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DIY Puppy Cupcakes by Hello Cupcake

Do you love dogs?
Do you love cupcakes?

Well dust off your mix-master and get a load of these Westie Puppy Cupcakes from Hello Cupcake. They literally take the (cup) cake!

Having just finished a charity drive for the RSPCA Cupcake Day I’m obsessed with all things cupcake again, so I just had to share this adorable and delicious recipe with you.

Now just remember this puppy cupcake recipe is for humans only, and starts with ready made cupcakes (for some scrummy cupcake recipes see this delish recipe on or these super cute cupcakes by Bakerella).

Good luck my Pretty Fluffy bakers!

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Hello Cupcake WESTIE Recipe

Hello Cupcake Dog Cupcake Recipe


  • 6 mini vanilla cupcakes baked in white paper liners
  • 6 standard vanilla cupcakes baked in white paper liners
  • 16-ounce (453g) can vanilla frosting & divided brown, yellow and black food coloring
  • 1 cup dark-chocolate frosting
  • 12 mini marshmallows
  • 1 tablespoon pink decorating sugar
  • 18 black chocolate-covered sunflower seeds
  • 6 strands red licorice laces


The heads are mini cupcakes, the snouts are marshmallows and the shaggy coats are made by snipping an M-shaped corner in the plastic piping bag.

To produce the multicolored terriers, use two or three colors of frosting in one bag. When you start squeezing out the frosting, the colors mix at the tip. Check gourmet candy departments for the chocolate-covered sunflower seeds.


1. Spoon 3/4 cup of vanilla frosting into zippered sandwich bag, press out excess air and seal.

2. Tint 1/4 cup of the vanilla frosting golden brown using brown and yellow food colouring. Spoon it into one side of a second zippered bag. Spoon 1/4 cup of untinted vanilla frosting into the other side of the bag. Spoon 2 tablespoons of the dark-chocolate frosting down the center of the bag. Press out the excess air and seal the bag.

3. Tint the remaining dark-chocolate frosting black. Spoon 1/2 cup of the black frosting into a zippered bag, press out excess air and seal.

4. Spoon 6 tablespoons of the black frosting to one side of a zippered bag and spoon the remaining 1/2 cup vanilla frosting into the other side of the bag. Press out the excess air and seal.

5. Cut 6 of the mini marshmallows in half on the diagonal to make the ears and press the cut sides into the pink sugar to coat. Cut the remaining 6 marshmallows on the diagonal to remove one third of the marshmallow. The larger piece will be used to make the muzzle.

6. Reinforce a bottom corner of each zippered bag with 6 overlapping layers of transparent tape. Pinch the taped corner flat and snip a small “M” shape in the corner.

7. First make the head. Working with a different colour for each cupcake, pipe a small dot of frosting on the lower half of a mini cupcake, just below the centre. Press a large piece of marshmallow, pointed side up, onto the frosting for the muzzle. Pipe two dots of frosting on opposite sides near the top of the cupcake and attach the ears, sugared side up. Pipe several lines of frosting to cover the nonsugared portion of the ears.

Then, starting at one ear, pipe 1/2-inch strokes of frosting around the edge of the cupcake, working your way below the muzzle and up to the other ear, always pulling the frosting away from the centre.

Next, start at the top of the head and pipe long lines, first to the left, then to the right, working your way down to the marshmallow, then covering the sides of the marshmallow. Pipe smaller lines on the front of the marshmallow (leave the marshmallow exposed on the white Westie). Pipe small tufts of hair between the ears. Add 2 of the black sunflower seeds for the eyes and 1 for the nose of the Westie.

8. Now make the body, using one of the standard cupcakes and the frosting that matches the head. Start piping about 1/2 inch in from the edge and work your way around the cupcake. Continue piping rows in concentric circles until the cupcake is covered. Turn the decorated head on its side and place on the body. Add a licorice lace for the leash.

9. Continue with the remaining cupcakes, making 2 white Westies, 2 salt-and pepper terriers, 1 black terrier and 1 brown mix.

Makes 6 puppy cupcakes.

Don’t forget to check out Hello Cupcake’s latest book What’s New Cupcake for even more cupcake decorating ideas.

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14 responses to “DIY Puppy Cupcakes by Hello Cupcake”

  1. annette deane says:

    These are seriously the most amazing thing I have every seen in 45 years, pure genius!!

  2. Angel says:

    O MY GOD… These are the most adorable cup cakes I’ve ever seen. I don’t think I could bring myself to eat them.

    • I know – I think after all the baking and icing they are more like a work of art than food…But I do wonder how long I could last in a room with a cupcake without eating it! 🙂

  3. karen says:

    I just made some for my grand daughters 3rd birthday, was pretty pleased with the results.

  4. Well done…i salute you for this brilliant creativity…..I also love pets so i definitely try this dish for kids hope they like it…I would like to follow you on Facebook. thanks!!

  5. They are fantastic and probably one of the best cupcake designs I have come across for Puppy themes, I have put up some nice designs for large puppy cakes in case anyone needs some inspiration;

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