The fur baby turned one last week, and we celebrated him in the most obnoxious way possible by baking special pupcakes, putting a birthday hat on him, and taking pictures. We did not throw him a party, which I think was a tiny win for self-restraint (or just exhaustion…so many parties lately). As I was baking the pupcakes and mixing up the frosting, I was thinking to myself, “You cannot go back from this. You are crossing the line into official crazy dog lady territory.” And, it happened! Thanks for having me, glad to be here.
In case you find yourself needing pupcakes for your hound’s special day, or just as an easy homemade treat (if you made these mini, they’d be great for an everyday treat) try these. I tasted them, they’re pretty good. Dan was worried about Chewy making a mess with the crumbs, but that turned out to be unnecessary because he wolfed this down SO FAST. You could almost see the thought bubble: “I’m going to eat this real quick before you realize you left something delicious on the floor in front of my face.”
Pupcakes (makes about 8 standard size cupcakes)
For the pupcake:
One medium banana
One cup flour (whatever kind you have—these are for your dog. Keep perspective.)
1/3 cup applesauce
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 cup shredded carrots
1 tsp baking powder
Splash of vanilla (or not. Again, don’t think Chewy’s pallet is this discerning, honestly. But I threw it in.)
For the Frosting:
1/3 cup peanut butter (smooth)
1/3 cup applesauce (add slowly as you mix until you get a consistency you like)
Preheat your oven to 350F and grease a cupcake pan. You could also use cupcake liners, but there’s no way I was going to get one of those off before Chewy inhaled his cupcake, so I went with unlined.
Mash your banana in a medium mixing bowl. Add all other pupcake ingredients and mix until combined. No need to be fancy here, you can add them in any order (just stir everything well).
Spoon batter into your cupcake tin until the wells are about ¾ full. I always overfill. It’s fine. Pop those suckers in the oven for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
While the pupcakes are baking, mix up your “frosting.” I put mine in a bag and cut off the corner to pipe the frosting onto the pupcakes (and again, questioned my life choices. But they did turn out pretty cute.)
After the pupcakes are done baking, let them cool until they’re no longer hot to the touch before frosting. I transferred mine to a plate to speed this along (Chewy sat by the oven during this whole process with his most polite face on, obviously smelling the peanut butter.) Frost each pupcake with some of your peanut butter/applesauce frosting, and top with some carrot shreds. Feed to your confused, but thrilled, dog. Sing “Happy Birthday” and confuse him more.