Pupcake recipe for dogs

by | Nov 6, 2011 | 21 comments

Liver cupcake recipe for dogs

I was seeing a new client today, so afterward I nipped into Morrisons to get some shopping and for fun, I bought the ingredients for liver cake.  I’d been thinking about trying to cook the liver cake in a cupcake tray rather than a big cake.  So I bought a cupcake tray for £1 and thought I may as well blog my attempt to make … liver pupcakes!  Oh and just for fun I bought some cream cheese to use as frosting.  These are great and make great treats, gifts and cakes to sell at fairs etc.  We’re gonna be using a little, tiny bit of garlic too – an article about dogs and garlic.

Let’s do this!


Ingredients: 500g (1lb) of liver, 200g (7oz) of wholemeal flour, 2 eggs, clove of garlic, splash of milk & cream cheese (if you want frosting).


pupcake ingredients

Put 500g (1lb) of liver in a jug with 2 eggs, 1 garlic clove (or ½ tsp lazy garlic) and a splash of milk.

blended liver cake mix


mixing bowl with liver cake mix and flour

Empty liver cake mix into a bowl and add 200g (7oz) of wholmeal flour.

mixed pupcake batter


adding pupcake batter to cupcake tray

Add your pupcake batter to a cupcake/muffin tray.

muffin tray in oven

Place tray in a preheated oven at 170c (Gas mark 4) for around 30 mins.

cooked pupcakes in tray

That’s them cooked – they look great! Leave to cool.

pupcakes on paper napkin

Pupcakes done!


adding frosting to doggy cupcakes

If you want, you can add cream cheese as frosting.

pupckaes with cream cheese frosting

Wow, these look surprisingly good.

pupcakes in a cake box

Would make a lovely gift or something you could sell at a fair.

dog watching me make pupcakes

Flo wants one!

dog eating pupcake

Ruby loves them!

How to store

As a general guide if meat protein is present in recipe then it will last around 3 to 5 days stored in a cool place.  If it has second class protein in it eg. cheese, lentils, eggs, etc, then they will store for about 10 days in a cool place. You can use cake tins lined with baking paper – greaseproof. If there is no meat or second class proteins present then it will last around 3 weeks before they go soft like human biscuits.

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By Jamie Shanks

BDWS is owned and run by me, Jamie Shanks. I’ve been a professional dog walker since 2010. When I’m not walking dogs, I’m usually at home entertaining my three dogs and attending to five hens and my vegetable garden. 


  1. Garlic is toxic to dogs. Please stop recommending that people poison their pets.

  2. Flo gets a pupcake

  3. Not sure if I’ve missed it, but I don’t find the Ingredient amounts for these Pupcakes?

  4. I do something similar but add some cooked vegetables fresh herbs a little garlic ginger and turmeric rather than add flour I use instant potato mix.

    • Hi Susan Findlay, can you share your recipe? Wytmei@yahoo.com

  5. Its it possible to substitute the liver for something else, say tuna or even sweet potato?

    • Yeah, those substitutes sound fine.

  6. Thanks for the recipe! Going to have a bash at these today. I won`t have to worry about freezing them as they won`t last that long with my 2 crazy weimaraners. Greetings all from Falkirk!

  7. Hi,
    So glad I’ve found your site. I’m not a good cook but need to produce something for the Church fete – I think I will be making dog ‘cakes’ instead! Do you think the ‘pup cakes’ could be made OK in paper cup cake cases – I think that would be quite fun!

  8. hi whats the shelf life on this one xx

    • Well that depends on how you store it. I freeze my dog treats but I dont have to cause I never have any last more that a few days.

  9. Sarah as long as the tins are washed it should be fine its like making cakes for ourselves really just we wouldn’t eat them LOL!!!!!!!. Or if your like me I have my things for the dogs and things for us and washed separately

    Jamie could you amend some of the recipes for us that are on gas as I have to go look see for some of them

    thanks Dee

    • Hi Dee! I’ve never had gas so not familiar with it. What differences are you finding with gas compared to electric?

  10. Wonderful recipes will be trying this next weekend for a birthday walk for some GSD friends – any way quick question – does the mixture come out of tin ok? You said you bought a new one does that mean its thrown away after? Wasn’t sure if you could use cupcake cases – not sure on dogs ability to eat them though…. I just don’t want to ruin my cupcake trays 🙂

    • Hi Sarah!

      I bought the cupcake tray just to try it out, but yeah they just pop out – no mess! Have fun!

    • Hi Jamie

      thank you! I did buy a crappy one just in case! But have to say 15 very pleased dogs with those cupcakes – they went down so very well! even with my GSD and he isn’t food orientated whilst out walking! So thank you I will attempt them again – when my stomach calms down lol a tad grusome making it in places


  11. I love it! I will be making these and giving them with puppies to their new homes!

  12. Haha! You’re not wrong but thankfully as long as it tastes good the dogs dont mind!


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