Here’s one for the dogs!
I decided a long time ago that if, and when, we settled down and stopped moving around so much, I would open a bakery. I’m sure this isn’t exactly a shocking revelation, given the nature of this blog. One of the things I really want to include in my line of products is yummy treats for our four legged children. That is how Loki’s Pawtisserie came into being.
…is our furry child, and, clearly, he is spoiled rotten. We wouldn’t have him any other way!! Because we love him so much and consider him a member of our family, rather than our pet, we decided right away to provide him with the same level of quality and nutrition in his food that we enjoy in ours. His main food is an all natural and organic baked food that is made with human grade ingredients, and you can only get it online. He seems to really enjoy it and we’ve had several friends’ dogs that were typically picky eaters dig right in to this food.
I thought it didn’t make sense to provide him with healthy food on a regular basis only to ruin it with low quality junk as treats. I have found many great companies over the years that provide excellent cookies that meet our standards, but Loki’s favorites always seem to be the ones I make myself. I have several cookie recipes that I hope to share through the course of my blogging, but today I want to pass on a pupcake recipe that I have been working on and that Loki can’t get enough of.
There are only a few ingredients, including oat flour, brown rice flour, water, shredded apple, egg, apple sauce, nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon. These are all easily accessible ingredients and most of them are things that we all typically have on hand. You can use any kind of apple you like; I used a fuji.
These are very easy to make, and take hardly any time at all. Just combine the two flours and all of the spices in a medium bowl. Whisk in the egg and applesauce until combined. It will be pretty dry at this point, but once you add the apple it really starts to loosen up. Stir the apple in thoroughly and add water, as needed, to reach the right consistency (slightly thicker than traditional cake batter); I used about a quarter cup of water.
Generously grease and flour a mini muffin pan (you can make these standard sized too, but my little Loki is only 15 pounds, so the minis suit him better). Scoop one tablespoon of batter into each cup, and bake at 350 degrees for 18 to 20 minutes.
These don’t have traditional leaveners and ingredients, so they aren’t going to rise like a normal cupcake would. They are also heavier and denser, like traditional dog treats. DO NOT use paper liners with these. They are very sticky and will not come easily out of the paper, instead use the directions above for greasing and flouring your muffin pan. I haven’t tried foil cupcake liners, so I can’t say how they would do (although I suspect they would work).
To make frosting for these, you just need cream cheese, honey, and yogurt. Allow the cream cheese to soften at room temperature then beat it in a small bowl until fluffy. Stir in the honey and yogurt and whisk until combined and fluffy.
Both HRH Beermeister and Squire NomNom taste tested these. They thought the cakes were okay, but both liked the frosting a lot, and I had a hard time keeping their fingers out of it so I could frost the pupcakes!! The little bones on top are from Three Dog Bakery.
Mmmm! He likes them! In fact, I think he loves them!! He was so excited about these! I have never seen him react to any food or treats like this before! He followed me around for several hours after this, hinting that he’d like another! I hope your furry friends love them as much! Enjoy!
Apple Spice Pupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Makes 18 minis
FOR THE PUPCAKES
3/4 cup oat flour
3/4 cup brown rice flour
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ginger
1/4 cup applesauce
1 medium apple, peeled, cored, and shredded
1/4 – 1/2 cup water
FOR THE FROSTING
2 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon yogurt, preferably plain
To make the pupcakes: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the oat and rice flours and add the spices; whisk to combine. Stir in the egg and applesauce until well mixed. Add the apple and mix well to combine. Add water 1/4 cup at a time until the batter reaches the right consistency (slightly thicker than regular cake batter).
Generously grease and flour a mini muffin pan. Scoop 1 tablespoon of batter into each cup. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until just browned.
To make the frosting: Beat the cream cheese in a small bowl until fluffy. Stir in the honey and yogurt; whisk until smooth and fluffy.
Recipe by Darla