birthday girl.

by Janetha on August 19, 2011

in dogs,recipes

please excuse the SUUUUPER late post! i have been running around like a maniac trying to pack, work out, shower, all that kind of stuff– I was short on time because we were busy celebrating someone’s birthday!!!!


that’s right, today is miss penelope jane’s third birthday! she was born on 8-18-8, you know i am into that number sequence.


marshall gave her a raw egg on her dog food this morning in honor of her special day—i know you are jealous. he will probably put a raw egg on your breakfast, too, if you ask nicely.

i had to work all day, but i immediately got to work on penny’s birthday cake when i got home.

i made up a banana cake that is dog friendly.


  • 2 overripe mashed bananas
  • 2 eggs slightly beaten
  • 1//3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tsp baking power
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • ~1/4 cup water to thin the batter

i simply mixed the above ingredients in a bowl, one at a time, mixing thoroughly after adding each one.

i poured the batter into a cast iron skillet and baked at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

voila! dog cake!


no cake is complete without frosting, and penny’s favorite is peanut butter. (let’s face it, every dog loves peanut butter.)

we were all out of peanut butter.



don’t worry. i had peanuts. i love my penny bean, so i whipped up a batch of peanut butter so i could frost her cake.

“pheeeeew! what a relief.”




randy had a really hard time waiting for the cake. he wouldn’t take his eyes off of it!


we made him wait, though, because we had to sing to the birthday girl.


hope she made a good wish!

randy watched closely as marshall served up the slices.


let them eat cake!


this was a celebration, so they got seconds to share. you only turn three once!



happy birthday, penny bean. we love you.

well, i am heading to the airport in about 45 minutes! i am going to eat something and then spend the next eight hours traveling to philly. i have a layover in atlanta. i have never been to that side of the country, so this should be an adventure! i have also never taken a red eye so that should be an adventure, too, but not in a good way.  hope i am not too delirious tomorrow.

i have some stuff lined up to post while i am gone, and i will mayyyybe blog from philly. no promises. thanks to everyone who told me what i should do and where i should eat.

if you are going to the summit this weekend, please come say hi if you see me! and to everyone else, adios for now!

xo. janetha g.

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Dawn (HealthySDLiving) August 19, 2011 at 12:56 am

Happy Birthday to penelope jane!

Have a safe flight!!!

Chelsey @ Chew with Your Mouth Open August 19, 2011 at 1:06 am

I love this idea! I am totally making this for my pups on their birthdays. I make them cookies a lot, but never a cake! How exciting! Btw, your pooches are adorable!

AShley August 19, 2011 at 1:09 am

Cuuuute photos!! Wow…a dog birthday cake…fancy!! I would like a slice. :) Have fun + safe travels!

momma b. August 19, 2011 at 1:09 am

Happy 3rd to you Penny girl!! Your cake looks delicious and I can tell by the look on your face you loved it a lot – and thanks for sharing so much with Randy – you both are the cutest ever!!

P.S. Neef, have fun and be careful – love you to the moon!! Good luck too :)


Kristina @ spabettie August 19, 2011 at 1:10 am

SWEET PENNY ! they both look SO sweet. the no peanut butter face is priceless.

Jessiker August 19, 2011 at 1:38 am

Haha. You already used the cast iron skillet x x x

Carla in Sydney August 19, 2011 at 1:41 am

Oh…they are so adorable!!! This post really brightened up a crappy work day for me! Dogs just really know how to make you smile. Happy bday Penny!

lynn @ the actor's diet August 19, 2011 at 1:45 am

aw you are such a good mommy!!!

have phun in philly!!!

Kristin @ STUFT Mama August 19, 2011 at 2:03 am

Have so much fun on your trip! LOVE that you made a doggie birthday cake! Really impressive that you got this post up before your big trip (and after the birthday party). :)

Elaine August 19, 2011 at 2:16 am

That is so sweet! Happy birthday Penelope :) Your doggies definitely know they are loved! Have a fun weekend!

Eden August 19, 2011 at 2:51 am

i’m so jealous of penny bean!
love you. have a safe flight. call/text if people are meant to you ;)

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga August 19, 2011 at 5:32 am

Have a blast at the HLS!!

And I am jealz of your doggie cake. And that frosting!!

No one ever remembers it’s my bday anymore. I never get gifts or cake. Seriously your dogs have it GOOD!! I am jealz!!! :)

Your baking skills rock!

Oh and that camera lens I mentioned and you were like nevermind re the price. Ok it is to lenses what Vitamixes are to blenders. You cant imagine your life without it once you have it and so worth it. Just sayin :)

CJ @ August 19, 2011 at 6:13 am

Every human loves peanut butter too :-) atleast this one does! Happy birthday Penelope!!! Have a safe flight :-)

Naomi(onefitfoodie) August 19, 2011 at 6:22 am

you and marshall are the best parents ever!!!! oh my gosh! whipping up homemade pb and making a banana cake?!?! can I come over lol that looks so human friendly too!!! i want a slice! :) happy birthday to penny! she is the cutest lil thing everrrr! I am sure she fully enjoyed the cake!! and Randy too! Have the best time at HLS! i cannot wait to see pics and hear all about it!!!

lindsay August 19, 2011 at 6:45 am

Happy birthday little P. So stinkin cute! and have a blast at HLM!

