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Peanut Butter PUPcakes

Cooper pupcakes

On May 7th, our monster-dog, Cooper turned 28 in “dog years.” He won’t get to have a 30th birthday because the silly dog years calculation doesn’t allow it (well technically you could divide 30 dog years by 7 and get 4.28571 human years, which is approximately 4 years and 3.36 months, which would put us near the beginning of August, but then you have to figure out leap years and then try and fit all that info on an invitation and it’s all just TOO MUCH)…anyway, Tina decided to make him some “pupcakes” to help ease him into adulthood.


Part of the hope was that she would make cupcakes specifically for him and that we, as humans, might also enjoy them.


Not even a little. They sure look pretty, though.

When figuring out food sharing between humans and canine companions, there are three simple rules of thumb:

  • To dogs, human food tastes like the-best-thing-ever-OMG.
  • To humans, dog-friendly food tastes like garbage.
  • Oh and to dogs, garbage also tastes like the-best-thing-ever-OMG.

“It’s my birthday? Awesome! Hey, what’s a birthday?”

In actuality, all cupcakes (except chocolate) already are pupcakes, because dogs will eat and love anything we eat. Really, we should call regular cupcakes human pupcakes, because we’re the ones with the sophisticated palates who demand a certain quality in our desserts. Dogs aren’t asking for anything special! Cooper would be just as happy eating the banana cupcakes that I stuffed my face with last night. Hell, he’d eat a bag of flour if we let him. But we didn’t give him the banana cupcakes. Why?

Because sometimes it just feels nice to make something special for your dog. And although he’ll never fully grasp the idea behind it (or the idea of birthdays in general), he does appreciate the effort (even if his appreciation level for you making a pupcake is equivalent to you arriving home from work, “OMG-you’re-home-from-work-you’re-the-best-ever”). That’s why dogs are so great, because they love everything, even when we don’t.

Cooper smile




Tina found a pretty simple Doggie Birthday Cake recipe from for the cake and made a frosting (below) out of peanut butter and cream cheese.  It’s a small batch and only makes five cupcakes, but your dog probably doesn’t need to eat more than five anyway. And YOU won’t be eating any…


  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter

Directions:  Mix with a hand or stand mixer until smooth. Then, pipe onto cupcakes with a pastry bag/tip.

Peanut butter pupcakes

Misc Recipe Notes:

  • It’s been a full 24 hours and Cooper hasn’t climbed the stairs to our room and vomited on our bed, so I think we’re in the clear digestion-wise.
  • If you hate your co-workers, whip up a batch of these and leave them in the break room. Make sure to stand there and watch everyone eat them, so they have to lie to your face and tell you they’re delicious. Fun times.
  • Seriously, though they weren’t that bad. I’d liken them to a sugar-free peanut butter coffee cake with a savory peanut butter cream cheese frosting. Sounds horrible, right?

Peanut Butter Pupcakes


8 thoughts on “Peanut Butter PUPcakes

  1. Lelani Marina Cipara says:

    Evan, what a great job on Coopers Corner and my grandoggie is so cute in his pics. Tina told me that Cooper loved his pupcakes. He’s a lucky boy to have a Mommy and Daddy who love and take care of him so well. Happy Birthday Cooper, ♥U , again Evan great job ! ♥ It .

  2. This post CRACKED me up. Our dog loves both people food and garbage, but finds the food that is actually made specifically for him somehow lackluster. In fact, at this very moment he’s refusing to eat his breakfast because we gave him people chicken last night and he’s holding out in the hopes we’ll cave again. Not gonna happen.

    • Evan says:

      Sounds VERY familiar with Cooper… If there’s not at least Parmesan cheese in his food, then he sulks back to his throne (aka Ikea ottoman), uninterested.

  3. Aww, these look fantastic! What a lucky dog to get such fancy-looking desserts! I laughed out loud about the eating a bag of flour thing. Indeed, I’ve seen my dog eat a stick of butter (well, technically, I only saw the aftermath…).

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