Pet Birthdays

Pet birthday parties. I never really understood them. I mean, I have two cocker spaniels, but I think my younger sister is the only person that ever remembers their special day. To each their own, I suppose. My coworker loves her puppies and she ordered them a doggie birthday cake from a specialty bakery last year. I have to admit the whole birthday party, with doggy guests and everything, was adorable.

I found the most adorable recipe for “pupcakes” in Everyday with Rachael Ray:

18 Servings
Prep 10 min Bake 25 min

Ingredients:

2-1/4 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups mashed very ripe banana (2 or 3 bananas)
1/4 cup plain yogurt or buttermilk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup granulated sugar
1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
2 large eggs
Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Line 18 standard-size muffin cups with baking liners. In a
medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In a separate
bowl, mix the banana, yogurt and vanilla extract with a fork until combined (the mixture
will be slightly lumpy).

2. Using an electric mixer, beat the granulated sugar and butter at high speed until light
and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat until combined,
scraping down the sides of the bowl between additions. On low speed, beat in half the dry
ingredients, then all of the banana mixture. Add the remaining dry ingredients and mix
until just combined; do not overmix.

3. Spoon the batter into the liners, about three-quarters full. Bake until a toothpick inserted
in the center comes out clean, 20 to 22 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack and
then dust with confectioners’ sugar, using a dog-bone stencil.

Don’t forget to sing Happy Birthday to your furry children, and serve up on Puppy Party Supplies!

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