Last week my sister turned 11, so I had to think of a special dessert to make that she would love and that would be fancy enough for her. Katie loves peanut butter, bananas, and yogurt so I decided cake and ice cream would be perfect.
I started with the ice cream. Mom bought me a new treat pan at PetCo and I thought it would be ideal to make small paw pad ice cream shapes. First we had to soften the peanut butter in the microwave for 20 seconds or so. We then put the slightly runny peanut butter into a small Ziploc bag and cut the one corner off leaving an about 1/8” opening. Using this as a “piping” bag, we filled in the toe and paw pad areas and then put it in the freezer to harden. Once frozen we put the yogurt in a Ziploc bag and cut the corner off so it was also a “piping” bag. We filled the rest of the paw with the yogurt. Next we took a small amount of honey and added it to the top and swirled it into the yogurt with a toothpick. These paws then went back into the freezer until frozen solid.
Making the paw cake was even easier! I had to mash up the overripe bananas. I wanted to stomp them with my paws but Mom insisted I use a fork – takes all the sport out of it! Put all the ingredients into your mixing bowl, stir well and then pour into your cake mold(s). You can use an 8” cake pan, cup cake pan or I chose to use my big paw molds.
Once they come out of the oven let them cool. We thought about frosting them but with the ice cream as a topper, Mom thought that was enough, so we did not frost them.
To serve, simply put one of the paws on a plate and top with a small ice cream paw in the middle of the big paw pad. They are super, super, yummy in the doggy tummy! Click here to get the downloadable PDF of the recipes.
We had been ordering silicone pans like my big paw pan on line because we could not find them in stores. When we saw the paw and bone molds from Hugs Pet Products at PetCo, Mom snapped them right up. They were less expensive than ones we found on line and there was no shipping. We really liked them, so we thought we would write a little review on them after trying out the paw mold.
- They are sturdy.
- They can be used for baking or for frozen treats.
- They are dishwasher safe.
- The frozen treats popped right out and if the little pads stuck a bit they were super easy to push out.
- The absolute favorite feature is that they have a wire frame around the outside of the pan (it is inside the silicone), this keeps the pan flat, so no need to put it on a cookie sheet or worry about it bending like most silicone pans!
- They were priced well.
- I should be on their packaging in my chef outfit, not some dog that is not even baking…feel free to lobby them for me 🙂
- We did not find any negatives in the actual product and would buy them again if we needed more or if they come out with new fun shapes.
You can find out more about them or order them on the Hugs website.
I purchased these products on my own and have not received any compensation for this review. I reviewed these products solely because I tried them and found them to be very good.