Pumpkin Pupcakes for Amelia

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Pumpkin Pupcakes

When I was away over the weekend, Josh told me that Amelia was sleepy and calm, which she never is. He blamed me. He said that I was her spirit animal.

It’s sort of true. We both humor and entertain and keep each other company every single day. She is my best friend.

We go everywhere together (Target, Home Depot, World Market, Michael’s) and are rarely not around each other. Since I work from home, Josh knew we’d be good for each other.

It’s Amelia’s birthday! She’s one year older but oddly not less puppy-like. She still plays ALL THE TIME. She still chews your hand when she gets excited. She still steals my socks and won’t give them back. She still barks at cakes and roast chickens and anything else she feels like she deserves.

Pumpkin Pupcakes

Pumpkin Pupcakes

Pumpkin Pupcakes

She is the best blogging partner because she loves everything I make.

The people at Mister Riley were kind enough to send Amelia’s mixes all the way from Australia!! If you live in AUS, definitely check them out. The mixes are so cool and cutely designed and they’re such nice people.

One of the mixes they sent were for Banana Pupcakes and I was like whaaa, that is SO CUTE. Inspired by their mix, I made these!

Pumpkin Pupcakes

Pumpkin Pupcakes

Pumpkin Pupcakes

Pumpkin Pupcakes

These are grain-free muffin/pupcakes. I attempted to make them with coconut flour but man, coconut flour is so strange (it’s SO DRY) and I haven’t quite warmed up to it yet. I remade them using garbanzo flour and they worked out so much better.

I love garbanzo flour because it’s grain-free, inexpensive and Amelia’s tummy loves it.

Pumpkin Pupcakes

Pumpkin Pupcakes

Pumpkin Pupcakes

Pumpkin Pupcakes

This has some pumpkin in it because it’s her favorite and because FALL. The frosting is a good amount of cream cheese, peanut butter and a teeny bit of honey all whipped together. It’s a sturdy frosting, so you can do ridiculous things like pipe roses onto the cupcakes.

Happy birthday, Amelia! Thanks for being my bestest friend.

Pumpkin Pupcakes

Pumpkin Pupcakes for Amelia

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Serving Size: 12 pupcakes



  • 3 cups garbanzo flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 6 tablespoons coconut oil or canola oil
  • 3 large eggs


  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons honey


  • To make the pupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with liners and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together garbanzo flour and baking soda. In a measuring cup or a medium bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, honey, oil and eggs. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until combined.
  • Fill up the muffin liners to the top and transfer to the oven to bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and cool to room temperature.
  • To make the frosting: Add the peanut butter, cream cheese and honey to the bowl of a stand-up mixer (you can also do this by hand in a regular bowl) with the paddle attachment. Beat until smoothed and combined. You can decorate these pupcakes however you like. Scoop mounds of frosting on top of the cupcakes and swirl it around OR you can do as I did which was to add it to a piping bag with a closed star tip attached. If you pipe in a circle, starting in the center and moving to the edges, you’ll end up with a rose-like shape. Pupcakes are good for a week when stored in the fridge.
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  • Reply Sophie MacKenzie October 19, 2016 at 11:12 am

    I think I just melted at the word “pupcake”. Happy birthday sweet Amelia! Growing up the only celeb I shared a birthday was John Lithgow – now I get to add super stylish Amelia the Corgi to the list <3

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme October 19, 2016 at 11:19 am

      hahaha that is so funny! i saw him at a concert a long time ago; he seemed cool! happy birthday to you!!

  • Reply Laura (A Beautiful Plate) October 19, 2016 at 11:22 am

    THIS IS SO ADORABLE!!!! also, amelia is da cutest

  • Reply Billy October 19, 2016 at 11:24 am

    dis is the kewtest

  • Reply Libby October 19, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Okay, these pupcakes look so cute! I will definitely make these for my girl. 😀
    Also: PUPcake!! I die.

  • Reply steph October 19, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    happy birthday amelia!!!! thanks for being so good to mah girl adrianna!

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  • Reply Ashley Nathalie October 19, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Happy birthday Amelia!!! She’s so damn cute and I love the pupcake idea!

  • Reply Belinda October 19, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Happy birthday sweet Amelia ❤️

    After the recent loss of my own dog, I’ve been trying to get my furry needs filled by dog sitting for some friends. I’m the naughty aunt that keeps slipping treats under the table and sharing half my dinner because I’m a pushover. These look delicious.

    My only tip would be to check the ingredients on your peanut butter. The “sugar free” ones might seem like a healthier option for your pup but they usually contain xylitol which is highly toxic to dogs.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme October 20, 2016 at 9:44 pm

      awww belinda, i’m so sorry. i can’t imagine. 🙁

      and yes, definitely sugar free. i always buy natural peanut butter (just peanuts!)

  • Reply Jamie | Hola Croqueta October 19, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    This is the cutest thing ever! Happy birthday Amelia!

  • Reply Rachel October 19, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    So precious! I made my pup peanut butter pupcakes for his birthday and he loved them! Seems like pumpkin pupcakes may be what he’s trick or treating for on Halloween. Thanks for posting!

  • Reply Miranda | Miranda's Notebook October 19, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    These photos are just so adorable! I love Amelia! And what wonderful looking cupcakes – yum. Miranda xxx http://mirandasnotebook.com/

  • Reply Michelle @ Hummingbird High October 20, 2016 at 5:50 am

    this is really cute

  • Reply Abby @ Heart of a Baker October 20, 2016 at 6:10 am

    Aw what a cutie pie! Happy Birthday Amelia girl! xo

  • Reply Pepper October 20, 2016 at 8:05 am

    Happy birthday Amelia!!! My dog is my best friend as well and my husband always says “it is so weird she has your personality and you didn’t give birth to her”
    Dogs are the best and I am bookmarking this recipe for Lace!!!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme October 20, 2016 at 9:45 pm

      haha amelia and i are actually a lot alike it’s super weird!! haha

  • Reply Lydia October 20, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    My dog would go nuts for these! She’s big on peanut butter. Even when I’m feeding her medicine, so long as I hide it in peanut butter, she’ll eat it right up.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme October 20, 2016 at 9:46 pm

      same here. i always have to hide it in peanut butter but amelia has smartened up and ends up licking all the peanut butter off of the medicine GRRR

  • Reply Janet October 20, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    You had me at Corgi. 🙂 Amelia, you are lovely. Happy birthday and many more!

  • Reply Holly Henderson October 20, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    So sweet! HB Amelia!!

  • Reply Nicole Richardson October 24, 2016 at 11:03 am

    Is it possible to use regular flour with this recipe?

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme October 24, 2016 at 11:09 am

      It should probably be ok. I haven’t tested them with all-purpose but you should try it! If it’s too wet, you can add a bit more flour and if it’s too dry, add a teaspoon or two of olive oil. Should be fine!

  • Reply Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land October 24, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    This is the cutest. I am really missing having a little furry buddy around. We grew up with dogs (boxers!) and then when I lived on my own I had my beloved cat Coco … Amelia is such a lucky pup – she is SO cute and I love these photos, total framers! XO

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  • Reply Korri March 3, 2019 at 10:43 am

    You shouldn’t take your dog to non pet friendly stores ie target since it’s illegal and a giant health code violation since they sell food.