dogI’m hoping to hold a few charity bake sales this summer, so I’m cruising for clever ideas. People in Chicago are INSANE about their dogs. Dogs wearing clothes is so common I stopped laughing about it. Dogs wearing designer shoes is so common, actually, that stopped being funny and/or sad as well. So I was thinking Pupcakes would be a big seller. Of course I only want to use dog-safe ingredients and having had a chocolate lab (R.I.P. Bailey, you’re the best) for many years I know what dogs favorite foods are. Everything. Dogs like to eat everything. But peanut butter was always a hit with Bailey. So I’m going to try and develop a peanut butter-tinged recipe.

For a lot of people their dog is like their best friend, it follows them around the house, sits by their feet when they play partypoker and snuggle up against them in bed. To say thank you to your cute pooch whip them up some yummy pupcakes. They’ll love the cakes and also you for giving them treats. But Pupcakes, that’s taking it to a whole other level and I’m pretty darn excited to see the results and how crazy the pups go for them.

Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tbs. baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbs. honey

Pre-heat oven to 350, mash bananas and mix all ingredients in a large bowl until well combined. Pour into greased cupcake pans (you don’t want to use paper liners for dogs) and bake 20 minutes. Now, since I didn’t add peanut butter to the batter itself I was thinking I could frost them with straight peanut butter, an all-natural, no-sugar added type. (Yuck for me, but better for dogs.) Embellish with dog-safe sprinkles like shredded carrots, etc. It might be funny to sprinkle these with small pieces of dog food or even to place a large piece of food in the middle like a cherry on top of a classic cupcake.