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Peanut Butter Pupcakes

Treat your pup with these dog-friendly cupcakes filled with pumpkin, applesauce and carrots topped with a peanut butter frosting!

Peanut Butter Pupcakes - Treat your pup with these dog-friendly cupcakes filled with pumpkin, applesauce and carrots topped with a peanut butter frosting!


I know.

These look dangerously human-friendly, no?

I mean, if it wasn’t for the Milk Bone garnish, you would never know.

My friend almost took a bite.

Until she saw the bone.

So I had to leave a note by the cupcakes.

Peanut Butter Pupcakes - Treat your pup with these dog-friendly cupcakes filled with pumpkin, applesauce and carrots topped with a peanut butter frosting!

A big giant sign.

“NOT FOR HUMANS” it said.

But Butters knew what was up.

He patiently did a pose.

Then devoured.

No wait.

I don’t even think I saw him chew.

Peanut Butter Pupcakes - Treat your pup with these dog-friendly cupcakes filled with pumpkin, applesauce and carrots topped with a peanut butter frosting!

Peanut Butter Pupcakes

Treat your pup with these dog-friendly cupcakes filled with pumpkin, applesauce and carrots topped with a peanut butter frosting!

20 minutes20 minutes


  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 carrots, peeled and shredded

For the frosting

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 6 Milk-Bone biscuits, small


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 6-cup standard muffin tin with paper liners; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, baking powder, pumpkin, apple sauce, vegetable oil and eggs. Stir in carrots.
  3. Scoop the batter evenly into the muffin tray. Place into oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a tester inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese and peanut butter.
  5. Use a small offset spatula or a pastry bag fitted with decorative tip #1M to frost the cupcakes, garnished with Milk-Bone, if desired.

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  1. Can I use banana instead of pumpkin purée?

  2. Can’t wait to make these for a friend’s dog! Do you think I could tint the frosting yellow? Would it turn out decently?

  3. These are too cute! How does the frosting hold up? Does it slightly harden similar to buttercream? I’d likve to mail these to friends and family, so I need to know if they’d survive the trip.

  4. It was Cooper’s 5th birthday today. I wanted something homemade so I knew that it was healthy. Cooper was kind enough to allow me to make one for his brother as well. They were so patient as I took pictures but once we gave the word, the pupcakes didn’t stand a chance. They devoured them. I will definitely be making these again. I did cut the frosting recipe in half as I didn’t want to overfrost, although it was their favorite part. The frosting was the first to go. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    My pup turned 1 today, and I baked her a cake from a recipe I came up with, but I had no clue what to put in the frosting, and you were my go-to! She devoured it in 2 seconds, and then slept for the rest of the night. Success!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hey looks amazing! how long do these last please

  7. What’s the best kind of baking silicone pan to use for these?

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    My dog girls and all the dogs at doggie daycare love these! I just tweek the recipe a little I switch out wheat flour for brown rice flour. 

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    I don’t even think my dog chewed her cupcake — more like devoured it! Such a hit with my dog and her other furry friends. Easy recipe to follow. 

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    amazing the recipe worked so well and easy charile loved them

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    I made these last September for our mini golden doodle 2nd birthday.  They were a hit!  Just pulled the recipe out to make them again for his 3rd birthday….making extra this year for all of his dog friend in the neighborhood.  Thank you for this great recipe.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    My pooches absolutely loves these. Was wondering how long they keep for? 

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Made these for our girls first bday, they loved them!! Very easy to make,  have already made more, shared with neighbors dog and he loved them!!!

  14. Made them for our grandpups and they loved them. Only thing is the paper lining was difficult to take off; any suggestions to stop this from happening.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    I followed the recipe exactly. The Pupcakes turned out fantastic. My dogs loved them!

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Good but how long do you bake these for?

    • SEE INSTRUCTION #3. ” Scoop the batter evenly into the muffin tray. Place into oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a tester inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool completely on a wire rack before frosting. “

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Made this for my pups’ birthday. Huge hit! Super easy and super cute! Will make it again! 

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    So easy, cute and the doggos love them 😛

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    I’m adopting a greyhound tomorrow and today was his birthday so I wanted to make him a special treat. I only had chunky peanut butter so the frosting was a little thick. I added a tiny pit of water and maple syrup and it did the trick. These came out perfect!! Thank you!! 

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Do I need pumpkin, if so what can I use to replace it other than bananas 

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    Made these for my mini Poodle’s first birthday. She can be picky so I wasn’t sure what her reaction was going to be, but she gobbled it up! I made mini cupcakes instead because a full-sized cupcake would be like a meal to her and got 20 cupcakes. Will definitely save this recipe for the future!

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    I made these for my pup’s birthday and they were a huge hit. SO easy to make and I love being able to know exactly what’s in the food I’m giving to my dog. The recipe says it makes 6 pupcakes but it actually makes 12, the video also shows 12. I doubled the recipe because I wanted 12 but ended up with 24, luckily they seem like they will be easy to freeze!

