How to Bake Cupcakes for Dogs

Dogs enjoy an occasional treat.
Dogs enjoy an occasional treat. (Image: Martin Poole/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Man's best friend enjoys an occasional treat, too. Although most dogs will gladly eat people food, some foods are too rich or unhealthy and can cause an upset stomach, resulting in loose stools or vomiting. Instead of giving regular cupcakes or other treats to dogs, special, dog-friendly cupcakes can be made using ingredients that are healthful and palatable for dogs -- and they'll be eye-pleasing to your pet.

Things You'll Need

  • Bowl
  • 1 1/2 cup wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • Wooden spoon
  • 1 cup grated carrot
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 mashed ripe banana
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • Muffin tin
  • Baking spray
  • Plastic zip bag
  • Dry dog food
  • Rolling pin

Place 1 1/2 cup of wheat flour in the mixing bowl. Add 1 tbsp. baking powder and 1/2 cup oatmeal. Stir the three dry ingredients together with a wooden spoon.

Oatmeal adds texture and flavor to cupcakes for dogs.
Oatmeal adds texture and flavor to cupcakes for dogs. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Add 1 cup grated carrot, 1/2 cup molasses and 1/2 cup water to the dry ingredients and mix well. Beat in one egg before stirring 1 1/2 tbsp. vegetable oil into the mixture.

Mix in one mashed banana and 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter to add flavor to the cupcakes. Stir the ingredients together for a few minutes to ensure they are mixed thoroughly.

Most dogs enjoy the flavor of peanut butter.
Most dogs enjoy the flavor of peanut butter. (Image: Images)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray the muffin tins with baking spray to prevent the muffins from sticking to the pan.

Spoon the cupcake mixture into the individual muffin cups until they are two-thirds of the way full. Place a hand full of dry dog kibbles in a plastic zip bag. Crush the dog food by rolling back and forth over it with a rolling pin, then sprinkle some of the crushed dog kibbles over the top of each cupcake.

Bake the cupcakes for 20 minutes or until a fork poked into the cupcakes comes out clean. Remove the cupcakes from the oven, and allow them to cool in the muffin tin for 10 minutes. Turn the muffin tin over, and gently tap on the bottom to loosen the cupcakes. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely before feeding them to your dog.

Tips & Warnings

  • Substitute 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce for the mashed banana, if needed.
  • These cupcakes also can be consumed by humans but taste more like very healthy muffins than cupcakes.
  • Store extra cupcakes in an airtight container in the freezer.
  • Pour the muffin mixture into an 8-inch-by-8-inch square baking pan to make cake-like cookie bars for dogs instead of muffins.

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