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Peanut Butter Pupcakes are cupcakes for dogs! These easy cupcakes have no yucky ingredients are perfect for dogs, filled with peanut butter and banana complete with a peanut butter frosting.

You can make these pupcakes a few different ways for different sized dogs. Both my pups have had these on their birthday and loved them!


The original publication date of these cupcakes was in 2013. As of June 2018, I’ve updated the photos and recipe (and content).

I was never a dog person and I never thought I would be. I had cats growing up and was solidly on Team Cat. When Mel and I got married his first birthday present to me was a kitten…and I never expected to get a dog.

When Jordan was about 3 we started thinking about getting a dog. I don’t know why, but it seemed like the very middle-class-suburban-American thing to do. Have a kid, buy a house, get a dog. That’s when we rescued Ginger. She was five when we got her and she was with us until last year, when she was 14.

Every year we had Ginger we would celebrate her birthday in January. On her 10th birthday I made her the original version of these peanut butter pupcakes and she loved every single bite.

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That’s our Ginger, on her 10th birthday. That girl knew when a treat was for her the second I walked into the kitchen, before I’d even started baking. Without me saying anything she knew when that can of pumpkin was for a pie or for her.

Ginger loved these cupcakes, BTW. Like, loved them so much she’d have eaten my arm if I didn’t move fast enough.

Last August we brought home our newest addition: Abby. Abby took my heart the second I first held her and she kept ahold of it. The only way I can describe my relationship with Abby is a Twilight reference: we imprinted on each other, hard. If I’m out of her sight for even a minute she freaks out.

Abby turned one on June 27, so of course we had to celebrate her birthday with PUPCAKES!

plate of peanut butter pupcakes

Making your own cupcakes for dogs are EASY. I see now that even Target sells cake mixes for dogs but it’s so easy to make them yourself. Plus: you really only need a few. They don’t last long without pasteurization and dogs can only eat so much before their tummies get upset.

For a special occasion a small batch of peanut butter pupcakes is just right!

How do you make dogs cupcakes?

Like I said: it’s easy. You don’t need any fancy ingredients. These pupcakes are made with peanut butter and banana and a little honey for sweetness. They even have a frosting!

I have two variations of these pupcakes because Ginger was a bit sturdier than Abby. At 68 pounds that girl had an iron stomach and could eat 6 cupcakes without batting an eye. Abby, however, is a bit more dainty and under 20 pounds, and she has a sensitive stomach.

When you’re making these cupcakes, take into consideration how and what your dog eats, and how many cupcakes you need.

  • For a big dog without eating issues, you can make large cupcakes. The recipe as written makes 3 regular sized cupcakes. Double the recipe to get 6.
  • For a smaller dog, make mini cupcakes. Then they can eat a full one or two.
  • When it comes to frosting, you can use cream cheese or banana to mix with the peanut butter. Ginger could handle cream cheese, Abby can’t. Know your dog before feeding them too much of anything new.

Make your puppy Peanut Butter Pupcakes on it’s birthday; everyone needs a cupcake on their birthday!

plate of peanut butter pupcakes
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Servings: 12 mini cupcakes

Peanut Butter Pupcakes

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
Peanut Butter Pupcakes are cupcakes for dogs! These easy cupcakes have no yucky ingredients are perfect for dogs, filled with peanut butter and banana complete with a peanut butter frosting.


For the Cupcake:

  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 medium banana — mashed
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

For the Frosting:

  • 2 ounces cream cheese — (OR BANANA)
  • 1/2 medium banana — mashed, (OR CREAM CHEESE)
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350Β°F. Spray a mini muffin pan with cooking spray. You can also use liners, if you want.

  2. Stir peanut butter, oil, banana, and honey. Stir in flour, baking soda, and baking powder until combined. Evenly distribute between the cavities of your muffin pan. Bake 10-20 minutes, until browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

  3. Banana frosting: stir mashed banana and peanut butter together. Frost. Serve immediately (the frosting will brown as the cupcakes sit).

  4. PB Cream Cheese frosting: stir peanut butter and cream cheese. Frost. Store in refrigerator.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pupcake

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 pupcake) — Calories: 106, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 5mg, Sodium: 85mg, Potassium: 90mg, Carbohydrates: 10g, Sugar: 4g, Protein: 2g, Vitamin A: 1.4%, Vitamin C: 1%, Calcium: 1.1%, Iron: 2.1%
Peanut Butter Pupcakes are cupcakes for dogs! These easy cupcakes have no yucky ingredients and a perfect for dogs, filled with peanut butter and banana complete with frosting.

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  1. Oh my goodness, I need to make those pupcakes immediately! My Colston LOVES peanut butter. I’m stoked to try! Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

  2. Awww, happy birthday, Ginger!! πŸ™‚ So cute – I will have to bookmark this recipe for my spoiled pup! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I don’t have a dog, but I will let a friend know about this recipe. She has a Service Shar-pei and I know she likes to make him treats for a job well-done. He is also a therapy dog and goes to hospitals to cheer kids with cancer up…he’s my hero and deserves this wonderful treat!!

