Today our puppy had his 5th birthday. I appreciate that doesn’t really make him a puppy any more but he will always be our pup!
We are immensely lucky with our Thomas, there’s just three weeks between him and Ben so they’ve grown up together. Thomas is the most gentle, placid dog you’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting but still with plenty of silly boxer bounce!
When I told Ben and Chloe that it was Thomas’ birthday today they were really excited and suggested we should get him a cake. I was happy to oblige, I mean who turns down a perfectly good excuse for cake? We trooped off to the supermarket to choose a cake, having discussed that Thomas wouldn’t actually be able to eat the cake and perhaps we’d pick him up some extra treats. On the way to the supermarket Ben joked that Thomas might like a sausage cake . . . the conversation developed as I asked him how he might go about making a sausage cake and the next thing I know I’m buying the ingredients and we have a full baking session planned! (I think that ticks the “child led activities” box)
Ben actually wanted to bake a full cake for Thomas but I managed to convince him it would be better to bake buns so that we could add sausages to some of them but still be able to eat the rest ourselves.
So under Ben’s instruction we made up a standard bun mixture (you know the score 100g self raising flour, 100g butter, 2 eggs), added cocktail sausages before popping the bun mixture over the top and baking as per usual.
We used different coloured bun cases to identify which buns belonged to Thomas – I don’t think anyone needed to find a surprise sausage in the bottom of their tea time treat!
As the buns were cooking you could smell the cocktail sausages, a sort of “toad in the hole” type smell and I was a bit worried that they might taint the “normal” cakes but thankfully that wasn’t the case.
Once the cakes were cooled we set about decorating them – four with dog treats for Thomas and the rest with lots of fudgey icing and sprinkles for us to enjoy!
When Dave got home from work we lit some candles and sang Happy Birthday to our dog . . .
I think Thomas quite liked his candles and he certainly enjoyed his cakes! (Dave clearly thought we were mad but it kept Ben and Chloe thoroughly entertained for the day)
(Please don’t worry – I don’t make a habit of feeding my dog cake and I’m not suggesting you do either!)
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