Yes, it’s true…I am that girl. What girl, you ask? I am that girl who makes her puppy homemade baked goods of her birthday. And YES, in case you don’t follow me on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, TODAY IS DAISY’S FIRST BRITHDAY! Obviously, this is very exciting to me and quite a big deal (I mean – come on – I named my blog after her)! My little puppy is growing up so fast! One year ago today she came into this world somewhere out in West Virginia, and, 8 weeks later, she found her way to the SPCA right down the street from us and Christian and took the plunge and adopted our wonderful little puppy. From the moment I held her at the SPCA, I knew she was the one, and every day spent with her just reaffirms that decision. Sometimes you just have to go with your gut. When we took her home, it was slightly terrifying realizing this little ball of adorable fur was entirely our responsibility now. Despite the added responsibility and work and financial burden and extra vacuuming that all come with this puppy, she is without a doubt the best decision Christian and I could have made. She is a bundle of energy and love and joy and excitement and silliness and fur. Oh my goodness – there is so much fur! Who knew one puppy could shed so much! Sometimes I wonder how she is not entirely bald from all her shedding. It seems unfathomable with the amount of hair I find on the floor, on me, and on all of my worldly possessions, that there is any hair left on Daisy. But I digress…
I never expected that I would be one of those people who obsessed over their puppy and make pupcakes for their puppy’s birthday. But there I was, over the weekend, vacuuming my apartment thanks to all my puppy’s fur, about to burst with excitement, thinking about what I was going to do for my baby’s birthday. Now, it is strange to think that she has absolutely no idea that today is not a day like any other. She is just going on living her merry life of sleep, play, eat, per usual. But, for me, it is a very special day, and I wanted to share my joy with her. So, in honor of Daisy’s first birthday, I made Pup Cakes! Yes – PUP cakes! Also known as, cupcakes for puppies! Or dogs…Or humans, I suppose; if you like that sort of thing (I suggest leaving off the bacon treat if you decide to have a taste, though).
The recipe: I shopped around the internet for various recipes, using Pinterest as my hub. If you’re interested, you can check out some of the recipes that caught my eye on my It’s a Dog’s Life page. Then, after gathering sufficient knowledge of typical ingredients in puppy snacks, I went to my kitchen and threw a bunch of ingredients I had on hand in a bowl and stirred. (She is a silly puppy who will eat anything, after all – not Florian Bellanger or Candace Nelson, the oh-so-talented-and-critical judges on Cupcake Wars. Daisy will eat almost anything…except bananas…she does not understand bananas.) My two ingredient requirements were peanut butter and bacon. I cannot think of a better puppy combination, can you? Now, that being said, when I got home from the gym last night, I realized I did not have bacon. I flirted with the idea of going back out to the grocery store for the sole purpose of buying bacon to put in my puppy’s birthday pup cakes, but even I have my limits when it comes to my baking and puppy obsessions. Besides, I had an idea: I had turkey sandwich meat, and oil. I don’t know how much of a likeness this bares to bacon, but I chopped up and fried these slices and threw them in the batter at the end. Daisy was all up in my business when I started frying that stuff, so I knew it would be a hit. (I had to banish her from the kitchen!) Once they were baked, I let them cool, mixed up the frosting, and threw on come chewy bacon dog treats for good measure. Daisy was in puppy heaven. And I was a very pleased puppy mommy.
These pupcakes are extremely simple and actually not half bad (yes, I tried them – how could I not try my own creation!?!? I was curious!). Plus, I knew what every ingredient was, so I knew there was nothing sketchy or unappetizing in them, and they are pretty healthy, because there is no sugar or butter. I was actually thinking I could pretty easily modify this recipe to make a very healthy very yummy human snack. My mom has been hounding me to make her “healthy cupcakes” (oxymoron much?) for awhile now, so maybe I will finally experiment with that.
There is plenty of wiggle room in this recipe, so go crazy and put in your pup’s favorite! Blueberries? Great, and full of antioxidants! Parsley? Help freshen their breath! Cheese? Let’s be real, what self-respecting dog doesn’t go wild for cheese? What do you have in your pantry that your dog loves?!?! Get creative!
I hope your puppy enjoys this treat as much as mine did!
Happy Daisy Cakes!!!
Daisy’s Birthday Pupcakes
Yield: 18 minis and 4 regular cupcakes
Prep time: 15 minutes
Bake time: 8 minutes for minis, 15 minutes for regular
1 cup rolled oats
1 -1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup honey
1 cup water
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup chopped bacon
Treats of your choice for garnish
- Preheat oven to 350F. In a large bowl, mix together dry ingredients.
- Add wet ingredients to the dry and mix well.
- Fold in bacon pieces.
- Put batter into muffin pan and bake for 8 to 15 minutes, depending on size.
Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
Yield: Perfect amount to ice these cupcakes with no extra
Prep time: 5 minutes
6 oz cream cheese
1-1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp vanilla yogurt (plain, Greek, any kind works too)
Food coloring – if you are crazy like me and want colorful frosting
- Mix all ingredients until combined.
- Once cupcakes are cooled, ice with frosting.