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


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


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!”

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

    He is a beautiful puppy! Happy Birthday, Einstein!


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

    Einstein is too dang cute!


  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 :-/


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

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


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

    Happy birthday, Einstein!


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

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

    hope your is a great one einstein!!


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

    Aw, so cute! Happy birthday to your dog!


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

    Can I come over and play?

    Happy Bday Einstein!


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

    Aww! Happy Birthday Einstein!!


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

    I love dog pictures!! Happy birthday Einstein :)


  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!


  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!


  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!


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

    so cute,…:-)


  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!


  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!!


  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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

    Happy Birthday to Einstein!


  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!


  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!


  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!


  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.


  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.


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

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


  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.


  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!! :)



  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!! :)



  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 :).


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

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


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

    Einstein is adorable. Happy birthday to him!


  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!


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

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


  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 :)


  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.


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

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


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

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


  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, put together an e-book collection of homemade dog treats:

    Happy Birthday, Einstein!!


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

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


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

    Aw, what a good pup!


  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! :-)


  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!!! *-*


  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.


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

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


  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!


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

    He’s adorable. Happy Birthday Einstein!


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

    Einstein gets to celebrate with a great muffin. Lucky!



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

    awwww he’s adorable! Happy Birthday!


  51. Linda on January 14, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Oh, it warms my heart to see animals that are so happy and loved so much ! You must be a wonderful person, and such a beautiful, comfortable home. Hoping that you all have a blessed and peaceful New Year !!


  52. Steph on January 14, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Einstein is so handsome! I love the pic of him in the snow and the one with your grandma is so sweet!


  53. Becky on January 15, 2011 at 5:43 am

    Happy Birthday, Einstein! Love the pupcakes. My dog , Bailey will be 6 tomorrow, so I’m making her doggy peanut butte,r banana, carrot pupcakes. You beat me to them by 1 day!


  54. marla {family fresh cooking} on January 15, 2011 at 9:17 am

    The shot of him gazing at his pup cakes is priceless. These sound too good to be true for a pup & great for us too! I would for sure be munching on those cakes. Happy b’day to your sweet golden retriever! xo


  55. Lisa@ Dishes of Mrs. Fish on January 15, 2011 at 10:09 am

    How precious!

    Your mom’s dog looks exactly like our dog! She’s from Pittsburgh too! :) The dog that is.


  56. Kerstin on January 15, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Happy Birthday to Einstein!! I’m sure he enjoyed his yummy treats :)


  57. Greedy Guts on January 15, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Einstein is so sweet! I want one! I think it is so great that you baked him a treat – my dog used to get a can of dog food wrapped up for his birthday. I’m thinking that he would have preferred the freshly baked treat :)


  58. Michele on January 15, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Happy Birthday Einstein. He is SO handsome! I just put these Pupcakes in the oven for our Old English Sheepdog, Nana, who just turned 9. She is the LOVE of our lives, and I was so glad to bake her a special treat.


  59. Janalyne on January 15, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Happy Birthday Einstein! What a sweet doggie…those pictures are so adorable. Dogs are just the best :)


  60. Lynn @ I'll Have What She's Having on January 15, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Einstein looks like such an amazing dog! Happy Birthday!


  61. Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels on January 16, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Aww Einstein is too cute! I especially adore the photo of him in the snow. And I love that you make a special birthday treat for him. :)


  62. Christina @ Sweet Peas Kitchen on January 16, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    Awww…I love it! Your dog is sooo cute! I made some peanut butter delight pupcakes for my dogs birthday this year! He loved them…I am definitely going to try this one this birthday! Happy birthday Einstein! :)


  63. cheryl on January 16, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    He is a beautiful boy. I have a golden too that I adore. Now I know what to fix for her birthday in August.


  64. Farrah Parker on January 16, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Aww I absolutely luv that you showed us what Einstein did on his special day. I’m a lil late Einstein so Happy Belated it looks like you enjoyed your day!


