Canine Christmas Cake Recipe

christmas cake

This Christmas, treat your dog to their very own cake with this canine -friendly recipe:

Canine Christmas Cake


  • 1 egg
  • 116g cup honey
  • 60ml vegetable oil
  • 90g peanut butter
  • 175g shredded fruit or veg (we used apple and carrot)
  • 140g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg and cinnamon
  • 175g chopped fruit. You can use dried fruit and soak in water for 30mins before use.(we used cranberries and cherries for that festive feel)


  • 230g cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp carob powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence

To Decorate (optional):

  • Small dog biscuits, fruit pieces (but not grapes, sultanas or raisins), a small number of crushed nuts (but not macadamias)


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C for a fan oven). Line a cake tin with baking paper.
  2. Combine the egg, honey, vegetable oil, peanut butter and grated fruit or veg in a mixing bowl. Fold in the sugar, baking powder and spices until well combined. Stir in the chopped fruit until evenly distributed.
  3. Pour the cake mix into the tin, smooth the surface and bake for 40 minutes.
  4. While baking, mix the cream cheese with the carob powder and vanilla essence in a medium mixing bowl to make the icing. You can use fruit puree, peanut butter, yoghurt or mashed potato as a replacement for the cream cheese mixture if you like.
  5. Allow cake to cool for 10 minutes and then transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely. Once cooled, cut the cake into 2 layers.
  6. Spread the icing between the layers and on top of the cake.

For smaller versions, you could use our Silicone Pawrint Cupcake Pan and lower the baking time. Non-baking pet owners might like our Hatchwell’s range of Canine Christmas Puds, Christmas Tarts and Yule logs.

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