It’s this cute little guy’s 10th birthday tomorrow! He’s been a tad ignored since I had our daughter so I’m giving him an afternoon dedicated just to him and inviting lots of little kids that adore him as much as I do! I found a recipe online for dog cupcakes to make for his birthday party on Sunday but when I called his vet to double check the safety of all the ingredients he had me change out a few to make it a better recipe. Here’s the updated recipe along with why these substitutes are wonderful to include for your furry pal!
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 egg
- 1 cup shredded carrots (Great for polishing their teeth)
- 1/3 cup honey (It has antibacterial properties so it helps with tummy problems)
- 1 cup whole wheat flour (he said they digest this better but it is safe to use white flour)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda (this is toxic to dogs in it’s raw form but totally safe to be baked with)
This makes 8 cupcakes
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl combine the egg, peanut butter, oil, vanilla, and honey. Stir in the carrots and mix thoroughly. Sift flour and baking soda together and fold into batter.
And this is the reason you’ll rarely see recipes on here. I have visions of being Barefoot Contessa but truth is, I’m not a great baker and I always create a mess!
The batter is really thick so I had best results using an ice cream scoop to fill the cupcake liners 3/4 of the way full. Bake for 18 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from the oven and let them cool before frosting.
Once cooled, spread peanut butter (you can thin it out a bit by warming it up. Once it cools again it’ll thicken on your cupcake) over the tops of the. Leave plain or decorate with your choice of dog treat! I used various flavors of Milk Bones, dental treats, Beggin Strips and more shredded carrots.
It’s always good to double check with your dog’s vet about these ingredients in case yours could have a reaction.