Happy Birthday Pupcakes: Dog Cupcake Recipe!

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If you know me at all, you know I LOVE MY DOG! Henry is a precious English Springer Spaniel who turns 1 today! It seems like yesterday that I brought this little furry guy home. Now he’s growing up (tear…). Anyway, I HAD to celebrate being a party blogger and all but only a few days in town this week left me without time to throw a traditional “paw-ty” full of all the touches so I’m opting for simple “pupcakes” instead. Watch out though because Henry is getting the world’s best 2nd birthday party next year.


Makes 6 pupcakes

1 cup whole-wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 c plain yogurt
2 1/2 tablespoons safflower oil
2 tbsp honey
1 large egg
1/2 apple, chopped
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/4 cup diced carrot

8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons peanut butter

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin tins with 6 paper liners. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and soda. In a medium bowl, blend together the yogurt,, oil, honey and eggs, then stir in the apple, cheese, and carrots. Add to the flour mixture and stir just until mixed (will be slightly lumpy).

Spoon the batter into the muffin tins, filling each cup about 3/4 full. Bake in the preheated oven about 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a pupcake comes out clean. Let the pupcakes cool in the tins on a rack for a few mintues, then remove and set aside to cool completely.

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“Can I have one now, Mom?!”

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“What do you mean I can’t have my birthday pupcake, yet?”

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Beat the cream cheese mixture with a whisk attachment for about 2 minutes to start the frosting. Add in honey and peanut butter and beat for 2 additional minutes. Once cupcakes are cooled, pipe or spread frosting on top! Enjoy!

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“Mom, this frosting is totally amazing! You should write a book on frosting!” (hint hint)

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After birthday pupcakes, a sprawled-out nap is totally required….

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If you love baking for your puppy dogs, then I highly recommend The Organic Dog Biscuit Cookbook: Over 100 “Tail Wagging” Recipes, it was given to me as a gift and it’s full of the most adorably named little treats (all perfectly safe for Fido).

Disclaimer: Do not feed a cupcake to your dog every day. Save these guys for special occasions (like puppy pawties)! 

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  1. You GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Henry! Happy Birthday big boy!!!!

  2. Jessica via Facebook says:

    Paraphrasing because I don’t have the book handy, “…it’s a dog party! Big dogs, little dogs, black and white dogs…” The kids love that book :)

  3. Trish Byrnes says:

    Love it Courtney!! Henry is such a spoiled boy, and couldn’t be any cuter!

  4. Bianca via Facebook says:

    Happy Birthday Henry! We give pupcakes on Sausage’s Birthday also!

  5. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Henry!!! Winston wanted me to tell you that we need another puppy playdate soon! Have another pupcake for Winnie! :)

  6. Happy Birthday Henry! He’s absolutely adorable! I am sure our Springers would love these pupcakes! He’s got a similar face like my Bojangles who is on the Rainbow Bridge. Too cute!

  7. Kim via Facebook says:

    Happy Birthday Henry! He’s adorable! One of the photos reminds me of my precious Bojangles who is on the Rainbow Bridge. I might have to make these pupcakes for our two Springers. :-)

  8. Joanne via Facebook says:

    Happy Birthday !! Thank you for the recipe

  9. Jana Champ says:

    Such a lucky dog you are, Henry! You live the life of a prince…dogs, family that adores you, and a Mommy that bakes, too! Happy Birthday to you!

  10. Today is my dog, Frankie’s 3rd birthday and I’m going to try out your frosting recipe tomorrow :)

  11. I cannot believe Henry is 1 year old already. It seems like just yesterday you were telling us about your new puppy! Jake says to give him a high five and a big doggie hug! xo

  12. Happy Birthday Henry!! My Shiner’s birthday is Saturday and I’m thinking he needs some wonderful pupcakes!!

  13. I was wondering how long the shelf life would be on these cakes? Do you put them in the refrigerator? Can you freeze them?

  14. How did I miss this when he was 1? I love the pics!!! Kisses to Cousin Henry!

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