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Puppy Dog Cake

NO BONES ABOUT IT—just a glance at this tasty canine confection is bound to get guests' stomachs growling! The birthday dessert is surprisingly simple to prepare, too...beginning with a mouthwatering coconut cake recipe from Nancy. Like CT's cooks did, you can easily "groom" her baked teat into a pooch by adding chocolate, candy and a fruit snack to make a friendly face. So collar your own critter for a'll have a howlin' good time!—Nancy Reichert, Thomasville, Georgia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1 hour + standing Bake: 35 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    10-12 servings


  • 5 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1-1/2 teaspoons corn syrup
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • CAKE:
  • 4 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 chocolate-covered peppermint candies
  • 1 piece shoestring black licorice (4 inches)
  • 1 red fruit Roll-up


  • In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the semisweet chocolate; stir until smooth. Stir in corn syrup just until mixture is well blended, forms a ball and is no longer shiny. Turn onto an 8-in. square of waxed paper. Press chocolate mixture into a 7-in. square. Let mixture stand at room temperature until dry to the touch, about 2 hours.
  • Let separated eggs stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave white chocolate with water at 30% power until chocolate is melted; cool to room temperature.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg yolks, vanilla and white chocolate mixture. Combine flour and baking soda; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. In a small bowl, beat egg whites on high speed until stiff peaks form. Fold into white chocolate mixture with coconut and pecans.
  • Fill four greased muffin cups half full with batter. Spoon remaining batter into two greased 9-in. round baking pans. Bake cupcakes at 350° for 15 minutes and cakes for 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter. Add the confectioners' sugar, milk and vanilla. Set aside 1 teaspoon for decorating.
  • Roll out chocolate mixture on waxed paper to 1/8-in. thickness. Using a sharp knife, cut out two 4x2-in. ears; round one end of each. Cut out two 1-1/4-in. circles for eyes, two 1-in. long strips for eyebrows and one 5-in.heart for muzzle; set aside.
  • To assemble, place one cake on a large platter or covered board (about 14x11 in.). Cut off cupcake tops; cut a 1/4-in. piece from a rounded edge from each cupcake and discard. Place cut side of two cupcakes against side of cake with edges touching; frost top of cake and cupcakes. Top with remaining cake and cupcakes; frost top and sides.
  • Place ears opposite the cupcakes, inserting the flat ends into side of cake 1/4 in. from top. Fold ears over the top of cake. Position eyes, eyebrows, and muzzle as shown in photo.
  • Place a small amount of reserved frosting on the back of each mint; insert two for eyes and two for nose. Place licorice on the muzzle as shown. With scissors, cut fruit roll-up into a 4-in. strip and round one end; place straight and under muzzle for tongue.

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  • muffinmonster
    Jul 5, 2011

    looks more like a cow than a dog LOL

  • heatherdthomas
    Oct 17, 2010

    This is a very cute and pretty easy cake to create. If you want to save even more time, I would just use a simple boxed cake or a more simple scratch cake. I got confused a couple of times on the directions of how to bake the cake. But the actual look of the cake was so cute and my 3, 5, and 7 year olds loved it. The cake, made as directed, tasted really great and moist too.

  • iamdeaf
    Mar 16, 2009

    this is very cute!

  • beth677126
    Oct 20, 2008

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