Apple & Cheddar Pupcakes for Einstein’s 4th Birthday!

Happy 4th Birthday to my golden retriever, Einstein!

Every year I bake him a little something special (and dog-friendly) to celebrate his birthday. This year I decided on these super cute apple and cheddar “pup”cakes. The original recipe includes a cream cheese frosting, but I honestly didn’t think it was necessary. Cupcakes on top of regular food is more than enough for this 70-lb furball. Maybe that makes these more of a muffin? In any case, he more than approved and thoroughly enjoyed his birthday treat(s) and begged for more. Then again, he’s not exactly hard to please when it comes to food!

He kept a very close eye on the entire baking process. I’m pretty sure he somehow realized these were for him.

The furry guy has had quite a good year by dog standards. Some highlights:

He loves the snow so, needless to say, he fully embraced the Blizzard of 2010:

He napped a lot:

He hunted out perfect sun spots:

He enjoyed the lazy days of summer with my mom’s dog, Bella:

He barked at rabbits in the yard:

He bonded with my grandma:

And he enjoyed the glow of the Christmas tree:

Happy Birthday, bud! Here’s to another fun year!

One year ago: Dog Birthday Cake
Three years ago: Happy 1st Birthday Einstein!

Apple & Cheddar Pupcakes

Yield: 12 pupcakes

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

1½ cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup traditional rolled oats
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ cup applesauce
½ cup water
¼ cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons honey
2 eggs
1 apple, peeled, cored and minced
1 cup grated cheddar cheese

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line muffin tins with paper liners.

2. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, oats, baking powder and baking soda. In a medium bowl, whisk together the applesauce, water, oil, honey and eggs, then stir in the apple and cheese. Add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture and stir until just barely blended.

3. Spoon the batter into the muffin tins, filling almost full (you may have a couple spoonfuls of batter leftover). Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool in the tins for a few minutes and then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely.

(Recipe adapted from My Baking Heart, originally from The Dog Ate It)

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83 Responses to “Apple & Cheddar Pupcakes for Einstein’s 4th Birthday!”

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  1. Tammy on January 14, 2011 at 12:26 am

    He is a beautiful puppy! Happy Birthday, Einstein!

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  2. Gabby (Quest for Delicious) on January 14, 2011 at 1:22 am

    Einstein is too dang cute!

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  3. bianca on January 14, 2011 at 3:00 am

    ADORABLE! your blog rocks my world :)

    i have a question, how do you know what ingredients are ‘dog friendly’? I have 2 yorkies and have been dying to bake for them but am too afraid i’ll feed them something that isn’t good for them :-/

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  4. Nachiketa on January 14, 2011 at 4:27 am

    How sweet is that…… :)
    Happy Birthday Einstein!!!!!!

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  5. Blog is the New Black on January 14, 2011 at 6:13 am

    Happy birthday, Einstein!

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  6. linda on January 14, 2011 at 6:30 am

    einstein’s b.day gave us a recipe that we will enjoy as well!

    hope your b.day is a great one einstein!!

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  7. Lauren at KeepItSweet on January 14, 2011 at 6:41 am

    Aw, so cute! Happy birthday to your dog!

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  8. m @ random musings on January 14, 2011 at 7:07 am

    the.cutest.dog ever

    Can I come over and play?

    Happy Bday Einstein!

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  9. Katrina on January 14, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Aww! Happy Birthday Einstein!!

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  10. Lisa on January 14, 2011 at 7:27 am

    I love dog pictures!! Happy birthday Einstein :)

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  11. Tiffany @ Conor & Bella on January 14, 2011 at 7:31 am

    He’s so cute! And thanks for the recipe, my dog would love something like that!

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  12. Tania on January 14, 2011 at 8:09 am

    What a great idea! I used to give my dog a Kong (sp?) with frozen peanut butter inside for his birthdays.
    These pictures are soo wonderful! Happy Birthday Einstein!

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  13. Judy B. on January 14, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Happy Birthday Einstein…wishing you many more!!! My almost 2 year old Golden Retriever would love to make a play date – her name is Bella and she is a beauty.

    Enjoy your treat and Happy New Year!

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  14. notyet100 on January 14, 2011 at 8:35 am

    so cute,…:-)

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  15. Caroline on January 14, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Aodrable! Our puppy is celebrating his first birthday in May and I’m pretty sure I’m making something special to celebrate! Hope Einstein had a great day! Looks like he’s really living the life!

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  16. jaclyn@todayslady on January 14, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Happy Birthday Einstein!!!!

    I love the apple-cheddar combo in baked goods. So yummy! Definitely doesn’t need icing though. Mmmmm I want one!!

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  17. Nuts about Food on January 14, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Happy birthday Einstein!! I love the first picture with him lingering in the background, a bit hidden. He is a beauty

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  18. Sara on January 14, 2011 at 9:51 am

    He is absolutely gorgeous! What a sweetheart! Happy Birthday, Einstein!!

