It is hard to believe that James Dean is already 6! I adopted him from a local pug rescue when he was just 7 months old, and on Friday we celebrated the fact that he is now 6 years young. He enjoyed a lovely day of playing with Ringo and his friend Lily, gorging on pugcakes, and indulging in his favorite dinner, Shepug's Pie. The neighborhood pups love our cupcake recipe so much that we just had to pass it along! These cakes make the perfect treat for holidays and special occasions.
4 cups whole wheat flour
1 Tsp. baking powder
2 Tsp. cinnamon
1 cup filtered water
1 large carrot, shredded
1/2 Tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 TBSP local honey
1 ripe banana, mashed
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
3/4 cup goat cheese
1 Tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 TBSP local honey
3 TBSP unsweetened almond milk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Mash the banana in a large mixing bowl. Add the water, carrots, the egg, vanilla, honey, and applesauce to the bowl.
- In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, and cinnamon.
- Add the flour mix to the wet ingredients.
- Spray a 12 slot regular muffin tin or 24 slot mini muffin tin with a safflower or vegetable oil spritzer. If you do not have one, non-stick cooking spray will do the trick. While we used cupcake papers, we find that the cake tends to stick to them. Oiled, paperless baking is best for this recipe.
- Spoon the cake mix into each slot until each is approximately 3/4 full.
- Bake for 22-30 minutes, or until a baking stick or knife can be stuck in and come out clean.
- Cool before frosting.
- In a small mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to mix all frosting ingredients. Whip until smooth and creamy.
- Use a blunt baking knife or spatula to spread the frosting over your pugcakes.
These cupcakes are human grade, so you could dig in if you were really tempted to! These cupcakes are more savory than those that we are used to, and contain much less sugar than our usual desserts. These are all natural and can be made with organic ingredients to make them even kinder to your pet's well-being. With Thanksgiving and Christmas creeping closer, this recipe is a wonderful way to include your dog in the pleasure of the holiday feast. Stay tuned for our Shepug's Pie recipe that JD cannot wait to share!