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Wednesday 1st April 2020

How to make healthy, home-made cupcakes for your dog !

Baking can be very relaxing and a great stress-reliever.

Here is a recipe from our very own nutrition advisor and registered Vet Nurse, Ness for delicious dog friendly cupcakes! These are nutritious and tasty and, being gluten-free, are ideal for most sensitive dogs.

What you will need

-     Packet of liver - lamb’s livers or chicken livers don’t smell as bad as beef or pork livers!
-     Gluten free self-raising flour
-     One large egg
-     Dollop of olive oil
-     Herbs if you are feeling creative (not chives which are in the onion family – onions are poisonous to dogs)
-     One small garlic clove (garlic, although also an allium is fine for dogs in small quantities – it’s even believed to be a good flea deterrent!)

Follow these steps to doggy cake heaven!

  1. Trim any sinew from the liver and cut into small pieces.
  2. Pop the liver, egg, oil, herbs and garlic in the blender and give it a good blast. When the mixture is reasonably smooth, tip it out into a mixing bowl and add the flour until the cake mixture is of flap-jack type consistency.
  3. Spoon your mixture into your cupcake tin lined with paper cases. (You could also use a lined baking tray and then slice up your cake when cooled. Don’t forget to remove the paper before serving!).
  4. Cook in a preheated oven at about 180 degrees C for 20-30 minutes - the time will vary depending on the depth of your cupcakes or tray and how much mixture you have made so keep an eye on it.
  5. Leave to cool – out of reach of your doggy friends because they will raid it!
  6. Ice with a dollop of Arden Grange Tasty Liver Treat.


This recipe (without the icing) can also be stored in the fridge for a couple of days. Larger batches can be frozen and defrosted for use when needed.

It is important that dogs receive a balanced diet. Liver is high in vitamin A, so these treats should only be given in moderation.

As with all treats, use in moderation to avoid your pet becoming overweight. Don’t forget to reduce your dog’s daily food allowance to allow for the extra calories treats provide. As a rough guide you can expect a medium cupcake to contain approx. 120 kcals so you could reduce your dog’s dry food allowance by 30g.

For dogs who require fat restriction, the oil can be substituted with fat-free cottage cheese and an extra egg white.

Happy baking!  If you have any questions about this article or any of our products please get in touch.

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