Introduction: PupCakes!

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Okay, this one's for my bitches.  Well, my babies.  They're two, adorable Boston Terrier girls.  Two of the three loves of my life.  I like to treat them once in a while and I figured that I might as well come up with something for them, while I'm on my cupcake-kick.  

I just did my own thing, but it turned out perfectly, so I will share the details with you!  Most important thing to note about my recipe is this - I've based it on my own dog's food because I didn't want to feed them something that could make them sick.  Also, to combat that reaction, I've made them with pumpkin, which is a miracle digestive treat for dogs.  It's high in fiber and I give it to my girls if they are backed up or free-falling.  Lol.  Needless to say, it's a big help if you live in an apartment and they're both in good digestive health.

So, these Pumpkin Pupcakes will be based on your own dog's wet and dry food, with some pumpkin and other treats for added fun!

Step 1: Whatcha Need?

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4 cups Dry Dog Food
1 cup Pure Pumpkin (in a can, mushy stuff)
1 cup Wet Dog Food
1 cup Peanut Butter
1/3 cup Honey
1/3 cup Canola Oil
1 Finely Chopped Apple (or carrot)

Set Oven to 350 degrees!

Step 2: Throw It Together!

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I threw the dog food to the Ninja and it shredded that stuff into dust!  I did the same with the apple without the core and it was almost like applesauce.  After your hard ingredients are minced, just mix everything together in a big bowl.

When you're finished mixing, let your babies lick the mixer or the bowl!  This is fun and cute to do, plus, it's the 1st taste test!

Step 3: Baking Time!

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Okay, I used cupcake wrappers, but you don't have to, as long as you PAM the pan.  Make sure that your oven is pre-heated to 350.

Fill the cups until they have about a half or quarter inch left at the top.  They will raise, but just a tiny bit.  Pack it in there neatly and make the tops smooth!  Bake for 35 minutes and they should come out a little dark, because of the dry dog food.  They hold together really well!  Now, just ice them with the pumpkin and you can top with Beggin' Strips Sprinkles!  (Just cut them up into tiny pieces.)  I use this as a meal replacement, because it's pretty filling for them.

They usually eat half a cup, twice a day.  And they were able to finish the whole Pupcake.  This recipe will yield 1.5 dozen.  I suggest to just ice a few of them, I iced 6 I think.  Then put them in Tupperware and use them within a week or so.  The rest can be put into a ziploc bag and stored for a couple months in the freezer.

Step 4: Serve and Enjoy!

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Let them work for their food, have them sit and wait until you release them.  "OKAY!", and then watch how much they enjoy your cooking!  Jersey Belle (the one with cow print), she doesn't like the icing, but she likes the Pupcake.  Panda (the one with more black), she loves the icing and chomped the Pupcake to death.  She's the one in the photos, licking her lips and trying to steal it from me during photography.  :D

Both of my girls love these because it's a different treat, it tastes like their normal food and gives them some fun tastes on the side.  Hope you guys try it out, then come back to let me know how your dogs liked them!


GASHLYCRUMBTINY (author)2011-06-10






Please read the following article on giving your dogs honey GASHLYCRUMBTINY before you yell at kristylynn84. Facts can be rather interesting.

that's very interesting! :) if i ever manage to get pregnant, i will remember this! :D

ViannaD made it! (author)2015-07-30

My babies turn 1 tomorrow so i am definitely using this recipe! I have a question though, I've never given them anything with pumpkin so I'm not sure if they will like it? These stinkers are so picky -_- i saw a different recipe on pintrest that used low fat creme cheese and greek yogurt for their frosting. What do you think about that? If not i will give them pumpkin a whirl.

Funfetti822 made it! (author)2015-03-19

Thank you for sharing this! My little lady Lexi can be a picky eater sometimes, but when she gets one of these, her bowl is clean every time! You rock!!

louisemay.salles (author)2014-08-26

Is there anyway to make it without the peanut butter? I live in Brasil and it's not the easiest thing to find in supermarkets...


elizruge (author)2014-08-21

Love your pics of your girls...can I borrow one to send to my mom?

