Easy Pupcakes!

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Easy Dog Friendly Pupcakes for your Furry Friends with Banana and Peanut Butter, and a Cream Cheese topping! 

So recently my beautiful Golden Retriever fur child Rolo turned three years old, and I am still fully and utterly obsessed with how cute he is. We got him as an 8 week old ball of golden fluff, and he is still just as gorgeous now, even if he is a lot bigger. 

For his first two birthdays I wanted to make him dog friendly cupcakes (puppy + cupcakes = pupcakes), and I either haven’t had time, or have got him some other treats… but this year I was determined to actually make them. And I am so glad I did, because they are 100% his favourite treat ever. 

Some people may have read this post and thought “why on earth are you giving your dog human food” or “I thought these would be dog themed cupcakes but for humans” but no… they are in fact perfectly edible cupcakes, but pupcakes. 

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think dogs should be given much ‘human’ food at all, but every now and again (and in the correct form) it doesn’t hurt. Most dog food or treats have flour or other ingredients in to make them actually what they are anyway! 

I feed Rolo Royal Canin Golden Retriever food and we always have done since we got him – we weigh it out each day, and he is a healthy and happy boy. His mostly eaten treats are in fact vegetables or fruit. We would be perfectly happy with giving him the ‘Raw’ diet, but the cost factor of it and storage of the food is what put us off! 

Rolo adores carrots, cucumber, banana and such like. Don’t worry, he doesn’t eat loads of each, but they’re much better than actual dog treats! Occasionally he’ll have bonios, or gravy bones, but he bloody loves a piece of cucumber. 

So, because we are quite strict, we thought that some Pupcakes couldn’t hurt – and he is OBSESSED with them! Honestly, if my hand goes anywhere near the tub with them in, his eyes light up and he looks like a puppy again! Those begging eyes are irresistible. 

The actual pupcake mixture itself only has eight ingredients, which may sound like a lot.. but when you break it down, the ingredients are actually perfectly fine! These could be eaten by humans as there is nothing in there that we wouldn’t eat either!

Banana, Peanut Butter, Wholemeal Flour, Oats, Egg, Honey, Water and Baking Powder. Nothing sinister in there! They are essentially just a very healthy banana bread recipe, which is good! They’re so easy to make as well, as it’s basically just mushing everything together in a bowl and baking!

I chose to top mine with a small dash of cream cheese, and this may be a shock to some people – but the tiniest amount of cream cheese is fine for the dog. It’s mainly just there to make it look a bit more cupcake like, and be able to stick a biscuit down on! 

As with any type of food that isn’t a common thing for a dog to eat, they should only be eaten in small quantities, and that’s why Rolo would only eat one in the day (and maybe two if he’s been really very very good) and I am happy with that. 

One thing I must point out however, and many of you dog owners will already know that with Peanut Butter you must make sure it does NOT contain Xylitol as it’s very dangerous for our furry friends – this only tends to be in cheaper and not as nice peanut butters anyway – and I tend to buy peanut butters that are 100% peanut! You also need to make sure there is no added salt. For you UK people, I use the Meridian brand!

I was inspired by the recipe from Primrose Bakery Christmas book, but altered them to be larger (as I found them to bake much better this way), and also a few more, so Rolos furry friends could have them too! You can easily half the recipe to only make 6! I hope your furry friends enjoy! x


Easy Pupcakes

Easy Dog Friendly Pupcakes for your Furry Friends with Banana and Peanut Butter, and a Cream Cheese topping! 
4.93 from 14 votes
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Category: Animal Baking
Type: Pupcakes
Keyword: Pupcakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Cooling Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings: 12 Pupcakes
Author: Jane's Patisserie



  • 2 Ripe Bananas
  • 150 g Peanut Butter (SEE NOTES BELOW)
  • 2 Medium Eggs
  • 75 g Honey
  • 100 g Wholemeal Flour
  • 75 g Rolled Oats
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder (optional)
  • 125 ml Water


  • 12 tsps Cream Cheese
  • 12 Dog Biscuits


  • Preheat your Oven to 180C/160C Fan and get 12 cupcake cases ready - I use the Iced Jems ones!
  • Add your Banana to a bowl and mash up.
  • Add in the Peanut Butter, Eggs, and Honey and mix together till combined.
  • Add in the Flour, Oats and Baking Powder and mix till combined - it will be quite thick.
  • Add in the water a little at a time until all mixed in!
  • Split evenly between the 12 cases, and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until browned on top.
  • Leave the Pupcakes to cool fully, and remove from their cases (so the furry friends don't eat them!)
  • Spread over a teaspoon of cream cheese per Pupcake, and add on a dog biscuit!