  4. We love you too, Dorothy!

    If I had a stuffed animal class pet, I’d have to be prepared to never see it again, based on their ability to listen to “Make sure you bring this back!”.

    Happy weekend!

  5. Wow I am sloe today. It took me a long time to figure out why it was called a pup-cake

  6. Oh Little J and her little karaoke machine–she’s so cute! And thanks so much for those pupcakes! Mannie and Oreo knew exactly what was up when I came home with them and basically stalked me and hounded me until I gave them some. Happy Birthday to my sweet, little princess Ginger!

  7. Let me just say that the pupcake is really cool….but it would take my puppies at least a week to eat that. I think it may even outweigh Zeke.

    I’d have to cut the recipe in 1/4’s maybe? and make mini-mini-mini pupcakes!

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  9. Was I the only one who thought Ginger was your daughter and that was a pretty hastily iced cupcake for a food blog?
    Oooooh, Ginger is a DOG. Pup cakes, I get it now. Wow, that was really cute dog food, my Molly would be jealous if she had internet access. And thumbs, she would need thumbs. OK, I’m safe she won’t ever see the pup cakes.

  10. Happy Birthday Ginger … you are a very lucky puppy!

  11. These pupcakes are too cute. My dogs would go crazy for these. Thanks for an amazing week of mouthwatering recipes. Still craving that Biscoff Banana Bread. Have a great weekend! πŸ™‚

  12. Dorothy my daughter was person of the week at school and I had to send in all this stuff and now i know that it will all come back covered in germs. Better have more Vitamin C or something I guess!

    I hope your weekend calms down…you deserve it πŸ™‚

  13. would love to win

  14. Love you too Dorothy! Thanks for making me smile πŸ™‚

  15. PUPCAKES! Dorothy, I need to make this for Jude’s birthday in March. πŸ™‚ Jude never leaves me alone when I break out the peanut butter jar. STALKS me. πŸ™‚ He would love this! Ginger is so adorable! πŸ™‚ Happy Birthday Ginger!

  16. I love it and guess what? My son used to call cupcakes “pupcakes” when he was little! I have a video of him saying “I love eating pupcakes!” and it is so stinkin cute!

  17. Ha! Adorable. I always try to make homemade food for my cats. Makes me feel a little less crazy πŸ™‚

  18. I love that you made pupcakes. I need a dog.

  19. I do believe my Meg needs some of these in her life.
    Happy birthday to Ginger. What a beautiful dog!

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  21. I would like to make this for my baby girl, Dixi Belle, who is turning 8 this weekend. Did you use a regular sized muffin pan or a jumbo one? The muffin in the picture looks larger than a regular sized one to me. Thanks!

  22. I am making the Peanut Butter Cupcakes for my 2 Labs. Β They are brothers and just turned 12! Β Both of them are standing behind me….they must have smelled the pb.

    Thanks for a terrific recipe🐢🐢🐾🐾

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  24. I made these today and they were a total hit and so easy and quick!!!

  25. Do you think these pupcakes would be okay using gluten free flour mix (i.e. Bob’s Red Mill GF flour which you can substitute one for one)? We don’t give our dog anything with regular flour in it. Thanks.

  26. Happy Birthday Abby ! She has to be one of the cutest dogs I have ever seen. I celebrate my dog’s birthdays too. I’ll be sure to make these Pupcakes for my Whiskey and Kaylee as soon as it’s a little cooler and not 100 degrees in Northwest Indiana. Thanks for the recipe and thank you for sharing adorable Abby with us!

  27. I am going to try this recipe probably tomorrow. I have a banana left that’s very ripe. My puppy, Nicky loves peanut butter. I sometimes “frost” his dog biscuits with peanut butter. Is your dog’s name Abby or Ginger? She’s adorable. Did you say before that she’s a labradoodle? We used to have a Ginger years ago. Thank you for the recipe. After I/Nicky try it, we’ll come back to rate it. It sounds very easy.

  28. I see no reason these couldn’t be human cakes too!

    I made my pooch some homemade chicken treats – don’t remember the exact recipe but basically flour, egg (or oil), chicken broth and some boiled chicken put through a food processor. Rolled out, cut into squares with a pizza cutter and baked until crunchy. Had told a co-worker about them a week earlier and left a little bag on his desk. He came over a little later that day and said the crackers I left him were delicious! Actually made me go home and try one myself. Other than being a little bland, they were good. We are so accustomed to overly sweetened or salty food, but I imagine they would be perfect with a little bit of dip or hummus……and they’re probably healthier than anything I would buy in the store!

    My wife thought I was a little crazy, but it’s all regular ingredients and nothing I wouldn’t actually eat myself. Just because it was made for a dog doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy it too!

  29. Luna had her pupcake on her first birthday and we all had one with her. They are delicious!!

  30. Just FYI your ingredient list does not list egg, but step 2 of the instructions reads to “stir in egg.”

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