Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Peanut-Honey Pupcakes


It's Churro's birthday!

Well, sort of.

We don't really know when his birthday is.  And we don't know exactly how old he is either, but we still like to celebrate the day we welcomed him into our family. Churro is a rescue -yes, a pound puppy.  His history is somewhat of a mystery to us, but we were told that he came from a pretty bad situation. You'd never know that from his demeanor. He's the sweetest real-life teddy bear you'll ever meet! And he instantly fit right in with Biscuit-the-pug and our three kitty-cats. Words cannot express how gentle and loving he is.  It breaks my heart that there are so many animals of similar docility that get taken to the shelter.  I don't like to think about that too much, but I felt that I must mention it.

Maybe someone out there looking for a furbaby will remember Churro's happy ending and decide to rescue.


Both pups went absolutely NUTS over these Peanut-Honey Pupcakes.   I've never seen them so excited!  And I have to admit- they smelled pretty darn good fresh from the oven.  I used natural peanut butter (no sugar, low sodium) and some good quality local honey.  To make absolutely sure no one mistook these for people food, I added a peanut butter dog biscuit to the tops before baking.



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Peanut-Honey Pupcakes
Yield: 12 regular size puppy cupcakes, or 24 bite-size.                                              [click for printable version]
Adapted from Stacia Osborn's recipe on Just a Pinch

Note: This treat should not be used as a replacement for meals.

1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup skim milk
1/2 cup all natural peanut butter (no sugar added, low or no sodium)
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup vegetable or peanut oil
2 eggs
12 small peanut butter dog biscuits for regular size cakes, or 24 for minis

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cupcake pan with cupcake papers.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients until well blended.  Spoon the batter into cupcake papers, about 3/4 full.
  3. Gently place a dog biscuit in the center of each filled cup - don't press in! Just let it sit on top.
  4. Bake 18-20 minutes for standard size pupcakes, 10-12 minutes for minis.  Let the cakes cool in the pan.
  5. Remove cupcake liner before giving to your pup.
Happy Pugday Churry!





73 comments:

vanillasugarblog said...

god that's just precious!

Julia @The Roasted Root said...

LOL what a lucky pup! Cute little bday cupcakes for a handsome fella. Fun post!

The Devil's Food Advocate said...

How wonderful! I will be making these when my rescue mini-schnauzer celebrates her "joining our family day". Thank you.

chandel314 said...

that is just too darn cute! Churro and Biscuit are two lucky fellows!!

Stephanie @ munchimunch said...

Aww, that's so sweet! I'm sure your furry babies appreciate the celebrations and treats as well!

Anonymous said...

Adorable! The pink elephant is so cute!

Lynna said...

aww, that is so adorable!

Averie @ Averie Cooks said...

Ohmygosh...how adorable! The fact that you made these for him, and what a cutie pie! Happy Bday to him!

Jennifer (Delicieux) said...

Awww your pupcakes are SO adorable!!!! As is Churro!! Happy birthday to him.

SuzyMcQ said...

I'm in dog rescue and we call this "Gotcha Day!" What a great and yummy way to celebrate. I can't wait to try the recipe for my pups.

Paula said...

These pictures of your Churro are too cute. He actually looks disappointed in the first picture that there is only one cupcake laid before him! Happy Birthday to your Churro.

Lora said...

Whatta mush. Love and good wishes to Churro. He won the canine lottery the day you chose him.

karistaskitchen.com said...

Oh I love Churro! The sweetest face! We rescued an Airedale, Elwood, 13 years ago. Sadly our pound puppy passed last fall. But he will always be part of our family. We're now left with our other little rescue that's supposed to be a Cairn Terrier, but we're not sure about that. He's a love though. Love your pupcakes and your blog! So happy to have found it. Delicious Wishes!

Elaine said...

Happy birthday to Churro! I agree with you- as I also have 3 dogs - 2 of each, i rescued and 1 was given when the owner cannot take care. Just wondering - is it alright to give peanuts to dogs?

MigraineMe said...

This is the cutest thing ever!!!

samantharose said...

This is adorable!!!
Not gonna lie though, I'd probably taste it

chefjamielevine.com said...

Adorable! Love pugs!

Anonymous said...

