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Dog Birthday Carrot Cake with Neufchâtel Cheese Frosting

Celebrate your furbaby’s birthday with a deliciously homemade moist carrot cake even you can try it too!  

Dog Birthday Carrot Cake with Neufchâtel Cheese Frosting | URBAN BAKES

Two years later and another birthday party for my oldest furbaby, Grizz-Lee. ♥

Unlike Grizz’s first birthday party to celebrate his 3rd birthday with his friends, this party was instead, more intimate.  Just the family of four (two owners, myself included, not shown).  Being that I don’t currently have the dogs full-time, I wanted to keep it simple and spend my entire focus on my own babies.  Eventually when the time is right, I hope to be able to throw another dog party with their friends, especially for my little one, Chocolate since I haven’t done one yet for her.  I’ve envisioned throwing her a Parisian Princess Poodle themed party.  I think it’s quite fitting for the claim that poodles are French, don’t you think?

Fun facts: according to the American Kennel Club, poodles aka pudel or pudelin is German for “to splash in water” therefore, they are classified as water dogs.  Although poodles originated in Germany, they became the national dog of France which is why “French” poodles is commonly heard of till today.

And in case you wondered, Grizz is half poodle, half shih tzu or known by its fancier name, shih-poo.  Back in my childhood days, any mixed breed was simply called a mutt.  Remember that?

Dog Birthday Carrot Cake with Neufchâtel Cheese Frosting | URBAN BAKES

Being that I love to bake and throw parties, I just had to bake Grizz a cake.  Afterall, a party without a cake is just a meeting – Julia Child.  ;-)

As I searched for the perfect birthday cake, there were two requirements, small & simple.  Unlike the Banana Paw-ty Cake with Carob Frosting in the shape of a large paw print, a small cake to feed two small dogs was pretty much a no brainer here.  Thus, I wanted to keep it simple; no fancy schmancy paw print or dog bone shaped cake pans, though they are super cute!  In this case, I wanted something I felt anyone can do using the simple round baking pans you may already have at home.

I find it much easier to create a 3-layer 6-inch or two 2-layer 4-inch cakes using this recipe, than to make a trip to the store to find and purchase a new cake pan you may use if lucky, maybe once a year.  Now if I were to throw a large party, obviously I’d want to make every detail super cute.  You know, because it’s all about that cake.

Dog Birthday Carrot Cake with Neufchâtel Cheese Frosting | URBAN BAKES

With constant control of Chocolate’s persistent obsession to sniff and (if for one second I’m not looking) possibly binge on the displayed peanut butter biscuits and cake in addition to her infatuation or perhaps lack of realization there are HOT burning candles, this was indeed, one of the cutest photo shoots I’ve done for my babies.  Quite some work in controlling them but definitely fun and cute.

Poor Grizz kept thinking I was talking to him every time I needed grab Chocolate’s attention to stay still.  He’s a little sensitive and stayed back in most of the photos but he’s super sweet and adorable!

I can’t wait to throw him more parties.  Such a good boy!

Dog Birthday Carrot Cake with Neufchâtel Cheese Frosting | URBAN BAKES

Dog Birthday Carrot Cake with Neufchâtel Cheese Frosting | URBAN BAKES

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**Note: All dog foods found on URBAN BAKES has been tested by me (yes, I try it too!) and is ensured that all ingredients are dog-safe through creditable online sources and veterinarians.  However, there are several common allergies/intolerances that can develop over time which may include and is not limited to certain proteins, corn, wheat and soy.  Please check with your veterinarian if your pet can consume any of the listed ingredients found in this recipe.**

Creditable sources about food allergies: here, here, and here.

