How To Make Adorable Cupcakes That Look like Huskies – Dog Licks Recipe
We love Huskies and so do lots of our friends. We have featured rescues like beautiful Laika and trick dog Maya and are planning a story on Husky Therapy Dogs.
It was recently our husky pal Shelby’s 9th Birthday from Gone To The Snow Dogs so we got inspired to try to make a husky-themed cupcake.
- 2 cups flour (I used plain white flour but rice flour should work well if you need gluten free)
- a pinch of salt (you can leave out but may leave cake a little flat)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 cup butter softened (we tested using a tablespoon of butter, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and 2 tablespoons of natural Greek Yoghurt as I had run out of butter, plus less fat)
- 1/2 cup sugar (if for kids and you want to make sweeter, you can add more sugar or a little honey)
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- White Fondant – we bought a little box of ready made after checking ingredients were OK for Kilo (confectioners sugar, water, gelatin unflavored, glucose, cornstarch and glycerine). He doesn’t actually seem that interested so I think I would just use low fat cream cheese mixed with a little low-fat yoghurt next time and maybe a marshmallow for the muzzle.
- Peanut Butter
Dog Safe Faux “Chocolate” Icing
- 1/4 cup carob powder (I was super excited to learn about carob- what a great substitute for chocolate)
- 2 tbsp water (mix into a paste – adjust water to get desired thickness or a drop of oil)
- Preheat the oven to 375f or 150c;
- Lay out cups on baking tin
- Cream butter and sugar together until the mixture is light and fluffy.
- Beat in eggs one at a time.
- Add flour mixed with baking powder and salt alternating with milk. Beat well until smooth.
- Divide evenly among cups and bake for 17-18 minutes or until a light golden colour on top.
- Let cool in pans.
- Dust wooden board and rolling pin with flour
- Roll out fondant as thin as possible while still smooth.
- Cut out 2 circles with a glass, take one circle and cut a thin triangle 1/3 down the centre. Set aside.
- Next cut out two eyes, ears and triangles for a muzzle and a nose. I actually hand shaped them to make thicker and the right shapes. Shape a tongue too or use a strawberry cut to shape, then set aside. Dust hands to avoid sticking.
- “Frost” the cupcake with peanut butter to secure the fondant (and for taste)
- Lay the circle shape over the cupcake and layer on details.
- With store bought cake decorating colours or fruit or veggies, add pink to the tongue and blue for the eyes. Let dry.
- Lightly spread some carob paste onto the top of the face, then outline ears, eyes and dab the nose.
Kilo loved his little Husky friend and thoroughly enjoyed his job as official taste tester.
Kilo loved his little Husky friend and thoroughly enjoyed his job as official taste tester. He was disappointed when I took the cupcake away after a few licks – I think he thought his birthday was continuing. He did get to eat part of the little bowtie cookie after a few tricks and poses.
Do you have a favourite breed you would like to see us make? Let us know in the comments.
Disclaimer: Please note that I am just having fun with these Dog Licks Recipes, making food that looks like cute pups and that my dog, my kids and I can enjoy. I am not an expert, a chef, a vet or a nutritionist, so it’s advisable to consult with your own authority when trying new foods, and also to ensure that your dog’s or your child’s diet is balanced and appropriate & includes all of the nutrients that are necessary for good health.