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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!

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Your Dog Will Love Dog Cupcakes!

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.

peanut butter pupcake on white plate with dog looking at it

Pupcakes for Any Dog

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.

What Kind of Cake Can A Dog Eat?

Dogs can eat any cake that is made with food that is safe for them. Be sure to avoid any toxic ingredients when baking for your dog (things like chocolate, grapes, and Xylitol are very bad for them) and also, you know your dog. Be sure to use ingredients they like and tolerate well (not all dogs can eat wheat, for example, which makes these cupcakes not safe for them). This recipe is formulated for dogs with less sugar and additives than a cake a human would eat – dogs don’t need vanilla extract, for example!

peanut butter pupcakes on white cake plate with dog behind

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

plate of peanut butter pupcakes

Peanut Butter Pupcakes

4.84 from 96 votes
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.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 12 mini cupcakes
Serving Size 1 pupcake


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


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a mini muffin pan with cooking spray. You can also use liners, if you want.
  • 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.
  • Banana frosting: stir mashed banana and peanut butter together. Frost. Serve immediately (the frosting will brown as the cupcakes sit).
  • PB Cream Cheese frosting: stir peanut butter and cream cheese. Frost. Store in refrigerator.

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Recipe Notes

Please use your discretion when it comes to feeding your dog. I am not a vet nor am I a doggy nutritionist. If you think your dog is allergic to any of the ingredients please take caution. This cake has been enjoyed by many dogs just fine – but use your knowledge of your dog and your common sense when feeding.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1pupcake | Calories: 106kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 85mg | Potassium: 90mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.4mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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Last Updated on February 2, 2023

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  1. My bull terrier is the pickiest eater ever! She absolutely loved the pupcakes though! One of my family members even had a taste and liked it! She loved them and she was so happy when I have her the first bite!

  2. my dog loved them. i even had a taste. even though its not a holladay or her birth day, i thought it might be a nice little trat for my old mut, my dog loved them. it was the only food she wouldnt dtop eating no matter hoew full she was. i was so glad to see her so happy. 😊 and its all thanks to this little treat.

  3. my German Shepherd is very picky about what she eats and what kind of treats she likes but she gobbled these up really quick 😁

  4. My 3 dogs loved it I have a Dachshund, a Blue heeler mix and a husky they all loved it. I substituted banana for apple sauce and it worked great. how ever normal flour is bad for them so I recommend using Apple flour or chickpea flour. overall, I’m making it again! Thx so much!

  5. I added and egg and frozen blueberries to this recipe and my 2 Boxers woofed them down!!! I even ate one 😁 They were light, moist, and not too sweet at all which I was glad.

  6. My dog and my 16 year old son both loved these pupcakes! I substituted apple sauce for the oil. I only had enough banana for the cakes, so I diced pineapple and mixed with peanut butter and a little honey for the topping. Delicious! I would be lying if I said I did not try one.

  7. My dog is pretty picky when it comes to food and he loved these! They were so easy to make too! I will definitely be saving the recipe and making these again.

  8. I made these for our sweet, lovable Vizsla, Kyanne, who just turned 8. The whole family loved these muffins. Easy delicious recipe. Thank you!