Happy Birthday Puppy! Easy Peanut Butter Cupcakes for Dogs

A quick and easy dog cupcake recipe with peanut butter frosting. Celebrate your dog’s birthday or special day with homemade pupcakes!


Calvin is now officially one year of age so I really wanted to do something special and bake up a homemade dog cupcake recipe.

(For the complete ‘Easy Peanut Butter Cupcakes for Dogs’ recipe, scroll down to the bottom of the page).


I also had to take some time looking back at old photos and seeing how he’s grown since last spring.

In the blink of an eye, Cal’s transformed from this helpless little bitty …


into this strong, strapping 23-pound beagle.

So I guess this will be my last chances to call him a “puppy.”


At the ripe old age of One, Calvin has already has already “seen it all.”

He’s “hiked” the White Mountains in the fall…


…learned to love the snow (we got heaps of it for Cal’s first winter)…


…enjoyed his first Christmas…


…which was a little too much excitement for Calvin…


…too many gifts to explore and too many unfamiliar holiday sights and smells completely wore him out.

Life is tough for this beagle.


By now, Calvin knows what he likes…


…sneaking into Chris’s duffel bag to steal his hockey tape (Cal’s favorite chew toy)…


…taking a comfortable seat on the day bed (perfect for watching all the activity going on outside the window) while pulling all the stuffing from each of his stuffed toys, until they’re entirely destroyed…


…and claiming that day bed as his own for naps in the sun…


His big (sometimes goofy) personality has earned him a long list of nicknames:





and Bubble, to name a few.


To commemorate a full year in the life of Calvin, I had to take a look back at the first photos I took.


From this tiny…




…sweet little 4-pound cutie…..


…to this full-grown beagle with a very healthy appreciation of dog cupcake recipes!

I wanted to make something a little unique and special to celebrate Calvin’s first year of life.

So I came up with a homemade birthday dog cupcake recipe.

The cupcakes are very simple to make and quick to prepare in about 15 minutes.

As they should be.

Calvin eats any treats that are handed to him in under .4 seconds flat.


For these “pupcakes,” I used brown rice flour.

But any type of flour you have on hand should work.

And, since peanut butter is one of Cal’s all-time favorites, they have a special peanut butter frosting.


He heartily approved of his “pupcakes.”


Very heartily approved – he adores these!


Here’s the recipe for Easy Peanut Butter Cupcakes for Dogs:

* Always consult your veterinarian before introducing any new ingredients into your pet’s diet*

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Happy Birthday Puppy! Easy Peanut Butter Cupcakes for Dogs

  • Author: Jen Elizabeth's Journals
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 cupcakes 1x
  • Category: Dog Treats


A quick and easy dog cupcake recipe with peanut butter frosting. Celebrate your dog’s birthday or special day with homemade pupcakes!


  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour (or substitute whole wheat flour or rye flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup organic applesauce
  • 1 organic, pastured egg
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 3 Tablespoons organic plain yogurt
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon organic/all-natural peanut butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a mixing bowl, stir the flour, baking powder, vegetable oil, applesauce, egg, and honey until well combined.
  3. Insert cupcake liners into a muffin or cupcake pan. Spoon mixture into cupcake liners, filling each about halfway.
  4. Bake for about 10-12 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of cupcake comes out clean.
  5. Allow cupcakes to cool to room temperature.
  6. Meanwhile, in a bowl, stir yogurt and peanut butter until mixture is smooth and creamy. Use a small spatula or butter knife to smooth thin layer of the frosting over each cupcake.


Storage: cupcakes should hold up for 4-5 days if stored in an airtight container in a cool, shaded, dry spot. Frosting should be stored separately, covered, and refrigerated. Frost cupcakes immediately before serving.

Always consult your veterinarian before introducing any new ingredients into your pet’s diet.

