Apple pupcakes are delightful and healthy treats specially made for dogs. These pupcakes combine the natural sweetness of apples with the savory goodness of cheddar cheese to create a tasty and nutritious snack.
Made with dog-friendly ingredients, these pupcakes are usually free from harmful additives and artificial flavors. They are perfect for rewarding good behavior, training sessions, or celebrating special occasions with your furry friend.
Just like regular cupcakes, apple cheddar pupcakes are often baked to perfection and can be enjoyed by dogs in moderation as part of a balanced diet.
Remember, pupcakes are meant to be occasional treats and should not replace your dog's regular balanced diet.
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Is rice flour gluten free?
Yes, rice flour is generally considered gluten-free. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, and their derivatives. Since rice is a grain that does not contain gluten, rice flour made from ground rice is naturally gluten-free.
Rice flour is often used as a gluten-free alternative in dog treats for dogs with sensitivities or allergies to wheat or other grains containing gluten. It can help bind ingredients and create a texture suitable for making dog biscuits or other baked treats.
Just 5 ingredients make these easy dog cupcake recipe. As with baking for dogs you have to remember that you are not baking for people and leave the baking powder and soda in the cupboard.
- Rice flour - we used rice flour for a gluten-free pupcake recipe but this can be substituted with any other dog friendly flour.
- Apple sauce - homemade apple sauce or any other that is sugar free.
- Cheddar cheese - make sure it is plain cheddar cheese without any added seasonings, spices, or artificial ingredients. Some seasonings, such as garlic and onions, are toxic to dogs.
- Eggs - a source of protein.
- Greek Yogurt - contains probiotics that can be beneficial for dogs digestive system, as well as protein, calcium, and other essential nutrients
Remember to go slowly when introducing new foods. And we recommend checking with your veterinarian first if your dog has any digestive issues or other health concerns.
How to make apple pupcakes
Mix the rice flour and cheese.
Add the remaining ingredients.
Spoon mixture into cupcake liners.
Make until firm.
These pupcakes are denser than ones we would make ourselves, due to the absence of baking powder or soda. These are two ingredients that should not be given to dogs, so we omit them.
The apple pupcakes can be served plain but if you want to treat your dogs or serve them as a birthday pupcake, they can be decorated with a frosting for dogs.
We use a simple frosting of cream cheese and Greek yogurt. Blended, the frosting is then piped over the cooled pupcake.
For extra decoration we topped the pupcake frosting with one our our homemade cinnamon dog treats.
After baking, let the pupcakes cool down to room temperature on a wire rack. This helps prevent condensation and sogginess during storage.
Since pupcakes contain ingredients like apples and cheese, both of which can spoil if left at room temperature for too long, it's best to store them in the refrigerator. Place the pupcakes in an airtight container or sealable plastic bag.
If you have made a large batch or want to keep the pupcakes for an extended period, you can freeze them. Wrap each pupcake individually in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, then place them in an airtight container or freezer bag. Frozen pupcakes can last for up to 2-3 months.
- ½ cup apple sauce homemade or sugar free
- ½ cup cheddar cheese, grated plain and unflavored
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup rice flour
- ¼ cup Greek yogurt
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners or grease it lightly to prevent sticking.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the rice flour and shredded cheddar cheese.
- Add the eggs, applesauce and Greek yogurt. Mix well until everything is well incorporated and you have a smooth batter.
- Divide the batter evenly among the prepared muffin tin, filling each cup about ¾ full.
- Bake the pupcakes in the preheated oven for about 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Once baked, remove the pupcakes from the oven and let them cool in the muffin tin for a few minutes. Then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Once cooled, you can serve the apple cheddar pupcakes to your furry friend. You can also top them with a small dog friendly frosting for an extra special touch.
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