We brought Danger home just 1 week before Thanksgiving when he was just 8 weeks old.
We named our little furry Danger because of the adorable little fur mask framing his eyes. He cried the first few nights missing his brothers and sisters, but then he realized how much we loved him, and how good he had it.
He has it sooo good.
This week he turned 4 years old; of course we celebrated his special occasion!! Danger received a new hair cut, tons of presents, a trip to the park with a new tennis ball -
Puppy Pumpkin CakeI sandwiched this recipe from two wonderful recipes: Pumpkin Muffins and Pumpkin Cake Roll with Cream Cheese Frosting from Doggy Desserts by Cheryl Gianfrancesco to make a yummy cupcake for Danger to enjoy on his special day.
P.S. I highly recommend this Doggy Cookbook!
¼ cup honey
¼ cup oil
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup water
Simply add all ingredients together and mix until smooth
Pour into cupcake liners, ¾ full, makes 5 jumbo cupcakes or 10-12 regular size
Bake at 375F°, 20-25 minutes or until cake springs back to the touch
Transfer to wire rack to cool
8oz. cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon honey
¼ cup oil
Beat with mixer until smooth and creamy
Frost cupcakes as desired
Based on Danger's reaction, the cake was delicious! Both he and Tipsy (at least what Danger didn't steal from her) loved their special treat, but Danger's favorite part of his birthday has always been opening presents. He actually understands the concept that there is a prize underneath all that pretty paper, and frilly ribbon.
See exhibit A:
Not only does Danger survey the present, but after he makes the initial attack, he methodically determines which piece of the present must be attacked next to unveil the enclosed gift before proceeding. Notice when he takes a moment for meditated sniffing of the new guest before accepting his prize?, priceless!
We got to celebrate with my sister and her family, and her boys especially loved experiencing and seeing the novelty of an animal enjoying the same things they do! We left the pumpkin cake for the furries to enjoy while we consumed an amazing peanut butter cake with smooth ganache frosting! (Don't worry, I'll share that recipe soon enough!)