  23. I was wondering if I don’t have to use applesauce?

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    How many pupcakes will this make.

  25. Do you need to keep theses if a fridge

  26. 4 ounces seems like a lot for the cream cheese. Is there any way I can maybe do 2 ounces instead?

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    Absolutely ADORABLE! I made them for my girl Addison! They turned out perfectly! She thought that they were DELICIOUS!! Thank you for the recipe!

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

    Update: OMG, Lexi and Toby loved them! Lexi literally licked the plate clean. We froze the other 4 and Lexi kept pacing in front of the freezer looking for more.

    • Rated 5 out of 5

      Made these for my doggos first birthday.. batter was a hit and the pupcakes are awesome. Turned out super cute with heart shaped dog cookies on top. thank you for the great recipe!

    • This recipe is awesome my dogs loved it mine did take a lot longer than the recipe said but still looked and smelt amazing my doggie gobbled them up and had a great birthday ten out of ten would bake again

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    I just made these for my goldendoodle’s birthday. They just came out of the over and look and smell great. I can’t wait to give her one. I didn’t have whole wheat flour so I used all purpose. Baking time was a little longer (extra 5-7 minutes). I will give her one and share the others with her play date friends. Thanks for the recipe!

  30. can steal cut oats be used in place of the old fashioned oats?

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    I made them for my dogs 15th birthday.  Her and my younger dog loved them and were begging, barking and jumping for more than one! 

  32. How long is the shelf life for these treats? Without being refrigerated.

  33. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was a simple easy recipe and our dogs loved them
    Even our older picky guy. My Bernese mountain dog was paciyall day waiting for these cupcakes l. Will definitely make again!

  34. Rated 5 out of 5

    I made these for our dogs gotcha day celebration. I used gluten-free flour and they needed to bake 25-28 minutes. Excellent recipe and my dog devoured them!

  35. Rated 5 out of 5

    My Fiancé and I were looking for something special for our Goldendoodles first birthday when I found this recipe, she is a super picky eater but devoured a full sized one of these in seconds! Super stoked on this recipe, thanks!

  36. Rated 5 out of 5

    Made these for my pups birthday. Both dogs absolutely loved them! Super easy to make and healthy ingredients make for an easy on the belly treat. 

  37. Rated 5 out of 5

    My puppy, Max, is OBSESSED with these Pupcakes. He licked the bowl from the batter and kept walking to the kitchen and barking at the Pupcakes as they cooled…he’s never done that for any other treat. I was able to make 24 from the recipe (I doubled up the frosting) and I shared with the neighbors and coworkers.
    Everyone loved them! 

  38. Rated 5 out of 5

    Made these for my boy, Brock for an Easter treat and he loved them! Of course he insisted on licking the batter and frosting bowls clean.
    Baking time took longer than stated but that could have been my fault as I had made a double batch for 12 cupcakes and I forgot to remove lower oven rack which was lined with foil and moving rack to a higher baking position may have helped.
    Frosting was a breeze. Mixed easily once cream cheese was warm.
    Bottom line prep is very easy. Baking time may need to be adjusted. This treat is 100% Brock approved.

  39. Rated 5 out of 5

    I made it with ap flour and added a dash of cinnamon. I had a baby food carrot and one organic carrot. It made twelve pupcups but the frosting was a little bit short. Next time I will add a bit more cream cheese and peanut butter.

  40. My rescue dogs 3rd gotcha day (I can’t believe we have had her in her furever home for almost 3 years!) is coming up and we usually celebrate with pupcakes and people cake. I don’t usually put frosting on mine but I think I’ll try this recipe instead and try the frosting. I was a little hesitant when I saw it had cream cheese in it because I wasn’t sure if it was good for dogs but after doing some research I feel better about giving it to her and her pup friends! Thank you!

  41. Rated 5 out of 5

    I’m aiming to make these for my pups bday and thought I had whole wheat flour. Can all purpose flour be used instead?

    • You certainly can but they might come out differently. Please use your best judgement when making modifications.

      • Rated 5 out of 5

        Do you have any idea how many calories are in these per pupcake? Or maybe a chart you use to figure it out? I have a MinPin that eats EVERYTHING in sight so I have to try to count calories that I feed him.

        • Hi Lin! Nutritional information is provided only for select recipes at this time. However, if it is not available for a specific recipe, we recommend using free online resources at your discretion (you can Google “nutritional calculator”). Hope that helps!

  42. Rated 5 out of 5

    Our two dogs love them 

  43. These look great! I’m going to make these for our rescue dog’s birthday! Can people eat this? It looks so yummy. Also – we live in Boulder, CO (5280 ft elevation). Would you have a high altitude version? I always have a hard time with baking because of that. Thanks!

    • You can certainly try to serve this to humans (sans the Milk-Bone biscuits) but please note that this recipe is specifically made for dogs.

