Happy Birthday Pupcakes

Pirate Dreams
Posted on 06/11/2012 by cakecrumbs

Have you guys spotted the puppy sneakily hanging around the background of a few of my dessert photos? He's usually staring me down, trying to guilt me into sharing with him.

His name is Tobias. He's a Siberian Husky and the love of my life. Last Friday he turned two years old. So in celebration, I embarked on a first: home made pet treats.

Pupcakes! Dog-friendly cupcakes.

 I spent some time looking up dog-friendly recipes, but most of them were the same. So I opted for a veggie-based treat. The cupcake is essentially a carrot cake, minus the butter and sugar. Instead they have a little peanut butter and honey, and some bits of chopped up schmackos folded through. 

A lot of the recipes I saw suggested using peanut butter, cream cheese or cottage cheese to ice the cakes. I don't like the idea of giving dogs that much dairy in general, but Tobias especially has a low-tolerance for dairy (evidenced by the time he discovered the Easter egg stash while we were out, and another time when he stole a massive hunk of cheese. Aftermath was not pretty).

So I decided to make the icing out of mashed potato. Tobias loves mashed taters and it was the only thing I had on hand that was white and dog-friendly. I knew mashed taters pipe well as I've done so for things like Shepherds Pie before, so I had high hopes.

It came out looking nicer than some batches of buttercream I have made.

Rather than adding milk, butter and salt, I added a little water to thin out the consistency and tinted it blue. I decorated them with hearts cut from schmackos treats and sprinkled it with finely chopped dried liver treats: his favourites. 

We took the birthday treats outside. Tobias has a habit of throwing around treats he likes and I didn't like the thought of mashed potato all over my house.

Tobias patiently waiting for the command to eat. Or at least pretending to be patient while thinking, "Stop taking photos and let me have them."

He sat on the porch pretending not to care, until I said "eat it". At those two words he bolted over to the pupcake and ate the schmackos-heart. But even puppy knows the icing is for last. He flipped it over and began eating the cake bit first.

Nom. He loved them so much that the moment it was finished he started running in circles around the BBQ where the rest were sitting, hoping for a second.

Well, it is his birthday after all, how could I say no?

Here's the recipe if you'd like to treat your canine friend to some pupcakes. This recipe makes 6 standard pupcakes.

Birthday Pupcakes


1/2 cup self-raising flour
1/8 cup peanut butter
1/8 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup shredded carrot (skin on)
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1/8 cup honey
1 egg
schmackos or your dog's favourite treat, cut into small pieces

1 large potato
2 tbsp water
1-2 drops liquid food colouring
dog treats, to decorate


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced), line 6-hole cupcake tin with patty pans
  2. Combine all ingredients into a bowl and mix until thoroughly combined
  3. Spoon into patty pans and bake for 20 minutes, or until cooked through
  4. Allow to cool for 5 minutes in the tin, then transfer to a wire rack to cool.
For the icing
Peel and cut potato into medium sized chunks. Put potato into a pot of cold water and place over high heat. Boil until tender (usually around 30 minutes - test with a knife). Mash potatoes; add water to thin it out and use electric beaters to beat until creamy. You can adjust the amount of water until you get the desired consistency. Add food colouring if desired and beat through. Allow potatoes to cool before piping onto the cake. Garnish with dog treats if desired. 

Head over to the original post @ Cakecrumbs for some gushing over the birthday boy, complete with puppy photos and a video from his birthday. 
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kukalaka 11th-Jun-2012 01:48 pm (UTC)
Haha, that is amazing!
cakecrumbs 11th-Jun-2012 02:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks! He certainly thought so!
sabrebabe 11th-Jun-2012 02:13 pm (UTC)
Those look *fabulous*! I will have to try them this summer for a teat for my brutes (and his visiting "sister").

I had a Sibby (Siberian Husky) a long time ago (couple decades?), and I remember that she had a notoriously delicate digestive system. She had to be fed exclusively on Science Diet brand food, and severely limit her treats to small bits of red meat. :P I'm so glad you were able to work around Toby's dietary needs! This means I can make them and not have my son's Pug, Ellie, (who is living with me atm) puking up everything. Jaeger (my brute-mixed mutt) is a goat and can eat anything. And usually does. :D
cakecrumbs 11th-Jun-2012 02:46 pm (UTC)
They're so easy when you don't have to worry about human people eating it. No folding gently, just check it together and bake. Yay.

Oh dear, I'm glad Tobias doesn't have that many dietary issues. That sounds intense. I imagine Science Diet to be expensive? My dad's dog is on a speciality diet to try to get him to lose weight (he's 70kg - was perfect weight until he was desexed at 4 years of age, then blew up) and it's something like $100 for an 8kg bag. 2 years later he's lost about 3kg.

Tobias is a bit easier to feed, but still eats mostly fresh stuff. He gets fresh meat (usually roo meat), middle-range dry food and occasionally left overs that are dog-friendly. He loooves when we have chicken, cause he gets all the off-cuts. He rarely gets sweet treats: his favourite is things like pigs ear or trotters or any sort of hide, though he'll throw them around for hours before finally eating it. Dairy is thankfully the only thing he's adverse to. Which is maybe a blessing in disguise: I'd rather him vomit up the chocolate than get theobromine poisoning.