Dog Birthday Carrot Cake with Neufchâtel Cheese Frosting

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours

Yield: two 2-layered 4-inch cakes


  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup carrots, shredded
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 oz. neufchâtel cheese, softened
  • 3-5 tablespoons honey


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease bottom and sides of four 4-inch round baking pans; set aside. Note: if using springform pans, rest pans over a cookie sheet to catch any drippings.
  2. In a large bowl using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat egg, peanut butter, oil, vanilla and honey until just combined. Stir in carrots. Fold in flour and baking soda into the carrot mixture. Spoon the batter evenly among the prepared pans.
  3. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  4. Allow cakes to cool in pan for 5 to 10 minutes; then remove cakes from each pan and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl using an electric mixer, beat the neufchâtel cheese with 3 tablespoons of honey. Add another tablespoon of honey at a time for added flavor and to increase smoothness, if desired.
  7. Frost the top of each cake layer with about 1/3 cup of frosting; stack 2 cake layers. ENJOY!


There are several common dog allergies/intolerances that can develop over time which may include and is not limited to certain proteins, corn, wheat and soy. Please check with your veterinarian if your pet can consume any of the listed ingredients found in this recipe.

Making this recipe? I’d love to see. Snap a pic and use #urbanfurbaby on your public Instagram and Twitter.

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22 Responses to Dog Birthday Carrot Cake with Neufchâtel Cheese Frosting

  1. Connie, thank you so much for this recipe! My little girl just miraculously survived a serious battle with meningitis. She is still recovering, but two months ago I did not think she would make it to her sixth birthday. She surprised us all — even the doctors and nurses. I wanted to make her birthday special and after a lot of searching, I came upon your recipe. It was perfect and Pepper went crazy for it! (I tried a bite too and it was reallllly good!) I wish I could post a picture of her with her cake. But I just wanted to say thank you! It was exactly what I was looking for and the perfect way to treat my amazing girl on her special day. xo

    Alexis & Pepper says: January 24, 2016 at 3:30 PM
    • Hi Alexis!
      You have no idea how happy I am to read your comment. So sorry for your baby. I hope Pepper makes a speedy recovery. I’m really glad you were able to make it this recipe and loved it! If you would like, you can post a pic on Instagram and hashtag #urbanbakes so I can see. Or if you have Facebook, you can always post it on my wall. Even if it’s not of the cake, I’d love to see Pepper :) XOXO
      – Connie

    • Hi Tammie,
      Try using a low fat cream cheese if that’s available. If not, the next best choice would be to use a low fat ricotta or low fat cottage cheese. Blend the cheese in the blender just until it breaks up any large chunks, then mix in the honey. Be sure not to blend the cheese too much or it may turn into a liquid state and not spreadable over the cake. Low fat yogurt (not blended) may be another alternative. Note: I have not tested this but through research, this has been done. Also, please test a small amount of cheese with your dog(s) beforehand to see if they develop any gastrointestinal upset. Hope this helps. – Connie

  2. Hi Connie, I am making this for my dogs birthday tomorrow: he will be four years old. I was just wondering, did you use regular cake sprinkles on Grizz and Chocolates’ cake, or are they special dog sprinkles? Thank you. I’m so excited to make your recipe.

    • Hi Francesca, I used regular sprinkles which is essentially sugar, oils, cornstarch, soy lecithin and artificial colors. In small amounts (just a few sprinkles) I cannot see how this would be an issue for their them unless it is already known they are allergic/intolerant of any of the listed ingredients. However, if your dogs has allergies, I would suggest looking into the listed ingredients of the sprinkles as each brand may differ slightly. But now that you mentioned dog sprinkles, I’d love to look further into it if you know where I can find them. Thanks! – Connie

    • Beth, they say a dog is a man’s best friend, well they’re mine too. Unconditional love! If you ever get one (hopefully through adoption) and you ever have any questions regarding training, feeding, etc., I’ll be happy to help you out. :)

  3. I cant handle how cute this post is. Your dogs are the cutest! Chocolate is my dream dog. I’ve wanted a brown poodle all my life. And I had a shih-poo growing up and she was such a perfect dog. Our next puppy birthday is November and I will be making this!

    • Aww Amanda I feel for you. You know, I actually felt the opposite about poodles before I had Chocolate but then after having her, my opinion of poodles completely changed. I love them dearly now. Many people say my dogs are lucky because I do and make special things for them but I feel as though I’m the lucky one to have two of the best dogs I could ever imagine. Shihpoo’s are as well, an amazing mixed breed! I’d love to know how your pup’s birthday goes in November and take plenty of pics :)


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