Happy birthday pupcakes

Does your dog share a birthday with us this month? We hope so. Let’s celebrate together with a no-bake pupcake. It’s made with dog-friendly peanut butter (which means no xylitol sweetener) and healthy oats, and just needs a little ping in the microwave to get things popping.

We admit it, we love frosting ours with this rather novel way to make icing. Don’t forget to have a pack of Good Dog treats on hand too to add a little je ne sais quoi at the end.

Tip: we like offering recipes you can eat as well as your dog but this one is more the just for your dog variety (you probably don’t want to try potato frosting.)

No-bake pupcakes


1 – 2 depending on your dog

What you’ll need:

Mug Cake (divide batter in half for smaller dogs):

  • 2 teaspoons of xylitol-free peanut butter
  • 4 tablespoons oats
  • 1 egg
  • 100ml of low salt chicken stock 
  • Coconut or flaxseed oil, for greasing the mould or mug  


  • 1 small potato
  • 1 teaspoon of dairy-free yoghurt
  • 1 teaspoon of coconut oil (optional)
  • Good Dog Treats 


  1. Mix together the oats, egg and all of the chicken stock. Allow to rest for an hour or until the oats are nice and soft. 
  2. While you’re waiting for the pupcake mixture to soften, peel the small potato (for your frosting) and pop it in a pan of boiling water and boil until it’s soft and mashable
  3. When your oats are ready, heat the peanut butter in a microwaveable bowl for 30 seconds or until it starts to melt.
  4. Add it to your oat mixture and stir until well combined.
  5. Transfer the mixture to a greased mug or silicone cupcake mould.
  6. Heat in the microwave on HIGH for 90 seconds.
  7. Now, take your cooked potato and mash it in a separate bowl with the coconut oil (if you’re using) until smooth. 
  8. When it’s at room temperature, add the yoghurt and mix well
  9. Spread or pipe onto the pupcake
  10. Decorate with a Good Dog Treat sprinkle

Watch how to make the pupcakes here.

Pupcake recipe

Our top tips:

  • To add some colour, beetroot juice to the potato frosting gives a healthy candy pink spin, without the sugar!
  • Or you can add a small handful of their tails.com kibble for extra crunch.

Here’s to another year of healthy dogs, and good times. Happy birthday to us and all the tails.com dogs across the land. 

Let us know if you make a pupcake for your dog, we love seeing all your baking and birthday photos on Instagram – just tag us with #tailsdotcom so we can find you. 

9 thoughts on “Happy birthday pupcakes”

  1. Any chance of a printable PDF of these recipes please? The Birthday cupcakes one takes up 6 pages as it is!! Thanks.

    • Hi James,

      We aren’t able send PDFs at this point unfortunately, but you could try copying just the recipe into another doc and print it for easy storage?

      Hope this helps.

      Kind regards,

  2. Made those multiple times,the terriers love them . Also have made them for friends as presents. Really easy and fab thank you Tails xxc

  3. Any but free recipes my sister is fatally allergic to nut but she wants to make our do a cake but it’s so difficult to find a recipe without peanut butter


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