Darcy turned 1 this week! I can’t believe how the last year has flown by! I certainly can’t imagine my life without him in it and I am endlessly grateful for the joy he brings to my life. So I thought he deserved a Birthday Party to show him how much I love and appreciate him!
I made him a special Birthday Cake and mini Pupcakes to share with all of his friends too! I’ve put the recipe in a separate post here!
The cake is delicious and I say that as a human! Given the speed that the pups wolfed it down the doggy guests were fans too! In fact, I took some up to my parent’s dog to have and he ate both his and Darcy’s slice! (Darcy may have been a bit caked out by that point!)
Cheeks full of cake there!
There were even some ‘Pawesome’ fairy cakes for the humans!
He had so many presents! And my mum even found him a rawhide Birthday Card!
He certainly embraced the party mood!
All in all an excellent 1st Birthday!
It’s Frodo’s 6th Birthday today!
To celebrate I bought him a new squeaky toy, humiliated him by making him wear a hat and baked him a birthday cake!
I think it tastes bland and rubbish but the dogs loved it! It’s got no sugar in other than that from the banana so no worries about rotting their teeth, the flour is whole wheat but if your dog has allergies then you could swap to a spelt flour, brown rice flour or a gluten free mix if necessary.
Ordinarily I would ice this with peanut buttercream but sadly Darcy does not like peanut butter (first dog of my acquaintance who doesn’t!) so a cream cheese frosting was an excellent substitute!
Serves 4-6 dogs (Or probably just one great dane!)
2 ripe bananas
1/4 cup sunflower oil
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tap baking powder
2 tbsp milk
200g cream cheese
125g Greek yogurt (good thick stuff!)
Dog treats to decorate
– Preheat the oven to gas mark 5/190C.
– grease and line the base of 3 x 4″ mini cake tins.
– Mash up the bananas, egg and oil in a bowl or large jug.
– Add the flour and baking powder and mix until combined.
– Add the milk and mix through until you have a smoothish batter (banana lumps are fine, flour lumps are bad!)
– Divide the mixture equally between the 3 tins.
– Bake for 30 minutes. Depending on how moist your bananas were this may need a little longer. When a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean and the cake has no wobble to it it’s done!
– Remove from the tins and leave to cool on a wire rack.
– In a small bowl mix together the cream cheese and Greek yogurt together.
– When completely cool spread the layers with cream cheese and stack into a cake, spreading frosting round the outside too.
– Decorate as you wish with dog friendly treats!
Everyone, this is Darcy! And this gorgeous bundle of fluff is why things have gone quiet again! He came home 3 weeks ago and it’s been brilliant and exhausting getting him settled in and adjusting routines. I now get up at 6:30am. Anyone who knows me is crying with laughter reading that!
He is an absolute sweetheart and has settled in brilliantly, he pretty much goes everywhere with me and it’s great having a little pal! He’s still got another 2 weeks under house arrest before he can go walkies and I am looking forward to it so much! I can’t wait to introduce him to the world!
We’ve managed to get into more of a routine now, although this changes daily as he grows and learns! But I hope that now that the disruption is over I’ll be able to blog more about what I’m getting up to in the kitchen, the garden and, hopefully, be able to do some write ups of dog friendly places around Yorkshire for you all too!