BostonLuv (author)2011-06-09

I have two BT's as well and I'm sure they're going to go APE for this! Thanks for posting! I couldn't help but notice one of your BT's looks like they have allergies (pink belly/chest, red marks)? I've had major problems with my littlest and his chest and belly used to look exactly like that. We started making both their food and he improved tremendously. I did some research and ultimately have ended up going with I'm not affiliated with it in anyway other than being a satisfied user of the recipes, but you seem like the type that'd be in to possibly trying this. My pups have never been happier about their food and their energy & allergy and any digestive woes (you mentioned backed up or free falling) have all but vanished! Good luck, and thanks again for the recipe!

kristylynn84 (author)BostonLuv2011-06-10

thanks for the link, i need to check it out! do they have a way to make bulk dry food, or something? how to do you use the recipes to feed your dogs? and by chance, do you know what your dog was allergic to? maybe a specific ingredient?

anyways, good eye, and yes, my little one (1 year old), has had allergies. i thought it was from sleeping on a bed that came from costco and smelled like trees, so we ended up throwing it away. but the allergies are still here! i appreciate your help and i am going to look at the site! :D

hfuller (author)kristylynn842011-08-07

My dog is allergic to gluten and we had him on this special food but then we found this President's Chioce food from extra foods and superstore that is wheat and corn free. W have a big dog so it was Large breed, Salmon and rice flavour. He isn't allergic to it. I don't know if they have it in small dog formula though. You just would need to read the ingredients

My wife and I have an American Bulldog mix who has the same kind of allergy problems. We don't make her food (hell, we can barely manage to cook for ourselves) but we switched her to a grain-free food with a single "exotic" protein source, meaning not beef or chicken but something like salmon or venison. Since then her skin problems and digestive issues have cleared up almost completely. We also make sure to give her a flea bath that has "soothing oatmeal" in it, since her sensitive skin means that every little bite or scratch swells up and takes forever to heal.

Definitely give a grain-free diet a try, but bear in mind that almost all of the most popular treats have wheat flour in them, including Beggin' Strips.

Good luck!

BostonLuv (author)kristylynn842011-06-11

I don't have anything for dry food. :-( I do the ground chicken recipe. I'll get my chicken in a big bag from Costco and grind it myself at home with my mixer's attachment. I get the eggs from costco too since its so inexpensive. That bag (plus the other ingredients) yields about 2 weeks worth at a time. Each dog gets 2 cups a day (breakfast and dinner) of the chicken. I split it up in to 4 tupperwares and keep one in the fridge and the other frozen until they need it. The egg/cheese/baby cereal mix I pre make and baggie and store in the fridge too. I give it to them with the AM meal and call it their Boston Breakfast Scramble. Lol! It's more work than dry food but I've gotten such better results I think it's worth it. I'm spending a little less than I was for the fancy "hypoallergenic"/organic dry food bags, too!

kstark2 (author)2011-07-19

My pup turns 7 next week and I was looking for a recipe for him and his buddies. This is great! I love the pics. One question... how in the world do you get your girls to sit still to paint their nails. I have a little girl too and have never tried thinking she would get polish all over the place :)

susanrm (author)2011-06-29

Your photo on this instructable grabbed me immediately. It's wonderful! Great doggie birthday (or adoption day) treat, for sure.

Here is my pup, saying "thank you in advance" for the awesome recipe.

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kristylynn84 (author)susanrm2011-06-29

awwww! brindle, too! :D <3 you're welcome!

mdel_giorno (author)2011-06-07

My four Boston Terriers are going to LOVE this! Thank you for sharing!

kristylynn84 (author)mdel_giorno2011-06-10

omg 4!?! attach a pic!!! :D

mdel_giorno (author)kristylynn842011-06-10

I don't have one of the four of them together. Miles and Mugsy, the two boys on the bed, are ours. Rango (red harness) is being fostered for a rescue. Belle Rose was a foster until yesterday, when we got the OK to formally adopt her. So, I guess we technically have three and a long-term house guest. :-)

kristylynn84 (author)mdel_giorno2011-06-13

awwww! :D so adorable!

