Happy Second Birthday, Socially Awkward Gizzy!

September 1, 2012 · 13 comments

If you’ve been here for more than two seconds, you already know I love me some dogs. And some cupcakes. And also onion dip and many other edibles, but we’ve not the time to address that list right now.

This week was Gizmo’s second birthday – and his first celebrated outside of a puppy mill cage – so we decided to commemorate the occasion by cooking up some doggy cupcakes! It’s not like I’m one of those crazy people who always celebrates her dog’s birthdays or anything like that, so this was a total one-off. 😉

Also, if you want to pipe the frosting, don’t be lazy and use the crunchy peanut butter you have on hand like me this friend I know. Buy the smooth kind, or you’ll jam up your frosting tip and have to ask your husband to help again, and then the two of you will spend five minutes trying to fish out a wedged peanut before slapping on the frosting using a butter knife and calling it a day. These are the vital tidbits you learn here, folks!


1 egg
1 cup flour
1 banana, sliced
1 small apple, chopped
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup plain yogurt
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup shredded carrots
1/3 cup shredded cheese

8 ounces of cream cheese, room temperature
2 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons peanut butter


01. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees (in the Caribbean seas… what, no one else references Will Smith?)
02. In a small bowl, combine: flour, baking soda, baking powder. Mix well using a whisk.
03. In a medium bowl, combine: yogurt, oil, honey, and eggs. Then mix in the carrots, apples, bananas, and cheese.
04. Add the flour mixture – dough will be sticky and lumpy.
05. Fill your cupcake liners about 3/4 the way full and bake 15-20 minutes (until a toothpick comes out clean).
06. In another bowl, beat cream cheese on medium until frosting consistency. Then add in the peanut butter and honey, and mix again!
07. Frost those bad boys up and watch your dogs make this face:

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Andrea September 1, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Happy Birthday Gizmo!
Looks like you enjoyed your cupcakes! 🙂


brittney September 2, 2012 at 11:19 am

I so wish that photo hadn’t had the blurry ghost affect – didn’t realize until, naturally, they were all done!


Lu September 3, 2012 at 6:58 am

Happy birthday Gizmo! Aww he looks so happy about having his very own cupcake! 🙂


brittney September 4, 2012 at 10:47 am

BOY was he. If a dog could have a sweet tooth, he would!


Holly September 4, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Happy (belated) birthday, Gizmo! How long did it take him to inhale his cupcake? 🙂


brittney September 4, 2012 at 12:33 pm

LOL you know, about twice as long as Emmie – who did literally INHALE hers and then stare at him awkwardly for the remaining few bites. 😉


Raka June 7, 2015 at 6:38 pm

What makes no sense to me is that I just want a phone that has a data plan, and like 60 min of talk time a month. I think that shouldn’t be more than $19 a month. It’s data. I would poblabry use 10-30K a day.When I get rid of my work phone, the choosing of my communication device will be an investigated process, much like yours.


Alex @ ifs ands & butts September 4, 2012 at 1:57 pm



Steven Andrew September 4, 2012 at 3:58 pm

ERMAHGERD. Hahaha, I love that last picture!
Happy birthday, Gizmo!


brittney September 4, 2012 at 5:00 pm

BWAHAHA, I hope you totally grasped that was a reference to the ERMAHGERD MILKERBONES picture. If not, google. High-larious!


Erin Lindsey September 12, 2012 at 12:36 pm

LOVE THIS! Definitely starring this post so I can refer to it for my little Jordan. I’m planning on handbaked treats as part of my handmade Christmas, and puppy definitely deserves to get in on the fun!


April September 13, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Good lord that’s cute!!!!


Lillian Baker July 9, 2015 at 9:46 am

I used this recipe for my English Bulldog ‘ birthday celebration. I’m pleased to say that he LOVED IT!!! He and my 6 month old EB were thrilled to have a pool party, baths, then cupcakes. I’m so thankful that you shared your recipe!


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