Keywords: homemade dog treats, DIY dog treats, dog treat recipe, pupcake, peanut butter cupcake



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  1. Jen C
    April 10, 2013 / 12:25 pm

    LOVE the photos. He is so adorable. I can’t believe how big he is now 🙂

    • Jen Elizabeth's Journals
      April 10, 2013 / 2:07 pm

      Thanks Jen. I still want to see the day when Dora and Calvin meet! 🙂

  2. April 10, 2013 / 2:57 pm

    You’re so adorable .. and so is he. Cupcakes for dogs … how sweet is that. Love your gallery of him. Maybe not a puppy, but he are cute as one … I think dogs should always be puppies .. and cats kittens. I wonder why I haven’t got your other notices .. for you posts. Ages since I heard anything from you.
    Here I can see .. you have posted quite a few.
    I don’t like that you have gone to another planet. Give him a new 4 sec flat treat from me. *smile

  3. April 10, 2013 / 4:41 pm

    GAH! He is just the cutest! Happy birthday to your little darling. These pupcakes are adorbs!!!!

  4. April 10, 2013 / 5:24 pm

    Happy 1st birthday to Mr Adorable my friend he is such a cutie 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  5. April 11, 2013 / 2:21 am

    He looks so different – from his colouring of his ears to those adorable pink pads on his paws! What a good looking fella Jen. It reminds us all why photos are so precious x

  6. April 11, 2013 / 1:29 pm

    OMGOSHHH how cute is that little pup? My pup actually turns two in a couple days so I’m really glad to see this recipe! She is also a lover of peanut butter (as is every dog).

    xo Jackie

  7. April 11, 2013 / 10:58 pm

    I have to admit that this is about the sixth time I’ve been to this post. Every time I needed a lift yesterday and today, I stopped by and left with a huge smile! Thanks!!!! Calvin is as cute at one year as he was when he was a puppy. What a loving family that would make him his own cupcakes. 🙂

  8. April 12, 2013 / 10:28 am

    Aww what a sweet little pup! I love Beagles so much. Does he bark/howl a lot? My boyfriend and I might get a dog when we move in together and I want to lobby hard for a beagle, but he says they bark too much. I say that’s just upbringing though.

  9. April 12, 2013 / 3:10 pm

    He is so adorable!
    We have a beagle too and I know how obsessed they are with food, youCalvin him the best birthday gift ever!!

  10. April 13, 2013 / 5:16 am

    So cute! I don’t have a dog but if I did he looks like he would be the perfect puppy.

  11. April 14, 2013 / 1:51 pm

    He is still very cute and what a fun recipe! Looks like it’s Calvin–approved!

  12. April 15, 2013 / 1:35 am

    Happy Birthday to your sweet puppy, he’s always adorable!

  13. April 16, 2013 / 7:07 am

    Oh my goodness — absolutely adorable! So, so cute! These cupcakes are such a great idea and your puppy photos are beyond cute. I love the wrapper hanging from his mouth.

  14. April 17, 2013 / 12:42 pm

    Oh my goodness! These pictures are adorable. I love the doggie cupcake idea…I’d love to see more of our friendly companions’ treats in the future!

    xo, Vinni

  15. April 19, 2013 / 8:22 pm

    Thanks for sharing his birthday…he certainly has grown from that adorable puppy into a beautiful dog.

  16. April 20, 2013 / 7:34 pm

    Oh these pictures are adorable – too cute!

  17. Julie
    May 30, 2013 / 9:50 pm

    I found your website through my daughter, Stephie, who has the Eat Your Heart Out food blog (found you on twitter). You have a beagle! We have two of these babies–my 5th and 6th beagles; my husband’s second and third beagles. Ours are both rescues through Midwest BREW, and they are our babies (since we are empty-nesters). I’m always looking for beagle goodies and goodies for ourselves, too, so I’m glad I found your blog! Your baby is so cute. 🙂

  18. marie
    June 6, 2013 / 8:06 pm

    I found your blog while searching for healthy dog treats for the 2nd anniversary of our puppy’s arrival home and am so glad that I did. They were a breeze to make but, more importantly, he absolutely loved them. You managed to calm my Jack Russell puppy for as long as he sat down and licked the frosting off of his paws. Thank you!

  19. Lisa
    September 3, 2013 / 3:40 pm

    He is so precious! My Boxer named Penny is going to be a year old in a couple of days. I will make these for her.

    • Jen Elizabeth's Journals
      September 3, 2013 / 6:02 pm

      Happy birthday to Penny – – I hope she enjoys! 🙂

  20. September 5, 2013 / 12:56 pm

    What a sweetie pie! Happy Birthday!

