Grain-Free Dog Cake

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This Grain-Free Dog Cake is for Amelia!

Dear Amelia!

Happy Birthday. You’re one year older, one year wiser, more cute and hopefully a bit calmer. Because man, were you a psycho as a puppy.

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Sometimes when I look at you I wonder if a human has ever loved a dog as much as I love you. I sometimes wonder if my love can be so strong it can hurt you. And then I think about how bratty and spoiled you are and I begin to think yes. 🙁

Regardless, I have a whole lot of things to thank you for. Here’s an on-going list.

1. Thank you for sitting on my feet and keeping them warm.

2. Thank you for waking me up every.single.morning v v early. This means I never have to set an alarm and am more productive so I can make more money to buy you bones.

3. Thank you for always eating all the crumbs off the kitchen floor. Because of you, I have to sweep a whole lot less…except for your hair, which is a whole other thing.

Grain-Free Dog Mini Apple Cakes

4. Thank you for barking when we sometimes hear scary noises. Maybe you’ve scared a robber or two away, who knows.

5. Thank you for always sitting next to me when I’m crying.

Grain-Free Dog Mini Apple Cakes

6. Thank you for loving peanut butter as much as me…and bread and popcorn and tortilla chips.

7. Thank you for needing lots of walks. I’m better off now.

Grain-Free Dog Mini Apple Cakes

Grain-Free Dog Mini Apple Cakes

8. Thank you for having paws that smell like Fritos. They always remind me how much I love those chips.

9. Thank you for being so friendly with strangers. It’s a reminder that strangers are good and a person can never have too many friends.

10. Thank you for loving so freely and openly and reminding me that the smallest moments in life are the ones I should keep close.

Happy Birthday, Amelia!

Grain-Free Dog Mini Apple Cakes

Grain-Free Dog Mini Apple Cakes

Grain-Free Dog Cake Time!

This recipe is adapted from the Grain-Free Doggie Doughnuts I have in The Year of Cozy. I basically doubled that recipe and BAM. Cake!

This recipe is completely grain-free, using Baking Sheet” target=”_blank”>half baking sheet and then you cut the cakes out using a round cutter. If you don’t have a cutter that’s circular, you could also use a knife and make little square cakes. SO CUTE!

The frosting is a combination of Greek yogurt and honey. It has no thickener in it so it’s a bit runnier than human frosting. This cake is topped with a bit of unsweetened coconut flakes.

This is either a very inspiration recipe for you or you think I’m incredibly strange and weird. And you’re right. I’ll be back on Wednesday with a human recipe that’s pretty near and dear to my lil’ heart.


Grain-Free Dog Mini Apple Cakes

Grain-Free Dog Cake

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Serving Size: 4 dogs
Calories: 120kcal
This Grain-Free Dog Cake recipe is perfect for your pup's birthday or any celebration to let them know they're special. Made from chickpea flour, this recipe is for all the dogs with grain allergies.



  • 4 cups chickpea flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 cup natural creamy peanut butter, (stir to incorporate any oil on top)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 6 tablespoons melted coconut oil, (plus a teaspoon more for the baking sheet)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups shredded apples, (about 4 apples, peeled)


  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons honey


  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut


  • To make the cake: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a 1-inch rimmed baking sheet (13 x 18 x 1 inches) with parchment paper. Brush the parchment and sides of the baking sheet with about a teaspoon of coconut oil or spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and baking soda. Add the peanut butter, honey, oil, eggs, and water. Mix until completely combined and then fold in the shredded apples. Pour the dough onto the lined baking sheet and spread it out into one even layer. A spatula is pretty handy.
  • Transfer to the oven to bake for 15 to 17 minutes, or until the top is lightly golden brown and springs back when touched.
  • To make the frosting: In a medium bowl, whisk together the Greek yogurt and honey.
  • To toast the coconut: Add to a small skillet, set over medium-low heat, cook until lightly golden brown, moving the pan every now and then to ensure even toasting.
  • To assemble the cakes: Using a 4-inch round cutter, stamp out a series of small cakes. I got about 12 from my baking sheet. (Save the scraps for treats! Should be good for 1 week when put into a Ziplock bag and stored in the fridge.) Stack the cakes in threes or twos. Top with a dollop of "frosting" and a sprinkling of coconut flakes. Insert candles and party on!
Keywordbirthday cake for dog, chickpea dog, chickpea flour, dog allergies, dog birthday cake, dog recipe, grain-free cake, grain-free dog cake
Nutrition Facts
Grain-Free Dog Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 120
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Did you make this recipe?Tag @acozykitchen on Instagram and hashtag it #acozykitchen

