Adorable Dog Cupcakes With Buttercream Frosting

Cupcakes have been done to death, so it's always refreshing to find a brand spanking new recipe or creative look, and here you have it with these sweet doggie-decorated treats topped off with buttercream. Dog lovers will get a kick out of these little bites of heaven, even though they're almost too pretty to eat... ALMOST.

You'll need:

For the cupcake batter:

  • 7 oz flour
  • 4½ oz soft butter
  • 4½ oz sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tsp baking powder

Here's how:

Batter Recipe:

1. First mix the flour, butter, sugar, eggs, and baking powder with a hand mixer in a large bowl until smooth.

2. Distribute the batter in a 6 cup muffin pan lined with cupcake liners. Bake at 390°F for 15 minutes.

1. Poodle

You'll also need:

  • white buttercream
  • 2 large chocolate drops or 2 regular chocolate chips
  • 1 small chocolate drop or 1 mini chocolate chip
  • red fondant

Here's how:

1. Fill a piping bag with white buttercream and pipe the surface of the cupcake in a spiral shape, starting in the center and working your way out. Smooth the frosting with a knife. 

2. Pipe dollops of buttercream on the tops and sides to create the hair and ears. Add one large dollop in the lower center section for the nose. 

3. Place two large chocolate drops or two regular-sized chocolate chips in the center for the eyes, and one small chocolate drop or one mini chocolate chip in the center of the nose dollop. Cut two small hearts out of the fondant and carefully place them into the hair as a bow.

2. Labradoodle

You'll also need:

  • brown buttercream
  • 2 large chocolate drops or 2 regular chocolate chips
  • 1 small chocolate drop or 1 mini chocolate chip
  • red fondant

Here's how:

1. Fill a piping bag fitted with a serrated icing tip with brown buttercream and pipe short, vertical dollops of buttercream all over the surface of the cupcake, then larger dollops of buttercream on each side for the ears. Pipe a final, generous dollop of buttercream in the center for the nose. 

2. Place two large chocolate drops or two regular-sized chocolate chips in the center for the eyes, and one small chocolate drop or one mini chocolate chip in the center of the nose dollop. Cut a small triangle from the fondant, make a line down the middle, and place it under the nose dollop as the tongue.

3. Golden Retriever

You'll also need:

  • yellow buttercream
  • 2 large chocolate drops or 2 regular chocolate chips
  • 1 small chocolate drop or 1 mini chocolate chip
  • pink fondant

Here's how:

1. Fill a piping bag with yellow buttercream, pipe the frosting onto the surface of a cupcake, and smooth out with a knife. Create two large sections, as seen in the picture below, to create the ears, and add a dollop of buttercream in the middle as the nose. 

2. Place two large chocolate drops or two regular-sized chocolate chips in the center for the eyes, and one small chocolate drop or one mini chocolate chip in the center of the nose dollop. Cut a small triangle from the fondant, make a line down the middle, and place it under the nose dollop as the tongue.

4. Pug

You'll also need:

  • white buttercream & black buttercream
  • 2 large chocolate drops or 2 regular chocolate chips

Here's how:

1. Fill one piping back with white buttercream and the other piping bag with black buttercream. Pipe the white buttercream onto the surface of the cupcake as shown in the photo below, making sure to leave an oval-sized area in the lower half empty. Add five small dollops at the top of the cupcake.

2. Pipe the buttercream on the empty oval surface and add slightly smaller ovals on the left and right side for ears. Use a knife to smooth out the snout and ears.

3. Now pipe more black buttercream again on the snout to create details. Add a vertical line down the center and add two small dollops at the center of the top, and add a few small dollops on either side of the vertical line. Finally, place two large chocolate drops or two regular-sized chocolate chips in the center for the eyes.

5. Pomeranian

You'll also need:

  • light brown buttercream and dark brown buttercream
  • 2 large chocolate drops or 2 regular chocolate chips
  • 1 small chocolate drop or 1 mini chocolate chip
  • pink fondant

Here's how:

1. Fill one piping back with light brown buttercream and the other piping bag with dark brown buttercream. Both piping bags should be fitted with a grass icing tip. First pipe the light brown buttercream in strips from the center to the outside — this should cover half of the cupcake. Now pipe the other half of the cupcake with the dark brown buttercream.

2. Pipe the nose with the light brown buttercream and the ears with the medium brown buttercream, making squiggly triangles. 

3. Place two large chocolate drops or two regular-sized chocolate chips in the center for the eyes, and one small chocolate drop or one mini chocolate chip in the center of the nose dollop. Cut a small triangle from the fondant, make a line down the middle, and place it under the nose dollop as the tongue.

6. Shih Tzu

You'll also need:

  • white buttercream & pale red buttercream
  • 2 large chocolate drops or 2 regular chocolate chips
  • 1 small chocolate drop or 1 mini chocolate chip

Here's how:

1. Fill one piping back with white buttercream and the other piping bag with pale red buttercream. Both piping bags should be fitted with a grass icing tip. First pipe the the pale red buttercream in two opposite triangles from the center outward. Now pipe the white buttercream in the same pattern on the rest of the cupcake. Add an extra layer in the middle and two under the pale red cream. Finally, take the pale red buttercream and pipe vertical strips down the left and right sides to create the ears.

2. Place two large chocolate drops or two regular-sized chocolate chips in the center for the eyes, and one small chocolate drop or one mini chocolate chip in the center of the nose area.

The great thing about working with colored butter cream, chocolate drops/chips, and fondant is that you can make any kind of dog you want — these cupcakes will make a perfect gift for your dachshund, chihuahua, beagle, and dalmatian-obsessed friends.

Go ahead and bite into these precious cupcakes, but remember: while Fido might love the look of these tasty treats, please make sure to only feed them with your human friends.

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