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How to Make Rachael Ray's Doggy Birthday Cake

Rachael Ray Recipe Dog Birthday Cake
Rachael Ray's homemade birthday cake for dog Isaboo
Courtesy Rachel Ray. Inset:Kristina Bumphrey/Startraks

02/16/2014 07:45PM

Looking for a special way to celebrate birthdays with your pet? Let them eat cake – courtesy of Rachael Ray!

The celeb chef created a scrumptious bacon and beef birthday cake for dog Isaboo's 9th birthday last week, and here's your chance to do the same for your favorite pups.

In addition to being taste-tested by Ray's team, the cake easily earned Isaboo's bark of approval. "Paws down, best cake ever!" she Tweeted, sharing a picture of the pit bull digging in.

Made with ground pork, roasted beets and cream cheese frosting, you might even be tempted to try a piece yourself!



Ingredients:
• 5 slices bacon
• 1 pound ground beef
• 1 pound ground pork
• 1 cup cooked barley
• 2 large carrots, peeled and grated
• ½ cup chopped parsley
• 1 egg
• Salt


For the frosting:
• 1 slice of roasted beet – from salad bar, or roasted yourself**
• Splash of water
• 8 ounces cream cheese

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
2. Place bacon onto a baking pan and cook for 12 minutes or until crispy. Remove and allow bacon to cool; once cool, crumble into tiny pieces.
3. In a large mixing bowl, combine remaining ingredients with half of the crumbled bacon. Form into a heart-shaped meat loaf and bake for 45 minutes.
4. For the frosting, combine the beet and water in a food processor and purée; add the cream cheese and process until mixture is pink and smooth.
5. Place frosting into a piping bag to personalize your message. Sprinkle the remaining bacon crumbles on top as you would sprinkles or jimmies.

**To roast your own beets, preheat the oven to 400ºF. Remove the tops and the roots of the beets and peel each one with a vegetable peeler. Cut beets in quarters. Place the cut beets on a baking sheet and toss with extra-virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast for 35 to 40 minutes.

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