      I do not have a high altitude version at this time. Sorry! I hope your pup has a great birthday!

  44. These amazing doggie cups cakes are not only great for them but are good for us to eat too! I ate one and I couldnt believe how moist and delicious it actually was! Scale 1-10 I give it a 10!

  45. Do these need to he refrigerated? Thanks

  46. Your dog is very fond of this cake.

  47. Can you make this into a cake ? And what size pan would you recommend ? Thanks 

  48. Hi there 🙂 this recipe looks amazing! But could you recommend is there was a non-wheat flour I could replace with? And if yes, are there any things I should look out for when combining or baking the recipe? Thank you so much.

  49. My 10 year old daughter made these for my golden retriever’s 2nd birthday. She only used peanut butter for the icing along with dog treats as toppers. They came out perfect. She shared with the neighborhood dogs and all cupcakes where devoured in 1 bite. 

  50. I’m gonna try this soon. Can the eggs be omitted? I have egg replacer if not. We never have eggs in the house and would prefer to not have to buy any for this recipe. 

    • The eggs are the binding ingredient in this recipe. So you might be able to omit them, but it will change the consistency of the pupcakes. I would use egg replacer if you can, but we can’t guarantee that they’ll come out the same. Please use your best judgement when making substitutions/modifications.

    • You could try using flax egg… which is 1tbs flaxseed meal and 3tbs water… leave to gel for 10mins then use in place of 1 egg… 

  51. Could you bake in a glass rectangler dish instead? Any idea how long if yes?

  52. Are the old fashioned oats cooked or added as a dry ingredient? It looks like dry to me but I wanted to check. Thanks!

  53. How long would I bake these, if I make mini pupcakes instead of standard size?

    • Hi Deb! Mini pupcakes would be so stinking cute! But unfortunately, without further recipe testing, I cannot answer with certainty regarding the change in baking time. You may want to reduce the baking time by 5 or more minutes but as always, please use your best judgment regarding substitutions and modifications.

  54. Are the shredded carrots and old fashioned oats necessary?

  55. I’ve never made cupcakes for a dog before, but my kids insisted for our pups birthday. It was really fun for them and fun for all of us to watch her enjoy them.

  56. I have made these twice now, for each of my pups First Birthdays, and they were a HUGE hit! I have small dogs so I made 9 smaller pupcakes instead of 6. I also gave extras to my co-workers with dogs and was told they were devoured almost instantly! Love this recipe. It is so each and looks fabulous when finished! Thank you!

  57. Can you refrigerate these to keep? If so how long?

  58. I like the helpful info you provide in your articles.I’ll bookmark your blog and check again here frequently.I am quite sure I’ll learn a lot of new stuff right here! Good luck for the next!

  59. Thank you so much for this recipe! The Pupcakes are in the oven right now today my dogs turn 2 and I decided to try out this recipe.

  60. Made these today for our German Shorthair Pointer’s birthday. They were super easy to make and turned out so cute. Love the milk bone embellishment!  Can’t wait for the dogs to enjoy them at our get together this evening!

    Thank you for the great recipe and inspiration pic!

  61. Thank you so much for this recipe. My English Bull dog’s Adoption day party is next weekend and this is exactly what I was looking for. I have all the ingredients and can’t wait to make this. I like the other poster’s idea of doing mini muffins since we have a lot of chihuahuas also participating in the event.

  62. Made them for my Chihuahua’s birthday. These were really easy to make and my 2 Chihuahuas LOVED them! The birthday boy has gastrointestinal problems and I was so happy that these did not upset his stomach 🙂
    Cant wait to try some of the other treats!
    Thank you!

  63. I love your blog for humans and dogs! My daughters and I made these pupcakes to celebrate our rescue pup’s first birthday, and our blind dog’s gotcha day, along with some friends’ pups birthdays. These were such a hit! We made small muffin size so they were bite-sized for the dogs and they were perfect! Thanks for sharing. Everyone was very impressed by this nice touch for our special babies!

  64. do you think you can replace the pumpkin with mashed banana?

  65. These look so delicious! Recently got a dog at the shelter a few months ago, but already planning his 1 year adoption anniversary. Bookmarking this and making it for him next year! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  66. My pugs, porkchop and olive are gonna flip over these!!!! 

  67. That “Butter” is damn cute and I will have to make these for my pup “Baby”. Super cute!

  68. These look so yummy. Can’t wait to try. I know my furbabies will love them!

  69. Awesome can’t wait to make for all three of my dogs

  70.  Cannot wait to make this recipe for my son’s dog. My son lives in New York City and the next time he visits I will have these cupcakes as a nice surprise for his dog. I am sure she will ❤️ LOVE ❤️ THEM ! !
                    Thank you for this recipe 
                           And a big thank you from Harmony. Sure she will love this recipe. 

  71. Awesome, it looks delicious and cute, thanks for sharing the recipe and introduction!