Apple Crunch Pupcakes

These homemade doggy cupcakes, a.k.a. pup-cakes are so simple to pull together!

Apple Crunch Pupcakes! A simple dog treat recipe by @candiquik

One mixing bowl, a cupcake tin, 50 minutes of your time, and you’re on your way. I totally wish I had this adorable bone-shaped cupcake pan that Norene from Party Pinching used in her recipe but life goes on. And the dog’s don’t mind, trust me.

Technically you could eat these! They are just a lot less sweet than you’re probably used to in a so-called cupcake.

*Update: I tasted them. Save them for the dogs. Eat these Apple Pie Caramel Apples as a treat for yourself instead.

Apple Crunch Pupcakes! A simple dog treat recipe by @candiquik

The thing I love about making homemade dog treat recipes is that you KNOW what goes into them.

Sometimes I think the dog eats better than I do…actually I take that back. Yes, the dog definitely eats better than I do.

Apple Crunch Pupcakes
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A homemade cupcake for your dog, also known as a pupcake! Treat your four-legged friend to a dog-safe treat that they are sure to love!
Serves: 12
  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ cups apple sauce (I used Mott's Natural)
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 4 Tbsp honey
  • 4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 cup chopped apples (about 1 apple)
  • 6 oz. Vanilla CANDIQUIK Coating
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl mix water, apple sauce, vanilla, egg, and honey together with a whisk.
  3. Combine whole wheat flour and baking powder and stir into wet ingredients.
  4. Fold in chopped apples.
  5. Spoon mixture into greased muffin tins.
  6. Bake for 35 minutes; let cool.
  7. Melt CANDIQUIK according to package directions.
  8. Pour CANDIQUIK into a piping bag (or plastic bag with one corner snipped off) and pipe on designs.

So who’s going to be devouring these?  This cute little face below…my Lola girl. She’s also going to share with all of the office dogs, but don’t tell her that.


If you have a donut pan, you can also make them into fun donut (or bagel) shapes!

Apple Crunch Pupcakes! An easy recipe for your four-legged friends! @candiquik

Here is a cute printable if you are going to be giving these as a gift or selling them! (Simply click on the image below and print onto cardstock paper or use this PDF: Printable PDF – Apple Crunch Pupcakes)

Apple Crunch Pupcakes - printable tags | @candiquik

If you like these, check out  my popular recipe for: Homemade Pumpkin Dog Biscuits HERE
Lola's Pumpkin Dog Biscuits - homemade dog treat recipe! @candiquik
Not for pups…but equally adorable, Peanut Butter Pups

Peanut Butter Pups | @candiquik

 Linked to: Pin in Thursday, Thursday’s Treasures, Kitchen Fun w/ my 3 Sons

Tell Me Something Sweet

    • says

      Hi Pam, thanks for the comment. Candiquik is a compound coating or candy coating (similar to an almond bark – only naturally flavored and higher quality). Coatings are what is typically used to dip gourmet dog biscuits. Candiquik can be found at Target/Walmart and many other grocery stores. Hope this helps!

    • says

      Hi Cassandra,
      There is no cocoa powder or cocoa liqueurs in the vanilla CandiQuik coating. Vanilla coating is even what gourmet dog treat companies use to dip their treats in. Of course, break off the treats and give in moderation and if you have any specific diet concerns with your dogs, please consult your veterinarian. Thanks for asking!

      • cassandra says

        Thank you, I learned something new today….my doxies really enjoy your recipes. Now they will enjoy them even more with the frosting…have a great weekend!


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