Rico turns 2-years-old tomorrow and we’re celebrating with homemade dog-friendly cupcakes or pupcakes! For those who haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Rico, he’s a Pomeranian-Maltese mix with a big personality (see picture below). He enjoys playing fetch while I’m trying to study and chewing on bones that are meant for dogs significantly larger than him. Basically, he’s the cutest thing ever. Given my affinity for cooking and love for Rico it seemed only natural to try my hand at a doggy birthday cake.
This one is compliments of my Google searching (a surprising lack of doggy cake recipes on the internet) and comes from the Brown Eyed Baker Blog. I give you her Peanut Butter Carrot Doggy Cake.
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ cup natural peanut butter (and more for frosting)
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 1 egg
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8″ round cake pan or an 8×4-inch loaf pan. (I used a mini-cupcake pan because Rico can’t handle a big serving!)
Whisk together the flour and baking soda. Add the rest of the ingredients and, using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, mix until thoroughly combined. Pour batter into pan and bake for about 30 minutes (Mine only took about 15 minutes – monitor closely), or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean.
Frost while still warm with peanut butter.
These baked up perfectly as mini-pupcakes! I just had to try one, and I must say, they aren’t bad – especially after they’ve been frosted with peanut butter! I think you could frost anything in peanut butter and I’d enjoy it, though. Note, I used natural peanut butter for the pupcake but regular ol’ Skippy for the frosting. I’m not very good at getting the natural kind mixed thoroughly enough to the point I’d be ok using it as frosting. I hope Rico agrees tomorrow that this is a winning recipe! The extras are going to Laura’s ever-adorable French Bulldog, Otto.
THE NEXT TIME
No changes necessary…unless Rico doesn’t like them! Then it’s back to the drawing board.