Jaeger sounds like my last dog! He's a lab x kelpie and will consume everything. He has a thing for eating branches. He doesn't live with me any more, though.
oncelikeshari 11th-Jun-2012 03:33 pm (UTC)
You have a very handsome dog.
cakecrumbs 11th-Jun-2012 03:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks on behalf of Tobias! He's too handsome - impossible to stay angry at when he destroys things haha.
woobeans 11th-Jun-2012 04:01 pm (UTC)
cute! i enjoyed reading that even though i am NOT a dog person. :)
cakecrumbs 12th-Jun-2012 03:28 am (UTC)
Lol. Aw, thanks. I'd like to be able to say my dog would totally love you and make you a dog person, but he runs away from strangers. xD
layers_of_eli 11th-Jun-2012 04:36 pm (UTC)
SO cute! Happy birthday, Tobias!!
cakecrumbs 12th-Jun-2012 03:28 am (UTC)
Thank you! On both accounts. ;)
kaitydid33087 11th-Jun-2012 04:53 pm (UTC)
Ohhh! This is fantastic! My Yorkie is on a very low-sodium diet. This doesn't have much sodium in it, does it? I'd love to give him something like this.
cakecrumbs 12th-Jun-2012 03:31 am (UTC)
I think there is some sodium in the leavening agent in self-raising flour, though it would be a small amount, so I guess it depends on how sensitive your pooch is to sodium. You could bake it without leavening, it would just be denser.
tsuki_no_bara 11th-Jun-2012 05:17 pm (UTC)
i would never have guessed that you used mashed potato for the frosting. my parents' dog (who has since gone to the great kennel in the sky *snif* ) really liked cheese - actually she really liked everything, except (i think) lettuce and celery - and as far as i know never had a problem digesting it, but i still don't think i would have made buttercream frosting for her. so the mashed potato is pretty nifty.

also your dog is very handsome and looks exceptionally fuzzy.
cakecrumbs 12th-Jun-2012 03:35 am (UTC)
What breed was your dog, out of curiosity? I've only even had labs/kelpies/shepherds before and all of them were 4-legged vacuums. Could eat and digest anything. He's my first Husky and the only dog that has gotten sick from food.

He is very fuzzy at the moment. Winter coat time, which means my house is also extra very fuzzy right now. His neck is hidden by fuzz, so when I pit his collar on he gets tu-tu neck.
stelligera 11th-Jun-2012 05:58 pm (UTC)
SO AMAZING! Must add this to my memories, lol :)
cakecrumbs 12th-Jun-2012 03:35 am (UTC)
Thank you. :]
mummy_owl 11th-Jun-2012 08:34 pm (UTC)
Brilliant! I love making dog snacks but these are special :-)
cakecrumbs 12th-Jun-2012 03:36 am (UTC)
Thanks! I definitely want to do more doggy snacks, it's lots of fun (and totally stress-free haha).
annoyedwabbit 11th-Jun-2012 10:02 pm (UTC)
Toby is such a handsome boy! ^_^ This is timed perfectly for me - my dog (a Shiba Inu) turns one next month, and I have been thinking about making something for her.
cakecrumbs 12th-Jun-2012 03:40 am (UTC)
Ohh awesome. I bet she is gorgeous. I love Shiba Inus, they are such beautiful dogs. I'd love to have one, or an Akita, one day in the future if the opportunity came up to rescue one.
aome 11th-Jun-2012 11:31 pm (UTC)
I am SO printing this out. My daughter dotes on her dog, even more than I dote on MY dog, and she'll LOVE this.

Happy birthday to Tobias!
cakecrumbs 12th-Jun-2012 03:41 am (UTC)
Oh lovely! And thank you, on behalf of Tobias. :)
twirling 12th-Jun-2012 01:38 am (UTC)
that is such a cool idea!
cakecrumbs 12th-Jun-2012 03:41 am (UTC)
Thank you. :]
frankiefan13 12th-Jun-2012 04:45 am (UTC)
Tobias just became yet another reason for me to desperately want a Siberian Husky - what a gorgeous boy!
My parents' old dog used to eat anything (including iced coconut cakes, and Haigh's Chocolate - grr) but I bet he'd have loved this even more. The mashed potato looks amazing!
cakecrumbs 12th-Jun-2012 11:27 am (UTC)
They are such gorgeous dogs, but such a handful. Or 20 handfuls. I thought Kelpies had energy to burn, Huskies are insane.

Thanks for your lovely words.

puppytraining 12th-Jun-2012 08:31 am (UTC)
What a freaking gorgeous dog! Amazing!

Before I clicked onto the recipe, I was trying to guess what the frosting was made from - great tip using mashed taters! I am totally making these for my boy Dexter (4yo Yellow Lab).

Thanks for sharing!
cakecrumbs 12th-Jun-2012 11:29 am (UTC)
Thanks so much!

Did you guess they were mashed taters? I wondered if they off-white colour of them before adding the food dye would give it away.

I hope your lab loves them as much as Tobias did!
killerqueen 12th-Jun-2012 06:28 pm (UTC)
Cute cupcakes! And your dog is adorable!
cakecrumbs 13th-Jun-2012 01:06 am (UTC)
Thank you! He says thanks, too. :]
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