Celebrate your dog with homemade dog treats. Made with whole food ingredients like sweet potatoes, applesauce, honey and rolled oats, these Sweet Potato and Apple Pupcakes are sure to become your pup’s favorite snack!
My dog might be the most spoiled dog in the world, and the worst part about this is she doesn’t even know it. She just expects lots of things from us and rightfully so. She’s been conditioned for this, of course, and after what her life was like for the first seven months, I think she deserves all the attention and treats in the world to make up for that rough patch. However, as she grows older, her list of demands seems to grow.
Case in point: I baked Lucy pupcakes for her birthday, which was yesterday.
OK, so pupcakes weren’t a demand made by Lu, but they should clearly illustrate that my pup is spoiled. (It should also prove that I’m the kind of dog mama who wants her furbaby to have a good birthday… even if it makes me sound a little nutty.)
Pupcakes aren’t something that are made at our home on a regular basis, so they are pretty special. In fact, when Lu learned the baked goods were for her, the amount of excitement she expressed was indescribable. It’s pretty fantastic to witness, and I love seeing the moment when the realization dawns on her that yes, this was made specifically for her.
Lucy didn’t know these were her birthday treat until I was actually photographing the very top image. Yes, the one with the lit candles. No, my dog was not harmed in the documenting of this recipe. And no, she wasn’t in danger at any time.
Fear not: Lucy and I have been to several training classes over the years, and even though she has many opinions and doesn’t like to listen to me all the time, she knows that to get a treat, she needs to be good, and being good requires sitting quietly. (I should also note that she’s not a fan of fire, so there is absolutely no chance she would have attempted to consume her pupcake while the candles were lit.)
So I asked her to sit, told her to stay, lit the candles, held down my shutter, snapping as many angles as possible in a short amount of time, then proceeded to blow out the candles, remove them from the pupcake and slid the treat across the surface to Lucy.
She looked up at me with wide eyes, clearly wondering if this was a test, and when I encouraged her to give it a try, she took an experimental lick before diving right in, slurping off the icing before grabbing the cake between her front teeth and attempting to swallow it whole. (Note: If you make full-sized pupcakes, PLEASE cut them up for your dog. Lu was fine, but she scared me for a moment there.)
And ever since I baked Lucy pupcakes, she now believes everything that comes out of the oven is for her… and she sat patiently next to a tester batch of cookies cooling on the island after they were baked last night, sneaking a glance at me every once in a while to see if I noticed she was being good.
Because, you know, being “good” definitely means you deserve a treat. Even if the treat you think belongs to you doesn’t.
My sweet girl may be spoiled, but I think she’s earned it. She’s brought so much joy into our home over the last five years, and I don’t know what I would have done without her through some of the rougher times, especially those times right after I got Lucy. (After all, I was set on getting a dog because I knew no one in my new town and wanted a faithful companion to come home to who would be thrilled to see me. It worked.)
So if you’re like me and want to shower your dog with affection and good eats on their birthday, here’s how you make this recipe:
- A heaping ½ cup sweet potato, pureed
- ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 tablespoon local honey
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 small apple, grated finely
- 1 large egg, beaten
- ¾ cups whole wheat flour
- 2 tablespoons uncooked oats
- 2 ounces cream cheese
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- In a large bowl, combine the pureed sweet potato, apple, applesauce, honey and coconut oil.
- Pour in the beaten egg, stirring until incorporated, then add the whole wheat flour and uncooked oats.
- Once the dough comes together, grease your lined cupcake pan and slowly dollop the batter in. (It will be SUPER thick, so no worries.)
- Bake for 15-30 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
- While the pupcakes are cooling, combine the cream cheese and applesauce in a bowl, beating with a hand mixer and set aside until needed.
- Once the cakes are cool, top with the icing if you so choose, and let your pup enjoy!
Now I want to know: Have you baked for your pet before? Does this concept sound absolutely crazy to you? (If it does, that’s OK. My husband felt the same way… and then I got Lucy, and she changed everything…)