Cupcakes for your Ch’en Ch’en!

On yucky days like this, when it is gloomy, rainy, and you are feeling a little too pudgy to fit into your rain slicker, what is a four legged fella to do?

Well, thankfully for Mr Pugsley, people never have a shortage of ideas when it comes to pampering and just plain spoiling their furry friends. Since Ch’en isn’t able to walk over to Holy Cow’s and get a Mint Julep cupcake (eeekk!!) with me, or even sample some of mine, I figured I would see some of the more dog friendly cupcakes that people have come up with.

Over at Posh Pet Glamour Boutique, they have a nice little doggy bed so Ch’en can dream of eating cupcakes, chasing Jasmine around the house, and maybe making sure that we own a few more lamp posts…I think spending over 100 bones on a doggy bed is a little excessive, but come on, we all know that it is more for my own amusement, than his. (Image from

Or if you are feeling really crafty, you can always surprise em with some vegan friendly cuppies! My step-mom makes some of the most amazing treats (at least according to Ch’en and the girls) and I was always impressed with how crazy these dogs went over a peanut butter biscotti. Yes, they were treated better than most children I know. Over at Yummy for Dogs, they have a nice little recipe for your pets, that could easily be converted into cupcakes! They have a ton of other treats and goodies to make as well.

Peanut Butter Cake with Carob Ganache:

1 3/4 cups
whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon
baking powder

1 cup
rice milk

1/4 cup

1/2 cup
smooth peanut butter

1/4 cup
vegetable oil

1 tablespoon
ground flax seeds


3/4 cup
carob chips

1 tablespoon
vegetable shortening

In a large bowl, mix flour and baking powder.
In a large measuring cup, combine the other cake ingredients and allow to sit for three minutes.
Pour the wet ingredients into the flour mixture and stir just until completely blended.
Pour batter into a well greased round cake pan and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Cool completely before turning out onto a cake platter. Regular plates will cause the cake to be indented in the middle due to their concavity.

When the cake is cool, place carob chips and shortening into a small saucepan.
Stir over low heat until both are melted and the mixture is smooth.
Pour onto the center of the cake.
With a rubber scraping spatula, smear the ganache evenly over the top in a thin layer, allowing some of the mixture to drip over the edges decoratively.
When ganache is completely cool, it will form a firm glaze.

If you want a quick fix though, then head over to Three Dog Bakery in Broad Ripple, the girls working the counter are always really nice and super helpful if you need some ideas for what would be good for what kind of dog or pet you have. Ch’en never complains. Plus, they carry cupcake collars and leashes!

Examples of the greatness at Three Dogs: (from:

Collie Cannoli!

Bulldog Bar

Beggin for S’Mores!
Bow-Wow Bonbons!


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