Louie's Birthday Cake

Alicia saw a picture on the internet of a meatloaf cake, with mashed potato icing and thought it'd be a swell birthday meal for Louie!  

She healthied it up with all organic ingredients and some veggies though, since he isn't getting any younger!  Louie loves this cake so much that he gives out little cries of doggy joy and rolls over without being asked when it's being slopped into his bowl.

Makes about 8 servings.

The cake:
2 lbs ground beef
3 large cloves of garlic, or one clove of elephant garlic, minced
3 large carrots, chopped
1 small zucchini, chopped
2 eggs
1 cup rolled oats
1 tsp shoyu

The Icing:
4 cups yukon gold or red potatoes, peeled and cut into uniform chunks
organic chicken stock to cover (about 5 cups)
pinch of salt
whole organic milk (optional)
Ketchup (optional)
Birthday candles (optional)

Preheat the oven to 375.

Combine the first six ingredients in a large bowl and mix fairly well (Alicia squished everything together with her hands for about 2 minutes).  Divide in two portions and spread each portion into a 9" cake pan.  Cover pans loosely with foil and bake in the oven for about 40 minutes.

In the meantime, boil potatoes in seasoned chicken stock until tender.  Drain and mash with a little leftover stock or milk.  

Remove one "cake" layer onto a large plate and "ice" it with half of  the mashed potatoes.  Plop the other layer on top, and ice it with the remaining potatoes.  Decorate with ketchup and candles, sing "Happy Birthday" and serve.  It's probably best that you don't try to make your dog blow out his/her candles.

Happy Birthday, Puppers!