Happy Birthday, Amelia!

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Amelia is officially a year old. And in human years that translates to seven big ones. She’s basically a second grader. I’ve learned quite a bit from raising a three-month old corgi until now…

I’m no dog mama pro but here are a few things I’ve learned:

1. Corgis bark A LOT. Amelia grumbles at me when I tell her “no.” She talks back. She has attitude. She can be a jerk sometimes. We get in a lot of mother/daughter arguments. I honestly had no idea that you could argue with a dog until she came into my life.

2. There’s nothing worse for a dog than being left alone. This is their worst nightmare. This is torture. They’re the clingiest, neediest friends you could ever have. Their desperation is borderline embarrassing. And yet their neediness is what I love the most. Does this make me a sad person?

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3. Dogs are kind of expensive. They don’t tell you this but between chew toys and dog beds and blankets and food…dogs are pricey. You also have to factor in the cast of the brand new shoes they’ll ruin. Their destruction is heartless.

4. Dogs can sense when you’re upset. This might be a lil’ hippie of me, but I when I’m upset or crying, Amelia can sense it. She usually comes and sniffs my face and then sits next to me. She knows me.

And it makes me feel all fuzzy inside to know that she cares. She’s kind of like one of my best friendz.

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5. Dogs hate wearing costumes/hats/t-shirts/cones. I’m not the type to torture Amelia on a daily basis and put sneakers on her (yes, people do this in LA), have her wear dresses, etc. (plus she’s a tomboy, guys!), but the few times I’ve put clothes on her SHE HATES IT. This is torture!

Please don’t do this to your dog. I know you need to for like 15 minutes every now and then. And Halloween is a big exception because it’s funny, but don’t make it a regular thing. Dogs hate this. Let them have their dignitity! And plus, they get hot easily.

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6. Girl dogs aren’t lady-like. I thought having a girl dog would be a walk in the park. No marking, no humping, etc., but Amelia is very far from being lady-like. When she eats she gets all excited and frisky, runs around the house like a lunatic and then comes up to my face to say hi and then…BURPS! I own a dog that burps.

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Thanks Amelia for forcing me to go outside to go on walks. Thanks for always starting the day with kisses and grumbles and steps on my head. Thanks for being the lovable creature I signed up for.

And thanks for having super short legs–they make me laugh at least once a day.

Homemade Dog Birthday Cake / www.acozykitchen.com

Dog Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Print this recipe!

Cake:
2 cups garbanzo flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup almond butter
2 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 large eggs
1/2 cup water

Frosting:
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
2 tablespoon honey

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. I used this silicone bone mold from Amazon and didn’t bother greasing it. Alternatively, you can use a 7-inch round cake pan; but it’d advise buttering it and then coating it in flour.

2. In a large bowl, mix together the garbanzo flour and baking soda. Add the shredded carrots, almond butter, honey, olive oil, eggs and water.

3. Spoon the batter into the cake pan and smooth out the top with the back of a spoon. Transfer to the oven to bake for 25-30 minutes, and until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Turn the cake out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

4. To make the frosting, add the cream cheese and honey to a medium bowl. Using a hand-mixer, whisk the two together until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.

5. Spoon the frosting onto the cake’s top and smooth it out using a butter knife or offset spatula. Happy Birthday!

Makes one 7-inch cake

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TnT October 18, 2013 at 12:46 am

Happy birthday, Amelia! :)
My dog turned 11 last week. It was just the second birthday we have been celebrating
together (she is a rescued dog) with no cake (problem with food realted allergies) but a lot of toys.

How long did it take Amelia to finish the cake? :)

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Adrianna Adarme October 18, 2013 at 8:14 am

This cake might be good for her! No grains. I’d just leave out the frosting if she’s lactose-intolerant. :) Oh and I didn’t give it all to her. I just gave her a slice.

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Sarah | The Sugar Hit October 18, 2013 at 2:05 am

I officially love you dog, my dog, and every dog. DOGS ARE THE BEST! Happy Birthday, Amelia!

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Loretta October 18, 2013 at 2:24 am

No love like a dogs love!!!
Happy birthday…

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Laura October 18, 2013 at 3:25 am

I love this post. As I write it pomeranian 1 is sitting on my knee and pom 2 is standing on my chest waiting for me to pet him. They sure make you happy!

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Adrianna Adarme October 18, 2013 at 8:15 am

I love poms. Amelia will literally get all rough and tumble-like with pit bulls but she doesn’t mess with poms.

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Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe October 18, 2013 at 3:54 am

Ahah, I totally agree with everything you said, especially points 1 and 6! I’m the proud mom of a yorkshire girl and yes, she barks a lot and argues with me and, super duper yes, most of the time she’s definitely not lady-like! But I LOVE her to the moon and back and I couldn’t think of my life without her!
Can’t wait to make her this cake, just to thank her for being such a perfect dog-daughter!

xo, Elisa

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Belinda @themoonblushbaker October 18, 2013 at 4:17 am

Yes, the smallest toy dogs are more often the big nosiy dogs in the park. I can speak from experience with my dog (she is a Chihuahua) She barks, she panics and she got a hell of an attitude. Still we love them for it! (like odd ball best friend)
Happy birthday to your sweet dog!

