This is Mr Panchito, our furry bundle of love. Yesterday he turned 12, a great milestone for most dogs but particularly special for him due to the expectation that he wouldn’t make it to this birthday. You see in the past couple of years we have seen our scruffy, scrappy, crazy energetic terrier mix begin to wind down and have some medical issues. So needless to say my husband and I feel very blessed that our little “boy” is still here with us. Yes we call him our little boy or even our little man. Much to our families disapproval we haven’t had children yet and so this little guy has taken the place of a child. I know I may be sounding a bit strange to some of you out there, but until you have a dog that has completely won you over it’s a bit hard to understand. We aren’t weirdos that treat or think our dog is a little human we just love him very much and he is a big part of our life. It has been us 3 for a very long time and it would be very hard for it to be any other way, even though we do realize that at some point it will be.
We try and like to spoil our puppy with special treats, privileges and foods when ever possible. One of his favorite meals is — wait I should actually say his all time favourite, going crazy jumping up and down dinners is KFC. That’s right Kentucky Fried Chicken! So it’s been a family tradition that on his birthday we walk him to the pet shop to pick out a new toy and some treats then we head over to KFC and buy him his bucket of fried chicken. Yep, the whole original recipe 6 piece bucket is just for him. OK he tries very hard to eat it all in one sitting but it ends up being a 2 day treat. This year being a milestone I wanted to do something extra for his birthday, so I baked him a cake too. So here it is the chicken bacon bit doggie cake with cream cheese bacon bit glaze. (Wow that’s a mouthful!) He also loves bacon so it was great to include these two ingredients.
(Makes one 14 cm X 4 cm or 5.5 in X 1.60 in )
1/2 cup or 80 grams all purpose white flour
1/8 cup or 20 grams whole wheat flour
1/8 cup or 15 grams rolled oats
1/3 cup or 125 grams Chicken and Veggies Baby food
3.5 ounces or 100 grams bacon
1 medium egg
1 tsp. baking powder
pinch chicken bouillon granules (optional)
greased baking dish
1. Preheat the oven to 392F or 200C and grease a small baking dish. Cook the bacon and place on top of paper towels do drain off excess fat. Once it’s cooled crumble into small pieces and set aside.
2. In a large bowl combine the dry ingredients and mix well, then a small handful of the bacon and again mix well. Try not to use too much of the bacon because you will need the rest for the glaze. Next add the baby food and egg and mix until well combined. Pour batter into the greased baking dish.
3. Bake for 25 minutes or until baked through, you can text the cake by inserting a toothpick in the center of the cake and it should come out dry. Remove and allow to cool completely. Once cooled you can prepare the glaze.
Cream Cheese Bacon Bit Glaze
50 grams cream cheese
pinch chicken bouillon granules
1 Tbs. milk
remaining bacon bits from above
1. In a bowl dissolve the bouillon granules in the milk. Then add the cream cheese and mix well until well combined. Spread the cream cheese mixture to cover the cake as you like. Then spread or sprinkle the bacon bits all over the cake or just on top. Feel free to be creative on how you use the bacon.
Serve the cake right away or place in the refrigerator.