Sweet Potato and Apple Pupcakes

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!

Dog sitting in front of pupcake with lit birthday candles

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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.

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    Overhead view of sweet potato and apple pupcakes in cupcake pan

    Case in point: I baked Lucy pupcakes for her birthday 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, her excitement 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 first image in this post. 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 attended several training classes over the years. 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. Being good requires sitting quietly.

    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.

    A dog licking and eating a pupcake from a plate

    She looked up at me with wide eyes, wondering if this was a test. 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. Lu was fine, but she scared me for a moment.

    And ever since I baked these, Lucy 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 last night, sneaking glances 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 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.

    Dog licking Sweet Potato and Apple Pupcake

    Sweet Potato and Apple Pupcakes Essentials

    A dog sitting at a table in front of a sweet potato apple pupcake

    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:

    Dog sitting in front of pupcake with lit birthday candles
    Yield: 6 pupcakes

    Sweet Potato and Apple Pupcakes

    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 20 minutes
    Total Time: 30 minutes

    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!



    • ½ cup sweet potato, , pureed
    • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
    • 1 tablespoon honey
    • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
    • 1 apple, grated finely
    • 1 egg , beaten
    • ¾ cup whole wheat flour
    • 2 tablespoons rolled oats, (not quick cooking oats)


    • 2 oz. cream cheese
    • 2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce


    1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
    2. In a large bowl, combine the pureed sweet potato, apple, applesauce, honey and coconut oil.
    3. Pour in the beaten egg, stirring until incorporated, then add the whole wheat flour and uncooked oats.
    4. Once the dough comes together, grease your lined cupcake pan and slowly dollop the batter in. (It will be SUPER thick, so no worries.)
    5. Bake for 15-30 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
    6. While the pupcakes are cooling, combine the cream cheese and applesauce in a bowl, beating with a hand mixer and set aside until needed.
    7. Once the cakes are cool, top with the icing if you so choose, and let your pup enjoy!


    My pupcakes turned out REALLY dense, so I recommend making these in mini cupcake pans and cutting them in half before feeding to your dog, as Lucy tried to eat hers whole unsuccessfully...

    Nutrition Information:


    6 pupcakes

    Serving Size:


    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 181Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 50mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 3gSugar: 10gProtein: 4g

    Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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    1. Erin, I love this. You are such a great dog mama to sweet Lucy! She’s lucky to have you! 🙂 Pearl is always at my feet while I’m in the kitchen, although I haven’t baked for her. These pupcakes sound like a fun and special treat.

    2. Love it! Your dog is so adorable 🙂 I never thought about baking cupcakes for my dogs birthday! So fun ! I used to have a yorkie but I had to give her away, so I’m looking forward to doing this with our future pup 🙂

    3. Ahh I am dying over these photos! Your Lucy is so sweet and adorable! Our dog is spoiled rotten too … case in point she sleeps in our bed UNDER the covers! haha I’ve made homemade dog treats a few times but never have I made pupcakes! I think Emma needs some for her next birthday : )

    4. This is so great! I love that you made her a special puppy treat- so something I would do 😉 Lucy is just too adorable! Happy Birthday to her!

    5. If my Dexter was still with us, I’d totally bake him treats. Cats just don’t appreciate baking. (In fact, mine dislike almost all people food, with the exception of braunschweiger.)

      Also, Lucy is absolutely adorable! 🙂 Yay birthday pup!

    6. Found your recipe through Pinterest and made these for our greyhound, Riley for his birthday. HUGE hit! Great recipe – he absolutely loved them and goes crazy for them. He ate his so quickly that we couldn’t even get a photo of him eating them.

    7. I altered the recipe a bit but my babies loved the Pupcakes I made this weekend to celebrate Rudy’s 9th birthday (lab/corgi mix).

      1. Hey Brian. I’ve never vacuum sealed these pupcakes before, so I couldn’t tell you. I’d check the manufacturer’s instructions for lengths of time for any baked good and go from there. Sorry I’m not more helpful!

      1. Hey Tonya. I’ve never subbed pumpkin here for the sweet potato, but I bet you could! Chances are, the texture would change a bit, but I’m sure your pup would still enjoy it. If you do this, please let me know how it turned out!

    8. How do you think making 1 larger “pupcake” versus multiple smaller “pupcakes” would work out? Hoping to make this weekend for my dog’s birthday on Tuesday. Sweet potato is his favorite treat!

      1. Hey Lexi. If you make a larger “pupcake,” you’ll probably have to bake it for longer. 5-10 minutes, depending on how large it is. I’d also advise cutting it up for your pup when you do so because these pupcakes are dense. Let me know how it turns out!

    9. Hi Erin,
      I definitely would like to try this recipe for my furry baby’s B-Day! He Loves sweet potatoes!!!
      Now, If I don’t have any wholewheat flour; could I substitut with any other type of flour or just adding more oats? Any suggestions please.
      Thank you.

      1. Hi Lisseth! I love that you want to try this for your furry baby’s birthday! If you don’t have whole wheat flour, I suggest using regular all-purpose flour. Happy baking! I hope your pup loves these as much as our Lucy did!

    10. I love this post and Lucy’s sweet face. EVERY TIME I see those puppy dog eyes, she gets me. If only I had a dog to make these pupcakes!

    11. Floki loved his birthday pupcakes! I used pumpkin instead of sweet potato. For the frosting, I used Neufchâtel with just a little applesauce which is less caloric than cream cheese. I used my jumbo muffin pan and ended up with three nice size pupcakes.

    12. I made this for my pups 1 year birthday and he loved the cake! I substituted the cream cheese frosting (most animals are lactose intolerant after they stop drinking mommy’s milk) and made mashed potatoes that I thinned out with chicken broth instead of the normal cream. They pipped nicely from a bag and looked like normal icing for photos.

      1. Oh, I love that you made this for your pup’s birthday and that he loved it! What a great idea to add some mashed potatoes with chicken broth as the icing instead of the cream cheese one. Also, kudos to you for piping that on and making photos to celebrate your pup’s birthday! Happy belated birthday to him!

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