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  19. Kelly on January 14, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Happy Birthday Einstein!!!! (from my pups – Echo, Abel, Leroy & Oliver)

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  20. Tracey on January 14, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Awww, what a sweet boy! Happy Birthday to him :)

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  21. Shawnda on January 14, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Happy Birthday to Einstein!

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  22. Amy (Sing For Your Supper) on January 14, 2011 at 11:09 am

    What a sweet post!! Einstein looks like a VERY happy dog! Hope he enjoys a wonderfully happy birthday!

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  23. Deborah on January 14, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Happy birthday to your Einstein! My pup turns 5 next month. I’ve made him pupcakes and cakes in the past for his birthday, and he always loves them. I’m sure he’d love these as well!

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  24. Kelly on January 14, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Happy birthday einstein! Great pictures, love the last shot with the tree. Oh, and this recipe is Barkley approved, he goes insane for pupcakes!

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  25. Irina@PastryPal on January 14, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    What a great dog! And love the name Einstein, too. Maybe I have some dog soul in me, because these look really good to me, too :). I love the addition of cheese.

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  26. Sara on January 14, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Awww, happy birthday, Einstein! My dog’s bday is at the end of the month and last year I made him your doggie cake recipe…so, maybe this year he’ll get these too.

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  27. Maria on January 14, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Awww! I love Einstein! He is the cutest! Happy Birthday!!!

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  28. Emily (The Culinary Couple) on January 14, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Happy birthday, Einstein! I might have to steal this recipe and make treats for my parents’ two Goldens.

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  29. Marissa on January 14, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Happy birthday Einstein! This is such a good idea. I used to make “Woof Woof Waffles” during my pet treat business phase back in the day haha. I’m going to send this recipe to my mom to make for our family dog, Jackson. Thanks for sharing!! :)

    -Marissa

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  30. Marissa on January 14, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Happy birthday Einstein! This is such a good idea. I used to make “Woof Woof Waffles” during my pet treat business phase back in the day haha. I’m going to send this recipe to my mom to make for our family dog, Jackson. Thanks for sharing!! :)

    -Marissa

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  31. something_good on January 14, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Happy birthday to Einstein! A treat indeed. Our dogs (a Carpathian Shepherd Dog and a mixed breed) love treats but they are so greedy they’ll eat the tray :).

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  32. Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat on January 14, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Um those look really good- can people eat them too??

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  33. Evan Thomas on January 14, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Einstein is adorable. Happy birthday to him!

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  34. Lori T. on January 14, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    He’s adorable! The shot of him with the Christmas tree got me! I love how our dogs are truly members of the family and even get birthday treats!

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  35. Erin on January 14, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Happy Birthday Einstein! What a loving dog-mama to make him special treats :)

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  36. Paula on January 14, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Einstein is beautiful. Happy Birthday Boy :) Your photos of him are just lovely and his face is gorgeous. Love the one of him gazing at the Christmas Tree. I could just give him a big hug.

    P.S. the muffins looked wonderful too :)

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  37. Delishhh on January 14, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    OHH Happy Birthday Einstein! He is adorable. I have a dog too and he is awesome. Mine is a lab/poodle mix (60lbs) but he enjoys the same stuff Einstein does. I have never made him treats but you inpired me. Awesome pictures.

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  38. Fabiola on January 14, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Happy Bday Einstein!!! From my puppy Hurley. You are a beautiful dog!

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  39. Tiffany on January 14, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Happy Birthday Einstein!!!! :D Too cute!

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  40. Diana on January 14, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Einstein looks like such a happy pup! He’s luck to have homemade treats on his birthday! I’ve tried my hand at homemade dog treats, too, and Layla seems to love them. Dr V, over at Pawcurious.com, put together an e-book collection of homemade dog treats: http://www.pawcurious.com/2010/12/i-come-bearing-gifts/

    Happy Birthday, Einstein!!

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  41. annie on January 14, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Happy Birthday Einstein! He seems so well behaved, even eating cake. What a cutie.

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  42. Lisa @ the Cooking Bride on January 14, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Aw, what a good pup!

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  43. Tracy on January 14, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    I just love that last picture of him next to the Christmas tree! What a cute pup – happy birthday to him! :-)

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  44. Emanuelle Miranda on January 14, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Seriously, this is one of the cutest posts I’ve ever read. I loved it!!! *-*

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  45. Kita on January 14, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Awesome post. It made me a little teary-eyed remembering my own dog. Im glad you celebrate his birthday. Looks like he deserves it.

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  46. Paula on January 14, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Happy Birthday to Einstein!!
    And congratulations to you for having a so good friend ;)

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  47. Stephanie on January 14, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Happy birthday Einstein! We have a golden named Gus who celebrated his first birthday on Halloween. He’s my first golden and my husband’s third. I’m so in love with the breed! He’s an amazing dog, and from the looks of it, he and Einstein would get along swimmingly!

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  48. Lori on January 14, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    He’s adorable. Happy Birthday Einstein!

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  49. Dinners & Dreams on January 14, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Einstein gets to celebrate with a great muffin. Lucky!

    Nisrine

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  50. Kate @ Diethood.com on January 14, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    awwww he’s adorable! Happy Birthday!

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