  • IMPORTANT - You MUST make sure your Peanut Butter does NOT contain Xylitol - it's poisonous for dogs. It's also best to use one with no added Salt.
  • I use the smooth Meridian Peanut Butter!
  • This recipe was inspired by the Primrose Bakery Christmas book! 
  • You can half the recipe to make six Pupcakes, or split half into twelve if you have a smaller dog who eats less! Bake them for 10 minutes if they are smaller. 
  • I store these in the fridge with or without the cream cheese when its hot - but if it was Winter, and there wasn't any Cream Cheese on them yet, then room temperature is fine.
  • These freeze well!
Nutrition Facts
Easy Pupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 191 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 36mg12%
Sodium 87mg4%
Potassium 268mg8%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 125IU3%
Vitamin C 1.7mg2%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* These are only estimates and can vary dependant on brands of ingredients and serving sizes.


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  • Justin
    October 20, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    5 stars
    Hey! My dog Enzo loved these for his first birthday on Sunday! (He’s loves bananas!) I was wondering how long they last in the fridge.

    • Jane's Patisserie
      October 21, 2020 at 11:30 am

      I would say up to 5 days in the fridge, but they freeze well too!

  • Lisa Moir
    October 10, 2020 at 12:09 am

    5 stars
    These worked a treat, easy peasy for a beginner like me and the dogs loved them!! Thank you 😊

  • Leo
    September 13, 2020 at 4:52 am

    5 stars

    My son reviewed your recipe for our dog, 10/10 would recommend. Hope you enjoy the video!

    • Jane's Patisserie
      September 13, 2020 at 10:15 am

      That’s so cute!! Yay!

    • Justin
      October 20, 2020 at 9:19 pm

      How long do these last in the fridge, do you know? I only have one small dog and I made 12 because we didn’t use the ingredients it called for anyway lol.

  • Danny freedsan
    September 10, 2020 at 3:22 pm

    Hi jane i was going to make these next weekend for my dog but unsure if its self raising or plain flour to use. In these comments i notice youve put both plain and self raising in reply to people asking the same question so i was just curious which it is you use 🙂

    • Jane's Patisserie
      September 11, 2020 at 8:43 am

      You can pretty much use either as it’s just for the doggo, but I have only ever used plain wholemeal x

  • Chelsie
    August 19, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    5 stars
    These are awesome, are they cat friendly too?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      August 19, 2020 at 8:33 pm

      I’m unsure as I’ve never had a cat, sorry!

  • M
    August 2, 2020 at 9:54 am

    Hi Jane! Making these next week and just wondered – is the wholemeal flour, plain or self raising?🐾x

  • Justin
    July 30, 2020 at 3:38 pm

    5 stars
    Is it ok to use almond butter in stead of peanut?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      July 30, 2020 at 3:41 pm

      As long as your dog is okay with almonds (some can be intolerant) and the almond butter has no additives – it should be okay!

  • Sue
    July 20, 2020 at 2:52 pm

    Hiya what peanut butter brand exactly would you use?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      July 20, 2020 at 3:30 pm

      Hey! I mention this in the post – I use the meridian brand, but any that are pure peanut butter with no added salt/xylitol etc is fine! You can find it in pet shops too!

  • looby
    July 19, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    5 stars
    I made some for my dog to celebrate his gotcha day this weekend. I couldn’t get wholewheat flour so I blended the equivalent weight of oats and used that instead & it worked perfectly. Also couldn’t get cream cheese (everyone seems to be baking and making cheesecakes in lock down I think) so I just topped with a wee bit of PNB & a gravy bone . I used sun pat smooth, it doesn’t have xylitol in, I contacted them and checked to be sure before I went ahead.He really loves it, thank you for the recipe Jane

  • Lynn
    May 14, 2020 at 6:27 pm

    Would it be possible to use this recipe to make a cake?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      May 16, 2020 at 3:01 pm

      Yes it should be fine!! I’d bake it into an 8″ tin, but I’m not 100% sure on baking time – probably at least 30 minutes or so!

  • eliza
    May 8, 2020 at 2:15 pm

    5 stars

  • Kyra
    May 5, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    Is wholemeal strong bread flour okay as that’s all I could get?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      May 5, 2020 at 1:23 pm

      I’m afraid I haven’t tried these with bread flour before! Regular flour can be substituted, as well, but I haven’t tried bread flour!

  • Billie Hiscock
    May 5, 2020 at 10:22 am

    Hi. Just wondering if I would be able to use the dog peanut butter for these? Instead of actual peanut butter?


