Happy Birthday Puppy! (with Easy Peanut Butter Cupcakes for Dogs)


Calvin is now officially one year of age so I really wanted to do something special and bake up a homemade dog cupcake recipe.

(For the complete, printable homemade dog cupcake recipe, scroll down to the bottom of the page).


I also had to take some time looking back at old photos and seeing how he’s grown since last spring.

In the blink of an eye, Cal’s transformed from this helpless little bitty …


into this strong, strapping 23-pound beagle.

So I guess this will be my last chances to call him a “puppy.”


At the ripe old age of One, Calvin has already has already “seen it all.”

He’s “hiked” the White Mountains in the fall…


…learned to love the snow (we got heaps of it for Cal’s first winter)…


…enjoyed his first Christmas…


…which was a little too much excitement for Calvin…


…too many gifts to explore and too many unfamiliar holiday sights and smells completely wore him out.

Life is tough for this beagle.


By now, Calvin knows what he likes…


…sneaking into Meat-and-Potatoes-Guy’s duffel bag to steal his hockey tape (Cal’s favorite chew toy)…


…taking a comfortable seat on the day bed (perfect for watching all the activity going on outside the window) while pulling all the stuffing from each of his stuffed toys, until they’re entirely destroyed…


…and claiming that day bed as his own for naps in the sun…


His big (sometimes goofy) personality has earned him a long list of nicknames:





and Bubble, to name a few.


To commemorate a full year in the life of Calvin, I had to take a look back at the first photos I took.


From this tiny…




…sweet little 4-bound cutie…..


…to this full-grown beagle with a very healthy appreciation of dog cupcake recipes!

I wanted to make something a little unique and special to celebrate Calvin’s first year of life.

So I came up with a homemade birthday dog cupcake recipe.

The cupcakes are very simple to make and quick to prepare in about 15 minutes.

As they should be.

Calvin eats any treats that are handed to him in under .4 seconds flat.


For these “pupcakes,” I used brown rice flour, which is gluten free and has healthy nutrients like protein, fiber, iron, and vitamin B.

But any type of flour you have on hand should work.

And, since peanut butter is one of Cal’s all-time favorites, they have a special peanut butter frosting.

I just wish I found these adorable paw print cupcake liners before I took the photos.

Not that appearances matter in the least to Calvin.

He heartily approved of his “pupcakes.”


Very heartily approved – he adores these!

Here is the complete printable recipe:

5.0 from 3 reviews
Easy Peanut Butter Cupcakes for Dogs
Recipe type: Homemade Dog Treat
Total Time: 15 minutes
Hands-On Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 6 cupcakes

Level: Easy
  • ½ cup brown rice flour (or whole wheat flour or rye flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅓ cup organic canola oil
  • ⅓ cup organic applesauce
  • 1 organic, pastured egg
  • 2 tablespoons organic honey
  • 3 tablespoons organic plain Greek yogurt
  • 1½ tablespoons organic peanut butter
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a mixing bowl, stir the flour, baking powder, canola oil, applesauce, egg, and honey until well combined.
  3. Insert cupcake liners into a muffin or cupcake pan. Spoon mixture into cupcake liners, filling each about halfway.
  4. Bake for about 10-12 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean.
  5. Allow cupcakes to cool to room temperature.
  6. Meanwhile, in a bowl, stir yogurt and peanut butter until mixture is smooth and creamy. Use a small spatula or butter knife to smooth a thin layer of the peanut butter frosting over each cupcake.
Storage: cupcakes should hold up for 4-5 days if stored in an airtight container in a cool, shaded, dry spot. Peanut butter frosting should be stored separately, covered and refrigerated. Frost cupcakes immediately before serving.


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  1. says

    You’re so adorable .. and so is he. Cupcakes for dogs … how sweet is that. Love your gallery of him. Maybe not a puppy, but he are cute as one … I think dogs should always be puppies .. and cats kittens. I wonder why I haven’t got your other notices .. for you posts. Ages since I heard anything from you.
    Here I can see .. you have posted quite a few.
    I don’t like that you have gone to another planet. Give him a new 4 sec flat treat from me. *smile
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  2. says

    I have to admit that this is about the sixth time I’ve been to this post. Every time I needed a lift yesterday and today, I stopped by and left with a huge smile! Thanks!!!! Calvin is as cute at one year as he was when he was a puppy. What a loving family that would make him his own cupcakes. :)
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  3. says

    Oh my goodness! These pictures are adorable. I love the doggie cupcake idea…I’d love to see more of our friendly companions’ treats in the future!

    xo, Vinni

  4. Julie says

    I found your website through my daughter, Stephie, who has the Eat Your Heart Out food blog (found you on twitter). You have a beagle! We have two of these babies–my 5th and 6th beagles; my husband’s second and third beagles. Ours are both rescues through Midwest BREW, and they are our babies (since we are empty-nesters). I’m always looking for beagle goodies and goodies for ourselves, too, so I’m glad I found your blog! Your baby is so cute. :)

  5. marie says

    I found your blog while searching for healthy dog treats for the 2nd anniversary of our puppy’s arrival home and am so glad that I did. They were a breeze to make but, more importantly, he absolutely loved them. You managed to calm my Jack Russell puppy for as long as he sat down and licked the frosting off of his paws. Thank you!

