If you a) love cupcakes, b) love puppies and c) love kittens, then listen up—we’ve got some woofing wonderful news for you. Today, the SPCA are holding their annual National Cupcake Day—an entire day dedicated to fighting animal cruelty. It’s basically an excuse to start your week with some serious cupcake eating and raise funds for an awesome cause while you’re at it.
Just when you thought National Cupcake Day couldn’t get any better, Purina decided to up the cupcake ante and create PUOcakes and MEOWffins. You (yes you) can make pup and kitty-friendly cupcakes at home, giving your fur babies a chance get amongst National Cupcake Day too.
The event encourages animal lovers to bake up a storm and run stalls at schools, workplaces or wherever you think cupcake cravings may live. All the dosh (it clocked up at a whopping $390,000 last year) is then donated to helping your local SPCA make animal cruelty a thing of the past. We knew cupcakes could change the world.
So, dust off your apron, pre-heat the oven and check out the recipes below—those Pupcakes ain’t gonna bake themselves!
- 2 cups of Purina One dry dog or cat food
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 large potato
- 1-2 tsp milk
- Beggin’ strips or a dollop of Fancy Feast to garnish
- Spray a muffin tray with a light cooking oil or use paper muffin cups. For large dogs use a standard muffin tray, for small dogs and cats use a cupcake tray
- Place dry food and a little warm water in NutriBullet or electric mixer. Be careful not to add too much water at once, and blitz until you have a thick mixture
- Using your hands roll a heaped tablespoon for dogs or desert spoon for cats of mixture into a ball and place in a the tray
- Place muffins in the fridge and allow to harden
- Microwave potato in a little water until soft, mash with a little milk then decorate PUPcake or MEOWffin
- Garnish with a piece of Beggin’ strip, some baby carrots or a teaspoon of Fancy Feast!
Makes 4-6 PUPcakes or 6-8 MEOWffins
What: SPCA National Cupcake Day
When: Monday 15th August
How: Check out the SPCA website
Image credit: SPCA