Peanut butter pupcakes are a delightful treat specifically designed for our four-legged furry friends. They are essentially cupcakes made with dog-friendly ingredients, with the addition of peanut butter, which is often a favorite among dogs.
These pupcakes are a great way to celebrate special occasions like birthdays or simply as a tasty treat for your furry friend. However, it's important to remember that treats should be given in moderation and as part of a balanced diet.
Our cupcakes for dogs will always be heavier than ones for humans as we do not use baking powder or baking soda. This is because these ingredients are not dog friendly. Albeit, in their raw form but why use anything for your dogs that is not for their consumption?
Dogs are not Mary Berry or Martha Stewart, looking for a light sponge. They are looking for a tasty treat with dog friendly ingredients.
Can dogs eat cupcakes?
Regular cupcakes that are intended for human consumption may contain ingredients that can be harmful to dogs, such as chocolate, artificial sweeteners like xylitol, or excessive amounts of sugar.
If you want to share a cupcake with your dog, it's best to make or purchase cupcakes that are specifically made for dogs. These dog-friendly cupcakes, also known as pupcakes, are made with ingredients that are safe and healthy for dogs. They often include ingredients like whole wheat or oat flour, unsweetened applesauce, mashed banana, and peanut butter.
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.
Just 5 ingredients make these tasty pupcakes.
- Applesauce - we use homemade to ensure it's natural with no additives or sugar. It helps add to the moisture of the pupcake and gives a natural sweetness.
- Peanut butter - use natural peanut butter with no sugar. Make sure to choose a peanut butter brand that does not contain xylitol, as it can be harmful to dogs. Always check the labels, or make your own.
- Egg - adds protein.
- Rice flour - We use this for a grain free dog cupcake. This can be substituted with other dog friendly flour such as wheat flour or oat flour.
- Soda water - Add more if the batter is too thick.
How to make peanut butter pupcakes
This is as easy as making human cupcakes but without the worry of "will they rise".
Place all ingredients in a bowl.
Mix until blended.
Pour the cupcake mixture into the muffin liners.
Cool and decorate.
This is entirely optional but makes the pupcakes fun for a birthday or extra treat. We use dog friendly ingredients for frosting and also decorate them with one of our bone shaped cinnamon dog treats.
- Greek yogurt - is lower in lactose than regular yogurt. Ensure that it is plain and not flavored.
- Peanut butter - the same natural peanut butter used to make the pupcakes
Keep the peanut butter pupcakes in an air tight container in the fridge. They will last up to 3 days.
If you want to freeze the pupcakes, freeze them before decoration. Place them in a ziplock bag or air tight container and keep them in the freezer for up to 3 months. Defrost before giving as a treat or decorating.
If you are using cupcake liners, ensure that they are greaseproof as these dense cupcake can be tough to remove from the liners.
Keep in mind that pupcakes should be appropriately sized for dogs. Consider making smaller-sized cupcakes to suit your dog's portion needs. This can help prevent overfeeding and make it easier for dogs to consume.
Follow the recipe instructions for baking time and temperature, but keep in mind that oven temperatures may vary. Check the pupcakes with a toothpick to ensure they are fully cooked. Overcooking can result in dry pupcakes, so keep an eye on them as they bake.
Peanut Butter Pupcakes
- ½ cup applesauce
- ¼ cup peanut butter
- 1 medium egg
- ½ cup rice flour
- ¼ cup club soda/soda water
- ½ cup Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- Preheat the oven to 180C/350F degrees and line a muffin tin with 6 cupcake liners.
- In a medium mixing bowl, add all of the pupcake ingredients and mix until combined. If the batter is too stiff, add more club soda.
- Spoon the batter mixture into the cupcake liners and bake for 18-20 minutes until the cupcakes are firm.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
Make the Frosting
- In a small bowl, beat the yogurt and peanut butter until smooth. Pipe or smooth over the top of the pupcakes.
- Serve and await a wagging tail!
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