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?
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!
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!
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!
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!