Equipment I used:

Baking Sheet
Round Cutter Kit

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  • Reply Theodora Nan October 19, 2015 at 2:43 am

    Happy birthday Amelia! You are a gem!

    Adrianna your post is so touching! Tears are flowing from my eyes. I totally get every single word and I can feel every emotion hidden behind your sayings. My dog is 4 years old and I cannot imagine life without him. This cake idea is amazing! I will definitely try this out. My love to Amelia. Have a great day!

  • Reply Abby @ The Frosted Vegan October 19, 2015 at 5:28 am

    Happy happy birthday Amelia! You have the biggest ears and are pretty effing cute, so eat that cake GURL

  • Reply Elyse October 19, 2015 at 5:55 am

    So love this post! Made me smile

  • Reply Sabrina October 19, 2015 at 6:33 am

    OMG – sooo cute! What a great post. Happy birthday Amelia!

  • Reply Michelle October 19, 2015 at 9:16 am

    Happy birthday Amelia!!

    “3. Thank you for always eating all the crumbs off the kitchen floor. Because of you, I have to sweep a whole lot less…except for your hair, which is a whole other thing.”

    This x 1000000000000

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme October 19, 2015 at 9:44 pm

      Haha. It’s true. This girl’s hair is out of control!

  • Reply Liza in Ann Arbor October 19, 2015 at 9:18 am

    You hit the nail right on the head. It’s exactly how I feel about my 1 year old Westie, even the psycho puppy part (that’s not completely over but she’s a bit more well-mannered!)

  • Reply Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps October 19, 2015 at 9:21 am

    I love this post so much. Isn’t it crazy how much we love our doggies? I can’t imagine life without my spoiled-loveable-sweetest-craziest-sleepiest dog Ravioli. Happy birthday to your baby!

  • Reply Kathryn @ The Scratch Artist October 19, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Words cannot express how much I love this! Your list of thank yous was so sweet. Thank you so much for sharing this and all of the outrageously cute pictures!

  • Reply Mary October 19, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Happy Birthday Amelia, you are a Beautiful girl. I’m so happy you are loved!!

  • Reply Nicole October 19, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    Happy birthday, Amelia! 🙂 And my dog totally smells like Fritos, too! lol I sometimes call him Cornchip. ha

  • Reply Cynthia Bliss October 19, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    Made me remember how much I loved my Fritzie. Goldie and Peanut. Mom used to make a birthday plate from our dinner and give it to Goldie. She also used to make a birthday cupcake and give it to Peanut. How I miss those dogs so much! R I P.

  • Reply Happy Hazel October 19, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    Such a sweet list! <3 Happy birthday Amelia! And that cake looks super yummy! 🙂 I will try to make something for my dog on his birthday too! 🙂

  • Reply Samina @ The Cupcake Confession October 19, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    Someone’s chopping onions around here because I certainly can’t be crying! This post made me feel so happy! Thanks for writing it and a warm HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Amelia! What an absolute stunner and a sweetheart!

  • Reply ffi October 20, 2015 at 7:52 am

    ‘Penblwydd hapus’ Amelia from Wales. I have just had my first puppy – Ted and three weeks in – he has transformed my life…although there are a lot more chewed up things in my house now and surprises to be cleaned up. I love you post, thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry October 20, 2015 at 10:53 am

    Happy birthday Amelia! She is the cutest. Although I don’t have a dog, I grew up around them and miss having one so much.

  • Reply The Castejóns October 20, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    So sweet!

