Liver cake recipe for dogs

by | Sep 11, 2011 | 288 comments

Treat your furry friend to a nutritious and delicious homemade liver cake. Made with nutrient-rich organ meat, this cake is packed with protein, vitamins, and minerals, making it the perfect snack for dogs of all ages.

This liver cake recipe is a great source of energy and helps to support a healthy appetite. It’s also an excellent source of Vitamin A, Vitamin B and folic acid, which are essential for maintaining good vision, a strong immune system, and healthy red blood cells. Copper, Iron and Omega-3 fatty acids present in liver helps to keep the dog’s digestive system healthy and aids in the absorption of nutrients. It’s also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial for maintaining a healthy coat and skin.

This dog liver cake is easy to make and can be adapted to suit your dog’s dietary needs. If you’re unable to find liver, heart or kidney can be used as a substitute.

Follow our step-by-step recipe and images to make this healthy treat for your dog in no time.


Items Needed

  • 9″ cake tin
  • Hand Blender


  • 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

Step 1

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

blending cake ingredients

Step 2

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

adding flour to cake mix

Step 3

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

mixed ingredients in bowl

Step 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

Step 5

Grease a cake tin with a little butter.

liver cake mix in baking tin

Step 6

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

liver cake baking in oven

Step 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!

Step 8

Right, it should now be cooked. Yummy!

liver cake

Step 9

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

chopped liver cake

Step 10

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

dog watching me baking

Step 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 entertaining my three dogs and attending to five hens and my vegetable garden. 


  1. Hi there everyone I’m so pleased I’ve found this website as I have a 17yr old papillon who suffers with pancreatitis and bladder stones so I have to be Uber careful with what I can give him, he is on a vet recommended diet but treat wise he’s left really quite disappointed. So we are going to give the low fat banana biscuits ago but just looking at some of the other things on here does anyone have experience of a similar diet situation to ours who can advise those things that are ok and those that are absolutely no no,s for example can he have liver etc.? I’ve looked a supplements for him now he’s a more mature gentleman but he’s extremely picky especially if they smell funky (exactly like his mother) plus we have limited teeth now too so our days of chewing rock hard stuff is long gone sadly so any advice or suggestions would be greatly welcomed. TIA x

  2. Thanks for this recipe. My boys drooled like mad next to me during the preparation.
    I baked this in mini muffin pans. The treats fit well in the palm of your hand for training and frozen mini muffins are awesome Kong stuffers…keeps my Vizslas entertained… for little while anyway!

  3. My Arwen never left my side as I made this and has just walked beautifully to heal with this as her reward, easy and excellent value for money high value reward treat for training and rewarding your pup’s!

    • Thanks, Judith, I’m really glad to hear that and glad it worked out so well.

  4. 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.

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

    • I have no idea, probably. I’m sure the dogs will eat it.

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

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

  7. Hi,
    Can I substiture garlic powder instead? Thank you

    • The powder is a concentrated and a bit salty, I’d use the real thing or just leave it out altogether.

    • 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

    • ok cool, you can use any flour you want, but some flours require more water than others. I guess you’ll have to go buy how the dough feels prior to baking.

  8. Hi ya, how long will these freeze for plewse

    • Since they are for dogs, pretty much forever.

  9. What temp should oven be please, ?

    • 160ºC (320ºF) Gas Mark 3

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

    • Well, cause it’s for a dog, maybe a week at most, defo a few days anyway. If it looks or begins to smell then you know it’s past it’s best. I’ve never had to keep it in fridge for long, it gets eaten pretty fast.

  11. 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.

    • the think strips will be semi defrosted by the time they are put on dehydrator so no.

    • 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!!!

    • Thanks Sally. I’ve done the same at Christmas putting them in glass jars, the dogs really like them. Thanks for letting me know.

    • 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..

    • Thanks Sally

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. Hey Jamie, I make liver cake too and I add a tin of sardines to it for omegas and extra stinky flavour. Try it!

    • Thanks Anni, I will!

  15. What do u mean by a bone day? I have a 2 year old french bulldog and have tried all sorts of food. The best by far I’d my home cooked meals however I’m very worried about not getting the balance of nutrients right. Can u give me any advise. Also how do I feed her bones. What bones as there are bones and bones. Going to make the beef broth and fish cakes today. I’ve tried raw food twice and she is not interested.

  16. Thank you for this simple and great recipe. I used it to make a birthday cake for my ten year old staffie and she absolutely loved it!!

    • Thanks Melissa

    • What age can we give the cake to puppies please. X

    • Hello Great had another recipe like this but they said that doggies Love Garlic & the more You put in the more they love it.. Also a Doggies Walker, Board one dog in My Home.. Love the Peanut Butter, Banana & Oatmeal Recipe My Doggies Love these Very Much

  17. Love the recipe! I’m wondering what is a safe amount to give per day to a 25kg dog? I read things which suggest you shouldn’t give too much liver so what amount is safe. Many thanks

  18. Thank you for these recipes – I’m off to make liver cakes and teething bics for her – If only she knew what I’m up to! :o)

  19. Garlic! Really ? Onions & Garlic are known to be bad for dogs! ! You loose credibility !!

    • Garlic is a fantastic addition to a dogs diet.
      Garlic is also known to repeal fleas!Dog handlers routinely add garlic powder to their bait when showing and I finished quite a few terriers to their championships with baked liver and garlic treats!

  20. How long does it keep in the freezer when making this full recipe?

    • if you freeze it once its cooled then it will last forever in freezer since it’s for dogs.

    • Hi Husky has grain allergie would you recommend wheat free flour or something else

    • I used ground oatmeal for the flour.

    • Hi, I use plain gluten free flour as my dog has sensitive skin and stomach and it works fine.

  21. Hi Jamie,

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. I’m not an experienced cook and trying this for the first time just now I’ve found that the cake is rising rather more than you’d expect – certainly considerably more than your picture shows above. What could I do to prevent this?

    I feel like I may have blended it slightly too much (looking at your pictures) and also my baking tray could be a touch smaller than yours, meaning it’s not so spread out. Could any of that contribute to my problem?

    Many thanks,


    • It’s fine and I don’t see it as a problem. Yeah blending it longer may make it finer, self raising flour will make it rise more and make it more cake like. I used wholemeal flour (plain I think). But it really doesn’t matter if it rises much or not. The dogs love it regardless. How did it turn out? Did you do o a taste test with the dog?

    • Try wholemeal spelt flower

    • Thanks for the response and apologies for my extremely belated reply.

      It actually didn’t turn out too bad, it settled down once I’d removed it and it’d cooled. I really don’t think my dog was bothered judging from his enthusiasm for them.

      I’m doing some more this evening and will try it with the wholemeal flour as I have some in the cupboard.

      Thanks again,


  22. Hi
    If you freeze it on a tray in small pieces and then transfer to a plastic container, you can take out as much as you need at any time. Great recipe – turns out well with good consistency.

  23. Do you just defrost it then it’s fine for them to eat, it doesn’t need reheated and cooled again ? Sorry never made this before only ever gave shop bought which aren’t that good ?

    • Yeah, just take a piece out, maybe give it 5-10 mins then give it to them.

  24. Made one which uses the microwave am going to try your version what temperature do you have the oven.

  25. Can this be given to my frenchie who is raw fed, but refuses to eat raw liver?

    • Yeah it can. My dogs wont eat raw liver either but love it cooked. I’d start with just a little bit of liver cake and see how he gets on. Lovely dog btw 🙂

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