Boq’s Birthday!

Our dog’s name is Boq (pronounced Bock). A woman in the WalMart pharmacy pronounced it ‘barbecue’. (Why a pharmacy, you ask? He was put on Prozac for his separation anxiety. I know. I know..).

The name comes from a love of the musical Wicked, the story of what happened before Dorothy got to Oz. Boq, the character, is a munchkin. Our dog is a Lab/Corgi mix, so he looks like a munchkin Lab. Got the connection? Splendid!

Last year, for his first birthday we got him a doggie cupcake from an awesome bakery, called The Barkery, in Downtown Greenville. They have wonderfully colorful and creative treats. That creativity comes with a price.

So, for his second birthday, I decided to be the creative one, or at least try to be the creative one.

I made him a cake.

It was easy as, well, pie. Or, you could say it was a piece of cake to do… though, in theory, this was a whole cake, not just a piece… but.. well.. anyway…

Here’s how I did it:

I got 2 small containers of dog food. Not the chunks, the kind that looks like a brick of mush.

One was a circle (3.5 oz. Boots & Barley). One was a square (3.5 oz. Cesar). Both were filet mignon flavor… it was his birthday, after all!

I emptied the square kind onto a plate and emptied the circle kind on top of it. Be sure to wipe away any oils (or gravy) that comes with it.

Put it all in the freezer for about 10 minutes. That’ll ensure that it doesn’t come apart during decorating.

For the decorations, I used 5 Tbsp. of whipped low-fat cream cheese, blue food coloring, fresh mint leaves and a Beggin’ Strip. As for tools, you’ll need a pastry bag (or resealable bag with the corner cut off) and a star tip.

Mix the cream cheese and the food coloring until you get the color you want. You can use any color. Put it in the pastry bag.

Take the cake out of the freezer and decorate by dotting stars around the edges of the circle and the square.

Stick the Beggin’ Strip in the center of the cake and write your dog’s age by dotting stars with the cream cheese.

You can do one layer, two (like this) or three depending on the size of your dog.

I sprinkled the chopped mint over Boq’s cake because he LOVES mint.

Plus, I think it looked like sprinkles.

Boq went crazy for this cake.. I bet your dog will too!

Tip: Save money on expensive doggie ice cream. Make your own. This idea comes from the You Bake ‘Em Dog Biscuits Cookbook (Thanks, Michelle!). Mix 1 cup plain low-fat yogurt with 1/2 cup of chicken broth. Whisk it to get it smooth. I made my own spin and added dried mint flakes (Boq LOVES mint-you could add a scoop of peanut butter, too). Then portion the mix out into little Dixie cups and freeze. A few turns of the bottom of the cup under hot running water and the iced treat will pop right out. Serve in a bowl.


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