Home Baked Holidays: Pumpkin Apple Pup Cakes


by Dec 4th, 2010 // Giveaway, Just for Fun, Recipes

Home Baked Holidays: Pumpkin Apple Pup Cakes

Home Baked Holidays: Pumpkin Apple Pup Cakes

This one is for the dogs. Quite literally. We simply could not let the holidays go by without making something for our favorite pup so we baked up a batch of Pumpkin Apple Doggie Cup Cakes. We used whole grains and baked them without sugar or baking powder.

Home Baked Holidays: Pumpkin Apple Pup Cakes

It’s as if she knew we were baking for her – she was licking her lips the entire time. My kid got such a kick out of this idea that I let him frost and decorate them all by himself. Then he sat on the floor with our pup (who is hardly a pup) and presented her with a Pup Cake. I love how she’s keeping her eyes on the prize.

Home Baked Holidays: Pumpkin Apple Pup Cakes

Do you see the “frosting” on her whiskers? She ate it in about 5 seconds flat and licked her lips for the next 5 minutes.

Home Baked Holidays: Pumpkin Apple Pup Cakes

I think my kid did a pretty good job frosting them and adorning each with a mini treat. I can’t wait to give some of these to our furry friends in the neighborhood. Now for the recipe…

Pumpkin Apple Pup Cakes (Dog Cup Cake Recipe)

Prep Time: 10 mins  Cooking Time: 25 to 30 mins

1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie – just plain pumpkin!)
1 medium apple (peeled + diced small)
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
3 eggs lightly beaten
1 package cream cheese
2 to 3 tablespoons apple sauces
small treats for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place oats in a mini prep food processor and pulse up until finely ground. (You can use whole oats if you don’t have a food processor.) Mix ground oats, cinnamon and flour together. In another bowl mixed together pumpkin, apple sauce, eggs and apple together. Combine wet and dry ingredients and scoop into a greased muffin tin. Pile them up high (all the way to the top of tin) because they will not rise. They are dense! Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from oven and transfer to a cooling rack to dry out over night. (They may be a little wet on the bottom. That’s ok, they’ll be dry by morning.)  To prepare frosting, beat together cream cheese and 2 to 3 tablespoons apple sauce until smooth. Spread frosting on each pup cake and garnish with treat. Makes about 6 doggie cup cakes.

Home Baked Holidays: Pumpkin Apple Pup Cakes


45 Comments on “Home Baked Holidays: Pumpkin Apple Pup Cakes”

  1. 1.) Emily
    December 4th, 2010

    Cupcakes for everyone! Great idea for all of the sweet dogs in our extended family & neighborhood.

  2. 2.) Tamy
    December 4th, 2010

    almost makes me wish I had a dog to make these for.. such a sweet idea!

  3. 3.) Anna B.
    December 4th, 2010

    I don't have a dog to bake for, but yours is beautiful!

  4. 4.) Dorothy
    December 4th, 2010

    How fun!

  5. 5.) Samantha Cerniglia
    December 4th, 2010

    Lucky dogs – I want these for myself!

  6. 6.) Macki
    December 4th, 2010

    What a great idea! We are going to be baking these up for our favorite pooches!

  7. 7.) Dana
    December 4th, 2010

    mmm these sound like they would make great healthy human-muffins too!

  8. 8.) gigi
    December 4th, 2010

    what a lucky pup to have such loving and thoughtful chefs
    in her family! bet her tail didn't stop wagging after finally
    getting to eat her delicious looking pup cake… great job!
    i'm ready for a pup….

  9. 9.) paulajakobs
    December 4th, 2010

    My daughter will love making these for our dogs!

  10. 10.) Misty Sedehi
    December 4th, 2010

    Can't forget the pups!! Too cute!!!

  11. 11.) Justine
    December 5th, 2010

    Our neighborhood is filled with dogs … I love this idea! We don't have a dog, but I bet our neighbor would appreciate this … :)

  12. 12.) Tiffany
    December 5th, 2010

    So cute! My dog would love these.

  13. 13.) Jodi Calhoun
    December 5th, 2010

    Awww. I'm going to make these for my dear dog for Christmas dinner dessert. Only fair, right?

  14. 14.) Sarah
    December 5th, 2010

    Very cute!

  15. 15.) Miranda
    December 5th, 2010

    This is so sweet.