  21. Loren
    September 16, 2013 / 9:10 pm

    so cute my dog is turning a year in October, so I’m definitely making these for his 1st. birthday

    • Jen Elizabeth's Journals
      September 17, 2013 / 8:43 am

      That’s great – I have no doubt he will love you for it! 🙂

  22. Liz
    October 29, 2013 / 10:23 am

    Hey great recipe….I will be baking these for my old guy he will be a ripe old age of “13” on October 31st umm still thinks he’s a puppy though! He will love the peanut butter frosting as peanut butter is his favorite too…oh and cheddar cheese…hey maybe I will throw in a little bit of cheese too in the cupcake batter he totally deserves it…lol Thanks for a great recipe! 🙂

    • Jen Elizabeth's Journals
      October 29, 2013 / 11:33 am

      Well I think Calvin would be 100% in favor of your cheddar cheese idea! Hope your ‘birthday boy’ thoroughly enjoys!! 🙂

  23. mackenzie mccarthy
    November 21, 2013 / 10:32 pm

    I just made the cupcakes for the graduation of my beginner agility course class. They were the hit with everyone!!! my two mixed breed went crazy over them. Even the picky miniature poodle was thrilled! I even tried a little bit of the frosting and cake and was quite please with the flavor. My instructor almost ate one by accident!!! I did change the recipe to have soy flour instead of grain because so many pets have grain allergies, it did great! thanks for the easy, wonderful recipe!

    • Jen Elizabeth's Journals
      November 25, 2013 / 9:40 am

      What a great comment – I loved reading this 🙂 Thanks so much for taking the time to let me know how these “pupcakes” turned out for you!

  24. Deborah
    January 16, 2014 / 1:13 am

    Hi I just love him. I have four beautiful beagle girls, Maddison & Molly are 12 years and Charlotte & Clare are 8 years. That get even more gorgoeous as they get older. Thanks for you great recipes. Can’t wait to try them out on the girls.

    all the best and have great fun with Calvin.


    • Jen Elizabeth's Journals
      January 17, 2014 / 7:30 am

      I’m already thinking about getting a second now that Calvin is almost two – beagles are the best 🙂 Hope your four love their treats!

  25. Brooke
    February 16, 2014 / 9:53 pm

    I cant get over how adorable your puppy is! I own a Puggle (beagle/pug) and he is turning one tomorrow (February 17) thank you for the recipe my dog LOVES peanut butter so this cake will make his day!(:

    • Jen Elizabeth's Journals
      February 18, 2014 / 9:37 am

      Puggles are the cutest! I hope he loved his bday treat 🙂

  26. Pamela
    July 4, 2014 / 4:09 pm

    OMG! I just found this today as my Baby is 4 today (July 4th 2014) & he is definitely a independent boy! I am going to have to make this for his special day. I love your little guy Calvin he is soo cute…I might have to go get “Scotch” a little friend especially since his kitty friend “Baby” died January 14th 2013 & he just adored her, lots of people said: “No, a dog wont get along with a cat but he use to clean her when she couldn’t from old age/pain. I just know he would love a friend like Calvin!!! Seems the smaller the dog or child the more he loves them. lol ;o) He is part Lab/Pit & Boy did I have to eat my words as I use to be afraid of pits but when my son rescued him I just loved him & he has been the best most lovable dog I have EVER owned. In fact at his second training class at Petco a lady & her husband cried caused they wanted him & everybody who sees him falls in love with him & can’t believe he is the most lovey dog ever.

    P.S. I hope you keep us informed of Calvin’s fun times!

    • Jen Elizabeth's Journals
      July 8, 2014 / 8:57 am

      Thanks so much for your note – – Scotch sounds like such a sweetie, and I hope he loved his treats 🙂

  27. Cathi
    August 4, 2014 / 8:38 am

    I’m going to make your doggie treats this afternoon. Thanks for the recipe!!

    • Jen Elizabeth's Journals
      August 4, 2014 / 8:43 am

      That’s great, have fun! 🙂

  28. Anna
    August 20, 2014 / 6:18 pm

    The cake looks great! Can I substitute the egg? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

    • Jen Elizabeth's Journals
      August 21, 2014 / 9:10 am

      Absolutely – you could try 1/4 cup of pureed banana, organic canola oil, OR extra virgin olive oil to replace the egg 🙂

  29. October 10, 2014 / 6:18 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I found it on Pinterest and made the cupcakes for my little guy’s birthday yesterday and he loved them! I made sure to blog pictures and gave you credit for the recipe, too. 🙂 Your little one is so cute! I hope he’s still doing well!