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Marygrace Taylor October 18, 2013 at 5:21 am

My Jack Russel-Miniature Pinscher mix, Charlie, is also totally un-ladylike (occasional humping, trying to eat dead things outside, the list goes on…). Still, she’s still totally a girl to me, and a sweet one at that. Happy Birthday, Amelia!

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Ali @ Inspiralized October 18, 2013 at 6:07 am

Hahaha Amelia’s face is so precious. I love her! and this blog :)

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Amy @ Elephant Eats October 18, 2013 at 6:45 am

Hahah, I love this post! It made me smile so much. You sound like a such a good dog mama :)

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Robyn October 18, 2013 at 7:45 am

Very cute!

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joanna October 18, 2013 at 7:51 am

YAY amelia!!!!! xoxoxox from jojo and noodle (and georgette, maybe)

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Adrianna Adarme October 18, 2013 at 8:15 am

Hahaha…”and georgette, maybe.”

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Erin/babesinthriftland October 18, 2013 at 7:54 am

Happy birthday Amelia! You are pretty darn cute!

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Sophie @ dinnersforwinners October 18, 2013 at 8:40 am

What a sweet post for Amelia! Dogs are such wonderful pets/friends! My little guy burps at me sometimes, too. It’s so gross. But also it makes me laugh! I heard a word once for what happens when dogs suddenly want to run around the house as fast as possible — the zoomies. Accurate description.

Happy birthday little pup! What a great cake! Love that mold.

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Heather Joy October 18, 2013 at 9:12 am

My Lola is not very ladylike either; she snores loudly, burps a lot, and farts so loud she scares herself. This all comes from a ten pound, dainty-looking mini American Eskimo. She has also rolled in plenty of poo and other equally gross smelling stuff. I like to think it adds to her charm and personality.

Happy Birthday to your little lady! I bet she loved the cake, and I can’t wait to break out this recipe for Lola’s next birthday.

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cindy October 18, 2013 at 9:13 am

Even though both of my dogs are totally gross, weirdos I love them…and dog burps are totally a thing…as are other unspeakable gaseous emissions. I say “OMG you are the most ridiculous animal I have ever known…” at least once a day, followed by a face squeezing hug.

You are the best dog mom…I mean, a PUP CAKE! I always just give them like a piece of cheese or a nubbin of hot dog and a handful of popcorn on their birthdays. They freak out for popcorn.

Happy Birthday, Amelia from Cindy, Jezebel, and Luxe!!

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Lisa October 18, 2013 at 10:10 am

My beagle/basset Teddy loves wearing clothing. He’ll be excited even if you’re just tying a bandana around his neck and sad if you try and take his clothing back off. Not much fits him well though since his neck/chest is so broad. His short legs make me laugh too :)

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Laura (Tutti Dolci) October 18, 2013 at 10:44 am

I have wanted a corgi my whole life and Amelia is the cutest. Happiest of birthdays to her!

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Kitty Quintana October 18, 2013 at 10:48 am

Feliz Cuempleaños Amelia Linda! You have a special mami!:)

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Cindysoo October 18, 2013 at 10:49 am

Happy Birthday Amelia!!

My 7 year old Jack Russell also has embarrassing manners. She yawns and sneezes in my face. I swear she does it on purpose! LOL

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Magda October 18, 2013 at 10:51 am

Happy birthday to your sweet little baby dog :)
She’s so cute and I love your cake. Very inventive.

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Sharon October 18, 2013 at 10:55 am

Amelia is a really really lucky dog to have you being her mom! Look at her face staring at the cake, sooooo cute! She must have eaten it dedicatedly. Happy birthday Amelia!!!!

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Sonia October 18, 2013 at 10:56 am

A sweet love letter to your dog. It’s so kind and so caring. Speaks volumes about you and your dog! Thanks for the great post.

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Billy October 18, 2013 at 11:00 am

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMELIA!! I guess I need to make this for Mose next year for his birthday. I love his strangeness too.

Also I hope you ate some.

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michelle October 18, 2013 at 11:14 am

love all the way from singapore from michelle and jingle!!! i agree with you totally and i love my dog too.

u never know how much you can love a dog till you have one.

happy birthday! many more to come.

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Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking October 18, 2013 at 11:40 am

Happy birthday Amelia! I loved this post. I feel like your dog and my pug both have small dog syndrome, where they think they are a big dog and want nothing to do with other small dogs. My guy’s birthday was this week too. I have been looking for something to make for him!!! He loves carrots so I know he will devour this. Also, my vet told me that the first year only counts as one year and then every year after that counts as an additional seven. So your little lady will be a little young pup for a little longer! Unless my vet is full of BS haha.

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Rebecca October 18, 2013 at 12:01 pm

So super cute, I really have to start baking some dog-treats, too for our neighbors` dog :)

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Abby October 18, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Happy Birthday, Amelia! We make carrot cake for our dogs birthdays too. And also just let them eat a piece. Then we eat the rest. :)

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Beth @ bethcakes October 18, 2013 at 12:15 pm

This is the cutest thing! And so well written. I love all of it. :)

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Michelle October 18, 2013 at 2:18 pm

A sweet cake for a sweet dog, quirks and all. Boy do they have them!

