peanut butter carrot cake (for pups)!

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Last week, Michael and I celebrated the second annual Brixton Height Appreciation Day to commemorate the day our sweet little terrier mutt adopted us in 2012. We totally lucked out with this dog. Not only is he super cuddly and super smart, he's also a self-proclaimed vegan.

brixton waiting

It's the funniest thing. He is obsessed with veggies. If I'm in the kitchen chopping things for dinner, he's patiently standing in the doorway waiting for a handout, or to dutifully clean up the floor. Kale, carrots and zucchini are his favorites, but he'll also happily accept hummus, cucumber, celery, beets... pretty much anything we eat (that isn't poison for him), he gets to try. 

He prefers it to his kibble, which he'll slowly plod through over a few days, but seems to save his tummy space for veggies. 

brixton cake side cut overexp
In honor of his running our lives for the last two years, I decided to make a cake. A dog-friendly, nutrient-rich cake, of course, using ingredients that would be helpful for his coat, his eyes and his little dog joints. 

brixton cake close bright

Deliciousness, too, was a factor: Brixton Height Appreciation Day comes but once a year! 

I'd been collecting juicer pulp for the week prior to ensure I had a base to work from -- plus, juicer pulp in the garbage in a NYC apartment = bait for cockroaches, flies, mice, etc etc etc... so keeping it in a sealed container in the fridge not only meant I would have some baking ingredients at the ready, but also that we could avoid welcoming any other critters into the apartment. (We already have a Brixton. We don't have space for 20 pound cockroaches. Thanks.)

{Incidentally, saving your juicer pulp in general is a great way to reduce waste from food prep! Toss it into sauces or smoothies for a little extra heft - your body will just work it out, but it can help with fullness - or use it in something like these homemade vegan dog treats.}

brixton cake cut side

I also know my propensity for eating entire batches of baked goods if they're in the house, and since this was a special little treat for Brix, I wanted to make something I wouldn't feel tempted to steal from him. Juicer pulp + flax meal, while nutritious, is pretty gross on its own. He loves it. I don't. It can sit in the fridge and I'm not tempted to eat it. It's all about changing your food environment one thing at a time. ;)

It's a simple recipe to put together.

Preheat the oven. 

Combine flax with hot water and allow it to gel. This functions like an egg would: it's a binder, and will hold the pulp together in a nice cakey way.

While my oven heated up, I left the peanut butter and coconut oil sitting on top so they'd melt enough to work with. A little spreadability will go a long way when it comes to assembling your cake.

Combine flax + juicer pulp, spread in a cake tray or loaf pan and bake for about 45 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. 

I removed ours about 30 minutes in and scored it into four equal quadrants to encourage the center to cook a little faster, and also to make slicing it a little simpler when it came out of the oven.

Once it's done, let your cake cool 15 minutes or so before slicing and turning out onto a cooling rack.

cake in pan

Layer it up, cake-boss style: cake - spread of peanut butter - cake - spread of peanut butter, etc. 

Brixtons Cake side

Combine your remaining peanut butter with the coconut oil to make your 'fondant' for the outside. It'll be nicely fluid to work with, but when the coconut oil cools, it'll harden and form a nice shell around the outside. 

brixtons cake top

I topped ours with little dog treats (we use peanut butter stars as training tools) and left it in the fridge until we were ready for a little celebration.
brixton cake whole

We've had the most awesome new neighbor move in next door, and she happens to have the sweetest little pup. Brixton has become good friends with Humphrey, who happened to be over for the afternoon on Brixton Height Appreciation Day. The two of them together are adorable... I think Humphrey is a good influence on Brixton. ;)

humphrey waiting

The boys enjoyed their goodies together - Brixton Height with an exuberance I've never seen from him before - and Humphrey with a little more reserved appreciation. He's a classy guy like that.

brix jump

serving cake

brixton mow 1

brixton mow 2

So! The takeaway: celebrate your canine family members. Healthy fats and veggie fiber is good for them whether or not they like meatier things.

brix look

What a hilarious thing to happen in the middle of Vegan MoFo - glad to have this platform to share! Is your dog of the veggie-loving persuasion? I'd love to see photos if you make this for your little one - feel free to share links below!

Take care! 

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peanut butter carrot cake (for pups)
... because dogs love veggies, too! A great use for leftover juicer pulp, this treat combines healthy fats and fiber for optimal doggie health.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
55 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
55 min
  1. 3 cups juicer pulp (ie. carrot, kale, celery)
  2. 2 tbsp flax + 1/2 cup water, gelled
  3. 1 cup peanut butter, warmed and divided
  4. 1 1/2 tbsp coconut oil, liquid
  5. Bake at 350F for 45-50min
  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. 2. Combine flax with water and let it gel for 10 minutes in a mixing bowl.
  3. 3. Add juicer pulp to flax mixture and stir to combine thoroughly.
  4. 4. Press into a loaf pan or cake tray and transfer to the oven. Bake for ~45 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. 5. Once cake is cooked, remove from the oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes before turning out onto a work surface.
  6. 6. Slice your cake into four equal pieces (I used a square pan and cut it into four smaller squares; use whatever shape you like).
  7. 7. Layer: cake - spread some peanut butter - cake - peanut butter, etc until all cake layers are stacked and held together with PB.
  8. 8. Combine remaining peanut butter with coconut oil and spread this - like fondant - around the outside and top of your cake.
  9. 9. Decorate as desired and transfer to the fridge to set.
  1. Serve to your pup in small slices so as to not overwhelm their tummy. This will keep in the fridge for up to a week.
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3 comments on “peanut butter carrot cake (for pups)!
  1. Kelly G. says:

    Cute puppies! I can only imagine the mess my dogs would make of cake. (They do get homemade biscuits and plenty of veggies, though.)

    • amyheight says:

      Those work, too! Veggies in any form are excellent (and if it cuts down on mess, even better.) ;) Ours likes to move his food into the living room — apparently things taste better on carpet? Definitely a little messy. ;)

  2. Cindy says:

    My Zeus just turned 1 year old last week and I searched for non grain dessert, I already knew he loved carrots and PB!
    I gave it a try and made double for his friend Brutus the Bully, they loved it galore! Thank you for this recipe!
    Is it alright to mention and post it on my website?

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