Happy 4th Birthday to Zizi, my little princess. This little puppy has brought me so much laughter and joy over the last 4 years. She has also been through so much with me. She has moved to 2 different countries and 3 different cities with me. Not to mention she has traveled across a few continents and countries with me as well. She may look tiny, which she is, but she is one tough little pup and she brings a smile to my face every single day. Everyone that has ever met Zizi will say the same, she is super social, loves cuddles, and playing with her favorite toy, the dice. So on her special day, I decided to make her puppy cupcakes

Zizi the dog in her blue and white stripy dress posing for her 4th birthday
Zizi the dog in her blue and white stripy dress licking her lips in anticipation of her birthday cupcakes

Today is her 4th birthday. I am not much of a baker but I wanted give Zizi a lovely little treat. I did some googling and found a great little recipe for puppy cupcakes. These puppy cupcakes were made exclusively for Zizi, but they can be consumed by humans as well. The recipe I found made 8, which is still a lot for her. They should keep in an airtight container and she will be enjoying them for the next week or so. I wanted to make sure these cupcakes were relatively healthy and came up with the recipe below. 

Zizi the teacup Yorkshire terrier waiting patiently for her birthday treat
Zizi the teacup Yorkshire terrier stood in front of her cupcake treat with a birthday candle in it
cooked cupcake dog treats cooling in the cupcake tin
Four puppy cupcakes on a plate smothered in peanut butter frosting
Puppy Cupcakes | Happy Birthday Zizi!

Dog friendly cupcakes (human safe)

In celebration of Zizi's 4th birthday I created these dog friendly cupcakes. They're full of dog and human safe ingredients and are a lovely treat for your four-legged friend on their special day.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine dog food
Servings 8 cupcakes
Calories 120 kcal


  • Cupcake tin
  • Paper cupcake cases


  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • cup peanut butter for the topping


Making The Dog Friendly Cupcakes

  • Start by preheat the oven to 170 degrees celsius
  • Line the cupcake tins with paper cases
  • Mix all the ingredients listed above in a bowl (except for the ⅕ cup of peanut butter) until it makes a coarse batter
  • Distribute the batter evenly into the cupcake cases
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until they start turning golden brown
  • Leave them on a wire rack to cool
  • Ice the cooled cupcakes with the remaining peanut butter
  • Enjoy!
Keyword dog treats
Closeup of a puppy cupcake with a large pink birthday candle in the middle

I hope this blog post has encouraged you to try out this recipe. Let me know in the comments below if you try this recipe. I would love to know how your dog found the cakes.

Zizi patiently waiting to blow out her birthday candle
Zizi looking up at mom to blow out the birthday candle on her puppy cupcake
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