Recipe: The Ultimate Dog Birthday Cake (That Humans Love Too)

So what’s new? Just last week, my family and I celebrated our dog’s 4th birthday!  I saw this as an awesome opportunity to explore the world of gourmet doggie treats and meals. After several days of research and dabbling in the kitchen I came up with an amazing recipe for a healthy doggy birthday cake. It’s easy put together.It’s also a carrot cake-inspired recipe. 

The biggest upside to this recipe is that not only did our dog love it but so did my mom, dad and sister. This Doggie Birthday cake recipe is totally a human-friendly cake too, because of the choice of ingredients and nut free.

Prep time: 20 mins

Cook time: 40 mins

Serving size: 6 slices

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup peanut butter (optional)
  • ¼ cup cooking oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup honey (optional)
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup whole wheat or white flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Secret ingredient: ½ cup precooked bacon bits (optional)

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), and grease a 6-inch round pan. Combine the egg, oil, vanilla, and honey in a large bowl, and blend well. Mix in the carrots thoroughly. Then, sift together the flour and baking soda and incorporate carefully into the mixture. Then, put the batter into the prepared pan. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes until the top cracks, and then let the cake cool in the pan for 8 minutes after coming out of the oven.

Let’s talk about the secret ingredient: bacon bits. The bacon bits create a nice contrast to the sweetening flavor that comes from the carrots. 

Regarding toppings, cinnamon or sprinkles, for the slices served to humans work well.

One last thought, this cake is not intended to be seasonal, so consider it an opportunity to come together, as family, to celebrate how much you love your furry BFF, even if it is not a birthday you are celebrating.

Video Review: Annual Celebrity Chef Competition – Mint Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

AKT Rating: 5 WOWS!

Healthiness Rating: 5 YUMS!

I participated in the Celebrity Chef Fundraiser on October 18, 2018, and let me tell you, it was a blast. There were three key parts to this amazing event. First there was the main event, which was the tasting and selling of chef’s creations, which was followed by an original play, and lastly the awards ceremony to acknowledge the chefs who raised the most donations.

As a chef who had her own table, I can tell you, to participate; it’s no walk in the park. The food preparation took me one week to plan, and three days to make. Designing my table took a lot of effort because I had to go to three different shops more than once to get the right items, and I also had to make sure that everything matched my theme. But the most challenging part was being prepared for a possible interview with NJTV Classroom Close-Up.

Recipe: Mason Jar Taco Dip

AKT Rating: 5 WOWS!

If, you’re like me, you just loooove that nacho goodness that come out of that Tostitos package. And if you’re that person that is constantly hosting house parties, then you know that nachos, is pretty much the one snack everyone looks forward to.

So, I saw this super-cool 5-Layer Mason Jar Taco Dip on Damn Delicious, and I just KNEW that it would be perfect for those house parties you love hosting every few nights.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 8 ounces of ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon of taco seasoning
  • 2 (9-ounce) cans Fritos Bean Dip, Original Flavor, warmed
  • 1 cup of guac, homemade or storebought
  • 1 cup pico de gallo
  • 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 package of Tostitos Yellow Corn Bite Size

RECIPE:

  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the ground beef, and cook it until beef has browned for about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks; stir it in taco seasoning, and drain excess fat.
  • Divide the ground beef into 4 (16-ounce) wide mouth glass jars with lids. Layer it with refried beans, guacamole, pico de gallo and cheese.
  • Serve with Tostitos Yellow Corn Bite Size.

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Recipe: Cake Batter Pops

AKT Rating: 4 WOWS!

I found these super yummy and super yummy-looking cake batter pops at: www.delish.com.

They are my favorite thing since the cake pops at Starbucks. If you think these taste as good as they look, here’s the recipe:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 box of Funfetti cake mix
  • 2 1/4 cups of whole milk
  • 1/4 cups of whipped topping
  • 1/4 cups of rainbow sprinkles (but, there are never enough sprinkles, so, just go ahead and splurge on them if you’d like)

DIRECTIONS:

  • In a large bowl, whisk together cake mix and milk together until smooth. Add the whipped topping and whisk until just combined. (if you couldn’t tell, use a whisk)
  • Add a pinch of sprinkles to the bottom of each pop mold. Divide the mixture between the pop molds. Then insert the popsicle sticks, and place this yumminess in freezer until they are frozen. If they aren’t frozen in 6 hours, leave them overnight.

Again, these look and taste so good. Kudos to whoever came up with this!

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Recipe: Easy Oats Made Overnight!

AKT Rating: 4 WOWS! 

Apple Pie Overnight Oats

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup diced apples
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup

Directions:

  • Using a 16-oz mason jar, add oats and layer it with the toppings you love.
  • Refrigerate overnight, and serve it cold.

 

For more information, and more versions of these delicious oats, click here.

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Recipe: KOREAN BEEF (INSTANT POT)

AKT Rating: 5 WOWS! 

When I found this recipe, the first thing I thought, was: UH-MAZE-ING! This recipe looked and tasted absolutely amazing, and I was very impressed at how easy this was to make. When I served this to my family, everyone devoured it. I think I’ll definitely be making this next week when I get to choose dinner again.

Check this out at Damn Delicious:

https://damndelicious.net/2018/02/21/instant-pot-korean-beef/

Basic Ingredients:

  • Beef Broth
  • Boneless Beef Chuck Roast (cut into 1-inch cubes)
  • Sesame Seeds
  • White Rice

Cook Time:

  • 15 minutes

 

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Recipe: BAKED EGGS IN AVOCADO

AKT Rating:  4 WOWS!

A few day ago, I found this delicious recipe on Damn Delicious.  It was so easy to make and it made me look like a gourmet chef to my uncles and aunts. The combination is extremely healthy, and this is something I think almost anyone can make. I don’t see why this wouldn’t be the next breakfast you make.

Check this and other cool recipes out at Damn Delicious:

https://damndelicious.net/2016/10/05/baked-eggs-in-avocado/

Basic Ingredients:

  • Avocado
  • Eggs
  • Herbs and spices garnishes

Recipe Timing:

  • 18 min

 

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