Doggie Birthday Cake Recipe, Chaka and Some Very Opinionated Advice on Training a Puppy

Doggie Birthday Cake

It’s not the most attractive cake made from the Puppy Mold.
But your DOG will think it’s fantastic!

The main ingredients are liver and eggs, you can also add grated cheese.

Doggie Birthday Cake (Liver & Egg), made with ZANDA PANDA's Puppy Mold

Doggie Birthday Cake - This must be a Liver-Nose Rhodesian Ridgeback Cake 🙂

This cake is similar to my dog Chaka’s favorite treat.  I remember once when I was making a batch, I turned around to see him waiting patiently and expectantly behind me – next to a puddle of drool.  And I’d never seen him drool before.

Chaka’s favorite drool-inducing treat was actually crunchier than the cake recipe below.  I would cook the liver first, add eggs, cheese, wheat germ and a little flour, then spread it thinly on a cookie sheet and bake.

Chaka

This is a pic of Chaka, he was absolutely amazing and is absolutely irreplaceable.

Doggie Birthday Cake

You’ll need:

◊   About 1 lb of chicken liver
◊   Three eggs
◊   ½ Cup of oatmeal (plain and uncooked, not flavored or sweetened)
◊   About 1½ cups of flour (I used equal parts rice and wheat flour)
◊   Cheese (optional)

The texture of this doggie birthday cake really isn’t like cake at all.  It’s very dense and is more like a very soft dog biscuit.

Prepare Puppy mold by brushing the interior with melted vegetable shortening, then dusting with flour.  Place Puppy Mold on cookie sheet to bake and to use to transport to and from oven.

Rinse chicken livers and cut into halves or quarters.  Whisk the eggs and add to the liver.  Add oatmeal.  Add flour(s) about a half cup at a time until it forms a thick batter.

Pour into one spot on the mold, to minimize air bubbles.  Bake at 350 °F / 180 °C / Gas mark 4  for about an hour.  Cake is done when it pulls away from the sides of the mold and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Allow cake to cool, remove from mold and cut or break into bite-sized pieces.

Optionally:

You can also add cheese, grated or cut into small cubes.

A small amount of garlic could also be added.  Too much garlic is not healthy for dogs, but a tiny bit is considered OK.

A note on flour:

I used rice and wheat flours.  I made rice flour by just putting rice in a food processor and grinding to a powder.

Since the most common food allergies in dogs are a sensitivity to corn or wheat you could probably use all rice flour if you don’t know if your doggie party guests have allergies or not.

That’s it for the recipe, if you want to hang around for my blathering of my opinionated views on raising a puppy, grab a cup of tea/ coffee/cocoa and make yourself comfortable:

My Very Opinionated Views on Raising a Puppy

I cringe when I see people do the dominance thing with their puppy to show them who the leader of the pack is by rolling them onto their backs, grabbing their scruff and glaring at them.  I also hate to hear people barking loud commands at their dogs as if they’re deaf.

I have had incredibly smart dogs and cats since I was little.  I firmly believe that this was partly due to just talking to them –in a normal voice.  By naming things and using lots of short phrases they could remember, it allowed them to have a huge ‘vocabulary’.   Remember, you’re basically teaching them a foreign language (in a manner of speaking).   Also, when you talk in a normal, soft tone to your puppy, they not only have to pay close attention to what you’re saying, but a loud, sharp command from you will get instant attention.  These should be saved for dangerous situations.

The even bigger plus to this is that you become the wise, respected one and your dog will look to you to know how to react to any new situation -or will want you to ‘name’ things for him.  Chaka would look at me, then pointedly look at the object he was curious about and then look back to me for a response.  He’d also do this if something was abandoned on the coffee table and he wanted to eat it.  He’d actually come upstairs to get me to show me something that my daughter had left and then politely sit next to it, look at me, then it, then back, asking if he could have it.

All ridgebacks are NOT countersurfers – to teach this, I left a piece of bread enticingly on the coffee table when he was a puppy, watched carefully and made a big deal out of him not touching it, then gave him a much yummier treat for being such a good boy.

The bread lesson was pretty easy because he already knew not to chew things that weren’t his toys.  All this took was consistency for just a short while.  When he first came home as a curious puppy, and would go to chew something, I would just say quietly,” No touch, not yours” and then say in a more silly, playful voice “This is yours!” and hand him one of his toys while telling him what a good boy he was for chewing it – you’ll have to have a toy readily available in all the rooms your puppy will be in, or go find one with him.  It was only a week, two at the most when he’d come into a room and immediately pounce on one of his toys.  He never destroyed anything as a puppy – and ridgeback puppies can do a lot of damage, some have ‘eaten’ couches!

