Our dog, Kip, turned one year old a few weeks ago. Because everything in this household is cause for celebration, we decided to make him “Kip”cakes we could ALL enjoy!
After searching through several recipes – some of which were said to be downright gross! – we settled on one that we tweaked a bit to make the perfect birthday treat for Kip AND the rest of the family! It contains banana, carrot, honey and peanut butter – what’s not to love?! I posted this photo of our yummy creations on Instagram:
Doggy Cupcakes (aka “KIP”cakes) 1/4 cup mashed banana 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter 1/4 vegetable oil 1 tsp vanilla 1/3 cup honey 1 cup shredded carrot 1 cup whole wheat flour 1 teaspoon baking soda Preheat your oven to 350°, and prepare a large mini-muffin pan. (We like this muffin pan.) In a large mixing bowl, combine the mashed banana, peanut butter, oil, and vanilla. Stir in the shredded carrot. Add the flour and baking soda into the bowl and fold into the wet dough. Spoon the batter into the mini-muffin pan, filling about 3/4 of the way, and bake for about 18-20 minutes, or until the muffins pull away from the sides and are nicely browned. Let cool and then serve them up to your family and your family dog! The cupcakes were VERY peanut buttery, and they did taste like something a dog would love (which he did). We added a bit extra for the humans by frosting them with cream cheese frosting. One recipe we found said the dog could have the cream cheese frosting too, but we decided this probably wasn’t the best idea. Because Kip is a hunting dog – a Tri-Color French Brittany to be exact – we keep him in sporting shape. That means NO CREAM CHEESE FROSTING! We do give him these treats: And for his birthday, he received this toy to put his treats in (KONG toys are AWESOME! Kip can chew through anything, but NOT these! The color of the KONG toy tells you how tough it is – black being the strongest.): I have to admit, when we first got a dog I was pregnant with our 9th child, and I wasn’t real sure how I’d feel about having a dog. I have toddlers – who needs a dog?! But, he’s growing on me. He’s pretty well behaved, and he has brought a lot of joy (and pheasants) to our family.
Happy 1st Birthday, Kip! A photo posted by Amy Arrows (@amyraisingarrows) on