DIY: Rachael Ray’s Bacon and Beef Doggy Birthday Cake Recipe

Isaboo celebrates her 9th Birthday with mom Rachael Ray's special recipe Doggy Cake! Photo courtesy of Rachael Ray.
Isaboo celebrates her 9th Birthday with mom Rachael Ray’s special recipe Doggy Cake! Photo courtesy of Rachael Ray.

When chef-lebrity Rachael Ray’s pets have a birthday, you can guarantee the dog-loving chef will go out of her way to create something scrumptious. So, when her pit bull, Isaboo turned 9 years old, Rachael went above and beyond with this healthy, easy, and best of all, delicious Bacon and Beef Doggy Cake with cream cheese frosting!

The star Tweeted a photo of Izzy sniffing her savory treat with the caption, “Paws down, best cake ever!”

*Editor’s tip: to make this recipe even healthier, substitute low sodium turkey bacon, and replace the pork with ground turkey or chicken and adjust cooking time accordingly.

Looking to create Rachael Ray’s special recipe for your own pup’s special day? Here’s the easy recipe, courtesy of PeoplePets.

• 5 slices bacon
• 1 pound ground beef
• 1 pound ground pork
• 1 cup cooked barley
• 2 large carrots, peeled and grated
• ½ cup chopped parsley
• 1 egg
• Salt

For the frosting:
• 1 slice of roasted beet – from salad bar, or roasted yourself**
• Splash of water
• 8 ounces cream cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
2. Place bacon onto a baking pan and cook for 12 minutes or until crispy. Remove and allow bacon to cool; once cool, crumble into tiny pieces.
3. In a large mixing bowl, combine remaining ingredients with half of the crumbled bacon. Form into a heart-shaped meat loaf and bake for 45 minutes.
4. For the frosting, combine the beet and water in a food processor and purée; add the cream cheese and process until mixture is pink and smooth.
5. Place frosting into a piping bag to personalize your message. Sprinkle the remaining bacon crumbles on top as you would sprinkles or jimmies.

**To roast your own beets, preheat the oven to 400ºF. Remove the tops and the roots of the beets and peel each one with a vegetable peeler. Cut beets in quarters. Place the cut beets on a baking sheet and toss with extra-virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast for 35 to 40 minutes.

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  1. Cute recipe for some dogs. But if your pet has any tummy issues this recipe is not a good idea. The fat content can be a contributor to pancreatitis at worst and diarrhea at the least. Always take into consideration that the fat content of food and remember our senior dogs as well as those with sensitive tummies need a lower fat content in their food. There are many recipes using less fat available.

  2. I make my own dog biscuits but haven’t tried a cake yet, this is next, I will let all three babies share on each others b’days <3

  3. Great!! thank you for the recipe, a friend of mine just asked me for a meat cake for her 1st year baby party. Is there any other way to use something else but the beet ? and where can I get the barley ? I mean can I use something else instead of that? Thanks !!!

    • The beets are strictly added for color as a safe alternative to potentially dangerous food coloring. You can omit the beets and just leave the frosting white!

      If you can’t find barley, an equal amount of brown rice would be a suitable alternative.

  4. Thank you! Definitely going to try this! Make my own cookies for my three babies and frozen yogurt so I know they will love this!!