Turkey, Cranberry Pupcakes Recipe – Celebrate with your Dog!

Treat your dog to something special with this simple turkey cranberry pupcakes recipe!
Written by Kevin Sando

We love to include our dogs in whatever we are celebrating around here. Unfortunately, most of our food indulgences are not exactly safe for our dogs to enjoy as well…

The following cupcakes for dogs recipe is a great (and healthy) way to let your dog join in on the festivities and you will have a blast both making and serving them. Best of all – preparation is a breeze! Even for those kitchen novices like myself!

So let’s get down to business, and your dog will be chomping down on these tasty treats in no time!

How to Make Cupcakes for Dogs



  • 1lb of lean ground turkey
  • 1/3 cup of freeze-dried cranberries (Rehydrate them with ½ cup of hot water)
  • ¼ cup of pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg


  • 1-cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tbsp. pumpkin puree
  • Dash of cinnamon


Baking the Pupcakes

1)  Preheat oven to 375°

2)  Rehydrate the 1/3-cup of freeze-dried cranberries with about ½ cup of hot water. This should take roughly 15 minutes.

3)  Measure out the ¼ cup of pumpkin puree. When using canned pumpkin make sure it is 100% pure pumpkin and not pie filling.

Pupcakes ingredients before mixing - turkey, cranberry, pumpkin puree and 1 egg

4)  In a large mixing bowl add the 1lb ground turkey, cranberries, pumpkin puree and the egg to bowl and mix until  all of the ingredients are well incorporated.

Mixing up the pupcake ingredients

5)  Grease a muffin pan and then use an ice cream scoop to measure out the ground turkey mixture. Place the scoops in the greased pan.

Use an ice cream scoop to portion out the pupcakes into a baking pan.

6)  Flatten the scoops out so that the pupcakes bake evenly.

Flatten the pupcakes in the baking tin to make sure that they back evenly

7) Place the pupcakes in the 375° oven and bake for 25-30 minutes.

Removing the cupcakes from the baking tin after cooking

Making the Frosting

While the pupcakes are baking start the frosting mixture.

1)  Add 1 cup of heavy whipping cream to a stand mixture with whisk attachment.

Using a stand mixer to make the DIY dog frosting

2)  Mix until soft peaks begin to form and then add in the 3tbsp of pumpkin.

Adding cinnamon to the cream and pumpkin mixture in the bowl

3)  Mix this until firmer peaks are formed and then add the dash of cinnamon into the bowl. Continue to mix until the cinnamon is well incorporated.

4)  Place the frosting ton a piping bag (or a Ziploc with a tip cut) fitted with a large piping tip.

Using a piping bag to frost the cupcakes for dogs.

Note: Once the pupcakes are done baking allow them to cool before frosting them. You can place them in the freezer for a few minutes to speed up the cooling process!

5)  Start frosting from the center of the pupcake and continue in a circular motion around the edge, while finishing again in the center

Fully frosted pupcakes for dogs - ready for decoration!

6)  Now for the fun part! Decorate with a dog biscuit or fruit drizzle to make them look even more special!

Adding biscuits as treat toppers

That’s it! Time to eat!

By this point your dog will be no doubt waiting patiently by your side and ready for a taste!

Nala is ready to dig in to her homemade dog cupcakes!

A huge thank you to Amy Angulo (one of our most loyal readers) for sharing this pupcakes recipe with us and taking such wonderful photos!

About the author

Kevin Sando

Kevin is a mechanical engineer with a degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He has move than a decade experience in new product design, prototyping and early stage manufacturing. Pairing this background with his love of dogs, gives him a unique perspective to evaluate the design and execution of new and interesting pet products.

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