Homemade Birthday Cupcakes for Your Doggy

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Have you ever made a birthday cake or cupcakes to celebrate your pups birthday?

This is our first year to do it and it was a super fun family project.

These are made with peanut butter, shredded carrots, honey for sweetness and just a few other ingredients.

McCoy’s gotcha day is coming up on July 27th and we thought these would be perfect to help us celebrate the day he became part of our family.

Let me show you how easy these are to make.

doggy birthday cupcakes (1)



  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup organic, peanut butter*
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large shredded carrot
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 egg


  • 1/2 cup cream cheese, at room temperature 
  • ½ cup smooth, organic, peanut butter*
  • 1 T honey

*Please note, make sure that your peanut butter does not contains xylitol.

In a standing mixer combine all of the ingredients for the cake.

Mix on medium speed until well combine.

This mixture is thick.

dog birthday cupcakes


Add 12 cupcakes liners to a cupcake pan.

Fill the liners half way up with cake batter.

Pop the pan in a 350° oven for about 25 minutes.

doggy cupcakes

When you insert a knife in the middle of a cupcake and it comes out clean, they are done.

Remove them from the oven and place the cupcakes on a cooling rack.

cupcakes for a dogs birthday

Meanwhile, in your standing mixer with the whisk attachment, combine the ingredients for the frosting and whip that up.

When the cupcakes are cool, frost them.

icing dogs can eat

Add a small milk bone to the top of each cupcake or a bacon dog treat once you have frosted them.

McCoy loves the bacon treats!

Now, celebrate your sweet dog!

homemade dog cupcakes


You know, McCoy was rescued from an animal shelter that euthanized. He was being walked back to be put down when he was saved!

My boys wanted a dog so badly. I was really concerned about adding a dog to our family, but we’ve never looked back. It’s been two years but it seems like he’s been a part of our family forever. He travels with us. He runs errands with us. He even sleeps in my bed, for crying out loud. He steals the covers and I just don’t want to bother him to get my covers back. Every time I come home from Target with groceries he knows there is something in the bag for him. He is just such a sweetie. Our boys love him so much.

mccoy dogust party

Every year, North Shore Animal League America celebrates the first day of August as DOGust which is the universal birthday for all Shelter Dogs whose birthdays are unknown.

To celebrate dogs (the good, the bad and the mess), I have teamed up with Bounty to provide dog owners nationwide ideas for how to celebrate their adopted dogs’ birthday and these cupcakes are a must!!

forgive them faster with bounty

Dogs are messy and McCoy is no exception. With Bounty, we can forgive them faster with all the messes they make.

birthday cupcakes for your dog


Will you celebrate with us? Happy Birthday to your pup!


Ever wonder what your pup does when you’re gone? Mr. McCoy cracks us up!


Looking for birthday treats for your dog? You will love these!

20 birthday treats for your dog


This post is sponsored by Bounty. All opinions are my own.


  1. Hi Crystal,
    Our little rescue dog Max will just love these awesome cupcakes, and what a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you again soon.
    Miz Helen

  2. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    We don’t celebrate our dogs birthday and I have never made him cupcakes before, but we have made him some homemade treats before. He loved them.

    1. That is the next thing I plan to tackle… some homemade dog treats. I’ve heard dogs love pumpkin and and it great for their tummies.

  3. Oh I am so going to have to keep this post close – I am sure my pooch would love a birthday cup cake (well anyday) x

  4. My dog would have loved this! I never made anything for him before. When we get a new dog I think I know what I will make for them as a treat!

  5. That is such a cute Doggie cake!! We have a new puppy so tons of messes occur right now! Bounty is the only one we trust for quick pick ups! lol!

  6. What a cute idea! I never thought about making cupcakes for my dogs but I bet they would love them.

  7. These look delicious!! My dog would definitely go for these!!

  8. Why didn’t I think of this? My fur babies deserve treats on their birthday. I will borrow your recipe.

    1. Go right ahead! They will love it- promise!

      It is human-friendly too.

  9. Aawww that’s really cute. We don’t really celebrate our dogs birthday but we do give him a sweet treat from time to time. I have to try this!

  10. My dogs are my babies too. I have three of them. Our oldest dog came from the shelter too. My husband found her hiding in a cat cage. She was a small dog. Poor thing looked so scared. My husband did the food test on her, he tried taking food from her. Some dogs will growl or bite to protect their food. She didn’t care. We immediately put in our application to take her home. The entire car ride, she sat very timid in my husband’s lap. It took her a bit to trust us but now the rest is history. She is one of the best dogs.

    Our other two weren’t adopted from the shelter but they too are loved dearly.

  11. CourtneyLynne says:

    Omg cutest cupcakes ever!!! If I had a doggie I would totally make a batch!!!! So fun!

  12. This is a great post for my Sister. She has two dogs and she likes to make their treats. I will have to share this with her.

  13. What a cute idea. I haven’t ever tried making dog treats. I need to start so my kids will stop feeding out dog our their food!

  14. I love these! My pup’s birthday is coming up before the end of the year so I will definitely try these out!

  15. Wow! This is honestly the first time I heard of “pupcakes”! 😀 We don’t have a pet but fish but I think hat is really a great idea! Pets get to celebrate too! Lovely! 🙂

  16. Jean Dion says:

    This is a great recipe! I used it over the weekend with my little Boston terrier. Thanks so much for helping to make her birthday a great one.

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