Peanut Butter & Carrot Dog Birthday Cake

Happy Friday!

I decided to write a blog post today about Max’s birthday cake that I made for his first birthday. I was contemplating baking him something this week and writing a blog post about it, but decided that since I received questions on Facebook about his birthday cake, that I would share the recipe instead of baking something new.

I got the recipe and inspiration for this cake from Katie over at And Everything Sweet. You can see her post with the recipe here.

Katie decorated her pup’s cake with the cutest bow and banner! I’m not sure exactly how she made the bow, and since my baking skills aren’t quite that advanced, I decided to refrain from trying. 🙂

Instead of making a banner I wrote Max’s name with peanut butter instead. I also wasn’t sure what size pan Katie used, so I stuck with a traditional 8 inch round pan. I was going to double up but figured that Max is such a tiny dog and didn’t really need the extra cake, especially since no other pups were in attendance for this party.

 

 

To make this cake you will need the following;

Ingredients:
1 cup of white flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 cup shredded carrots
1 egg
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup honey
8 oz non-fat cream cheese for frosting (you will not need the full 8 oz)
*optional: Milk Bones for decoration
*optional: additional 1/2 cup of peanut butter for decoration
Directions:
Mix the flour and baking soda together. Then mix in all other ingredients.
Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 30-40 minutes.
When cake is finished baking and has had time to cool off, frost with cream cheese. Make sure not to go overboard. Although this is a special treat, try not to put too much cream cheese on the cake.
Optional:
You can take Milk Bones and line the outside of the cake to give it a more finished look.
To write a name on the cake and add more decoration, take a ziplock bag and fill a corner with approx 1/2 cup of peanut butter (preferably creamy). Close the bag and cut the corner you filled with peanut butter. Make sure not to cut the hole too small or too big. You will need a hole large enough for the peanut butter to smoothly pass through. If you make the hole too big, it will be harder to write. Once you have cut your hole, squeeze the bag of peanut butter and write your pup’s name and/or make designs. Have fun with it! Your pup won’t judge your artistic abilities, or lack there of. 🙂 If you mess up you could always lightly remove the peanut butter with a paper towel, and use the cream cheese to fill in that spot and re-try!
When you are finished you could slice and serve like you normally would a cake. I would advise this especially if you have other pups who will be eating, or you are serving this to a smaller dog. Max was solo at his party, so I let him dig in at first and then eventually I cut a smaller piece out for him since it was easier for him to eat that way.

I also made Max this handmade hat with craft supplies I had lying around the house. Let me know if you wish to see a post on who I made his hat. 🙂

 

As always, thanks for visiting and make sure to leave a comment if you have tried this recipe or have a favorite you have tried before!

 

Bachelorette Party- DIY Lipstick Piñata 

A few weeks ago one of my girlfriends had two bachelorette parties over the course of one weekend. We decided to spend one night “in” to play games, eat a ton of good food and of course have some girl talk. We ended up having that party at my place since it was easier to just get rid of Ryan for the evening. 

One of the fun things I came across on Pinterest for a bachelorette party was a lipstick piñata tutorial from Studio DIY! You should seriously go and check her out! She has a ton of amazing ideas and DIY projects. 

I pretty much followed her tutorial step by step and was overall pretty happy with the results!


I had thicker cardboard on hand so I wasn’t able to make as perfect as a circle. I also made my flat connecting pieces a little bit wider than my tubes since I wanted to make sure that I was able to hot glue them securely together. I was afraid that the pieces would be too small and would fall through. After I was finished hot gluing I trimmed around the pieces so they were almost flush with the tubes.

The most time consuming part was cutting the tissue and taping it to the cardboard. This definitely tested my patience but this is what makes the piñata beautiful so take your time! 

Here is the finished product! Not too bad for a first time piñata maker! Haha


I had to pose with the piñata afterward because overall I was pretty happy with it and wanted to take in it’s beauty before it got destroyed. Hahaha Ryan hung it up in the garage since he didn’t trust us swinging at things blindly in the house. I filled the piñata with candy, confetti, lipsticks, “bride tribe” hair ties from Etsy, as well as hair ties I made from elastic I bought from Hobby Lobby. I also filled it with some miscellaneous bachelorette items-we’ll leave it at that. Haha 🙂

Here are more of the decorations I put up in our main living area of our house.


I also made a super easy DIY banner of the groom. I photoshopped his face onto a model I found in a magazine and then hot glued it onto cardstock and then twine. 

My piñata only lasted about two swings but it was cute and we had fun with it! I didn’t realize how easy it was to make a piñata!