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Bruno’s Pumpkin Cupcakes with Bacon Peanut Butter Icing

July 15, 2012

That’s Bruno. Isn’t he adorable? Nothing short of a big drooling mush (my favorite kind of dog), stole my heart pretty fast. When visiting his owner, I wanted to make him feel special too, so I made these bad boys…

Pumpkin cupcakes with bacon icing! Making these made me realize I find bacon absolutely gross, but so delicious at the same time. Who knew that kind of relationship existed?

I fried up the bacon and drained out the juice to save from icing flavoring. About half the package of bacon bits went into the actual pumpkin cupcakes, the other half went to the icing.

My sister made fun of me because I didn’t think bacon, pumpkin and peanut butter paired well together. Her response was “Christina, dogs eat their own poop, you really think they care about pairings?” Yup, she brings me back to earth. Thanks, Jenn.

After researching, I noticed that dog recipes are the same as human, minus sugar and some spices. Although these did have cinnamon, but less than human cupcakes. I added bacon in the cupcakes too.. Since I had some left.

Since there is no sugar, I was confused on how to make the icing. I decided to warm up some egg whites and whip them (think swiss buttercream), add peanut butter and bacon grease. Crucial step is to not use hot bacon grease! Chill it and make it into a paste. That’s the part that grossed me out. I really cringed when scooped it out of the glass (as I ate a piece of bacon, protein! More protein!).

Admittedly, I tried some of the cupcake, tasted like a biscuit. I couldn’t stomach the idea of trying the icing, But Bruno seemed to be happy and that’s all that matters!!! Success!

Pumpkin Cupcakes for Dogs

  • 1 ¼ cup of flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 can of pumpkin puree (no spices, regular puree)
  • 2 eggs
  • **Optional chopped up bits of cooked bacon

1. Preheat oven to 325°. Combine all the dry ingredients in one bowl and mix well.   3. Combine eggs and pumpkin puree in a bowl until well mixed. Slowly add to the dry ingredients until mixed, but not over mixed. You can use a mixer, but hand stirring for this is just fine. 4. Bake for 45 minutes or until toothpick runs out dry. Cool before frosting.


Peanut Butter Bacon Icing for Dogs

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 tbsp of meringue powder
  • 1 jar of natural smooth peanut butter
  • 1 package of bacon

1. Cook the bacon and allow to cool. Save all the grease in a cup in your fridge or freezer until chilled, white and pasty. 2. In a metal mixing bowl, over a pot of hot water, whisk the egg whites until frothy (about 5-7 minutes). Move to the mixer and beat until doubled in size. Add chilled bacon grease, powder and peanut butter in pieces. 3. Chop up the cooled off bacon and add. Voila! I saved some bacon pieces as a garnish.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. rachel permalink
    March 21, 2013 5:53 pm

    on the pumpkin puree, is it 1 small can or 1 large can. your not spacific on the size.

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