pupcake: the cupcake for dogs!

we don’t know how old angie is exactly.  when we adopted her some people thought she was a little under a year, some thought a little over, so we decided the day we took her home would serve as her birthday.  this year on august 2nd we celebrated her 2nd birthday and 1st anniversary of her adoption!

normally she doesn’t get treats like this, but we figured that this was an occasion.  i whipped up this mild, light cupcake that is dog-friendly because it is free of salt, sugar and oil.  it is a whole wheat peanut butter and carrot cake with just a touch of honey for sweetness and applesauce rather than oil.  there is nothing dog-foody about it, just a little more dense and less sweet than a regular cupcake, like a muffin.  i even tried one myself and it wasn’t all that bad.

to decorate, i topped it with some plain greek yogurt (which angie gets sometimes at night to help settle her stomach) plus carrot shreds and one of her favorite little chicken-flavored treats.  she just went just crazy for it, trying to eat it all at once.  i got so worried she might choke on it that i helped her take little bites.  the other pupcakes were shared with her doggy friends who all eagerly gobbled them up as well.  make these for the dogs you love!

1/2 c whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp peanut butter
2 tbsp applesauce
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp honey
1 egg
1 tbsp water
1/2 c shredded carrot

plain greek yogurt
carrot shreds
dog treats

preheat the oven to 350F

shred your carrot first.  one medium-sized carrot should give you a bit more than the 1/2 cup you need for the recipe so you have some left over for decorating.

mix together the flour and baking powder, then add in the peanut butter, apple sauce, vanilla, honey, egg and water, and mix in evenly.  add the carrot shreds last and loosely fold in, the texture should be slightly liquidy but still fairly thick.

fill 5-6 cupcake liners about 2/3rds full of batter and bake for 15-20 minutes (or until a toothpick comes out of the middle clean.)  let cool thoroughly before serving to any pups, you can even make them ahead of time since, let’s face it, dogs don’t really care if food is stale.  and make sure to remove the paper liner before they really dig in.

yes, that is a tiny party hat i made for my dog.  it stayed on for about 30 seconds.

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30 Responses to “pupcake: the cupcake for dogs!”
  1. Debbie says:

    I love her party hat!

  2. carla says:

    very nice recipe…if I halve the ingreidients, will it make about 2 or 3?


  3. Katelyn says:

    AAhhhhh!!!! My baby turns 1 on Sunday! I am planning on having a little family get together with Willow’s favorite human and k-9 friends!! These pupcakes look perfect! She will love them!! Thanks for posting!!

  4. Aris says:

    I’ve just made this for my little doggy girl turning 2 yesterday.
    She loves it 🙂
    Thanks so much for the recipe.

  5. Debbie Mickow says:

    I am making these today for my puppy Harlow who is 10 months old Today! Her sister Cleo, (My daughter’s puppy) is 10 months today too! Thank you for such an awesome recipe. It made 6 Pupcakes..3 each! I made a frosting of banana, peanut butter and shredded carrots… turned out Beautiful xoxo

  6. Eve says:

    My dog can’t eat peanut butter, what can I use to replace it?

  7. angelika says:

    Making these for my pups 1st birthday, should I refrigerate them overnight if I make them the evening before?

  8. Eileen says:

    Hi, may i know what is the brown droplets on the cake?

  9. Patti P says:

    My 16-year old and I made these for our boxer-lab for his 2nd birthday – he and his 9-year-old “sister” went nuts! Making and mini ones to have as treats. 🙂

  10. Janie Potts says:

    My shih tsu/bichon mix goes to doggie daycare once a week to play with other dogs. They will have a 3rd birthday party for her next week. I need to make treats for about 60 dogs, so i want to use the mini cupcake pans. Do you haveany suggestion regarding baking time for this smaller version. Also, how many batches would it take for 60 minis.

  11. Julie says:

    I made these for my pup’s first birthday. I was out of whole wheat flour, so usedAP flour, and the dogs DEVOURED them! Will be making them again. This time, I’m going to use oat flour in case some of the dog guests are on wheat free diets. I’ll also add another egg and increase the baking powder so they aren’t quite so dense. My friend at one, and said they were delicious! They were very cute, and a big hit!

  12. Helen says:

    It’s my pup’s first birthday next week but I’m away before hand, can these cakes go in the freezer if I make them in advance?

  13. Nina Lane says:

    Thanks for the recipe! Your dog is precious!

  14. Cindy says:

    My little girl Sadiemae turns 16 on March 27, 2018 and I’m going to make these for her birthday!


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