Baking With Brody: The Puppy Cuppy

Puppy Cuppies

I am, to put it mildly, really into cupcakes. I think they are amazing. Adorable, teeny tiny little bites of cake heaven in a portable handheld form. When cupcakes started coming back into fashion a couple of years ago, I sighed, knowing my waistline was doomed. In their sugary clutches, I am powerless.

I’ve sampled some of the wares from local cupcakeries, most recently the Sprinkles that opened up about a half an hour from my house- which is a relatively safe distance. This week, I discovered Pubcakes, a cupcake bakery and coffee house, a couple of blocks from one of my favorite local bistros. This could be bad.

You might think the combination of beer and cupcakes an odd one, which I did at first, so I had to sample for myself just to prove how horrible they were going to be. I was sorely disappointed in how not-bad they were when I went on Tuesday, so I had to go again on Saturday just to verify that they were, in fact, amazingly delicious. This is definitely bad.

Good for the dogs, though. With all these cupcakes around and me in a cuppy state of mind, I decided that the dogs deserved a little something for all the longing looks they were throwing me when I was most decidedly not sharing any of my people cupcakes with them. So I decided to give this recipe a whirl:

Carrot Cake Dog Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Icing




  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup applesauce, unsweetened
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder *


  • 8 oz. low fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup applesauce, unsweetened

In a medium mixing bowl, mix the first three ingredients. (If you don’t have a Microplane grater yet and you do any amount of shredding, you have to get one! I finally picked one up this week and it is seriously fantastic. I am a grating machine.)

In a second bowl, mix together the dry ingredients, then add to the applesauce mixture. *The original recipe does not have baking powder. I did an experiment and added 1 tsp baking powder per cup of flour to half of the dry mixture to see if it would get them to rise a little, because I like making things more complicated than they need to be.

This is a very dry batter. When you put it into your muffin tins, make sure to press it in really well because it isn’t going to spread on its own, and you want them to be nice and circular.

The original recipe calls for 25 minutes in a 350 degree oven; since I was using mini muffins I only put them in for 10 minutes. Perfecto!

This is the result of my baking powder science experiment. As you can see, the baking powder did make a difference. Your dog won’t care, but you might.

Cream cheese frosting is notoriously difficult to work with. I spent a lot of time angrily putting my pastry bag back in the refrigerator while the dogs were running in circles giving me the dog equivalent of “Get on with it already!”

I’d just glop it on like a glaze next time. It looked just as nice (especially on the ones with the baking powder), saves a lot of time, and tastes the exact same. After all, these are dog cupcakes, right?

Puppy Cuppies

Though if you stole one for yourself, I wouldn’t blame you.

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  • Lisa W

    They look yummy!

  • Hi Y’all!

    Oh I wish I didn’t have food allergies! I love fruit and stuff, but am stuck with…dog food for super allergic dogs…from the vet. ๐Ÿ™ Sigh…

    Y’all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  • These look delicious! (I’m pretty sure I’d eat them myself…) Thanks for sharing the recipe for these pup-cakes. Did you sprinkle some cinnamon (or something else?) on top of the frosting to make them look oh-so-beautiful?

    • Yes! Just a tiny sprinkle of cinnamon.

  • Perfect! Finn has a birthday party coming up in August…

  • Mei

    those look awesome! I have a weird question though… sometimes when I feed my dog something other than his dog food or regular treats, his stools aren’t solid, so sometimes I’m a bit hesitant to feed him something way out of the ordinary. I would love to try this recipe out and I’m sure Hiero would LOVE this. Was there any difference in your dogs’ stools after feeding them this?

    • No, but my dogs have iron stomachs. If you have a pup with a sensitive tummy you may want to skip this- or at least if you are going to try it, skip the frosting.

  • Tanya

    Did you taste them, Dr. V?

  • Tamara

    Look good enough to eat ๐Ÿ™‚

  • These look yummy enough for humans! I’m guessing my cats might even like these. I know Henry would like the frosting ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Chile

    I’m not letting Cookie or Toby see this. Those look a lot like the pupcakes I used to make for Blade. Aw hell, now I’ll have to make my doggies some again. I know I used to try his and they were always a little dry and a tad bland but he never complained!

  • Awww, adorable! I vote you for a spot on the next season of Cupcake Wars: Doggy Style. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Laura Sheppard

    These look good (I think my dog has gone to pre-heat the oven…hehe). I shared you link in the round-up at ๐Ÿ™‚

  • jen

    baking powder and bakin soda can actually be highly toxic to dogs