Erica August 19, 2011 at 6:46 am

Happpy birthday again to penny-love that you made a cake. The picture of randy starring at the cake is hilarious!!! Have fun at hls

Allison August 19, 2011 at 7:07 am

Adorable post! We used to make dog-friendly cakes for our puppy on her birthday too :) I’m hoping to get my first puppy of my own in the next few months- I’ll have to try PB frosting!

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey August 19, 2011 at 7:21 am

Aww happy birthday to your pup! :)

Hope August 19, 2011 at 7:41 am

Happy Birthday to Penny! I love that you made her a cake! So cute! :) Have a safe flight!

SweatyGirl August 19, 2011 at 7:54 am

This post made me so ridiculously happy!
They are so dang cute! And.. please tell me you tasted that cake, because I might be a human, but it sounds and looks seriously delicious.
Next time, I suggest decorating it with bacon sprinkles! :-)

Pure2raw twins August 19, 2011 at 8:04 am

too cute! now I really want a dog so I can make them cake :) Happy Birthday to Penny!! And have fun at the HLS! wish we could have gone, as I would love to meet you. one day :)


Heather (Heather's Dish) August 19, 2011 at 8:06 am

aw, i wish i was going to be there! so glad miss penelope had a happy birthday :) i’m totally stealing your cake idea for my pups when they have their birthdays from now on!

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List August 19, 2011 at 8:20 am

Wow! I’m impressed! I certainly wouldn’t have made homemade p. butter for my kids if we were out! You’re a super mom :)

Jessica August 19, 2011 at 8:21 am

Penny is sooooo adorable! What type of breed is she?

brandi August 19, 2011 at 8:54 am

i love that you bake them cakes :)

hope you have safe travels and a good time! sad I’m not going, but i’ll keep up with everyone’s posts!

PBJenny August 19, 2011 at 8:58 am

what a good (and innovative!!) mama. Happy Birthday to the little angel :)!! <3

sarah (sarah learns) August 19, 2011 at 9:03 am

you seriously have the cutest dogs in the world (in addition to my baby capone!). i want to steal both penny & randy. i also love the her name is penelope jane! :)

Tiffany August 19, 2011 at 9:08 am

Hope you have fun on the east coast! It’s alright over here but I prefer the west coast better and hope to be making my way out there.

Penny’s face when you’re presenting the cake to her is priceless. I will have to make this for Sir Linx Alot come December.

Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy and Healthy August 19, 2011 at 9:19 am

happy birthday Penny!
I am so making that cake for Hendrix. He sweats banana & pb.
But then again, he’s a dog so…

Deanna August 19, 2011 at 9:30 am

I love this post! I would have never thought to make my dog a cake for his birthday. I’m going to have to for his 6th (eek!) Your dogs are adorable :)

Kelly August 19, 2011 at 9:47 am

So cute and great pictures! You can almost hear them saying mmmmmmm.

Christa August 19, 2011 at 10:30 am

Such a great idea!! I’d love to make this for my Roscoe when his birthday (adoption day) rolls around in March. One question though…how do your pups react to the ingredients? Ross has a pretty volatile tummy and doesnt do well with changes in his diet. I want to make him his very own birthday cake, but dont want to run the risk of having to quarantine him for days afterward to make sure my house doesnt end up with a huge puppy mess. Thanks!!!
Love your blog by the way…I found it when Rachel Wilkerson posted about the Great Fundraiser, and now I read it daily :)

Mary (A Merry Life) August 19, 2011 at 10:47 am

Aw, yay! Happy birthday Penny!

I love Randy’s looks in all the photos. He cracks me up.

Have fun in Philly!

Lara August 19, 2011 at 10:51 am

Happy Birthday, Penny! Man, I’m a bad dog mom. I bought a cake from the doggie bakery for Lulu’s first birthday. Now I’m inspired to do a better job next year ;)
Hope you have a great time in Philly!

Lauren @ Recipes for a Quarterlife August 19, 2011 at 11:05 am

Awww! What a great dog mom you are! Whipping up a fresh batch of peanut butter! Their precious faces made me tear up… so sweet. Puppy eyes go straight to my heart :) Happy birthday Penny!! Here’s to many many years of belly rubs, chew toys, and puppy naps.

Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats August 19, 2011 at 11:09 am

You are an awesome dog mama! :) That cake was definitely full of love! I hope you have a great time at HLS!

Susan August 19, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Those photos!! I die!!!

Welcome to the best coast. Muhaha ;)

Sara @my less serious life August 19, 2011 at 1:01 pm

You are a better dog mommy than me! My pup turns 4 on Sunday and I seriously doubt I will take so much effort – what a lucky pup you have!

Christin August 19, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Aw, that is so adorable! Happy Birthday to Miss Penelope Jane!

Eleah August 19, 2011 at 1:48 pm

They look so happy! Adorable.

Holly August 20, 2011 at 11:38 am

Happy Birthday cutie Penny :D
I was showing this whole post to Craig because I am in L.O.V.E with each of your photos. You have such an eye for the PERFECT photo! Love them & love your ‘kids.’ :)

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