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Puppy Birthday Cake

Total Time

Prep: 5 hours Bake: 20 min. + cooling


24 servings

I made this cute pooch from crispy rice cereal, and his doghouse from graham crackers. Our son's face lit up when I presented the finished cake at his second birthday party. —Elizabeth Isch, Gridley, Kansas
Puppy Birthday Cake Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • Patterns Below
  • Heavy-duty cardboard
  • Tacky (craft) glue
  • 2 packages white cake mix (regular size)
  • DOG:
  • 1 package (10 ounces) miniature marshmallows
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 6 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1-1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 6 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup meringue powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 9 whole graham crackers
  • 12 whole chocolate graham crackers
  • 1 can (16 ounces) cream cheese frosting
  • 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • Green food coloring
  • Assorted candies such as licorice, M&M's, Starburst and Tootsie Rolls
  • Assorted cookies, crackers and/or pretzels


  1. Trace patterns onto cardboard; cut out. Apply glue along base and one side of front of house and the adjoining side wall. Place walls at right angles to each other; prop with small cans. Repeat with second side wall and back of house. Apply glue along top edges of house walls; position roof pieces. Apply glue to joining edges. Let dry completely.
  2. Prepare cake batter according to package directions. Pour 6 cups batter into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack. Bake remaining batter according to package directions; save for another use.
  3. For dog, in a large saucepan, combine the marshmallows, butter and salt. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until melted. Remove from the heat. Stir in cereal. With buttered hands, shape mixture into a dog shape, about 8 in. long by 6 in. wide. Brush dog with corn syrup; press coconut over dog to cover completely.
  4. For icing, in a large bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, water, meringue powder and cream of tartar; beat on low speed just until combined. Beat on high for 4-5 minutes or until stiff peaks form.
  5. For doghouse, attach graham crackers to cardboard with icing, using a serrated knife to trim crackers as necessary. (Keep unused icing covered at all times with a damp cloth. If necessary, beat again on high speed to restore texture.)
  6. Tint cream cheese frosting and the coconut green; frost cake and top with coconut. Transfer doghouse and dog to cake. Add a candy leash, face and ears to dog as desired. (Heat Starburst and Tootsie Rolls in the microwave for a few seconds, then roll and shape into features as desired.) Attach facial features and ears with royal icing.
  7. Attach a cookie name plate over the door with icing; add a name with cookies, crackers, candies or icing as desired. Add a fence and other decorations such as bone-shaped crackers if desired.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 2130 calories, 51g fat (11g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 774mg sodium, 429g carbohydrate (326g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.

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