My blue heeler loves loves loves to wear clothes, but preferably nothing on her head. It is the weirdest thing. She struts around in her rain jacket, loves her Christmas sweater, and rocked a party hat like a champ.

Being a dog mom is the best.

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Cindy October 18, 2013 at 3:43 pm

I share Amelia’s bday. Today is my birthday too! I totally echo your sentiments about owning a dog. We have the exact same type of arguments , he never wants to leave me., which gets annoying but I totally love him to death. I lol’d while reading this, thank you!

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Nancy @ gottagetbaked October 18, 2013 at 4:20 pm

Happy birthday to Amelia! Before getting my lil Abby back in January, I had no idea how much love I could feel for a dog. It’s amazing. They’re amazing. So crazy, ridiculous, infuriating but every single moment is worth it. My pup is turning one in November and I’m throwing her a party (naturally). I’m definitely going to make this cake. Thanks for sharing! I hope Amelia enjoyed every delicious bite.

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Christine October 19, 2013 at 1:25 am

Happy B-day Amelia from Blue (Pembroke Corgi/rescue) and me!! Love Corgis to pieces. Sadly he won’t be with me for many more months due to DM (degenerative myelopathy) so please love Amelia a whole heck of a lot for me!

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Chrisan October 19, 2013 at 6:48 am

Aw! I love this cake idea! I totally understand #4. Sometimes I’m down and Jager (8 years old and a smart mutt) will come right up to me. It’s weird, but they really can sense your moods!

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Elana October 19, 2013 at 7:03 pm

I’m reading this and thinking:

1. I really want to make a cake for my dog (that I can secretly also eat)
2. I never talked about poop as much as I do now that I own a dog. When she farts and it scares her and she jumps around looking for the culprit my day IS MADE.

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Pixie October 20, 2013 at 1:45 pm

This is adorable! Happy Birthday Amelia! I love hearing about her ^-^ I had a little toy poodle, Sally, who I loved to bits. She was the exception to the clothes-rule – She loved it! Every time I put a jumper on her she looked all happy and jumped around flaunting it. My main reason for them is she was old, and got cold easily. But she loved them too ^-^ (Okay.. so the reindeer costume was totally for me.. but I like to think she enjoyed being Prancer for the day..)

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marlene franco October 20, 2013 at 9:06 pm

omg adrianna! this is awesome! love love love this. i grew up having dogs all my life and in my family we used to celebrate dog birthdays with piñatas and all the bells and whistles (yes! it was hilaaarious!). your post reminded me of those days and i so wish i had a dog here in LA! :) feliz cumpleaños to pretty lil’ amelia!

xo,

m.

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dervla October 21, 2013 at 8:18 pm

aww happy birthday Amelia!! I hope i meet you in person/dog some day!

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Catherine October 22, 2013 at 6:05 pm

I made the mistake of shaving my dog (per my mother’s request) and then it turned cold a week later. I have her in doggie sweaters, she shivers without them. When I offer her a sweater, she sticks in her head. If your dog doesn’t need clothes, it will shun them, if you live somewhere cold, they will jump inside those same clothes when offered. I totally get what you are saying tho. If Texas didn’t get cold in the winter my dog would own no clothes.

Also, despite being small/cute/female/dressed in pink my little Winnie totally burps in my face too. Lol! It was surprising to me after having cats who are naturally more proper. :)

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Kasey October 31, 2013 at 3:41 pm

This is so cute. Last night, my kid peed on me, so you know…you learn these things!

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Michelle November 7, 2013 at 5:55 pm

My pitbull, Scrappy, will turn two on November 14th. Although I have seen dog cake recipes in the past, I apparently didn’t pin any. Yours is adorable; but after searching on Ebay and Walmart so far – I’m a little shocked at what garbanzo flour costs! I haven’t called the local Walmart to see if they carry it in individual packages, but haven’t ever noticed it when shopping in the past. I’m curious, where do you get yours; and do you use it for other things besides dog birthday cakes? I’m guessing yes.

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Adrianna Adarme November 7, 2013 at 8:54 pm

I bought my garbanzo bean flour at Whole Foods and it was only $3. I actually use it sometimes for other dog treats as well as French soccas. It’s a small bag, though so not an enormous commitment!

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Janice November 26, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Hi there!

Did you double the recipe to get the cake shown in your picture?

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Adrianna Adarme November 26, 2013 at 11:22 pm

I did not. The cake you see is reflective of the recipe.

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Samantha December 5, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Came up on this recipe while searching for a dog cake recipe for my corgi who is about to be a year old. Love that you have a corgi (mine’s also a burping GIRL) and love this recipe! Thank you!

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Adrianna Adarme December 5, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Whaaaat! You have a year old burping girl corgi too!! That’s crazy awesome!

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Greta December 26, 2013 at 8:14 pm

Stepping on heads in the morning must be a girl corgi thing. Mine does it to say, “wake up momma, I’m bored”! She is not ladylike at all either. Thanks for the recipe, I love to spoil my baby haha.

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