Decadent Doggy Dessert

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Why make a gorgeous cake out of dog food?  Because I can.  And it’s fun.  And because I can.  Three really good reasons.  

April Fool’s Day is a great time to use my photography skills to trick you into thinking something could be delicious, and to trick my family as well.

Decadent Doggie Dessert for an April Fool's joke from

Moral of the story: Just because you see a beautiful picture of something on the internet doesn’t mean it will actually taste good.  You need one for your dog?  Or to trick your family with (it works!)?  Here’s how.

Decadent Doggy Dessert


1 can of Alpo
1/4 cup or so of peanut butter
food coloring (to turn the peanut butter chocolate)
2 doggie biscuits
chocolate-flavored syrup

You need a can of dog food…

Cut the dog food into 3 parts.
You need only 2 of the 3 for your dessert.

Take about 1/4 cup or so of peanut butter and a little
food coloring to make it brown. I used a bit of red and a bit of yellow.

Put a stack of the Alpo on your plate, add a layer of “frosting”.
Repeat for the top.
“Frost” the whole thing with a light layer and then put it into the freezer before you add the final layer of frosting.
This stuff falls apart a little too easily to frost.
Freezing it helps.

Add the last layer of “frosting”.
Top with a doggie biscuit.
Squirt some chocolate-flavored (not the real stuff if this is for your animal, you don’t want to make your dog sick) syrup on the plate all fancy-like.
Then top it all off with some crushed doggie biscuit.


Here’s a live shot of our dog thinking she has gone to heaven after my son didn’t like the cake so much (that was fun!).
She wasn’t about to question what possessed me to feed her anything but dog food.

Til Next time!

P.s. You didn’t miss my fake-out grilled cheese and tomato soup did you? Check it out here.

Nellie is the founder of NellieBellie, and takes basically every photograph you've ever seen on this site. She also runs our web design business, the Savvy Sites Administration.


  1. Tara@Tales of a Trophy WIfe

    March 31, 2012 at 6:56 am

    Your dog probably thought it was his b-day:)

    • Janel

      April 1, 2012 at 10:12 pm

      Oh she was in doggy heaven…that is for sure!!

  2. {Adventuresindinner}

    March 29, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Ok, I am going to be super wary if we ever hook-up for real. C:

    • Janel

      April 1, 2012 at 9:59 pm

      :) Only if I am carrying food. And I hope we meet sometime.

  3. Bliss

    March 29, 2012 at 10:30 am

    I just typed a bunch of ha ha’s and ah ha ha’s, then looked up and Gwen had the same thing as me so I will change to a plain *darn funny*.


    • Janel

      April 1, 2012 at 9:58 pm

      darn funny is pretty much what Gwen said. Just quicker. You are still awesome.

  4. Gwen

    March 29, 2012 at 6:29 am

    Holy crapoly….that’s hysterical! Did you actually serve it to him? hahahahahahahahahahaha….

    • Janel

      April 1, 2012 at 9:54 pm

      Heck yes!!! He only took a little bit of the peanut butter and realized something was up. That’s okay…it still made my day!

  5. cassie

    March 28, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    oh my gosh that is hilarious! charlie’s bday is coming up so i will save it for that. he ran away today- somehow our back gate was open… so he is not high on my favorite dog list (and i only have two dogs). luckily we drove around- me, emmy, and her playdate- and found him! the girls and i were shouting his name as we drove up and down streets. it was an awesome way to spend a playdate.

  6. Meg @ Nutmeg Place

    March 28, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    So fun. I’m sure your puppy was in heaven!

  7. Mindie

    March 28, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    And that looked really good at first, LOL.

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