My two most important other pieces of advice:

  1. Make sure that adorable thing your puppy is doing now will still be acceptable to you when your dog is an adult.  Don’t allow it now unless you’ll be OK with it later.
  2. Once means always.  You can’t let them do something “just this once”.  Consistency is very important.

I have lots more opinionated, smarty-pants advice, like how to make your puppy ‘bulletproof’, so it can handle new situations without being stressed or panicked;  getting them hooked on praise so they will always want to please you, etc., but I think this post is long enough already 🙂

Here are two of my favorite pictures of Chaka and me:

Chaka and me on the Port Jeff Ferry

Chaka and me on the Port Jeff Ferry.  I think the loud ferry horn went off and startled us…or someone just told us a really good joke.

One of my favorite pics of Chaka and me

This is another favorite pic of me and Chaka.  The expression on his face tells me someone was walking our way with a dog or puppy.  He loved to meet other dogs and was always sweet and friendly.

What’s your favorite dog treat recipe?

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How to make Cute Dalamatian Puppy Cookies – Recipe

Dalmatian Puppy Cookies

These seem to be everyone’s favorite yummy thing made from the Puppy mold.
The recipe is also on the back of the Puppy Mold’s box.

Dalmatian Puppy Cookie made with ZANDA PANDA's Puppy Mold!

Dalmatian Puppy Cookie made with ZANDA PANDA's Puppy Mold!

 

 

DALMATIAN PUPPY COOKIES

No-spread cookie dough:

  • 6 cups flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 cups unsalted butter
  • 2 cups superfine sugar (not powdered)
  • 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 3 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 tsp. fine grain (table) salt
  • Red gel food coloring (optional)

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, vanilla and almond extracts. Mix well.

Mix dry ingredients together and add gradually to egg mixture. Mix until flour is completely incorporated. Chill for 1 to 2 hours.

Lightly dust Puppy Mold with flour. For one big, round cookie, roll cookie dough into a 9” circle, then press into the mold.

For individual Puppy Cookies, dust mold with flour and press dough into the puppy shape of the mold.

For best detail, bake right in the mold, but cookies can also be baked on a cookie sheet. Bake 7-12 minutes, depending on thickness, until edges are golden brown.

To make a Dalmatian Puppy Cookie: Paint melted chocolate directly into the mold for eyes, nose and spots. For a pink tongue, add a tiny bit of red gel food coloring (use a toothpick) to a small amount of dough, blend and press into the mold.  Then gently press cookie dough into just the puppy shape of the mold.   Bake at 350 degrees F for 8-12 minutes, depending on thickness.  Melted chocolate can also be painted on the cookie after baking, using a small artist’s brush.

Recipe adapted from: Capitts at BakeSpace


Next, I’d like to try making border collie puppy cookies using a little cocoa in half the cookie dough…

 


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Puppy Packaging

Puppy Packaging

Packaging for ZANDA PANDA's Puppy Mold

Packaging for ZANDA PANDA's Puppy Mold

Where does your Puppy Mold snuggle up while he’s waiting for you to bring him to his forever home?

A Nice Sturdy Doghouse?

Not exactly, but it’s easy to wrap as a gift.

You probably don’t think too much about packaging. I had been thinking of nothing else for a while.

We went through three packaging designs before coming up with this cutey. But it can stand on it’s own or hang from a peg, with adorable little doggies all around, begging with their cute little puppy eyes to be brought home to make yummy and fun stuff for you.

There’s lots of info and tasty recipes on the sides and back, too.  You’re going to have so many smiles and giggles coming your way, you won’t know what to do with them!

Although you may be risking cuteness overload, there’s lots more Puppy Mold info at the ZANDA PANDA website.


If you’d like to reserve your Puppy Mold,  just e-mail us at: info@zandapanda.com and mention the Puppy Mold in the subject line.

Also, when you join the ZP mailing list, we’ll happily send you a coupon code for a discount on your Puppy mold!

I ♥ Low Fat, Healthy Brownies

HEART-HEALTHY BROWNIES

Easy, Chocolaty & Guilt Free (Also Cute)!

I first tasted black bean brownies at a party after an Aikido seminar in Boston.  I thought they were fantastic; fudgy dense and chocolaty.  These will definitely appeal to kids and are easy to make with a little adult help with the food processor.

Ingredients for heart healthy, low fat brownies

♥ Ingredients for heart healthy, low fat brownies ♥

These brownies couldn’t be simpler to make.  All you actually need is a box of brownie mix and a can of black beans.   That’s it.   I added some optional ingredients in the big silly pink parenthesis.  I used a little strong, black coffee and a dash of cinnamon to give it a little more complexity – but I forgot to add a touch of vanilla to add a mellow note.  I also added a couple of teaspoons of cocoa powder to make it even more chocolaty.  For the truly adventurous, a dash of cayenne (I wasn’t that adventurous this time 🙂 )  And brownies aren’t brownies to me without walnuts.