  6. Liz says

    Hey great recipe….I will be baking these for my old guy he will be a ripe old age of “13” on October 31st umm still thinks he’s a puppy though! He will love the peanut butter frosting as peanut butter is his favorite too…oh and cheddar cheese…hey maybe I will throw in a little bit of cheese too in the cupcake batter he totally deserves it…lol Thanks for a great recipe! :)

    • The Scrumptious Pumpkin says

      Well I think Calvin would be 100% in favor of your cheddar cheese idea! Hope your ‘birthday boy’ thoroughly enjoys!! :)

  7. mackenzie mccarthy says

    I just made the cupcakes for the graduation of my beginner agility course class. They were the hit with everyone!!! my two mixed breed went crazy over them. Even the picky miniature poodle was thrilled! I even tried a little bit of the frosting and cake and was quite please with the flavor. My instructor almost ate one by accident!!! I did change the recipe to have soy flour instead of grain because so many pets have grain allergies, it did great! thanks for the easy, wonderful recipe!

    • The Scrumptious Pumpkin says

      What a great comment – I loved reading this :) Thanks so much for taking the time to let me know how these “pupcakes” turned out for you!

  8. Deborah says

    Hi I just love him. I have four beautiful beagle girls, Maddison & Molly are 12 years and Charlotte & Clare are 8 years. That get even more gorgoeous as they get older. Thanks for you great recipes. Can’t wait to try them out on the girls.

    all the best and have great fun with Calvin.


    • The Scrumptious Pumpkin says

      I’m already thinking about getting a second now that Calvin is almost two – beagles are the best :) Hope your four love their treats!

  9. Brooke says

    I cant get over how adorable your puppy is! I own a Puggle (beagle/pug) and he is turning one tomorrow (February 17) thank you for the recipe my dog LOVES peanut butter so this cake will make his day!(:

  10. Pamela says

    OMG! I just found this today as my Baby is 4 today (July 4th 2014) & he is definitely a independent boy! I am going to have to make this for his special day. I love your little guy Calvin he is soo cute…I might have to go get “Scotch” a little friend especially since his kitty friend “Baby” died January 14th 2013 & he just adored her, lots of people said: “No, a dog wont get along with a cat but he use to clean her when she couldn’t from old age/pain. I just know he would love a friend like Calvin!!! Seems the smaller the dog or child the more he loves them. lol ;o) He is part Lab/Pit & Boy did I have to eat my words as I use to be afraid of pits but when my son rescued him I just loved him & he has been the best most lovable dog I have EVER owned. In fact at his second training class at Petco a lady & her husband cried caused they wanted him & everybody who sees him falls in love with him & can’t believe he is the most lovey dog ever.

    P.S. I hope you keep us informed of Calvin’s fun times!

    • The Scrumptious Pumpkin says

      Thanks so much for your note – – Scotch sounds like such a sweetie, and I hope he loved his treats :)

    • The Scrumptious Pumpkin says

      Absolutely – you could try 1/4 cup of pureed banana, organic canola oil, OR extra virgin olive oil to replace the egg :)

  11. says

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I found it on Pinterest and made the cupcakes for my little guy’s birthday yesterday and he loved them! I made sure to blog pictures and gave you credit for the recipe, too. :) Your little one is so cute! I hope he’s still doing well!

    • The Scrumptious Pumpkin says

      Just checked out your link and Benny is adorable – – your photos are fantastic! Glad to see he loved his bday treat :)

  12. Scotty K says

    These were INCREDIBLE! My red min-pin, Kaztiel just celebrated his 4th birthday, and thanks to your recipe, he had the most memorable treat ever! and this is coming from a dog that gets homemade grilled chicken and green beans with his dry food every meal. My wife and I both tried one, and we loved em too!

  13. Lisa says

    Thanks for the recipe. I thought it was funny that I did a search for a recipe and I saw all these beagle pictures. Too perfect! The cupcakes are for my beagle who is 15 today….and his 14 1/2 yr old buddy who is also a beagle. :)

    • says

      That is completely your choice :) Personally, I prefer organic ingredients because this means that they are produced without synthetic pesticides and fertilizers and genetically modified organisms and that they likely do not have additives like artificial preservatives or colors (you will know an ingredient is organic if it has a green circular “USDA Organic” label on it). Non-organic ingredients and all-purpose flour will also work for this recipe. Of course, always check with your vet first if you are concerned about the safety of any ingredient for your pet.

  14. says

    Hello! I’ll be making these this weekend and am going to make a video on them in the process (like a review). I will make sure to link your post to give credit :). Just wanted to let you know beforehand! Feel free to email me if there are any problems.


  15. Lindsey says

    Loved the pictures of your dog. I have a beagle as well. They’re so sweet and lovable! Can’t wait to make this for him. :)


  1. […] 3. Make It Yourself – From Scratch! This may seem like a huge task at first but making your own dog cake is actually quite easy. There are numerous recipes online and you can even use a fun bone-shaped baking pan to bake it in. You can even make pupcakes for individual treats. There are a lot of dog cupcake recipes as well but we found this one and simply couldn’t resist the adorable pup being celebrated. Check out Calvin and his Easy Peanut Butter Cupcakes for Dogs. […]

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