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.

Review: Applebees

AKT Rating: 5 WOWS!

A few weeks ago, my family and I ate at Applebees. We aren’t the type of family that will usually take up a place like this to eat, but I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed it!

My family didn’t order any appetizers. Instead, we just got right to the entree. For my meal, I got the Neighborhood Nachos with the carne asada, and as a drink I got a sweetened peach iced tea. The crunchy nachos with the perfectly melted cheese, along with the queso blanco, meat, and pico de gallo. These are highly reccommended. In addition to tasting great, the portion was right too! I can usually finish at MOST 2/3 of the pan, but this time, I was able to eat pretty much the whole thing, and get that satisfying feeling that you wasted basically no food.

My sister ordered from the kids’ menu of course. She got the Kids Cheesy Pizza with bacon on top. Though I didn’t try it, it looked like the perfect size for her.

Another factor that I thought was really awesome about this meal, was the fact that it looked so similar to the picture. After doing some research, I discovered that some people’s meal looked nothing like what they were promised. I, thankfully, didn’t run into that situation.

Though this restaurant reminded me a lot of T.G.I. Fridays, I definitely enjoyed their food, and would come back for sure.

https://www.applebees.com/en

Review: Goody’s Burger House

AKT Review: 5 WOWS!

While I was in Athens, Greece, I went shopping with my aunt at the huge, luxurious, and foodie-friendly mall. After lots and lots of shopping, we eventually decided to get something to eat. First, we decided to stop off at Goody’s. Goody’s is a burger house (probably one of the best) only in Greece. When I went, I ordered the Extreme Club Crispy. And when it says extreme, it literally means: EXTREME. It was basically a jumbo platter with delicious club sandwiches and a butt load of fries. But boy! Was it delicious. I ended up having to give away 2 of the sandwiches because that platter was way too big for me to eat all by myself. The sandwiches had inside crispy fried chicken, lettuce, tomato, sauce (which I’m assuming was mayo), and bacon. and, it was a two layer sandwich, which means that there were three slices of bread, and twice the amount of fillings! And all of this was held together by one measly toothpick. As a refreshment, I got some Sprite.

Review: Fratelli’s Village Pizzeria in Scarborough

AKT Rating: 4 WOWS!!!

Address: 384 Old Kingston Rd, Scarborough, ON M1C 1B6 Address:

While on our vacation in Toronto to visit family, my parents, sister and I went to Fratelli’s Village Pizzeria to enjoy some quality pizza. Though on the outside it looked unappealing and very basic, it was quite nice on the inside. There was just enough light from the dim lights and the see-through doors. The brick walls – a classic pizzeria move – actually was quite nice, and added texture to the place. As an appetizer, we ordered a Caesar Salad. The crunchy romaine lettuce, the creamy dressing, and the delicious seasoned croutons all helped to make this salad one of a kind. Once again, though it was a classic option, they definitely made it taste one of a kind. As for the actual pizza portion of the meal, I ordered a pineapple and bacon pizza. There were more exotic options, of course, but after ordering this pizza, I didn’t regret a thing. This pizza was delicious, and I would totally recommend it! But, though this was practically the perfect pizza, I do have to admit that there was not enough pineapple on the pizza. I love pineapple on my pizzas, and there was only a handful on it. This didn’t really have an effect on how much I ate, though. The pizza was very heavy, and I only ended up eating half the slices. But the next day, I ate the rest for lunch to not waste this amazing pizza. After our meal, we were tempted by the dessert menu, so we ordered a mixed berry creme brulee. The burnt sugary top was crunchy and delicious and was absolutely amazing with the creamy inside with the delicious flavor of mixed berry.

Have you ever… Tried Bacon with Maple Syrup?

AKT Rating:WOWS! 

Have you ever thought about creating the world’ next weird food combo? Well, I definitely have. And I’m here to tell it to you. Introducing….. maple syrup with, BACON!  This may sound totally disgusting, but I assure you, it’s the complete opposite. The sweetness of the syrup complements the savoriness of the bacon. And that fact that you can have this while you’re snacking on a stack of flapjacks, I definitely think that you should try this out.

 

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