"Can I eat this?"
This is my dog, Butters, momentarily resisting a dog-friendly cupcake. (Pup-cake?) Butters – whether he is aware or not – is entered into a “Dog Mayor Election” hosted by our local tv station, KOFY TV. KOFY considers themselves a dog-friendly station; they have “Dog IDs” that they air during commercial breaks.. short clips of dogs sitting in a studio set that looks like a living room..with a blurb at the bottom displaying the name of the dog, and what city they live in. When I saw that they were having a dog election, obviously I had to enter Butters! Each dog at the audition had their Dog ID filmed for television as well, so regardless of who wins, we can still see Butters on tv at some point.
Since Butters has been such a good sport - humoring his humans through the dog auditions, multiple campaign photos, etc. - I decided to make some dog-friendly cupcakes just for him!
You can check out the (super easy) recipes and another photo of the cupcakes/pupcakes below the cut:
(If you want to, you can register and vote for little Butters here: http://kofyclub.upickem.net/r/33U6b53NmY7?r=274427)
Here’s the recipes I used, with slight modifications:
Three Dog Bakery Banana Honey Cake
2 cups water
1/8 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 tablespoon baking powder
2 tablespoons honey
1 Preheat oven to 350°F In a bowl combine water, bananas, vanilla, egg and honey. Then add whole wheat flour and baking powder. Mix well.
2 Pour mixture into a 8-inch cake pan sprayed with a nonstick spray.
3 Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out dry.
(I used half of the recipe, which made 8 cupcakes using silicon molds. I also replaced 1/4 C of the flour with oats. I baked them for 20 minutes and they were definitely done!)
Banana Dog Friendly Frosting
2 cups mashed banana
1 tablespoons softened butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons flour
Directions: Mix until combined. (I substituted 2TB of peanut butter, instead of the butter, and omitted the vanilla extract.)
For more Butters photos (including really silly 'campaign' photos of which I had too much fun with Photoshop,) and some recipe process photos, feel free to check out the entire post at my blog entry: http://victoriacamp.wordpress.com/2012/09/26/banana-oat-dog-cupcakes-butters-on-the-kofy-tv-dog-election-campaign-trail/