Several years ago, I had a side-hustle baking dog treats for a local, community bakery and sweet shop.  I loved how excited everyone got on my weekly delivery day!  My dogs loved this gig as well as they were my official recipe taste-testers as I explored different cookies, cakes, and frosting options with them. While I don’t have time to bake for the community bakery anymore, I do still bake for my own dogs.  And while I freely admit to being one of the 22% of Americans who celebrate their dog’s birthday with gifts and treats, I also bake treats for my dogs on other occasions.

Here are a few easy recipes you can make for your dogs too.  Whether you are celebrating their birthday, a holiday, or just how much you love them, they are sure to appreciate your efforts to make their lives even more amazing!

These pupcakes are perfect for a doggie birthday party.  The frosting makes them extra festive, but my dogs will tell you that they are amazing without the frosting, or topped with fresh fruit, as well.

This doggie birthday cake recipe is perfect for sharing with your pooch.  Just keep in mind that you don’t use sugar in this recipe, so the cake won’t be as sweet as you might be used to, but it is still quite delicious.

And for dogs who can’t have peanut butter, here is my dogs’ favorite mini-pupcake recipe featuring bananas and pumpkin.  I don’t always frost these, but when I do, I definitely add the optional maple syrup as I think it’s makes them a tiny bit sweeter and a bit more decadent for my spoiled pooches!

Finally, if you don’t like to bake, or simply don’t have the time but would still like to spoil your dog with yummy baked goods, try ordering them something from the Southern California-based “The Dog Bakery.” They have a wide variety of healthy options for your dogs, and they even have a really cool offering for Thanksgiving that covers all the yummy treats we humans associate with the holiday (turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, pie, etc.) but made especially for dogs.

Julie Bond

Julie Bond is a voracious reader with eclectic tastes running the gamut from YA lit, to psychological suspense, and anything dog-related, of course. You can find her haunting her favorite San Francisco Bay Area indie bookstores. Email her at


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