"Hey DOCC, where can I find a dog cake for my dog's birthday?"
Every dog owner knows just how important a dog’s birthday or gotcha day is. And, because no celebration is complete without a cake, it only makes sense that you need a cake for your dog. We got our paws on not one, not two, but eight different dog birthday cakes and treats to personally taste test (yes, we’re serious...and crazy). As Maryland's dog party experts, dog owners come to us on a weekly basis asking for dog cake and dog bakery recommendations. Here are our honest thoughts on eight different birthday cakes and treats for dogs so that you can plan THE best celebration for your furry best friend.
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Get your spoons ready pet parents because The Pastry Pup isn't just for dogs! As a professional pastry chef in Baltimore, Kelsey wanted to create delicious treats for dogs but also allow the owners to enjoy it too. Yes, you heard us... owners are encouraged to eat these cakes. Kelsey spent a lot of time thinking about the flavor combinations in her cakes as well as focusing on using healthy ingredients with a limited amount of sugar -- think Peanut Butter Carob and Pumpkin Coconut Cake with Coconut Buttercream. Choose from a variety of cake flavors, dog donuts, adorb birthday bones, and other dog treats at The Pastry Pup's website.
Location: Online-only, Fells Point
Price: Cakes start at $40
Delivery/ Shipping? Yes, location-dependent
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Lil' Cakes and Creamery is best known for their droolworthy selection of gourmet cupcakes, macaroons, homemeade ice cream and human cakes, but they also have a variety of dog cakes and other dog-friendly treats, too! Dog cakes and pupcakes are freshly baked with the finest ingredients. Both pup and parents give it two paws up for quality and presentation! If you are feeling a little wild you can even add on a peanut butter drip, bacon strips and/or milk bones. Lil Cakes also offers mini pupcakes, dog ice cream, full-sized pupcakes and the cutest lil' pupsciles that are all great add ons to any dog celebration! We were blown away by our peanut butter carrot cake dog cake and may or may not have eaten it for breakfast the next day. PS- cakes are HUGE and very shareable.
Location: 488 N Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Price: $20 - $70+
How to place an order: Call the store, email, or message on Instagram or FB. They ask for 4-5 days notice on cakes! However, mini pupcakes, ice cream, and pupsicles are available daily.
Delivery/Shipping? No, but possibly in the near future. In-store pickup only.
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Cake and waffles? Yes, please! If you know us well, you know that we loooove sprinkles. KcK9 Waffle Treats owner, Kara, does not disappoint as each cake is bordered with birthday cake waffles (waffles with sprinkles) and then topped with TONS of sprinkles. As a surgical veterinary technician during the week, Kara uses homemade, all-natural and preservative-free ingredients. Choose from a standard waffle cake or have a cake customized - like a Unicorn Cake (the most requested custom cake) for the puppy princesses and princes out there! It is made with Unicorn Magic Waffles, has a unicorn cake topper and covered in unicorn sprinkles. . KcK9 also offers cake by the slice and over 30 flavors of dog bone-shaped waffles.
Location: 2402 Rocks Road, Forest Hill, MD 21050
Price: $40 for standard and $50 for custom
How to place an order: Can stop by the shop to place an order or call 443-299-2640
Delivery/ Shipping? Will ship but note cake presentation quality lowers with shipments
Best For Customization
Puppylicious Gourmet customizes any and all treats based on customers’ requests and makes eveyrthing from dog donut towers to dog treat bouquets to mini tacos for dogs. Puppylicious Goremet can make a cake for literally any occassion or party theme -- just ask Audrey Pawborn's mom who had a custom Tiffany Blue Box Cake Made for Audrey's first birthday. Puppylicious even offers individual goodie bags as party favors so the puppy party never has to end! Oh, and they make cakes for cats too.
Location: Online-only, Annapolis
Price?: $15 - $30
How to place an order: Order directly online, or feel free to contact Joyce via website chat, email, phone/text and she can assist you with specific requests with at least 3 days notice
Delivery/ Shipping? Personally delivered by Joyce with no extra charge at this time
Best For Dogs with Allergies + Sensitive Tummies
Personalized, organic, and local...what more could you want? Bark Organix specializes in making homemade baked-to-order treats for dogs, with ingredients from local farmers markets. Owner and baker, Sasha, started Bark Organix while she was on active duty in the U.S. Navy. You won't find traditional dog cakes here, BUT, they make pupcakes, carob chip cookies, and the most adorable personalized stamped bone treats with coconut "sprinkled" dyed with vegan coloring. All dog goodies are vegan and organic with minimal ingredients-- think carrots, banana, coconut and peanut butter. Sasha also sells very original grooming products and apparel for dog lovers.
Price: $18 for 8 personalized birthday treats
How to place an order: Order through their website or DM via @barkorganix so that special requests can be discussed. At least 10 business days prior to pickup/shipping is needed.
Delivery/ Shipping: Will ship personalized cookie treats only. Offers in-store pickup for pupcakes and other products.
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Spotted Dog Bakery owner and baker, Jen is the queen of dog birthday cakes. Jen has been shipping dog cakes nationwide for years and bakes for pups just like you would for your family (check out Spotted Dogs' Instagram to see what we're talkin' about)! Spotted Dog Bakery's dog cakes are made with wholesome, unfussy ingredients that you can feel good about feeding your furry friend. The soft cakes are oven baked and coated in a dog friendly "frosting" that dries hard to help keep everything moist and (very, very) sturdy during shipping. Jen encourages custom orders - whether you want a cake that is larger, smaller, purple-ier, or a tiered fanciful cake fit for canine nuptials (yes, that’s right, they’ve done doggy wedding cakes)! They also offer THE cutest edible number cake toppers and treat sets.
Location: Online-only, Nashville
Price: $29.99 for signature cakes, $47.99 for specialty cakes both in 4” and 5” options. Free shipping!
How to place an order: Online through the website. When you place an order, you can select a desired delivery date during the checkout process. All orders are baked right before the shipment date, so your items are always as fresh as possible. The minimum lead time is about two weeks for standard processing.
Delivery/ Shipping: All of Spotted Dog's cakes ship right ot your door (for free). We have ordered several of Jen's cakes and are SO impressed with how they hold up in shipping!!
Best for a Party For One
Dogs of Charm City Pawty Shop
If you're throwing a more casual birthday bash this year at home, why not celebrate with a birthday bone from the Dogs of Charm City Pawty Shop? This large birthday bone is the perfect replacement for a traditional dog cake if you don't have time to bake one (or buy one!). This 7" decorated birthday bone comes individually wrapped with a candle, so that you can sing happy birthday to your pup!
Location: Online-only, Baltimore
How to place an order: Online through DOCC's website.
Delivery/ Shipping: Ships nationwide and also available for free pickup at local pickup locations in Baltimore City
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Lazy Dog Cookie Company - Original Pup-Pie Dog Treat Cake
Helloooo Amazon Prime. Okay guys, confession. We did not have high expectations for this cake that arrived to our doorstp in under 24 hours from ordering. This 6 inch, 10 slice cake smells like gingersnap cookies and has a soft texture and a trusted shelf life. The cakes are vegan, grain-free and dairy-free to boot! Let's just say that this is not the last time we will be ordering this cake. No shame.
How to place an order: Amazon Prime
Delivery/ Shipping: Free next-day delivery with Amazon Prime (#winning)