Happy Birthday Pupcakes

ImageOne of our two little pups, Bogart, celebrated his first birthday this past weekend. We adopted him as a puppy from a local animal rescue when he was only 12 weeks old. He was my first puppy (our second pup we adopted as an adult), so it has been such a fun experience watching him grow and learn over the last year. I decided to make him a special treat for his big day. These “Pupcakes” are a Pretty Little Pastime, your four-legged best friend will definitely approve of!

What you will need:


  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (alcohol-free)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour (preferred) or white flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

I reserved extra peanut butter and shredded carrots to top my pupcakes. I also used Milk Bone brand treats and Beggin’ Strips to finish decorating.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, combine the egg, peanut butter, oil, vanilla, and honey. Blend well. Stir in the carrots and mix thoroughly. Sift flour and baking soda together and fold into batter.

Fill 6 lined cupcake molds 3/4 of the way full with the batter. Bake for 20 minutes (35-40 minutes if making one full cake) or until cooked through. Remove from the oven and let the pupcakes cool completely before frosting.

Once cooled, spread peanut butter over the tops of the pupcakes and top with remaining carrot shred “sprinkles”. Break a Beggin’ Strip in half and push one side firmly into the cake to keep in place. Add a Milk Bone treat in front of the strip and your pupcakes are ready to be served!


Bogey loved his birthday pupcake and just like most kiddos he took the time to lick off all the frosting first! I made sure to remove the wrapper before he started on the cake also. This recipe only makes 6 pupcakes, which is great for a little birthday treat, and can easily be doubled or tripled if you are having a bunch of party animals over. It is sure to get all of their tails wagging!

Check back for more on our Doggy Birthday celebration.


34 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Pupcakes

    • Kim says:

      Thank you so much for sharing your photo Glen! It looks great and I love the candle! A very Happy 8th Birthday to your big guy!

  1. melissa says:

    thanks for sharing this recipe!! i recently had a birthday party for my furbaby and these were a hit! i doubled up the ingredients and used 1/2 cups wheat flour instead of 2 and it seemed to do the trick. i noticed doubling up 2 cups might be too doughy. i can’t wait to make these again!

  2. Monica Freeland says:

    We are celebrating the 4th birthday of my Oki mix twins today! I’ve had them since they were six weeks old and this is the first time I have officially celebrated their birthday! I’m very excited to see how they respond to your yummy cakes! Lol. Thank you for posting them and making this day that much more enjoyable for us!

  3. Serene View Photography by Heather-Joan Carls says:

    Love this recipe for ‘pupcakes’! Our rescue, our beloved Isabelle, would go mad with these! I have been looking for homemade treat recipes instead of store bought because I believe they are more healthier than buying store bought.
    I was wondering, where did you end up purchasing your whole wheat flour? I have some saved on my wish list on Amazon, but I am wondering if it would just be cheaper to purchase it at my local grocer or even at Tops Market? What did you find to be best? Do you have a brand(s) that you have a preference to?
    You have a new follower, btw πŸ™‚ Thank you. I am glad I stumbled onto your blog πŸ™‚

    • Pretty Little Pastimes says:

      Hi there, I apologize for the hefty delay in response. I had to take a little break from the blogging world due to a new job + grad school program. I’m back now though and appreciate your comments so much.

      I buy the 100% organic King Authur brand whole wheat flour, available at Whole Foods, but I am sure that you can find something very similar at your local grocer or Amazon.

      Also, I will have some new Isabelle-friendly recipes up soon, so make sure to check back! ❀ – Kim

  4. Tanya Davis says:

    Just made these for my puppy Pepper’s 1st birthday today! She loved her pupcake and even shared one with her 11-year-old brother, Dexter, who devoured his in about 30 seconds! : )

  5. Anne Baisch-Lewis says:

    Our sweet Chewie (Golden Retriever) turned one today. I made this recipe and it turned out GREAT! I made mini muffins so he can enjoy treats ALL week. They turned out great and took about 20 minutes or so to bake. GREAT recipe!! Chewie shared his treats with a visiting Chihuahua who also LOVED this recipe! Thanks so much for sharing it!

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