Dog Friendly Banana Cupcakes

sleepy butters
Posted on 09/26/2012 by spracker
"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:

Here’s the recipes I used, with slight modifications:

Three Dog Bakery Banana Honey Cake

2 cups water
2 bananas
1/8 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 tablespoon baking powder
1 egg
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:
ne_jyam 26th-Sep-2012 11:52 pm (UTC)
This is great! Definitely going to have to give this a try :) Good luck to Butters!
spracker 27th-Sep-2012 12:02 am (UTC)
Thank you! They were Butters-approved. :) I think I'm going to freeze some of them, because he doesn't reeeally need to eat all of them in the time frame that they're still good. (I'm storing them in the fridge.)
phyllis7609 27th-Sep-2012 12:03 am (UTC)
spracker 27th-Sep-2012 12:04 am (UTC)
"Like". :)
phyllis7609 27th-Sep-2012 12:04 am (UTC)
(My Butter is giving Butters "the eye" in my icon. She thinks a dog in power is hot.)
spracker 27th-Sep-2012 12:05 am (UTC)
You know, they mis-spelled his name on the website. They spelled it Butter. I thought of you. :)
phyllis7609 30th-Sep-2012 06:20 pm (UTC)
Awwww! :o)
mercy_rain 27th-Sep-2012 12:13 am (UTC)
I always feel so let down when I see a purportedly dog-friendly recipe that contains wheat :( Your boy is very handsome though!
spracker 27th-Sep-2012 12:15 am (UTC)
What about rice flour as a sub?
mercy_rain 28th-Sep-2012 12:21 am (UTC)
That would work for most dogs! Mine is very food-sensitive and is grain-free, but maybe potato flour?
spracker 28th-Sep-2012 12:24 am (UTC)
I could swear I read a comment here about potatoes, and it was indeed another person saying their dog can't have potatoes. (Go figure!) If your dog can though, I would try it! I'd think that grain flour substitutes would be more readily accepted by a canine taste buds than by a human one - you know, not being as picky about finished product textures. :) I haven't experimented baking with other flour substitutes yet (although I want to.) If you try it with the potato flour, will you let me know how they turn out?
mercy_rain 1st-Oct-2012 01:18 am (UTC)
For *most* dogs, potatoes are a neutral - not problematic, but not super awesome. But it does depend on the individual!

Anyway, so I was at the store looking at the potato flour and thought, you know, I bet this just wouldn't hold up well as a structural component. Maybe it does, I don't have a lot of experience with it, but I decided against paying for a $7 bag to experiment (as my husband says, "for the f*cking DOGS?!?" ;)) I thought, what else might be an Unexpected Protein, and went with chickpea flour ($3/bag, *ahem*). I don't actually like bananas, so I had my husband try a bite, he said it's less sweet than he would expect a human cake to be, but thought it wasn't bad. (Less water and less baking time with this flour, btw.) The dogs, well. My forever dog and my foster dog both give major paws up.
wings_unfurling 27th-Sep-2012 01:02 am (UTC)
I am dead from Butters cuteness! :-D
spracker 28th-Sep-2012 12:25 am (UTC)
He kills me daily!
layers_of_eli 27th-Sep-2012 01:56 am (UTC)
AHHHH I am dying over how cute Butters is. Oh my gosh.
spracker 28th-Sep-2012 12:26 am (UTC)
Not only is he cute, but he's so sweet! I seriously don't know how he wasn't adopted sooner than when we got him. (Although, I think his personality has shone through a lot more in the past couple years, now that he's comfortable.)
kinglii 27th-Sep-2012 03:50 am (UTC)
This is the cutest story ever! Thank you for sharing.

spracker 28th-Sep-2012 12:26 am (UTC)
You are so very welcome! :)
kmazzy 27th-Sep-2012 09:49 am (UTC)
Very cute dog!
spracker 28th-Sep-2012 12:27 am (UTC)
Thank you! He's finally learned how to manipulate us with his cuteness. ;)
trying_t0_be 27th-Sep-2012 10:13 am (UTC)
I may try these (the last "dog-friendly" recipe I saw had potatoes in it and my dog cannot eat potatoes)

Hum what can I use to replace honey? (I don't have any at home and don't plan to)
spracker 28th-Sep-2012 12:29 am (UTC)
Hmm.. I'm not sure if the honey is just used as a sweetener in this or if it's some kind of reaction with the sugar in correlation with the other ingredients.. but I've made (soft) dog cookies before that contain absolutely no sweeteners aside from the naturally sweet banana, and they turned out OK. If you're willing to experiment, I'd make a half batch without it and see how they turn out.. especially since there isn't much of it in the recipe to begin with. (It's not like you're making sugar cookies and omitting the sugar!)
si_anenome 27th-Sep-2012 05:16 pm (UTC)
Argh! I was enamored with your dog even before I knew his name was Butters. He is adorable.
spracker 28th-Sep-2012 12:30 am (UTC)
So were we - and then the foster group told us his name, and we were hooked! Took him home that day. :)
sleepwalker41 30th-Sep-2012 06:52 pm (UTC)
I have plenty of friends with dogs, I'll have to remember this recipe. Butters has my vote! What a cutey-pie.
euphaeidae 19th-Oct-2012 01:18 am (UTC)
My dog's name is also Butters. :D
Jackie Moccia cupcakes 31st-Dec-2013 06:55 pm (UTC)
I am acutally making this for my puppys first birthday new year day tomorrow. I am going to use flax seed meal instead of flour but if I can find rice or potato flour I may make a few dozen of these for all of Auras 4 legged friends Ty for the receipe I am always looking for something for her that I can make and know what she is getting into her system
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