July 29, 2011

Apple Carrot "Pup"cakes with Banana "Frosting"

Keeva had her 4th birthday this past Wednesday on July 27th! I had to work in the morning - so Keeva went to stay at my Mom and Dad's house on Tuesday night so she could wake up on her birthday and play with her friends Nana and Sampson - my parent's two dogs. I went straight over to my parent's house after work and "frosted" the cupcakes for all the dogs to enjoy! I had made these the night before with a little help from my Mom. I don't know if anyone else does this, but I'm super conscious about Keeva's health. Way more than I am with mine. First of all, I felt super guilty that I was using white flour instead of 100% whole wheat or oat flour. Secondly, this recipe has no added sugar. Only the healthiest treats for my girl - meanwhile I'm stuffing my face with Molasses Cookies. She does get some special non-healthy treats every once and a while. Especially when she's at my parent's. I was told she had some french fries and chicken from McDonald's when I was at work. Not much I can do I guess. Happy Birthday Keeva!

 Everything was great - except she had to wear her cone for most of the day!

 Keeva with her birthday present - a new pink bone!

Keeva absolutely loves bananas - and carrots and apples. So she was so happy with this cake. You could try substituting your dog's favorite fruit or vegetable instead of carrots for a custom cake, perfect and special just for your little one!

  • 1 1/2 cups applesauce
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp light oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 - 1 cup shredded carrots
Preheat the oven to 375F.

Mix together the applesauce, vinegar, oil, and vanilla in a large bowl until well combined. In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon together. Once the dry ingredients are well mixed - add to the wet ingredients. Once the dry and wet are well incorporated - fold in the shredded carrots.

Scoop into a greased or lined muffin pan and bake at 375F for 18-23 minutes until the tops are golden brown.

For the frosting - I just mashed up two bananas and piped them on top of the cupcakes. Two bananas was enough for 4 cakes.


  1. Happy birthday to Keeva! I did the same thing for my doggie last month :-) I made her a peanut butter frosting and she went crazy for the cupcake. I used a cupcake recipe from the Happy Herbivore and chunky peanut butter. I have been celebrating my dog's birthdays for nine years now. I am happy to see that I am not the only doggie parent that does this :-) You can see my doggie birthday post on my blog.

  2. Happy 4th yr Birthday, Keeva!
    I'm sure Keeva appreciates that you and your family celebrated her birthday and with such a treat! ^^
    So, why is she wearing a cone?

  3. Elisabeth - Lucky Dog! I love Peanut Butter Cupcakes!

    qingfoodporn - Keeva says thank you! She has to wear a cone because she has a small hot spot (cut/sore/rash) on the side of her face that she won't stop scratching.

  4. Happy Birthday Keeva! You are one lucky dog!!