The Family Just Got Bigger

Our baby turned one yesterday!  To celebrate this milestone, my son and I baked a peanut butter birthday cake.  Then we sang “Happy Birthday” and watched as Bailey, our Black Lab, devoured every last crumb.

The “puppy party” continued yesterday afternoon as we watched Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2.  I have to admit, it’s the first time I’ve liked the sequel as much as the original movie.  Plus, the music lifted my mood and transported me (albeit temporarily) to a tropical location.

My toes started tapping and my head started bobbing as I listened to the Chihuahua theme song.  I dare you to watch this one-minute video and remain sitting still. On second thought, I double dog dare you to try it!  (I couldn’t resist.)

I was just starting to believe that Iowa is “my paradise” when reality hit.  My dog started barking, letting us know nature was calling and she needed to go outside.  Instead of stepping onto white sand beaches like one of the pampered Beverly Hills pups, my big girl ran into the white snow and began to roll. Maybe this is her paradise! Or maybe she was just begging for another bite of Peanut Butter Delight.

 In case you’d like to treat your dog to a home-made “pup cake,” the recipe follows. And, for those of you who may not have a pup birthday on the way but still want to spoil your dog, check out this great article with tips on how to show affection and reward your pup.

Recipe Note:  I didn’t have a cake mold, so I used half of a Bundt pan.  In the year ahead, I’ll keep my eyes open for a bone-shaped cake pan.  Does anyone know where I might buy one?

Peanut Butter Delight (Pup Cake)



  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 egg

Frosting Ingredients:

  • low fat cottage cheese
  • decorate with carrot pieces



  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Mix together flour and baking soda.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
  4. Pour into a ring mold sprayed with a nonstick spray for 40 minutes.
  5. Frost this cake with low fat cottage cheese and decorate with carrot pieces.
  6. Store in refrigerator.


This recipe is for your animal friends.