  • Reply kristine October 25, 2015 at 9:15 am

    OH SO CUTE!!!! I have a tri color corgi too! They’re such adorable ‘little stubs’! She’s a precious one, Happy B-day Pup!

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  • Reply cat November 3, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    I don’t thing you’re weird at all! I think our pup’s paws smell like basmati rice and I love that! This is a SUPER sweet post with a great looking recipe and photos – Amelia is SO cute with her cake. Thanks for inspiring me to make our tripawd some pup cake to celebrate two years cancer-free!! Dogs rule!

  • Reply M November 5, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    This post truly put a tear in my eye. I can relate to this endless love for my own dogs and to so many things you pointed out here that they show us to be thankful for.. Really, this post melted my heart *

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  • Reply Roshni November 16, 2015 at 9:58 am

    Can’t wait to make these for my pup’s birthday on wednesday. Quick question for you, can I sub regular Olive Oil in for the Coconut Oil? Thanks!

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  • Reply cindy January 24, 2016 at 8:48 am

    Love this!! Can I use almond flour or something other than chickpea though? Thanks!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme January 24, 2016 at 9:45 am

      I’m not sure if it’ll work with almond flour, but you can give it a try. It was tested for chickpea flour–sorry!

  • Reply Max's Mom June 8, 2016 at 5:53 am

    Made this in a cake version. Best doggie cake recipe out there! Doubled recipe for a rescue event and owners were eating it and loving it. People were wrapping it and bringing it home and wanting this recipe. I did not add the coconut because I didn’t have any but. Absolutely best recipe out there!!!

  • Reply Lala August 3, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    Thanks for the recipe! I just made these for my pooch’s 14th bday, and she and her friends loved them! I substituted pumpkin (Caroline’s fave) for the apple, and I made a peanut butter/flax icing. A huge hit!

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    I love that your pup’s feet smell like chips! I swear my little one smells like coffee! (and puppy, of course)

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  • Reply Daisy April 27, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Oh my gosh tomorrow is my little boy’s 4rth Pup birthday ❤️ This recipe will come in handy since he’s allergic to wheat. Is there any alternative to the peanut butter? He’s also allergic to peanuts This beagle is a tough Cookie. But I’m so excited to try this out .

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme April 27, 2017 at 10:36 pm

      Maybe tahini? Amelia loves tahini and a lot of people who have peanut allergies are totally fine with tahini!

  • Reply Rachel Manfredo June 6, 2017 at 7:25 am

    Hello! Do you think these delicious treats could be made in mini cupcake cups? I wasn’t sure if they would stick too much. Thank you! And what a beautiful tribute to your pups birthday!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme June 6, 2017 at 7:48 am

      Yes I think they would work in cupcakes. I would maybe spray the cupcake liners with a bit of cooking spray. Happy Birthday to your little puppy! 🙂

      • Reply Rachel Manfredo June 6, 2017 at 7:51 am

        Thank you very much!

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    How sweet. This actually made me cry, and laugh!

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    Coconut oil is bad for your dog yo

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      Nope! It’s an excellent super food for your dog!

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    hi, when do you add the 6 tablespoons of melted coconut oil ?

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    Thank you so much for the wonderful cake recipe! It was easy to follow and the results were seamless. The cake was moist & had a great flavor. I hope my dog Alfie really enjoys this as much as I loved making it for him!

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  • Reply Brooklynn July 7, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    5 stars
    These were a great way to celebrate my dogs birthday – I love the recipe, healthy and simple! I’m actually astonished with how well they came out because I usually struggle with things like these, but the cakes and topping looked great, thank you for the wonderful tips!

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  • Reply Simone Thomson March 21, 2020 at 2:20 am

    I hope all is well with you over there in Los Angeles, California.
    I am about to embark (yes, corny I know)…on your delightful looking recipe for our 10 year old mini-schnauzer girl. It’s like you know her personally with those ingredients. Trying to remain positive in the grip of this rotten virus. I will report back with the verdict. Thanks in advance.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme March 21, 2020 at 9:23 am

      thank you so much. we’re hanging in there! aww i hope she loves it. sending you light and hope. thanks so much for being here.