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.

Tips and Tricks

  1. To make them extra special, use a bone-shaped mold for that “Wow, that’s definitely for me!” doggy reaction.
  2. Add a dog-safe “frosting” by using plain Greek yogurt – it’s like the cherry on top for your canine companion.
  3. Mix in a spoonful of peanut butter to the batter for an extra tail-wagging flavor.
  4. Keep the pupcakes small to avoid overfeeding – portion control is still key, even with treats.
  5. Always allow the pupcakes to cool completely before serving to avoid any tongue or mouth burns – patience will earn you extra licks!

Recipe FAQs

What makes these pupcakes dog-friendly?

They’re made with canine-safe ingredients, meaning no chocolate, xylitol, or other common human treats that could harm your furry friend.

Can I use any kind of pumpkin puree?

Absolutely, as long as it’s 100% pumpkin puree without added sugars or spices. Those pie fillings are a no-go for pups!

How do I know if my dog can have these treats?

If your dog has a sensitive stomach or allergies, check with your vet first. They’re a hit with most pups, but every dog is different.

How long do these pupcakes last?

They’ll keep in the fridge for about 5 days. If you’ve got leftovers, they can be frozen for a treat another day.

Can humans eat these pupcakes?

They’re safe for humans, but they’re not sweet like typical cupcakes, so your taste buds might not be as thrilled as your pup’s.

Pumpkin Pupcakes

5 from 2 votes

Pumpkin Pupcakes for Amelia

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 pupcakes
Delight your furry friend with Pumpkin Pupcakes for Amelia! Fetch the recipe now and treat your pup to a homemade, tail-wagging delight.”



  • 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.


Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.004g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 301mg | Potassium: 370mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 3503IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Snacks
Cuisine: Dog Treats
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  1. 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.

  2. 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

    1. 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!

  3. 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.

    1. 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

  4. 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!!!