RECIPE: Carob Pupcakes

What do you think? Aren’t these dog-friendly cupcakes gorgeous? Check out the photos and get the recipe here.

These dog-friendly cupcakes are great for a birthday party or as a special treat. Photos: Allison Gray/Petful

I kind of love dog stuff that looks like human stuff.

I’m talking squeaky dog toy that looks like a pair of earmuffs, sweatshirt complete with pouch pocket and hood — and food that looks like it should be on my plate and not in my dog’s bowl.

That’s why I was eager to give this “pupcake” recipe a try since the sample photos looked like something I’d pick up for myself at the bakery.

The plain yogurt is packed with calcium, which is a big plus for this recipe.

Carob Pupcakes Recipe



  • 2 tablespoons carob powder
  • ½ cup flour*
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ⅓ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 egg

*You can substitute rice flour for all-purpose.

Frosting (optional):

  • 3 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • 1½ tablespoons creamy peanut butter (no xylitol)
There’s enough batter in this recipe for 4 standard-size pupcakes or 12 mini pupcakes.


  1. Heat your oven to 350 F.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the dry ingredients.
  3. In another medium bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, yogurt and egg.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture and combine.
  5. Scoop the pupcake batter into a nonstick or lined muffin pan.
  6. Bake standard-size pupcakes for 20 minutes or mini pupcakes for 12 minutes.
  7. While the pupcakes bake, mix together the frosting ingredients until well combined. Spoon the frosting into a sandwich bag and cut one corner off.
  8. After the pupcakes have completely cooled, pipe the frosting on top.
  9. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.
After the pupcakes have completely cooled, pipe the frosting on top.

When I’m cooking for myself, I’ve found that carob is a lot like cocoa powder — it smells divine when it’s baking, but if you don’t add sugar to the recipe, the flavor is a little flat.

Since there’s nothing sweet in these doggie cupcakes to help the carob powder, I didn’t personally give them a taste, despite how wonderful my kitchen smelled.

My dog, Banjo, on the other hand? Well, she couldn’t get enough!

Save one for the rest of us, Banjo.

This carob pupcakes recipe is a big success as far as she’s concerned.


Adapted from: Pretty Fluffy.

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Allison Gray gained a wealth of knowledge about animal welfare issues and responsible pet care during her nearly 5 years of work for an animal shelter. She is a writer, photographer, artist, runner and tattooed remedial knitter. Allison also has been researching, testing out and perfecting nutritious pet treat recipes in her kitchen for Petful since spring 2017.

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