  65. RavieNomNoms on January 17, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Awww what a sweet pup! Happy Belated Birthday Einstein!


  66. Lisa Yowell on January 18, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Oh, Einstein is so cute. We have a golden named Ginger who is 7. There is no dog to compare to a GR. They are the greatest dogs ~ so loving.


  67. Lisa on January 18, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    SOOOOO CUUUUUTE!!! My doggie does all those things too! (except the christmas tree thing, we don’t have that). I think I love doggies more than food.


  68. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction on January 18, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Sooo cute! Yellowdog sends Einstein lots of happy birthday wishes (slightly late)! And, I know she’s waiting for me to make these pupcakes for her… I know she will love them.


  69. CaSaundra on January 20, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Aww sooo cute! My mom is always trying to get me to whip up something for our bulldog, but he’s so sensitive to many foods it can be challenging. This recipe sounds like something I could make and he could eat–perfect!! By the way, Einstein is adorable!! :-)


  70. Cookin' Canuck on January 22, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Aww, what a cutie! What a lucky dog he is to have a baking mama that loves to spoil him.


  71. Quyen - Kitchen Runway on January 23, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    I love it! Einstein is a beatiful dog! We have a golden too that we just adore — and we also celebrate her birthday every year with a party. Dogs are just the greatest and deserved to be spoiled daily!


  72. Becs @ Stiletto Studio on January 24, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Hehe, your pup is just too cute! and a little spoilt :D xx


  73. Lauren on February 5, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    So cute, just a quick question did you name him Einstein from the Dean Koontz Watchers book


    • Michelle on February 14th, 2011 at 9:21 pm

      Hi Lauren! I actually named him after the dog in Back to the Future movies :)


  74. Livvy on February 10, 2011 at 4:02 am

    What a beautiful boy! I have a golden too, her name is Lily, and I love baking for her. I’ll definitely be trying this one out soon, maybe for her upcoming first birthday! I really love your website, will be making many many of the recipes in coming weeks!


  75. Deborah on November 7, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    I found you blog via Pinterest and your picture of Einstein watching the Christmas tree. We adopted a 6yr old Golden this year after our 13yr old black lab passed away. Scruffy has been a balm to our hearts..I’m looking forward to making him some Pupcakes too! :-)


    • Michelle on November 8th, 2012 at 1:36 pm

      Hi Deborah, I’m so sorry to hear about your black lab, but it’s so wonderful that you found a Golden Retriever to fill the void in your heart and life. They’re such wonderful little people! :)


  76. Tracy on November 12, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    I make these pupcakes (a mini version) for a craft fair at my church – made them with the frosting the first year and it was really messy and as you mentioned, unnecessary. They sell out every year! My four dogs love the mistakes!


  77. Maegan on November 13, 2012 at 9:43 am

    My puppy turns 1 today and I can’t wait to spoil him with one of you recipes! Thanks for the inspiration. Einstein is beautiful. Dogs are just so amanzig <3 Best wishes.


  78. Candace Karu on March 12, 2013 at 10:10 am

    I found this post while searching for birthday ideas for my two Yorkies. Love this recipe and can’t wait to share it with out Cabot Facebook friends!


  79. Angela on March 31, 2013 at 5:09 am

    Absolutely adorable pics and post!


  80. Jennifer on November 3, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    These were so good! And the fur babies loved them too ;) ! I had to yell at my boyfriend to stop eating the dogs’ birthday treats. Great, easy recipe that I’ll have to make again and again!


  81. Nirmala Selvam on May 20, 2014 at 6:47 am

    He is such a beautiful dog.
    I have a cute mongrel named Lola (born 21 feb 2012) and I must say that she has the same exact expressions and poses that Einstein has in all the photos here.
    She loves cakes and the simple Marie Biscuits but does not enjoy store bought dog biscuits. I am going to try making the biscuits according to your recipes. Thanks for sharing and letting us enjoy your love for Einstein.


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