  16. 16.) katierk
    December 5th, 2010

    Every living thing should have some holiday goodies:) tis the season…right?

  17. 17.) Sara
    December 5th, 2010

    I love this idea and I know my dog would too!! We could give them to our friends pups too!!

  18. 18.) Melissa
    December 5th, 2010

    How cute! I think I'll make these for my furbaby.. I know she'd love them!

  19. 19.) Sue
    December 5th, 2010

    Cute idea. Looking at the recipe I see no reason why people (like ME!) couldn't eat these cupcakes…they sound really good!

  20. 20.) CookingWithMyKid
    December 5th, 2010

    There's nothing in it you couldn't eat but they are incredibly dense since there's no baking powder and no baking soda. Definitely filled with good wholesome stuff but not the best tasting human cupcake. That's for sure!

  21. 21.) CookingWithMyKid
    December 5th, 2010

    So true!

  22. 22.) Angela L.
    December 5th, 2010

    Those look amazingly delicious!! I can't wait to try those out. YUM.

  23. 23.) Angela L.
    December 5th, 2010

    lol. I meant for my dog, of course. I should have pointed that out instead of being in such a hurry. hahaha.

  24. 24.) souzalito
    December 6th, 2010

    Lucky Dog!

  25. 25.) Mariela
    December 6th, 2010

    What a great gesture for our four legged friends :)

  26. 26.) Charlene
    December 6th, 2010

    My SIL two Mastiff Pups would love these treats!

  27. 28.) Erica
    December 6th, 2010

    So cute

  28. 29.) Cara
    December 6th, 2010

    I was wanting to make something for my friends pet and I've got leftover pumpkin!

  29. 30.) Emily
    December 6th, 2010

    My dogs love pumpkin! I'll have to make them some of these.

  30. 31.) Min
    December 6th, 2010

    Great idea!

  31. 32.) Andrea
    December 7th, 2010

    What a fun idea for pets!

  32. 33.) BeckyS
    December 7th, 2010

    I always make pumpkin treats for our dogs but never with apple, I'll try this next time

  33. 34.) CherishedHearts
    December 7th, 2010

    Thank you for the recipe with pumpkin. I'm always cooking for our dogs, but haven't used pumpkin yet and was wondering if they'd like it. I'm going to give it a try.

    Really wish I had leftover pumpkins!

  34. 35.) Tabitha
    December 7th, 2010

    My golden likes to bake with us too! I think she'll love these pupcakes!!!

  35. 36.) Anna
    December 7th, 2010

    So cute! I have two Golden Retrievers and a Shih Tzu (well, sort of- the little dog belongs to my boyfriend, but I love her to pieces), and I can just imagine all three of them drooling over these!

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  37. 38.) ashley
    December 9th, 2010

    pumpkins and pups who woulda thought?

  38. 39.) Imwaytoobusy
    December 20th, 2010

    Ahh…this is exactly what I needed to see! …a recipe without 500 cups of sugar. I will have to try this out!

  39. 40.) Peggy
    December 20th, 2010

    I'll have to whip these up the next time my little guys are being extra good!

  40. 41.) Sarah
    April 9th, 2011

    I just wanted to say I made these for a bake sale when I wanted to find an alternative to the regular cupcakes and cookies. I also have 3 over grown puppies at home who LOVED them!!!

    Although since it’s April I could not find pumpkin puree anywhere. I only found pie mix at one store and I went to 4!! So I decided to wing it and found in our organic section a pouch of pumpkin-banana baby food!! I got two pouches and it was the perfect amount!! I also left out the apple chunks an for the frosting I chopped up milkbones and dipped the frosted cupcake into them.

    Let’s just say in two days they were gone!! I also had a request to make more!! I greatly appreciated a recipe that was not full of sugar and other undesired things for the pups!!

  41. 42.) alana
    May 2nd, 2011

    omg im making them for my puppie baby she ganna be 3 and gurlllllllllll she saw the picture and licked her lips she 3 tomrow and she cnt wiat were ganna make them tomrrow thankyou so much for this fabulous idea!!!!!!!!!!!

  42. 43.) ciera lee
    June 9th, 2011

    my somwon til wery i can fiand a sft dog to eat cupcake

  43. 44.) Doggy Dessert Chef
    November 6th, 2011

    What a fun recipe, I’m adding it to my facebook page right now. Woof!

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    August 2nd, 2013

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