Wednesday, 26 August 2015

{RECIPE} Coconut Frosted Carob Carrot Cupcakes

It's time for one more recipe from Humphrey's first birthday! In addition to the Turkey Meatloaf Dog Birthday Cake, we also make some giant carob and carrot birthday cupcakes (big enough to slice as mini cakes into bite-sized portions) and topped them with piped coconut frosting. Spoiled doggies indeed!

Carob Carrot Cupcakes with Coconut Frosting

1/4 cup wheat germ
3/4 cup whole wheat self-raising flour 
1 tbsp carob powder
1 large carrot, shredded
1 egg
1/4 cup warm water 
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar 
additional flour/water to adjust consistency if/as needed
Frosting (adjust to desired volume):
1 part coconut flour
1 part yogurt
garnish (optional)

Preheat oven to 180C and lightly grease your pan(s). These volumes will make approximately four large (Texas) muffin pan sized cakes. Combine the cake ingredients in a mixing bowl. At this stage, the mix should look like a hearty muffin batter. If your mixture is looking a bit dry, add a little more water. If it is looking too wet and runny, add a touch more flour.  Spoon into a lightly greased muffin pan and bake for approximately 20 minutes. Cool slightly, remove from pan onto wire rack, and the allow to cool thoroughly before frosting.

Frosting is, of course, optional. A 1:1 mixture of coconut flour and yogurt makes a nice thick "icing".  Depending on your ingredients and how you plan to ice your cakes (e.g. piping, spreading, etc) you may wish to adjust the consistency slightly with a little bit of water or milk.   

Frost your cakes and, if you wish, top with a decorative garnish.  We used pumpkin seeds to garnish our birthday cupcakes, but you may wish to chop/grind any seeds or nuts for safety and digestion, especially if you have a smaller dog.  Refrigerate until you are ready to serve. Pampered pooches might enjoy their slice of cake warmed slightly for extra smell and flavour.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Your cakes can be baked into other shapes and sizes. Remember to adjust cooking times accordingly. 
  • When using yogurt for dogs, go natural or take care when when shopping to avoid the artificial sweeteners, particularly xylitol, which is extremely dangerous for dogs. Xylitol may also be labeled under as sweetener code 967.
  • If your dog is sensitive to dairy, unsweetened coconut milk or water could be used in lieu of yogurt.   
  • This frosting method is also a neutral base for tinting is you wish to add food colouring.
  • Different carob products may be stronger/weaker in smell and flavour. My go-to carob powder is quite potent.  Not sure about yours?  You can probably get a very good sense from the smell, but don't be shy to try a little taste taste. :)  It's pretty might even get hooked!  Adjust quantities if/as needed to suit your supply and tastes. Happy baking!

Hungry for more tasty treats?  See all of our recipes here. Remember, treats are for spoiling your pup in moderation. Some dogs have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt, have a chat with your vet.

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  1. This is really a wonderful post.

    1. Thanks! We really appreciate the comment and the feedback! Woof!


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