ZANDA PANDA Puppy Mold prepared by brushing in melted vegetable shortening and dusting with cocoa powder.

ZANDA PANDA Puppy Mold, which was prepared by brushing in melted vegetable shortening and lightly dusting with cocoa powder. Ready for the low fat brownie batter!

Basic directions:  I prepared the Puppy mold by lightly brushing the interior with melted vegetable shortening (Crisco), then dusting with cocoa powder.  This helps to release baked goods and also gives their surface a smoother finish.

To make the batter, rinse a can of black beans in a colander, then put them back in the can and add water until it reaches the top of the can.  Purée beans and water in a food processor and don’t stop until it’s very smooth.  Add puréed beans to the brownie mix, pour into the pan and bake at 325 °F (177 °C) for 40 to 55 minutes.  Don’t overbake ;P

Better Brownie Batter in a ZANDA PANDA Puppy Mold

Better Brownie Batter in a ZANDA PANDA Puppy Mold

Puppy mold filled with brownie batter.  I studded half with walnuts, pressing them in slightly, but not enough to show on the decorative surface of the brownies.

Slightly overbaked but delicious low fat brownie made with ZANDA PANDA's Puppy Mold

Slightly overbaked but delicious low fat brownie made with ZANDA PANDA's Puppy Mold

I like my brownies on the fudgy side.  These came out a little more cake-y than I like them, because I overbaked them slightly.  I thought that the middle was unbaked when checking wih a toothpick.  I actually was hitting the melted chocolate chips.  Duh.  I don’t think the brownie would have cracked if I hadn’t overbaked it a little.  Also the walnuts made the surface flex because they weren’t completey ’embedded’ in the back of the brownie.

But it still tasted fantastic.  The best part is that it’s not only super simple to make, it’s also low fat, high fiber, guilt free and chocolaty!  And kids will actually like it!  All in all, very cute and VERY tasty!!!


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Puppy Bread – Healthy, Wholegrained, Cute and Yummy

PUPPY BREAD

(Made with birdseed!)

Healthy, Whole Grain Bread - Morphed into a Cute Puppy Shape (so kids will actually eat it)

Healthy, Whole Grain Bread - Morphed into a Cute Puppy Shape (so kids will actually eat it)

This recipe is from Cooks.com.  The only change I made was adding a handful of walnuts (although I think I might also add extra sunflower seeds in the next batch).

I was looking for a recipe for “Kilkenny Bread”, it was a wonderfully delicious bread that my mom used to buy at the Farmer’s Market in Syracuse, NY.  If anyone has a recipe PLEASE send it.  I think if this bread was a little sweeter and had a little cinnamon added it might be a close approximation.

The millet makes it nice and crunchy.  You can tell the kids it’s birdseed bread 🙂

 

OATMEAL SUNFLOWER MILLET BREAD

From COOKS.COM


2 1/4 c. water
5/8 c. safflower oil
1/2 c. honey
2 1/2 tbsp. yeast
6 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1 tbsp. salt
1/2 c. rolled oats
1/4 c. millet
1/4 c. sunflower seeds

Combine water, oil, honey. Stir in yeast and let rise to surface. Add 3 1/4 cups flour; let rest 20 minutes. Stir in salt, oats, millet and seeds. Add remaining flour. Knead 10 minutes. Return to bowl, oil crust. Cover and let rise until double. Knead 5 minutes. Shape into 2 loaves. Place in greased pans. Let rise until double. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Amount 2 loaves.

 

Puppy Bread Before & After. Made with ZANDA PANDA's Puppy Mold

Puppy Bread Before & After. Made with ZANDA PANDA's Puppy Mold

 

 

PUPPY MOLD NEWS!

We’re now taking reservations for Puppy Molds! There is no obligation when you reserve. We’ll notify you when they’re ready to ship and will hold your reservation for two weeks.

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Did I Mention Toffee?

TOFFEE!

Toffee made with ZANDA PANDA's Kaleidoscope Butterfly Mold

Toffee made with ZANDA PANDA's Kaleidoscope Butterfly Mold

I’m going to make toffee again soon, but next time I will make all of the scrollwork and flowers in chocolate as well.  The back is also coated with a thick layer of dark chocolate (of course!).  The technique I used for making the chocolate butterflies was the same as in the directions for a chocolate cake topper, (also Video Here) but the second layer was toffee instead of a contrasting color of chocolate.  I’ll make this again soon and include photos, a recipe and instructions.

It was incredibly delicious; crunchy at first, then meltingly buttery and chocolatey.  Very satisfying – but you you won’t be able to stop eating it!

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