Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy Gotcha Day Cupcakes!

Max eyeing the second cupcake since he ate the first one
before we could get a good picture.
Today was Max's 3rd Gotcha Day! In case you haven't heard of it, Wikipedia says that Barbara Bizou wrote, Gotcha Day "is designed to show your adopted child how much you wanted him and that every year you continue to cherish him." I think that about sums it up. 

So today Max had an extra long walk, two yard fetch times and a bath! Sounds great, right? He was good with the walks and playtime but not so much with the bath as you might have guesed.
In celebration I made cupcakes (pupcakes? I know...groan.) For these I turned first to the trusty garbanzo bean flour and then to the trusty google for a recipe. I actually made 18 of these so two of them went to a friend's dogs, 2 were given to Max and 14 went to Chain of Hope, a local organization that helps dogs living on the end of a chain with basic medical, food, water and shelter. 
In case you need proof about what mean mom's we are, here's the video of us trying to get a good pic.

Here's the recipe for Max's cupcakes which was inspired by a recipe at cupcakeproject. The measurements look a little weird because I halved the recipe and that took some math. If you want to make it easy on yourself go ahead and double the recipe. I also used less sugar than called for because carob is naturally sweet. You could probably use even less if you wanted.

Grain-Free Carob Cupcakes with Peanut Butter "icing"
Makes 18 cupcakes
1.25 c + 2 tbs garbanzo bean flour
1/2 c sugar
6 tbs carob powder
3/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 c. olive oil
1/2 c. 2% milk
1/2 c. boiling water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin pan and oil the liners
Double sift the flour
Sift dry ingredients together
Add egg, vanilla, olive oil and milk. Mix until just combined
add boiling water, mixture will foam then be thin
fill cupcake liners 1/2 way
bake at 350 for 25 minutes
Cupcakes are done when the cakes spring back after being lightly touched in the center
Cool on wire racks

1/2 c. creamy peanut butter
1 tbs powdered sugar
milk to thin
Mix all ingredients together until you have a spreadable consistency. Frost cooled cupcakes and store in the fridge.

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  1. I saw your post from last year about RAW food diet. I have done this for almost 2 months now, and am still wondering if I am feeding him enough! What is the prey diet you were mentioning? It sounds like it makes sense! thank you. Max is a doll!

  2. We give Max 8 ounces (360 calories) a day in two 4 oz. meatballs for breakfast and dinner plus treats and fresh add-ins. We started with the feeding guidelines his food company uses and adjusted up from there. Max stays at a good weight of about 25 lbs between meals and treats.
    Whole prey is a feeding method of giving whole parts like whole chicken backs/necks with bones and sometimes organs so the dog has to, theoretically, mimic wild feeding behaviors. Some people swear by it, it's a little too primal for me. We do give Max a raw beef rib with meat weekly but that's as close as we get.
    As long as your dog is maintaining a healthy weight, has good energy and seems healthy I wouldn't worry as much about the size of the food in the bowl. Kibble takes up a lot more space since the pieces have more surface area and it has more fillers to deliver the rest of the ingredients. You've probably noticed less poo too after he detoxed from the kibble. Less poo means more absorbed. If you're really worried drop a line to your vet, otherwise do what works for him (or get a smaller bowl so it looks like more). :D Good luck!