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HOTR Puppy Cake

Regular posting will resume tomorrow. But for now…

The HOTR-family Puppy Cake recipe is a long-standing tradition that actually started back with this little girl — our first boxer, Chloe Kath-a-leen (pronounced with an emphasis, of course ;)). Every year, we’d make her a very special cake to celebrate her birthday, and she’d go crazy for it every time.


Although Chloe isn’t with us any longer, I’m happy to be able to carry on the tradition with my own pup.

And okay, so I admit I may have (unintentionally) misled you. Calling it a “cake” may be stretching it just a bit. But I assure you, dogs will eat this right up all the same!

The “recipe” is extremely simple. All I did was take about 1 cup of his normal food (I feed him Life’s Abundance, which I love because it contains no by-products) and mix it with a spoonful of natural peanut butter and nice big dollop of plain Greek yogurt.

Koli cake_1

If I had left it at that, it probably wouldn’t have been too unhealthy. But, I’m a firm believer that birthdays call for something extra special. So I “frosted” it with more whipped cream than a dog should probably eat in an entire year.

Koli cake_2

Yes I know, he’s spoiled. But he’s also incredibly skinny, so I figured a little extra fat couldn’t hurt. Plus, how can I say no to this face?

DSCN1800.JPGEager anticipation

DSCN1801.JPGI made sure to dress up for the occasion ;)


I’ll spare you from the 6:00 minute video I made of the event, which includes my warbling rendition of “Happy Birthday” and him devouring the cake in one minute flat…then proceeding to lick the floor for the next five.


But I think it’s safe to say he loved it. And I’m pretty sure your dog would too!

So there you have it — The “secret” HOTR Family Puppy Cake recipe. Totally worth waiting a whole year for. ;)

Okay, I promise — this is the last time this blog will be in puppy-overload. Back to normal tomorrow


11 Responses to HOTR Puppy Cake

  1. You can keep the puppy pics coming! My invitation to the celebration must’ve gotten lost in the mail, but now I feel like I’ve shared in Kiki’s birthday fun ;)

    I love your party clothes, too!
    Becky´s last post ..Think Warm Thoughts

  2. Your puppy is adorable – I love that you gave him a special birthday treat!! I’m sure he was loving the peanut butter and whipped cream.

  3. How sweet! Koli is so lucky to have you as his mommy. ;)

  4. That one picture of Chloe makes me miss her so badly!! But Koli looks so old in that picture with Evan!! He’s grown up and is such a big boy now!! When did my baby nephew get so big? I’m sad that I am missing out on his entire childhood. :-( I hope you gave him many birthday kisses from his favorite Aunt Chrissie!

  5. My pup would love that cake! And don’t apologize for pup overload..we love it!

  6. Love the pics! We got Leela some special dog bakery cookies for her birthday last year, but I have to try this next year.
    Liz´s last post ..No Plans Sunday

  7. This is so precious! Happy birthday to your little guy!
    Rach´s last post ..The Girl Who Squeaks

  8. Aww…Koli is so handsome! Happy belated Koli!

  9. How adorable! My German Shepherd can’t eat dairy but LOVES PB! Your boxer is so cute. What a beautiful color.
    Does he run with you? My GS (name is Shane) is my running partner up to 10 miles. Since its road running, I don’t like to take him farther than 10 but I’m sure he’d go if I wanted him too.
    Dogs are the best! :)
    Joanne´s last post ..Miles on the Mill and Swordfish Fingers with Salsa Dip

    • 10 miles is awesome! I don’t run with Koli yet but only because he isn’t full grown. Once he gets a little older I plan to start building him up. Not sure he could ever make it 10 though. I think he’s more of a sprinter than an endurance runner. :)

  10. Too cute! I love your family’s furball traditions :) I’m a bad dog mommy and always buy something for Nati from the dog bakery. Perhaps I’ll try your recipe his next bday!
    Jen´s last post ..New home

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