How to Make a Dog Shaped Cake

by Cathy Rigden ; Updated September 28, 2017

Items you will need

  • 2 9-inch round cakes
  • 2 cupcakes
  • 4 cups white frosting
  • 1 red Fruit by the Foot candy
  • 1 green Necco wafer
  • 2 gray Necco wafers
  • 2 blue M&M's
  • Black shoestring licorice
  • Junior Mints

Having homemade birthday cakes for party or special events is a lot more fun and tasty than purchasing a cake from a bakery. Decorating cakes can be challenging, but even a beginner can make this Dalmatian shaped cake. Make this cake for a dog themed birthday party, a firefighter themed birthday party or just for fun. Your guests won’t be able to keep their paws off.

Step 1

Frost the 9-inch cakes and the cupcakes. Stack the 9-inch cakes to make a layer cake with two layers. Set the two cupcakes below the cake to look like paws.

Step 2

Wrap the Fruit by the Foot around the top edge of the cake to look like a collar and add a green Necco wafer dog tag.

Step 3

Decorate the face by using the licorice to define the ears and jowls. Use two Necco wafers for eyes topped with two blue M&M's. Cut a short piece of Fruit by the Foot and add it under the jowls to look like a tongue.

Step 4

Use the Junior mints to make a nose and spots all over the face. Put three of them on the bottom edge of each cupcake to make them look like paws.


  • If you do not like mint flavor you can use brown M&M's instead of Junior Mints.


  • Cake or candy should not be fed to a dog. Use a special dog cake recipe if you would like to make a birthday cake your dog can eat.

About the Author

Cathy Rigden has been writing professionally since 2009. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in early childhood education from Southern Nazarene University and a Master of Arts in teaching from Biola University.