Can Dogs Eat Cake?

If you’re on social media, you’ve likely run across one of those adorable “dog birthday” posts. They’ve got the cute birthday hat on, their loved ones surround them, and of course, they’re sitting right in front of a birthday cake (with or without the candle). Is it safe for dogs to eat cake, though?

While a very small bite of cake likely won’t be detrimental to your hound, it’s best to keep them away from cakes that aren’t specifically made for dogs. This is especially true of cakes that contain toxic ingredients to canines, such as chocolate, raisins, and macadamia nuts.

Hello, there! My name is Michelle, and I’m a baker. I recently wrote a post on whether or not cats can eat cake. Naturally, I had to create a post for dog lovers who wonder whether their furry best friend can enjoy some cake at their next birthday bash.

Want to know if your dog can munch on some yummy cake? Find the facts below!

Can Dogs Eat Cake? The Truth

Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty: as long as the cake does not contain toxic ingredients, it’s “safe” for your dog to have a very small bite of regular cake.

However, it’s not recommended

As the old saying goes, “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.” And this quote couldn’t be more accurate for dogs eating a cake made for humans.

Why Dogs Shouldn’t Eat Cake

It’s true that a tiny sliver of cake likely won’t hurt your precious pup. But that doesn’t mean you should serve them some cake on a plate.

There are many reasons why you should avoid giving your dog cake altogether.

1. Cake is High in Sugar

Humans firmly believe in “everything in moderation.” And let’s be honest; we just have to satisfy our sweet tooths now and then, especially if it comes to a holiday or birthday party.

Dogs, on the other hand? Well, they don’t really have a sweet tooth, and they should not be ingesting any quantity of sugar

Dogs have trouble digesting sugar. In the short term, they may end up with a bellyache and nausea. Too much sugar in your dog’s diet, though, can lead to a slew of problems, from blood pressure issues to diabetes.

While they likely won’t end up with any problems from a single bite of cake, is it really worth the risk? I certainly don’t think so!

2. Cake Can Also Be High in Artificial Sweeteners

Some people might think it’s OK to feed their dog a cake made with artificial sweeteners, thinking it’s a “healthier” option. While this low-fat and sugar-free option may be OK for humans, it’s unsafe for your pooch.

Most artificial sweeteners contain an ingredient called Xylitol. Again, this ingredient is OK for humans to consume but has very adverse side effects for hounds. 

A dog that ingests Xylitol runs the risk of developing hypoglycemia, which can turn into more severe issues such as liver failure and blood clot disorders.

3. Cake is High in Calories

When you think of cake, you think of a fluffy, moist, baked good slathered with immensely sweet frosting. Both of these things are delicious; there’s no denying that. However, they’re also high in calories – your dog doesn’t need the added cals in their daily diet.

When it comes to feeding your dog, you have to be pretty peculiar. They need a specific diet and the right amount of calories to stay healthy and fit. If your dog consumes too many calories, it can end up gaining weight rapidly, causing other short-term and long-term complications.

4. It’s Also High in Fat

It’s true that fat is a vital nutrient in your dog’s diet, making up 25% of the daily intake. However, these fats should come from good sources, like fish oils and certain animals – not the saturated fat in cake and other baked goods. 

Excess fat consumption can lead to a number of health problems for your pooch. That’s because dogs are unable to process large quantities of fat. If served too much harmful fats, they can end up with an upset stomach, bloating, heart disease, and pancreatitis.

5. It Can Be Toxic

Most people are aware that chocolate is harmful to dogs (sorry, doggies!). Ingesting chocolate can be fatal, especially if the hound doesn’t get help immediately. Other symptoms of chocolate toxicity can be vomiting, diarrhea, high blood pressure, and tremors. 

Chocolate isn’t the only thing to worry about, though.

Two other ingredients may be found in your cake that are detrimental to your canine’s health: raisins and macadamia nuts.

Raisins and macadamia nuts are toxic to dogs and should not be ingested. So, if your dog contains raisins, macadamia nuts, or chocolate, avoid serving even the tiniest piece to your pooch. You don’t want to spend your night in the veterinarian’s office with a sick best friend!

Dog-Safe Cake Options

I know, I know – you want to surprise your furry best friend with a cake for their birthday. I get it! Luckily, you have two options to make your hound’s birthday the best yet!

1. Purchase Dog-Friendly Cake

Many dog-friendly cakes are available for purchase, including this Puppy Cake Dog Birthday Cake Kit. These store-bought options are designed with dog-friendly ingredients, so you can feel 100% confident serving this special treat to your beloved pet.

2. Make Your Own Doggy Birthday Cake

Some people prefer to pour their heart and soul into everything they bake, so they’ll want to go the homemade route. There are endless recipes online, such as this yummy PB cake and this delicious pumpkin cake


Unfortunately, dogs should stay away from cakes made for humans. Thankfully, you can surprise your furry pal with a homemade or store-bought dog-friendly cake. Oh, and before you go, check out these frequently asked questions. Let’s learn a little more!

What happens if my dog eats a cake?

A tiny bite of cake that doesn’t contain any toxic ingredients likely won’t harm your dog, but larger servings can lead to indigestion and further health complications. It’s best to avoid giving your dog cake made for humans. Buy or make a dog-friendly cake instead.

Can dogs eat vanilla cake?

Dogs can technically consume a tiny amount of vanilla cake, as it’s not “toxic.” However, it’s high in sugar, fat, and calories, which your dog doesn’t need. It’s best to avoid serving your dog any type of cake or buy or make a dog-friendly cake.

Can dogs eat ice cream?

Like cake, dogs should avoid eating ice cream, especially in large quantities. Most dogs don’t ingest dairy products well, not to mention that ice cream is high in sugar, fat, and calories and may contain toxic ingredients that are detrimental to your hound’s well-being.

When it Comes to Cake for Your Pooch, Opt for Dog-Friendly Options!

Although sharing your birthday cake with your furry friend might be tempting, it’s best to avoid giving your dog a bite. Although a tiny taste likely won’t do any harm, you run the risk of giving your canine a bellyache and further complications. If you want to celebrate, choose a store-bought or homemade dog cake!

Do you make cakes for your dog? Do you have anything to add?

About Michelle
I have been a lover of sweets since day one. This led me on a self-taught baking journey starting at the age of 13. It's been over 10 years since the start of my baking adventures, and I’ve learned a lot along the way. Now, people rave about my delectable treats, whether it’s a chocolate cake or a strawberry crepe.

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