For anyone who’s ever been a fur-parent or about to become one, you soon realise that your dog’s birthday party is one of the social highlights of the year. Seriously. Even the mere thought of spending an afternoon with like-minded doggy people, giggling over a posse of playful pups running around in party hats brings the inner child out in all of us.
But with any party, there’s organising to be done. People and pooches need to be invited, decorations have to be blown up, and of course you have to consider the pièce de résistance, the crowning glory of any pasty – your dog’s birthday cake.
A beautiful cake with your pooch’s name emblazoned on it not only makes his / her mouth water, but brings joy to your eye. For a temptous cake isn’t just a cake. It’s a memory, a moment captured forever that reminds you of what your fur-kid means to you.
With barkeries around the country cooking up dog-friendly and healthy creations, you can get your cake and let your dog eat it too. Here’s four barkeries that can customise a birthday cake, or a cake for any occasion, or for your furry friend.
SYDNEY – K9 CANDY
Striving to make cakes for dogs an enjoyable and healthy experience, along with old fashioned customer service to suit individual needs, the team at K9 Candy pride themselves on baking all their cakes with love.
Cake flavours include apple and cinnamon, and liver and carrot, but their bone-shaped peanut butter and banana cake package with doggie cornets and a gift is their most popular. Based in Revesby, cakes are available for pick-up, or can be delivered locally to Sydney areas.
MELBOURNE – THE MELBOURNE PAWTISSERIE
With happy customers all over Melbourne, The Melbourne Pawtisserie offer a ‘click and collect’ service from Balaclava, and bake your desired cake on the day of pick-up.
With cakes chock-full of veg, other ingredients include natural coconut oil and natural peanut butter. Even though the mini-heart shaped cakes are popular – the Melbourne Pawtisserie also caters for large crowds such as the Lort Smith 80th. The giant cake stand consisted of 80 cupcakes with a giant cupcake on top.
CANBERRA – PUPCAKE BAKERY
Our nation’s capital is home to the Pupcake Bakery – whose baked treats contain super foods which are an added benefit to your pooch’s health.
Cakes can be delivered, picked up at the baker’s home, or at various market sites (Saturday mornings at the Capital Region Farmers Markets or certain Sundays at Hartley Hall markets). The bakery is also catering for the up-coming ‘High Tea with Dogs’ at EPIC (Canberra) on July 30.
NEWCASTLE – GOURMET DOG BARKERY
The Gourmet Dog Barkery send cakes all over Australia, with the team sending cakes as close to the desired date as possible. Pick-up from the barkery is also available.
The favourite cake on offer here is the carob and peanut butter cake. The bakery also catered for a birthday party for the Newcastle Dog Lovers social group just a couple of weeks ago – with the party dog and all 13 guests having muttshakes/chicken puppachinos and birthday cake.
Photo credits : (1) ‘Dog eating cupcake’ courtesy of K9 Candy (2) ‘Tower of cakes’ courtesy of Erin King photography (3) ‘Happy birthday W and C’ courtesy of Pupcake Bakery (4) ‘Happy Birthday Phenix’ courtesy of The Gourmet Dog Barkery.