3m BIRTHDAY CAKE
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Today is Miss Matilda Belle’s ♥ 2nd birthday ♥
Carrots are an excellent source of antioxidants and phytonutrients and are packed full of vitamin B, C, D, E and K along with folic acid and the anti-cancer protecting ingredient – beta carotene. Clinical trials have shown that dogs supplemented with beta carotene have a heightened immune response, which protects them from illness and infection. Carrots also contain potassium, iron, sodium, phosphorus, magnesium and silica.
Honey contains flavonoids, antioxidants that help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease. All honey is antibacterial, because the bees add an enzyme that makes hydrogen peroxide. Honey also helps when your pup might be sick and have a cough. Honey contains vitamins A, B-complex, C, D, E, and K, plus calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, silicon, sulfur, potassium, manganese, copper, and iodine.
Cinnamon, a great addition to dog treat cookies is also antibacterial, and slows down the spoilage of food. Initial studies have indicated that cinnamon may have anti-cancer and anti-bacterial benefits. Cinnamon is a known to aid indigestion, diarrhea and GAS in your dog and has great anti-inflammatory properties, especially for senior dogs struggling with arthritis. Studies have shown cinnamon improves brain function in dogs too.
3m BIRTHDAY CAKE
1 cup plain flour
1½ cups carrot, grated
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup water
1 small ripe banana – mashed
3 tbsp. honey
1 teaspoon vanilla paste
1 tsp. baking soda, gluten free
1 – 2 tsp. cinnamon
1 pinch sea salt – optional
115 grams (4 ounces) low fat cream cheese
1 tbsp. lactose free milk or yogurt
2 tbsp. peanut butter – organic
Preheat oven to 180° C (350° F) and spray 20 cm (8 inch) cake pan with cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, combine oil, water, banana, honey, vanilla, eggs and beat well.
Stir in the grated carrot.
Sift the dry ingredients and add to the wet mixture and mix thoroughly to combine.
Pour mixture into prepared cake pan.
Bake for 45 – 50 minutes depending on your oven.
Remove from oven and allow to rest in cake pan for 5 minutes.
Remove from cake pan and place on wire cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.
In a small bowl, soften cream cheese in microwave or allow to come to room temperature.
Add milk or yogurt and peanut butter and beat to combine.
Spread over cake and (add candles – optional) serve!
Storage, Refrigeration and Freezing instructions:
Store in air tight cake container in refrigerator.
Allow to come to room temperature before serving.
Home-baked dog treats contain no preservatives, so they can mold or spoil the same as home-baked people cookies/cakes do. Other variables, ingredients/moisture content of the treat and climate conditions will also determine the storage time.
Refrigeration will prolong the life of home-made dog treats.
Freeze for up to 3 months – Always allow 3m BIRTHDAY CAKE to thaw completely before feeding.
Feed this 3m BIRTHDAY CAKE as a BIRTHDAY TREAT only.
Treats should not make up more than 10% of your pet’s diet.
As with any treat, always provide fresh water after feeding.
Be sure to check the recipe for any known foods or ingredients your pet may be allergic to. If in doubt, check with your Vet.