Liver cake recipe for dogs

by | Sep 11, 2011 | 284 comments

This liver cake recipe is very simple to make, cheap, the perfect cake for dogs, and the most popular dog food recipe on my website. Dogs love it.  All supermarkets sell liver so it’s easy to find but if you can’t get liver you can use other ingredients for your dog cake mix, like minced beef, kidney, heart, chicken livers or even tuna!  Once cooked put what you won’t be using in the next couple of days in the freezer until needed.  Defrosts in just minutes once out of the freezer.  You can top with cream cheese if you want to add frosting.  Alternatively, instead of using a cake tin try using a cupcake tray.  Check out my pupcake recipe for details.  Or for a different cake recipe try my carrot cake recipe for dogs.

Liver cake is deal as a treat, a dog birthday cake, selling at fairs etc.

We’ll be using a 9″ cake tin. You can buy online here.


  • 500g ( 1lb) of liver
  • 2 Eggs
  • 200g (7oz) Wholemeal flour
  • 1 crushed garlic clove or 1 small teaspoon of lazy garlic – optional. But isn’t garlic bad for dogs?
  • A splash of milk


liver, eggs, milk in a jug

1. Add the liver, the eggs, the garlic and a splash of milk to a jug.

blending liver cake ingredients

2. And blend it. It should look a bit like a smoothie once done.

adding flour to liver cake mix

3. Transfer the mix to a large bowl and add 200g (7oz) of flour.

mixed ingredients

4. Mix ingredients until it’s a thick sticky goo. You can add a bit more flour if it’s not thick enough.  But it should be fine.

greases cake tin

5. Grease a cake tin with a little butter.

liver cake mix in baking tin

6. Empty your mix into cake tin, making sure it’s level.

liver cake baking in oven

7. Put cake tin into the middle of a preheated oven at 160ºC (320ºF/Gas Mark 3) and cook for about 45 mins.

Liver cake just out of the oven!

8. Right, it should now be cooked. Yummy!

liver cake

9. It’s easier to cut while it’s still warm.

chopped liver cake

10. Cut into squares and fridge. Freeze what you won’t use in a few days.

dog watching me baking

11. If your dog is like mine, she will have watched you the entire time.

How to store

As a general guide if meat protein is present in recipe then it will last around 3 to 5 days stored in a cool place.  If it has second class protein in it eg. cheese, lentils, eggs, etc, then they will store for about 10 days in a cool place. You can use cake tins lined with baking paper – greaseproof. If there is no meat or second class proteins present then it will last around 3 weeks before they go soft like human biscuits.

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By Jamie Shanks

BDWS is owned and run by me, Jamie Shanks. I’ve been a professional dog walker since 2010. When I’m not walking dogs, I’m usually at home (like everyone else) entertaining my two dogs and attending to five hens and my vegetable garden.

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3 months ago

I have been celebrating my dogs birthdays with this cake and use some mashed potato etc for frosting..and oh my do they love it!!!!! Thank you for such an easy and wonderful recipe.

Deb Dean
5 months ago

Can you make this liver cake with oats instead of flour?

10 months ago

Can my pup who is 11 weeks have the liver cake now? Thanks

Jamie Shanks
9 months ago
Reply to  Han

maybe just a little. liver is quite rich for young dogs

Anvie Wheeler
1 year ago

Can I substiture garlic powder instead? Thank you

1 year ago
Reply to  Jamie Shanks

Hi,I baked this with real garlic,my dog loves it.I am going to make for the second time,
Can I use oat flour instead of wholemeal? X

Linda Mcgrath
1 year ago

Hi ya, how long will these freeze for plewse

Jamie Shanks
1 year ago
Reply to  Linda Mcgrath

Since they are for dogs, pretty much forever.

Michael George Duffield
1 year ago

What temp should oven be please, ?

1 year ago

Do you know how long this would last if kept in fridge not the freezer?
Thank you!

Anna-Marie Roberts
2 years ago

Hello. If you freeze meats/ organs to make them easier to cut thinly do you then need to defrost before putting them in the dehydrator?
Many thanks.

1 year ago
Reply to  Jamie Shanks

I made my dog a couple of batches of liver cakes following your recipe.I used chicken & lambs liver (separately) & they went down a storm,she LOVES them.I now use the words “wanna get some CAKES?” to get my dog to come home without fuss!Thank You So Much!!!

Sally Russell
1 year ago
Reply to  Jamie Shanks

I’ve got all the local wanting treats everytime I see them now.I made the 10 minute Tuna treats,the dogs all loved them frozen and defosted.I’m waiting on some silicone. Jelly moulds to make some ’emoji jelly babies’..I can’t wait to get them made!!Thanks so much for all your recipes,I’m going to attempt them all eventually..

Joey Canessa
2 years ago

Thank you so much for these recipes! I’ve just had a ‘baking for Emil’ day and have made liver cake, sardine oatcakes and dried chicken strips. He has thoroughly enjoyed helping me! Tomorrow we’re going to make bone broth jelly babies. Many thanks for sharing!

Barbara Potter
2 years ago

my understanding is that liver is very rich. i boil liver 15 mins. in water. cool a little. throw it in the food processor and after it’s done, add the same amount of pumpkin( this offsets the richness). make little patties ( quarter size?). oil a cookie sheet , or use parchment paper. cook on low oven(300?) for one hr. flip over for another hr. i keep some in the fridge and the rest in the freezer. i think i got the recipe from the Whole Dog Journal. haven’t met a dog yet that doesn’t like them.