    • Jen Elizabeth's Journals
      October 12, 2014 / 12:06 pm

      Just checked out your link and Benny is adorable – – your photos are fantastic! Glad to see he loved his bday treat 🙂

  30. Scotty K
    October 30, 2014 / 9:34 pm

    These were INCREDIBLE! My red min-pin, Kaztiel just celebrated his 4th birthday, and thanks to your recipe, he had the most memorable treat ever! and this is coming from a dog that gets homemade grilled chicken and green beans with his dry food every meal. My wife and I both tried one, and we loved em too!

    • October 31, 2014 / 9:06 am

      I love receiving notes like yours – – I can tell Kaztiel is one lucky dog! 🙂

  31. Lisa
    November 13, 2014 / 1:05 pm

    Thanks for the recipe. I thought it was funny that I did a search for a recipe and I saw all these beagle pictures. Too perfect! The cupcakes are for my beagle who is 15 today….and his 14 1/2 yr old buddy who is also a beagle. 🙂

    • November 13, 2014 / 8:00 pm

      I’d say that I hope he enjoyed his treat but, knowing the appetite of a beagle, I’m already certain he did! Thanks so much for your note 🙂

  32. John
    January 7, 2015 / 11:25 pm

    Do all of the ingredients have to be organic or is that the only way for it to be safe for dogs? Also, is all-purpose flour fine too?

    • January 8, 2015 / 10:36 am

      That is completely your choice 🙂 Personally, I prefer organic ingredients because this means that they are produced without synthetic pesticides and fertilizers and genetically modified organisms and that they likely do not have additives like artificial preservatives or colors (you will know an ingredient is organic if it has a green circular “USDA Organic” label on it). Non-organic ingredients and all-purpose flour will also work for this recipe. Of course, always check with your vet first if you are concerned about the safety of any ingredient for your pet.

  33. March 26, 2015 / 10:13 pm

    Hello! I’ll be making these this weekend and am going to make a video on them in the process (like a review). I will make sure to link your post to give credit :). Just wanted to let you know beforehand! Feel free to email me if there are any problems.


    • March 31, 2015 / 11:06 am

      Hi Natalie, That sounds great and yes, please do send a link to your review when you post it! 🙂

      • Natalie Gutierrez
        April 1, 2015 / 9:37 pm

        Hi Jen! Just following up and letting you know I’ve posted the video. Safe to say it was a big hit with my pups! Thanks again 🙂 http://youtu.be/Y19Xt-ClbHk

      • April 2, 2015 / 10:12 am

        The link doesn’t seem to work for me (??), but that’s so great to hear that the cupcakes were a hit! 🙂

      • Natalie
        April 2, 2015 / 11:30 am

        Yeah there was an issue with the editing in that video and I didn’t realize :(. But I will be reposting today and will relink – updated link: http://youtu.be/Y19Xt-ClbHk

  34. Lindsey
    May 1, 2015 / 9:39 pm

    Loved the pictures of your dog. I have a beagle as well. They’re so sweet and lovable! Can’t wait to make this for him. 🙂

  35. August 9, 2015 / 12:31 pm

    Hi everyone! I’ve read in many places that baking powder/baking soda is very harmful for dogs. Is it ok to use in a cake like this (delicious sounding ;p) one? Calvin looks like such a sweetheart. I don’t know when you posted this, but I hope you are having fun with the little guy. Thanks!

    • October 8, 2015 / 12:19 pm

      Hi Anna! My understanding is that baking powder/baking soda can be harmful if ingested in larger quantities, but just a pinch in a cake recipe should be okay. You could skip the ingredient, but you’d end up with a very dense, moist cake. I’m no expert, just someone who likes experimenting in the kitchen, so definitely always check with your vet first if you have questions about any ingredient 🙂

  36. January 28, 2016 / 3:00 pm

    Thank you so much for this great recipe! I just baked them for my pup and can’t wait to give them to her for her birthday tonight!

  37. Sophia
    May 3, 2016 / 5:48 pm

    He is so cute. I did not know dogs were allowed to have honey. Can they?

    • May 10, 2016 / 11:17 am

      Calvin has always been fine eating a little bit of honey, but I’d say to always check with your vet if you’re unsure about any ingredient!

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