Hello again! It’s been a while, how are you?
I’ve been MIA the past several months… Most of my excuses are tired: “Work was crazy,” “I started a new job,” “We were traveling,” “We had guests in town,” and the like. But the best reason, and the one that’s taken up the bulk of my time is: “WE GOT A PUPPY!“
That’s right friends, after years of being that person that would run up to strangers and ask, “Can I say hi to your dog?” Jon and I are now those people who say “Of course, she’s super friendly!” Her name is Pepperoni (also called Pepper, Pep, Roni, and a bunch of other sillyisms).
Yesterday we blinked and somehow that little puppy turned one. It’s unbelievable how much she’s turned our lives around in the 10 months since she completed our little family.
To celebrate our little girl turning one, I did what any over-the-top dog mom would do, and I baked my baby a cake. But not just any cake! After Googling about a dozen recipes (no, I’m not kidding) I found three that seemed promising and not too complicated. And instead of just choosing one and making it, I decided to test making my own recipe, so we could have some honest-to-dog Pepperoni Pupcakes that were special for our pupperoni.
Serves 1 very spoiled pup, or 9 individual pupcakes
Active time: 15 minutes
- 3/4 C coconut flour
- 1/4 C whole wheat flour
- 1/4 t baking soda
- 1/4 t baking powder
- 1/2 C mashed banana (1 whole banana, mashed)
- 1/2 C unsweetened applesauce
- 1 egg
- 1/4 C peanut butter
- 1/8 C coconut oil, melted
- 1-2 T honey (optional)
- 1/2 C plain greek yogurt
- 1/4 C peanut butter
Preheat your oven to 300 and grease an 8-inch baking dish with coconut oil.
Mix your dry ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
Combine the wet ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well until the mixture is uniform. Add the dry ingredients and mix until fully combined. The mixture will be about the consistency of playdough rather than a cake batter.
Gently press the dough into your prepared baking dish, and spread into an even layer.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, turning once, until the cake springs back when lightly pressed, or a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Let cool completely before frosting.
While the cake bakes (or while it cools), mix the yogurt and peanut butter together until fluffy and creamy. Set aside in the refrigerator until ready to use.
To serve, cut the pupcake into individual squares, or use a cookie cutter to make your shapes. Frost the pieces and serve immediately. Feel proud of yourself for being an awesome dog pawrent!
Make sure that all your ingredients are whole, and without any artificial ingredients. Specifically, make sure there is no xylitol in any of the ingredients. It’s an artificial sweetener that is toxic to dogs.
You can also make the cake and frosting ahead of time and store separately in the fridge. When ready to serve, frost the pupcakes and watch your dogs devour them in delight!
I plan on making these again in the future, testing variations: adding shredded carrot, mashed sweet potatoes, and/or pumpkin puree!