Your pup deserves a treat! Peanut Butter Pupcakes are dog-friendly peanut butter carrot cupcakes with a peanut butter frosting and a bone on top!
In case you didn’t know, I’m kind of a crazy dog lady.
I mean, maybe.
Just a little.
Sometimes I look at my Instagram and think, “Omg, I’ve got to post some food or some mountains or SOMETHING before all my people unfollow me because of all the dog photos!”
But anyway, Clementine turned 4 on Sunday which is CRAZY to me. How has 4 years passed already?!
We got her right after we moved to Colorado – I made my husband drive up to Black Forest to put a deposit on her before we even had a house! And I’d had her name picked out for literally years.
So for her birthday I made her some Peanut Butter Pupcakes because what pup doesn’t like homemade, dog-friendly cake for their birthday?
Ingredients To Make Pupcakes
- Flour – you can use all-purpose or whole wheat flour.
- Baking soda
- Creamy peanut butter – make sure you use one that doesn’t include sugar or zylitol. I try to use on that only has peanuts as the ingredients.
- Vegetable oil – you can also use coconut oil.
- Carrots – carrots are good for dogs in many ways.
- Honey – just to add a little sweetness.
- Cream cheese – this is for the frosting.
- Small dog bones – use whatever kind of dog treats you like, I think the dog bones look the cutest.
- Make batter. Whisk together flour and baking soda; set aside. In a separate bowl, beat peanut butter and vegetable oil with an electric mixer until smooth. Add carrots, honey, and egg; beat until combined. Add flour mixture and beat until just combined. Divide the batter into 6 muffin cups lined with paper liners.
- Bake pupcakes. Bake for 22 – 25 minutes. Cool completely before frosting.
- Make frosting. Beat cream cheese and peanut butter until smooth. Top the pupcakes with a large mound of frosting. Decorate with dog bones.
What Kind of Peanut Butter Can Dogs Have?
Peanut butter is a great source of healthy fat and protein for your dog (not to mention a treat that all dogs love!) but you do have to look out for one ingredient.
Don’t buy peanut butter that has xylitol anywhere in the ingredient list! It is used as a sweetener in some peanut butters but you definitely want to avoid if it you’re sharing with your dog. It could really do a lot of harm to your pup.
I tend to just play it safe and only buy peanut butter that is made with just peanuts (meaning peanuts is the only ingredient in the ingredients list). I figure it’s best for the humans and dogs in my house.
How Long Are Pupcakes Good For?
These pupcakes are good for up to 4 days if stored in an airtight container. I love muffin tins that come with an airtight lid because you can bake the pupcakes in it, let them cool, and then pop the lid on.
Can You Freeze Pupcakes?
You can freeze pupcakes for up to 3 months. I would freeze just the pupcakes without the frosting though, as cream cheese sometimes changes it’s texture once frozen and defrosted.
Wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and then put them in a freezer ziploc bag, making sure to squeeze out as much air as possible.
To defrost, just let them sit at room temperature overnight.
More Homemade Dog Treats Recipes
- Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Ice Cream
- Homemade Chicken Jerky for Dogs
- Homemade Dog Breath Fresheners
- Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treats
- Carrot, Peanut Butter, and Oats Dog Treats
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- 1 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- ⅓ cup honey
- 1 egg
For the frosting:
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- ½ cup peanut butter
- 6 small dog bones
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line 6 muffin cups with paper liners.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour and baking soda until no clumps remain. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, beat peanut butter and vegetable oil with an electric mixer until smooth. Add in carrots, honey, and the egg and beat. Add flour mixture and beat until just combined. Divide the batter into the 6 prepared muffin cups.
- Bake for 22 - 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.
To make the frosting:
- Beat the cream cheese and peanut butter until smooth. Top the cupcakes with a generous mound of frosting. Decorate with dog bones.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 488Total Fat: 33gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 448mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 3gSugar: 19gProtein: 12g