Can Dogs Eat Cake? (Solved & Explained!)

Dogs should not eat cake as the high fat and sugar content can be very unhealthy for them. Spiced cake and chocolate cake can also be very harmful to your dog’s health.

In this article we will tell you everything you should know about feeding your dog cake, how much cake they should have and which ingredients you can and cannot use in a cake for your dog.

Can my dog eat cake?

Although you may want to give your dog a treat, or they may be begging for a piece of your dessert, you should not give your dog cake that is made for human consumption.

The reason for this is that cakes contain a lot of fat (butter, margarine or oil) and a lot of sugar. Both of these ingredients are very bad for your dog’s health and should be consumed as little as possible.

Is cake dangerous to my dog?

Although cake is not necessarily good for your dog’s health, most cakes are not actually dangerous for your dog to eat. However, whether or not the cake is toxic to your dog will depend on the ingredients.

For example, just as many people know that chocolate is not safe for dog’s to eat, neither is chocolate cake. Under no circumstances should you feed your dog chocolate cake.

What cakes are safe for dogs?

There are a number of cakes that are technically safe for your dog to eat, although still very unhealthy and to be avoided when possible. 

These are any cakes that do not contain ingredients that are toxic to dogs. For example, avoid chocolate cake and spiced cake.

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In a lot of places you can now buy cakes that are made specifically for dogs. These are the types of cakes that are perfectly safe for your dog to consume, but, again, in moderation only.

Examples of dog cakes include sweet potato and carrot cake, coconut berry cake, and pumpkin peanut butter cake. These work wonders as a treat for your dogs and are much healthier and safer for them to eat than regular cake.

What food is toxic to dogs?

The best way to decide whether or not to feed something to your dog is to know the ingredients as well as the foods that are toxic to dogs. Some of the foods and ingredients that are toxic to dogs include:

  • Chocolate
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Avocado
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Raisins
  • Spices

If any cake contains these ingredients then do not give it to your dog. If your dog has consumed any of these foods on accident then keep an eye on them and take them to the vet if necessary.

How do I make a cake for my dog?

If you do not want to buy a cake from the store for your dog but you want to give them a treat, you can always make one at home yourself.

You can use any ingredients you like that are safe for dogs. As an example you can combine pumpkin puree, peanut butter (sweetener free), flour, oil and egg and then bake to make your very own dog cake. 

How much cake should my dog eat?

If we are talking in terms of cake prepared for human consumption then your dog should not eat any cake at all. If they have sneakily eaten a small piece then this will not cause any harm as long as it contains no toxic ingredients.

However, if we are talking about dog cake then although this is safe for your dog to eat, you should still be aware of the portion sizes that you should be giving your dog. This will help to keep them healthy but still give them treats.

You should always take into account the size of your dog when portioning out their treats. For small dogs a few bites will be sufficient whereas for larger dogs a small slice is plenty. 

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Can puppies eat cake?

Puppies cannot eat regular cake, but they can eat dog cake. However, you will need to make sure that you correctly adjust the portion size for puppies as they should consume less than adult dogs.

Can dogs eat icing?

No, dogs should not eat regular icing as it is made with icing sugar which is incredibly unhealthy for dogs.

If the icing is made for human consumption then no matter whether it is royal icing, buttercream or cream cheese frosting it will be very unhealthy and should not be given to dogs.

If you are buying a dog-friendly cake then even if there is icing it will not be made in the same way as with regular cakes and will be safe for your dog to consume.

What are dog-friendly alternatives to icing?

If you are making a cake for your dog and want to ice the cake then there are some healthier alternatives to regular icing that you can use to help keep the treat fairly healthy.

One example is to use yogurt as icing. Not only will this contain a small amount of sugar, making the treat sweet, but it will also look like regular icing. However, you should choose a dog-friendly yogurt without sweeteners.

Another alternative to regular icing is to use peanut butter. This will make the cake very enticing for your dog to eat, but will significantly increase the calories per portion. 

You should also opt for a peanut butter that does not contain any sweeteners as these are harmful to your dog. 

Can dogs eat vegan cake?

If there are no toxic ingredients in the cake then yes, technically your dog can eat vegan cake. However, vegan cake still contains a lot of fat (in this case oil) and sugar and it is best not to feed it to your dog.

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Can dogs eat ice cream cake?

Dogs should not eat ice cream cake as it contains a lot of sugar as well as a lot of cow’s milk, which is difficult for dogs to digest. Opt instead for dog-friendly cakes.