Tomorrow, our faithful friend turns 10! He’s lookin’ pretty good for an old man!

We’ve been stuck at home due to Blizzard Nemo, so we took some time to make Dexter some birthday *pup*cakes!

For some reason, the children love celebrating the birth of our dog. I don’t know who got them hooked on this tradition (ahem). Tomorrow he will don the birthday hat and feast on the birthday pupcakes.

Oh Dexter, you’re such a good boy!

Seriously, we said the word “pupcake” and the dog would not rest until he had one. I’m not joking… whining, drooling, panting, pacing – until the pupcakes were prepared, cooled and delivered. Once a year I make these things and he knows the word “pupcakes,” yet he can’t master the commands “come, sit, or heel.” Or can he?

These are the perfect treat for little people to make because dogs never complain of a little egg shell here and there. It’s the only time I bake with kids and experience no anxiety :)  Really! You can’t mess these up!  (We cut this recipe in half, because Dexter’s watching his weight.) Here’s the recipe, in case there’s a special canine friend in your life:

  • 2 ripe bananas (I used left over sweet potatoes)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp double strength vanilla
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • Dog food for “sprinkles”

Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). Spray cupcake pan.

In a large bowl, mash bananas with a fork. Add all ingredients but dog food and stir to combine.

Fill the cupcake molds 2/3 full. Top each cupcake with dog food as “sprinkles,” pushing them down slightly into the dough.

Bake 20  minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Allow to cool for 3-5 minutes in pan before inverting onto cooling rack. Allow pupcakes to cool completely before feeding them to your dog.

These pupcakes have been an annual tradition for many years. Our son has even sampled one and was pleased. Though it’s completely edible, it’s not my cup of tea. You be the judge.


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