In my dream of opening a cupcake shop, I thought it would be the cutest idea to make cupcakes for dogs and call them pupcakes.  Apparently lots of other people thought that would be super cute because there are already multiple bakeries around with pupcakes.  I guess I’ll just have to stick with cupcakes for people.  Besides, dogs can’t eat chocolate which would mean I’d have to make them out of carob, and no one really likes carob anyway.

After years of talking about our love of puppies, my friend/coworker Kristin got herself a golden retriever puppy named Bodhi.  GAWD is he just the cutest thing you’ve ever seen!  I mean I’m serious when I say he’s so cute you want to die.  You have to see him, so I went and stole a picture from her Facebook page. This is my absolute favorite of him because he looks a little like he’s in a fisheye lens and he has a little grass stuck to his lip.

Kristin and her husband had a puppy party to introduce little Bodhi to all of their friends (and to drink some sangria on a Sunday afternoon).  I was more than excited to go and spend some time with her cute little man (the puppy, not her husband).  Of course I have to bring cupcakes to the shindig because well, that’s what I do.

Again, I made the one bowl chocolate cupcakes but topped with with Kristin’s favorite frosting.  This is a mousse-like frosting and always gets compliments from people.


  • 1 package instant vanilla sugar free pudding (you can use any flavor but this time I used vanilla.  Chocolate is really good too)
  • 1 cup milk (I always use skim)
  • 8 oz. thawed Cool Whip (I usually use the Cool Whip free or light)


Make pudding according to the directions with the 1 cup of milk rather than the 2 cups the package states.  Fold in thawed Cool Whip.  Mix in food coloring if desired.

The cupcakes had to be garnished with a white chocolate bone because they would be puppy celebration cupcakes without some kind of dog relate thing on there.  I had printed out some clip art of bones and covered with wax paper to I could pipe the melted white chocolate on.  Since the bones look the same on both sides, unlike letters, you can just turn them over when you put them on the cupcakes so the smooth side is facing up.

The cupcakes were a hit.  I absolutely love the frosting on these cupcakes, and everyone else will too.  Don’t even tell them it’s made with instant pudding and Cool Whip.  You have to fake it and say that you made mousse for the frosting.  Trust me, they’ll believe you.



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