  • kyra Cole
    May 4, 2020 at 11:07 pm

    4 stars
    Hi I love this.. I haven’t made them yet but just wondered how long they should be kept for after being made? If put in the fridge like you suggested will they last a couple days or not?
    Thank you

    • Jane's Patisserie
      May 5, 2020 at 8:57 am

      Yep, they’ll last a few days! And they need to be in the fridge if you’ve used the cream cheese.

  • Danielle Rodriguez
    May 4, 2020 at 11:40 am

    5 stars
    Great recipe! So easy to do – and my pup couldn’t get enough of them! Thank you!

  • Chloe Johnson
    May 4, 2020 at 11:38 am

    Amazing!! My dogs absolutely loved these!

  • Amie
    April 28, 2020 at 11:46 pm

    Hi Jane, thank you for sharing this recipe -good to think of the doggos too!

    Do you think the recipe would also work as a cake?? Xx

  • Ellie
    April 27, 2020 at 9:14 am

    Hi! Is there anything instead of peanut butter you think I could use?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      April 27, 2020 at 9:21 am

      You can use another nut butter that is safe for dogs, such as almond butter – but you need to make sure it doesn’t have any additives in such as mentioned in this post!

  • Louisa
    April 14, 2020 at 11:49 am

    5 stars
    Just made these for our dog as we’re having a lil baking day in isolation! Our dog is very small but he loves them, how long would you recommend keeping them without freezing them? Thank you!

    • Jane's Patisserie
      April 14, 2020 at 1:03 pm

      It’s best to keep them in the fridge with the topping on – but probably 4-5 days I’d say!

  • Kayleigh
    April 1, 2020 at 10:28 am

    Hi, i’m going to make these for my puppy, she is 1 next Thursday 🙂 can you use porridge oats instead of rolled oats?

  • lottie
    March 25, 2020 at 11:19 am

    5 stars
    My pup loved these for his first birthday! no one could come to his party because of isolation but these made his day!

    • Jane's Patisserie
      March 25, 2020 at 1:54 pm

      Ahh I’m so glad – all pups deserve pupcakes!

  • Rachael Bowd
    March 21, 2020 at 8:54 am

    5 stars
    My Pupster rates these as 5*

    Loved his 1st birthday breakfast this morning

  • Amy
    February 15, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    Can you use regular flour?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      February 15, 2020 at 7:52 pm

      Yes, generally for dogs though I use wholemeal as it’s healthier.

  • Sheena Raquel Maroney
    January 12, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    Is the cream cheese just cream cheese topping? ….

  • Jessica Martin
    December 12, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    Hi Jane , how long will these keep for if not freezing them ?

    Thank you xx

  • Heather
    October 9, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    Made a batch of pupcakes to add to our MacMillan Coffee Morning in work- they were the first ones to sell out! The feedback was great and 2 people actually thought they were ordinary cupcakes🤣 Thank you for the recipes 👍

    • Jane's Patisserie
      October 9, 2019 at 10:43 pm

      Hahaha amazing! I’ve had a few of my friends eat them, without the dog biscuit of course!

  • Samantha
    October 7, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    Hi. Is the whole meal flour self raising or plain?
    Going to make these for my boys 12th Birthday.


  • Kayleigh
    September 30, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    I’m planning to make these this week as our pup turns 9 on Saturday and I’m away (Fur-mumma guilt! Although Dad will be with her).
    How would you recommend wrapping them for the freezer? I think it’d be nice to have something that I can pull out for a little treat that’s not full of rubbish!

    • Jane's Patisserie
      September 30, 2019 at 6:49 pm

      Ohh how cute! And personally I would add them into a freeze proof container like a plastic tub, and then they should be fine!

  • Lauren
    August 18, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    Hi Jane, I use your recipes all the time and absolutely love them. This one looks just as fab for my puppa! Just a little edit I’d recommend though, can you make it a little clearer that the Peanut Butter needs to be xylitol free? Maybe in the ingredients put it in brackets next to the Peanut Butter? Incase people don’t read the notes! I have a pet supply business and it’s so common for people still not to know about xylitol or that it’s in some Peanut Butters! 😩 I can’t wait to try the recipe for my pooch! Thank you! x

  • Joanne K
    July 6, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    5 stars
    Thank you so much for this recipe. Just made a batch and the dogs absolutely love them❤️ I have a feeling that some of the humans might also snack on them😂

  • Michelle Hurst
    July 6, 2019 at 9:33 am

    5 stars
    Oh Jane, this has made me smile. Rolo sure enjoyed his treats, he is a beautiful boy. My boy patch is on the rainbow bridge but would have loved these. I will however make them for my dog nieces 🙄😂😂. Thank you for posting this it really has made me smile.
    Michelle x

  • Jill Lockett
    July 6, 2019 at 8:34 am

    Pure genius Jane. Cannot wait to make these for my dogs. You have one cute dog there x


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