For SPCA’s and Humane Societies
Today was National Cupcake Day™ and what a fun day!
National Cupcake Day is the most delicious way to show your support for animals in need of your help!
Start planning next year’s Cupcake Day party and Register online (it’s free!).
Simply plan to supply some delicious treats, and then invite co-workers, friends and family to attend in exchange for a donation to your SPCA or Humane Society of choice. It’s a super fun and easy way to “bake a difference” for the animals in your community who need you most.
Well, technically cupcake day started yesterday evening, in my kitchen. I baked and decorated two dozen cupcakes and three dozen pupcakes. This morning, Henry, Reese and I delivered those cupcakes to my office. Then we went to school! Yes, Henry was teaching one of the lessons this morning to two groups of children; toddlers and preschoolers. I helped by reading Henry’s book to the children for him.
Reese sat prettily on one of the teacher’s laps.
One of the children in the group had been bitten by a dog; when she learned that Henry would be meeting the children, the boy’s mother decided to come in for the meeting. I was very proud of Henry for making this child enjoy his time with a dog. I hope the boy’s mother felt more comfortable after witnessing the interaction.
After Henry had shared his story, he modelled for Dr. Angela – a vet who spoke to the children about what her job entails and how she might check the health of a dog. The children each had a turn to listen to Henry’s heart beat.
After their lessons, the children had lunch and decorated CUPCAKES!
The day’s collaboration raised close to FIFTEEN HUNDRED DOLLARS for the SPCA! A massive thank you to my coworkers for baking cupcakes and organizing the mad rush for sugar fixes in my absence so that Henry and I could share his message with the children. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
It is my opinion that on this day everyone should enjoy at least one cupcake – guilt free! It’s for the BEST cause.
Dogs too shall consume ‘pupcakes’ (recipe provided – you’re welcome).
HONEY PUPCAKES (with yogurt and peanut butter icing)
•½ c brown rice flour
•1 tsp baking powder
•3 tbsp organic vegetable oil
•⅓ c organic applesauce
•1 organic, free range egg
•2 tbsp organic (local) honey
•3 tablespoons organic plain Greek yogurt
•1½ tbsp organic, smooth peanut butter
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2.In a mixing bowl, stir the flour, baking powder, vegetable oil, applesauce, egg, and honey until well combined.
3.Insert cupcake liners into a muffin or cupcake pan. I used mini liners (small dogs) plus makes more treats! Use a teaspoon to spoon mixture into cupcake liners. Fill liners about halfway.
4.Bake for about 10-12 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean.
5.Allow cupcakes to cool to room temperature.
Icing: in a bowl, stir yogurt and peanut butter until mixture is smooth and creamy. I added some rice flour to stiffen it a bit and still look nice the next morning. Use a knife to smooth a thin layer of peanut butter frosting over each cupcake. We used a piping tip to fancy it up a bit.
Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry spot. Peanut butter frosting should be stored in the refrigerator and applied immediately before serving.
recipe adapted from The Scrumptious Pumpkin