I hate to tell you, but my husband ate one on a dare from his nieces and liked it! But so did Baxter, our number one dog!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Your pup is so adorable! I want a pug. ;-) Lucky Churro.

Cheers,

Rosa

ohdizzle said...

That first picture may be the cutest thing I've ever seen. Happy birthday, Churro!

COME · CON · ELLA said...

oh my churro is so precious! and so wonderful to know he's in a warm and happy home. too much animal sadness in the world! lucky him and a very happy birthday.

J said...

"Bless you" for rescuing and for encouraging others to do the same!

Lauren at Keep It Sweet said...

Those doggy photos are just too cute for words!

Meg said...

This just melted my heart! Brilliant. My little mans bday is coming up soon so I think I will make him a feast!

Heather said...

Happy Birthday, Churro! Lucky dog! Not to mention extremely photogenic! XOXO

Laura said...

What!? That's incredibly creative of you! I would have never thought that you could make a dog treat so easily! And he is so darn cute ;)

deakiapekin said...

felicidades, que guapo
un saludo

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday Churro!!

Cindy said...

Yay! Pup Birthday!

The cupcakes are so fun, my dogs would love them I bet!

We have 2 dogs, Jezebel and Luxe. Jezebel is a rescue and she's the most loyal dog ever. Great post!

Katie said...

He is beyond cute. Can't wait to make these for my Eli...

Hannah Grunzke said...

Very cute! We are lazy and celebrate our plethora of pets' birthdays on Christmas morning. Maybe this year I'll buck up and make the kitties some fish biscuits!

I just got and read your book yesterday evening. It's VERY nice. Besides bright and beautiful, obviously, I like how heavy it is. It feels good in the hands like a book should. Thanks again!

Brittany said...

Churro!! What a great name for such an adorable pup. He looks just like our Caesar (also a rescue)! I've never baked for my pug before, but I think it's time to start. He loooves peanut butter! :)

Ashley said...

You're celebrating his "Gotcha Day!" It's what we celebrate for our animals whose birthdays we don't know :)

Catalina @ Cake with Love said...

OMG these pictures are so cute!! Happy Birthday Churro!

Mari said...

That is so sweet! Love the pupcake recipe for my pets. Churry is cute, a happy pugday for to him :)

Deauna said...

Awww... Happy birthday, Churro. He is the cutest.

Ana Yaneth said...

Maravilloso gran idea para mis mascotas.

tigeress66 said...

What adorable photos! Reading the ingredients, I don't see any reason why a person couldn't eat them... I wonder how they taste!

I may just have to whip up a batch for my pig... ;)

Lissa (Bellenza) said...

What a cute name...Churro (and he looks just as yummy as one)!

emily said...

cannot even stress how much i love the name churro for a pug! also-- we made our pups squirrel-shaped dog biscuits for their shared birthday (we just declared a day for our rescue dogs)... next year- pupcakes for certain!

(also: i hope he made little snorty, rooty noises when eating out of the wrapper. he's a pug, so i assume yes!)

Tanya Schroeder said...

That IS the cutest picture! He's looking at his cupcake with such anticipation! I love it. My Roxy would love her own cupcake for her own birthday. Thanks for sharing this.

Debby Foodiewife said...

Every time you post something, featuring Churro, his sweet face makes me smile. He is a very lucky dog, indeed, and I'm sure he's given you lots of love back. Fun recipe-- but, alas, I don't own a dog at the moment. I hope to, again.

Lindsay Jo Design said...

Oh my GOSH! It is my puggy's "birthday" this month too and I am so making her tiny pupcakes! <333333

girlsgonescrappin said...

I bake my dog his biscuits all the time....so why not Pupcakes!!!! Thanks for sharing :-)

Donna

Yadsia @ShopCookMake said...

So incredibly cute! Happy birthday to him!

Anonymous said...

I also adopted my pug from a sketchy situation, and I always feel bad when people ask me his age and birthday. This is a great idea! Thanks pug momma!

Becca said...

Churro is absolutely precious. I bet my dog would go nuts for these too since she eats anything in a matter of seconds. I bet all 12 (or 24) pupp-cakes would be gone in a matter of minutes; she scarfs food down like she'll never eat again.

And is it weird to say that I'm a little jealous of your pugs? Because for a doggy birthday treat, these look really good...o.O

Ina said...

