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Misfit Manor Diary…Sophia’s big day and her Pawty Pupcakes

Misfit Manor, Nancy Halverson
Sophia gets a little excited about Pupcakes!

Ok so we were a few days late…but it’s never too late to Pawty at Misfit Manor. Sophia turned 6 months old at the end of November. Bret and I swore when we first brought her home (8 weeks old) that we would celebrate every little milestone she had…because frankly neither of us were confident in how far she would make it…every single day mattered to us. But here we are…she is 6 months old and doing fabulous.

I wanted to have Pawty pupcakes for her 6 month birthday despite my lack of baking skills. I was determined to work out a pupcake recipe for her on my own. I had a few recipe fails that Buster and Turnip were happy to eat! The best part of all of this is that Sophia is healthy enough to eat a pupcake. The first few months after she arrived were rough and we never would have considered feeding her a treat. What a blessing to be able to spoil her with pupcakes on her birthday!

Eventually I put together a pretty fool proof recipe for pupcakes and it was a hit for the Misfits…even Madison went crazy for them!

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Sophia’s Pupcakes

When it comes to cooking for the dogs I stick with simple and natural. Here is the simple recipe that I used:

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Paulie went crazy for Pupcakes!

Ingredients for Cupcakes:

2 cups of wheat flour

1/2 cup of oats

4 teaspoons of baking powder

1 cup of apple sauce (unsweetened)

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Maddie always eats like a lady!

1 cup of mashed bananas (you could substitute this for pumpkin, peanut butter, zucchini, even a lean meat or fish)

1/2 cup of vegetable oil

2 eggs

FROSTING: I use 1- 8 oz pack of cream cheese and 1/2 c. of peanut butter. Because I wanted the frosting to be pink I added 2 Tbsp of beet juice to the frosting to make it pink.


Preheat your oven to at least 350 degrees. This recipe will make 12 pupcakes. You can use cupcake papers…just remember to take them off before you serve them or the dogs will eat papers. Or you can spray the cupcake pan with spray oil.

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Even sweet old Madison was all in on the pupcakes!

Mix together all of your main ingredients. Like with human baking…I think it helps to having everything laid out at room temperature before you start. Put your mixed pupcake ingredients in your baking cupcake pan and bake for 15-20 minutes. You can use the ole toothpick test but I typically cut the top off one cake to check the doneness.

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What comes after cake? Pupperccinos!

When I make frosting I always make sure my ingredients (cream cheese and peanut butter) are at room temperature before I mix them. I use my electric mixer to whisk it up so the frosting is as fluffy as possible. I add natural ingredients to color my frosting…you can use beet juice, blueberry juice, etc. I apply my frosting simply by cutting a tiny corner off of a ziploc bag and squeezing it on.

I garnished these cupcakes with the cake flavor dog bones I send out with orders from my Shop. I order these off Chewy. You could also use cupcake toppers…of which I sell a whole collection of adorable ones at my Shop!

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Foxy loves cake and coffee!

Life at Misfit Manor is fragile. Most of the dogs here arrive either very senior or in very fragile health (or both) so we celebrate everything. The dogs bring so much love and joy into our lives and that is worth celebrating every single day!

Pawty On!

Nancy & The Misfits

Do you like the Pawty hats and Pupperccino cups in our pictures? Check out our Misfit Manor Pawty Shop to get your own personalized pawty gear! We also have a lot of great gifting items for dog lovers.

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