It’s been one year since we adopted our little Pomeranian, Lucy and we simply had to celebrate the occasion, which meant baking some kind of doggie birthday treat for her, of course. But what kind of cake to bake? I didn’t know the first thing about dog-friendly cakes other than the ones I could buy from our local doggie bakery.
A quick Google search returned some very simple, easy to follow dog-friendly and people-friendly recipes. Many sites said to avoid anything with butter, chocolate or sugar and if your dog has a wheat allergy, rice flour can be used as an alternative ingredient.
My mini-chef, Emmalynn, assisted me because she loves to bake. After reviewing the selection of recipes, we decided to bake Peanut Butter Delight Pupcakes because I had all of the ingredients on hand.
As you can imagine, Lucy loved it.
Chowed down on the Milk Bone, licked all the icing off of it and ran outside to gobble down the rest of her pupcake in her favorite spot kind of love. That’s how much she loved it.
If you most know, yes, we tried the pupcakes too. They were tasty, like a bran muffin without sugar, but our brains were expecting something sweet. So, the kids and I nibbled one between the four of us, just to try it.
At least Lucy enjoyed it and that’s all that mattered. After all, it was her day.
Peanut Butter Delight Pupcakes
(Yields six pupcakes)
1 cup white or whole wheat flour (I used white wheat flour.)
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup shredded carrots
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup honey
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Prepare a muffin pan with paper muffin liners.
In one bowl, whisk together flour and baking soda. Then, in another larger bowl, add the remaining wet ingredients and mix well. Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix well to combine.
Spoon batter into prepared muffin tin. Fill each cup about ¾ full. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Cool on rack.
Once completely cool, decorate the pupcakes with dog-safe peanut butter icing (recipe follows below) and top each with a Milk Bone or dog-safe treat, like jerky.
Peanut Butter Icing
4 oz low-fat cream cheese
2 oz all natural creamy peanut butter
1 Tbsp canola oil
Combine all ingredients with a hand-held mixer until well blended.