What an adorable puppy. Thank you for the recipe; our four dogs are getting these for sure! I look forward to reading your articles and pass them on to friends. Happy Mother's Day!

Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking said...

Sorry, wait - what did you make for him? I'm blinded by the cuteness! Churro's such an adorable little pup and and lucky to have an amazing baker mama like you!

Noelle (fiestafacil) said...

Hi Heather! Our puppy is also rescue, but not from the pound, some friends found him in a plastic bag in a garbage bin in the street. WHO could want to throw such a cute puppy away is beyond me. I had no idea dogs could eat peanut butter, I'll give this recipe a try! I LOVE your photos, he looks so adorable! And I love that you give the celebration of his coming into your life the importance it deserves...

All the best, and thanks for all the inspiration,
Noelle (blog fiestafacil, in Spain)

Alysha @Shesontherun said...

How cute! My beagle's birthday is next week. I need to do something special (like dress him up and take pictures :)

Bloom in the Details said...

Happy birthday Churro! It looks like he enjoyed his birthday treat. I love the striped birthday hat! Congrats on your book coming out! I'm headed over to Cookies and Cups to try and win one!

Jessie Lynn @ Bloominthedetails

Rachel @ Baked by Rachel said...

What a sweet way to celebrate!

Nina said...

You have a great blog...love reading it. Happy B'day to Churro:)

Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious said...

Awww happy birthday to Churro!

Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything} said...

aww, Happy Birthday to Churro! What a wonderful way to celebrate his birthday!

Carmeta Rusquilleta said...

Happy birthday Churro!! You have a great blog and a great heart!!

Dee said...

Oh my word, I cannot decided which is cuter, the dog, the treats, or dog's name!

I am SO glad to see you are still actively blogging. Your photography is just as stunning as ever! I am not sure if you remember me or not, but I have just come back from a long hiatus (got my masters degree!) and now I am back with a brand new blog! I can't wait to start reading everyone's posts again now that I have somewhat of a life back! :)

deelivingfree.blogspot.com

mycoffeecravings said...

So cute! What a great puppy cupcake recipe, although I don't see anything in here that wouldn't make these safe for humans, and they look preeeetty darn delicious!

Michelle {A Recipe Junkie} said...

So cute!!! how you got him to sit there patiently is a miracle. I wish I could teach my dogs to do that. Happy Birthday Churro.
(ps- great name!)

Sue said...

Happy Birthday to one of the luckiest pups (Biscuit being the other)ever! :)

dmrevard said...

Happy Birthday Churro!!

I have a pug too, they are the BEST!

dmrevard said...

Happy Birthday Churro!!

I have a pug too, they are the BEST!

Su-yin said...

Awww Churro is TOO cute! Love his name :)

It's so sad how there are so many mistreated animals out there. Back home there are lots of stray dogs, mostly because people buy them when they're cute wee puppies but get bored once they grow up... appalling.

Nics Notebook said...

Aww so cute! I made my doggy some pupcakes too for his birthday! http://nicsnotebook.com/2012/05/21/pupcakes-for-chesters-birthday/

Marie M. said...

Oooooh. How sweet your pug is, and how lucky! I'm sure a human could eat these doggy cupcakes. They're made with human type ingredients. I once tried a dog biscuit. Yes, I normally feed them to my dog but I was curious. My review: they're incredibly dry and taste like they smell. No idea why my sweetie-pie goes nuts for them? I know he'd go nuts for these!

hat methi said...

I love it. The pink elephant is so cute!

Heidi Hawyes said...

YEY!!!! I love this! I think my yorkie daisy would love these for her birthday!

moonlake said...

This is the first time I have been on this site. I'm so glad I found it. The dog is so cute.

Lea Ann (Cooking on the Ranch) said...

Great post. I'm the same way, don't like to think about the poor loving animals at the shelters. Churro is a great name and that top photo is fabulous! Made me smile! I'll have to make these for my little guys.

Lili said...

Oh I just loved reading about how you came to find your sweet little Churro. This is so precious. xo ~Lili

Unknown said...

My Tofu will LOVE this pupcake!! She loves peanut butter!!

Bark Collar Reviews said...

I must say that this one is the result of great creativity. Also useful, plus cost is also less for this.

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