Liver Cake Recipe
Updated: Mar 1
The Only Dog Treat You Will Ever Need
Firstly there are some things you need to know about me and recipes. My husband will laugh (more like snigger) at me and say 'what recipes' but id have to tell you hes right... where it says 100g i would treat it like the petrol fueling pump, i will try to get it bang on but sometimes its just a little (sometimes a lot..... ok almost always a lot) short or over.... i don't think there is any harm in that as long as i do the same with the other ingredients.... right?!.... Some of my baking doesn't work out and i'm still sure it's my oven not my casual recipes. So here is my first ever written recipe and it's only natural that its a cake that is ALL for dogs :)
450(ish) grams of liver
450(ish) grams of self raising flour
3 large(ish) eggs
I don't know about you but I hate the smell of liver, cooked or raw, normally for treats I would cook it to a rubbery consistency and cut it with scissors. I was all about getting this cake made and cooked as quickly as possible with the room well ventilated, and may have cut some corners in the hast to get this done. Thinking all the while...
'its all for you dog... see how much i love you!'.
Step 1 - make sure you have all the ingredients.
Step 2 - using a measuring jug add the eggs and whisk them a reasonable amount and add an equal measure of milk or water.
Step 3 - Blend the liver in a processor, now... for some reason my food blitzer broke when i came to this stage, and it was going to make a real mess if I continued with this step (insert Gif of blender explosion) so I thought I would just cut it up fine and it will be alright.... I also didn't want liver juices on any other surfaces so chose to use scissors to do the job, but sadly they just didn't cut as I would of hoped so I thought....
'merrrrr that'l do, it'l just be chunky'
In hind sight this is perhaps one step I should of persevered with.
Step 4 - add the flour to the egg mixture and mix it about until it looks a bit more cake like, I noticed at this point (in my attempt to contain the mess) that I need to combine the 2 in a much larger bowl, i'll leave that choice with you.
Step 5 - add the liver and mix, cue drooling dog.....
Step 6 - pour it in to your large baking tray and bake in the middle (why always the middle?) of the oven at roughly 180 degrees or 350 F for 35-45 mins or if your me.... point the knob down roughly half way, hope for the best and bake until you can smell a meaty cake.... yummy! (remember if this doesn't work its clearly your oven). If your unsure when its cooked, stab it with a sharp knife and if the knife comes out clean you know its done, also if you feel the top and it doesn't cave in and bounces back with some resistance.
Roxy - Mummy can I lick the bowl? I'm being good....?
And hay-presto.... I made another dog.... just kidding, I took it out the oven and the smell was that good i found another dog licking his lips in anticipation... it's just that good!
This treat should come with a caution warning, be aware! Its great for training a recall, training out phobias and fears and for that dog that just doesn't seem interested! But if you want to work on your stay.... I would not recommend using this particular treat, also if you have a counter surfing dog..... DO NOT TAKE YOUR EYES OFF IT FOR A SECOND, unless your training your dog to not steel food lol!
Once cooked and cooled this treat is the diamond mine of dog training treats, you can bag it up and keep it in the fridge for a few days or freeze it for a while. Pick the times to best use this treat, things like heel work, recall, working through fears and phobias, common sense training, trick training and games can be really enhanced but if you find your dog is struggling with control you might want to use something less enticing and save the liver cake for the jackpot moments.
As much as I hate the smell (which isn't even that pungent) and mess it takes to make this cake, as a trainer I love the effect it has (like catnip for dogs) and will always try to have some at the ready for training sessions along with some training treats and cheese. If you ever wonder why all the dogs seem to love me and do what i ask, you just need to look in my treat bag and it all makes sense ;-)