 12, 2014 at 9:51 pm Reply

    Aww happy belated birthday to Phoebe! Thanks for the dog cake recipe… my pooch turns 7 in March, so I’ll be tucking this away for that 🙂

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