BostonLuv (author)2011-06-11

Oh and we got our guy allergy tested and he's allergic to life practically! :-( like 80% of what was tested for with environmental allergies. The food allergies they said was better determined by trial and error bc I guess the food allergies can read with a lot of false positives. Noo clue why, but that's what they claim. Out of the versions that woman offers, the chicken seems to work best for him.

mary candy (author)2011-06-06

The dogs are so happy ! hahahha

kristylynn84 (author)mary candy2011-06-06

totally! lol, the last iced ones are for dinner tonight. ;)

mary candy (author)kristylynn842011-06-06

My puppies would like to say : Thank you very much for the recipe !!

kristylynn84 (author)mary candy2011-06-10

awwwwwww~~~!!!! :D they ARE babies! haha :D

bryandhispup (author)2011-06-07

they show such good restraint. I am proud of them and their obviously good training.

thank you!! :D

jpowers2 (author)2011-06-09

seriously, you can make a business out of this problem at all....people will spend any amount on pets and babies....think about it.

kristylynn84 (author)jpowers22011-06-10

there are already dog bakeries online and there is one in Pasadena, Ca, near where we live. (hour away) these places exist. unfortunately! haha. :) but it would be super-fun to be a boutique owner for pets and their owners, have a little bakery corner, accessories, jewelry, maybe a "salon" to paint the dogs nails, and designer dog clothes, too. :) i wish! :D

rizriz (author)2011-06-09

I just finished these. My girls scoffed them down!!! They both loved the pumpkin icing!! I'll be making these again! Thanks for a great recipe!

kristylynn84 (author)rizriz2011-06-10

That makes me feel amazing! I've never created something that other people can enjoy...well, dogs. haha. :D Thanks so much!

skylerskinner (author)2011-06-10

I really like this idea. I love spoiling my Boston terrier: Porky. Might I also say, one of your bostons looks just like him!... might I ask in an unrelated notion, does your boston have a skin condition? I know that they are very likely to obtain skin problems, and I see that your boston has a very red, and slightly thin-coated underbelly. I ask because my Porky is the same way, and I am very concerned. I just wanted to know if you know of something effective to treat his red itchy skin...nothing seems to help.

Well, sorry for getting off topic, but I do really like this idea, and I know Porky will too... thanks! :D

i am in the exact place that you are, in terms of the allergy. i have no idea what it is caused by...and reading online, there are so many factors that it's hard to figure it out, and the vet, i called and they do some little generic test for $100 that only tests for one thing. ugh!

right now, i put a shirt on her so she can't scratch her armpits and i want to get her professional boots, or make some that she won't be able to take off, for her back paws. she managed to un-velcro and UNZIP the last pair. haha. our poor babies! i am about to check out a comment below, someone else had the same problem, but it was a food allergy, not sure if that's what ours may have, but check her comment on this page, and maybe we can give it a look. :) <3

Nelyan (author)2011-06-10

:O Amazing idea! I'll have to second jpowers2, these would sell!

Hmm, I wonder would this work with cat food too? Though I don't know with what to replace the apple and the pumpkin. Any ideas anyone? I'm willing to make these for our little catlady :)

kristylynn84 (author)Nelyan2011-06-10

maybe replace them with tuna? haha. :) sounds cute!

BodenM (author)2011-06-10

My maremma loved these, thanks for the recipe :D

kristylynn84 (author)BodenM2011-06-10

so awesome! :D

turrilynn (author)2011-06-09

I love to treat my dogs with homemade goodies without wheat flour. Combine the fact that this is made with the dog food they are already used to, it makes this a perfect tasty treat. Can't wait to try it! Cute babies, too!

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lpfannen (author)2011-06-09

WOW! Looks like a real pleaser. Great reward for our little friends.

Lindie (author)2011-06-09

Looks great for my dogs! Thanks.

tchitwood (author)2011-06-06

How wonderful! Great Instructable! Don't have any dogs yet but sending this link to my sister. I bet her boy Fenris would love these. :)

kristylynn84 (author)tchitwood2011-06-06

thank you! and i love your cakes! :D <3

tchitwood (author)kristylynn842011-06-06

Thank you! :)

sunshiine (author)2011-06-06

My daughter will want this for her babies.

angelabchua (author)2011-06-06

YESSSS! I love this. "this one is for my bitches" haha!

Great i'ble. Never thought to post some of my doggie recipes. I think ima start doing that!

CUTE pups too! Party dog approves!

kristylynn84 (author)angelabchua2011-06-06

LOL so cute!! :D

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