So January 1 was Emma's first birthday. In theory. Since she's a shelter dog we have no idea when she was actually born but our vet decided she was a New Year's baby and so that's what we're going with.
Naturally, birthdays must be celebrated with cake. And since we were at my parents' house in CT, their pug and chihuahua got to partake in the doggie festivities. I made these "Pupcakes" from Joe's Blog, and they were adorable. We didn't have shredded carrots so I garnished with some more cheese. I can't say they smelled good (and none of us tasted them) but the dogs absolutely LOVED them. Even Ramone, my parents' chihuahua, who is super-super picky and doesn't eat very much, ate his entire cupcake. I think these are successful treats that are enjoyed by all dogs! Hooray!
Emma eating her cupcake:
Pupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
1 granny smith apple, minced
1 1/2 cups wheat flour
1/4 cup rolled oats
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup canola oil
2 tablespoons honey
2 large eggs
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
8 tablespoons 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons plain yogurt
2 tablespoons honey
2-3 tablespoons whole wheat flour
1/2 cup shredded carrots
Preheat oven to 400
To make the cupcake batter:
In a large bowl, whisk flour, oatmeal, baking powder, and baking soda until combined.
In a medium bowl, whisk together yogurt, water, oil, honey and eggs. Mix in the apple and cheese. Pour into the dry ingredients and stir just until combined.
Evenly distribute the batter between 14 to 16 muffin cups lightly brushed with canola oil. Bake until the muffins spring back when lightly touched in the center - about 15-20 minutes. Remove from the oven and place pans on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Carefully remove the muffins and let cool completely.
To make the frosting:
In a medium mixing bowl, cream together cream cheese, honey and yogurt until smooth. Sprinkle in the flour, a tablespoon at a time, until it is thick and easy to spread. Top with the shredded carrots and serve as a extra special treat to your pups!