Rachael Ray's homemade birthday cake for dog Isaboo
Courtesy Rachel Ray. Inset:Kristina Bumphrey/Startraks
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!
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
SaltFor the frosting:
1 slice of roasted beet – from salad bar, or roasted yourself**
Splash of water
8 ounces cream cheese
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.