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


Calvin is now officially one year of age…


so I had to do a retrospective post, taking a look back at how he’s grown since last spring.

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


into this strong, strapping 23-pound beagle.

So I guess this will be my last chance to call him a “puppy ” in a post title.


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 appetite.

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

So I made some homemade birthday cupcakes just for dogs.

They’re very quick and simple to make.

As they should be.

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


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

Cal heartily approved of the recipe.


Very heartily approved – he adores these!

Here is the complete printable recipe:

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Easy Peanut Butter Cupcakes for Dogs
Recipe type: Dog Treat
Total Time: 15 minutes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Yield: 6 cupcakes
  • ½ cup rye flour (or whole wheat flour or brown rice flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅓ cup canola oil
  • ⅓ cup applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • 1½ tablespoons 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.
  7. 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.



  1. Absolutely Adorable!

  2. LOVE the photos. He is so adorable. I can’t believe how big he is now :)

  3. Awww what a cute little puppy!! I’ll have to pass this recipe on to my friend with dogs!
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  4. 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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  5. IT’s so adorable you made him a cupcake! You can call your baby a puppy for forever, I think!
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  6. Awwwwwwwww!!! I love beagles!! Happy Birthday Puppy!
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  7. GAH! He is just the cutest! Happy birthday to your little darling. These pupcakes are adorbs!!!!
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  8. Calvin is the cutest, love that you celebrated with dog cupcakes!
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  9. Happy 1st birthday to Mr Adorable my friend he is such a cutie :D

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  10. He is gorgeous!
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  11. He looks so different – from his colouring of his ears to those adorable pink pads on his paws! What a good looking fella Jen. It reminds us all why photos are so precious x
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  12. OMGOSHHH how cute is that little pup? My pup actually turns two in a couple days so I’m really glad to see this recipe! She is also a lover of peanut butter (as is every dog).

    xo Jackie
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  13. Such a sweet doggie! :) Happy Birthday little guy!
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  14. That little puppy face is just too cute!

  15. What a cute idea! I will have to make these for my dog’s birthday in July! :)
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  16. 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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  17. Aww what a cutie! I have a 15 year old beagle. She’s still my little puppy :)


  18. What a great idea! Happy birthday Calvin!
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  19. Aww what a sweet little pup! I love Beagles so much. Does he bark/howl a lot? My boyfriend and I might get a dog when we move in together and I want to lobby hard for a beagle, but he says they bark too much. I say that’s just upbringing though.
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  20. He is so adorable!
    We have a beagle too and I know how obsessed they are with food, youCalvin him the best birthday gift ever!!
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  21. So cute! I don’t have a dog but if I did he looks like he would be the perfect puppy.

  22. He is still very cute and what a fun recipe! Looks like it’s Calvin–approved!
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  23. I messed up this year. My dog Julius is tres jealous: https://www.facebook.com/JuliusChenwald
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  24. Happy Birthday to your sweet puppy, he’s always adorable!
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  25. Oh my goodness — absolutely adorable! So, so cute! These cupcakes are such a great idea and your puppy photos are beyond cute. I love the wrapper hanging from his mouth.

  26. 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

  27. Thanks for sharing his birthday…he certainly has grown from that adorable puppy into a beautiful dog.
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  28. Oh these pictures are adorable – too cute!
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  29. 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. :)

  30. 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!

  31. He is so precious! My Boxer named Penny is going to be a year old in a couple of days. I will make these for her.

  32. What a sweetie pie! Happy Birthday!
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  33. so cute my dog is turning a year in October, so I’m definitely making these for his 1st. birthday

  34. 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!! :)

  35. 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!

  36. 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!

  37. 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!(:

  38. 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 :)


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