What ‘treats’ do you offer?
We are starting out small. Right now we are just offering our DIY dog cupcake mix in 3 different flavours.
We plan on expanding our collection of doggy deliciousness in the future.
How many cupcakes can you make in each DIY doggy cupcake mix?
We’ve aimed for 6 in our ‘normal’ size cupcake tins. The mix may yield a few more or a few less depending on the size you want to make.
How long can the cupcakes last?
Dry Ingredients: 3 months
Baked Cupcakes: 3 days in cupboard, 5 days in fridge
How do we store the cupcakes?
Our cupcakes are best when they are fresh so we suggest making them on the day you want to feed them to your doggo.
Once baked, we would suggest storing them in the fridge to prolong their life.
You can even freeze them if your pupper doesn’t need all 6 cupcakes. Just place in an airtight container or bag and place them in the freezer once cooled.
They will last up to three months in the freezer and then when your pups ready for another, just take it out and thaw/defrost it completely before letting them chow down.
*Do not freeze them with frosting*
I don’t know how to bake...
Don’t worry. We've made it reaaaaal easy.
There is just easy 5 steps.
We have instructions in each packet and a ‘how to’ video on our Instagram too!
What comes in the doggy cupcake mix tube?
You will receive 2 to 3 bags within the tube; dry ingredients, wet ingredients and the cupcake toppers. You will also get a set of instructions, 6 cupcake papers/liners and 1 candle (just in case it’s your special little puppers birthday🥳)
Is the cupcake mix meant to be this wet?
We’ve aimed for quite a wet mix. We think the cupcakes come out a little more moist and are a little more forgiving if you forget about them for a bit.
Why did we choose the flavours we have? Why is there no meat flavoured treats?
We researched pet treats thoroughly and realised that most dogs live off a meat based diet and that is totally normal. Dogs are supposed to eat meat – they are carnivores after all... but they can also benefit from eating certain fruits and vegetables (which can also be a welcomed change from their everyday foods).
We have chosen to avoid meats in our products to provide something new, nutritious, environmentally sustainable and most importantly, tasty for our pets.
With pet owners moving towards human-grade meat for their four-legged friends, pet food is estimated to be responsible for a quarter of the environmental impacts of meat production in terms of the use of land, water, fossil fuels etc.
By not using animal meat in our products we are reducing the overall impact on the environment. Plus hopefully setting an example for future pet food providers to be more aware of what ingredients they are using in their products.
We might only be a small business but we have big dreams.
Plus, you gotta start somewhere!
Do your products contain nuts?
Yes, some do contain nuts (mainly almonds). Everything is made in the same kitchen meaning there may be traces of nuts in products that wouldn’t normally contain them.
All cupcake ingredients are listed on our store and on our packaging!
Are there any preservatives or additives?
No, that is why we recommend for your dog to eat them as soon as possible.
Can humans eat these treats?
Technically, yes you can eat the treats although we wouldn’t recommend it. After all, they are designed for dogs taste buds in mind.
They have no added sugars or salts so they might seem a little bland to us hoomans. But just so you know, we do actually taste test each recipe ourselves before we give it to any dogs (Lyndon loves the ‘Oat My Goodness!’ recipe).
Why do my wet ingredients look funky?
Your wet ingredients (mainly the honey) may have traces of some funky looking white substance in them. No need to worry, this is just coconut oil. We use the coconut oil on our utensils prior to handling the honey to help it slip right off and into the bags. It then cools down and clumps together hence the weird looking splodges in the bags.
How often can dogs eat these treats?
There is no definite answer to this question as there are a number of factors that can influence the results such as the type of treat, your dog's age, health status, activity level and size. In saying that, a general rule is that treats should make up less than 10 percent of your dog's daily food intake.
To get an idea of how many treats that is, you can ask your vet. They can make a recommendation based on the treats your dog likes, their weight and how active they are.
Our dog treats are exactly that; treats. They should not be used to replace your dogs daily food.
However, the best thing about our treats is that they actually provide nutritional value as well as being yummy.
We have specifically chosen to make our own dry ingredients to avoid the added sugars, salts and preservatives you will find in store bought items. Drying fruits and vegetables at a low temperature is very gentle on the ingredients and also allows us to retain the nutrients, flavours and colours without damaging them in the process.
So long story short - we would recommend limiting your dog to just one cupcake a day!
For the smaller dogs, you may need to cut your cake up for them so they can wrap their tiny little mouths around it (which might actually help slow your dog down from scoffing the entire thing in one breath too).
Are these treats safe for puppies?
It is important with puppies that you are only giving them treats when you are training them or rewarding their good behaviours. Treats are your strongest tool for training/teaching them new skills like sitting, staying or walking on a leash.
Puppies will have a more sensitive stomach to older dogs. They have had very little exposure to food so you will need to introduce new items slowly.
My dog has a sensitive tummy
We understand that doggy's can react differently to foods. In fact, they can develop food allergies and sensitivities just like us humans! So, we have done everything we can to ensure that these treats are packed with the essentials to help those with a sensitive tummy.
Our treats contain carbohydrates and healthy fats that are easily digestible. They have high sources of fibre, protein, fresh fruits and vegetables which means they are packed with vitamins and minerals. We do not add any artificial flavors, colours or preservatives.
Every dog is different, just like humans.
We would suggest visiting your vet if your pupper has any sensitivities to the foods you are giving them, whether it be ours or any one else's.
Is it possible to make your cupcakes vegan?
Although we use honey and eggs in some of our recipes, there are some easy ingredient swaps you can make to turn these cupcakes completely vegan.
To replace the honey, simply use one of the following natural ingredients
(wet ingredients packet contains 2 tbs of honey):
- Barley Malt Syrup
- Maple Syrup
As a vegan alternative for the one egg, you can use any of the following substitutions:
- 1/2 a mashed banana
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 cup plain yoghurt
- 1 tablespoon of ground flax seed or whole chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of water (let sit for 20-30 minutes to thicken to an egg-like consistency)
Coloured icing and different oils
If you are looking for a natural way to pimp your dog's cupcakes, we have found some natural and safe ways to colour your foods. This means that you can make some coloured icing for your dog's cupcakes with simple fruits and vegetables.
For information on what to use and how to make them, visit The Canine Chef Cookbook.
To make our cupcakes, you will need to add oil and there are two different types we recommend using; coconut oil or olive oil.
Coconut oil adds a yummy coconutty flavour to the cakes and gives them a slight sweetness which is why we prefer to use it over olive oil, but both oils do wonders for your dog's health (in moderation of course)
Can I use my own toppers?
Go for it!
You can swap out ours for anything of your own. Fresh fruit and veg, doggy biccys or maybe some jerky.
Take some photos and be sure to let us know. We would love to see what you can come up with!
Where can I contact you?
Email is usually the best way of getting a hold of us –firstname.lastname@example.org
Otherwise, head to our instagram page and shoot us a message.
Where are you based?
We are based in the Yarra Valley, Victoria.
What areas do you deliver to and how much is shipping?
We can deliver our products anywhere in Australia via Australia Post.
$9 per package (of up to 3kgs).
What times are you open?
We are an online store so ordering is 24/7, however AusPost will only be operating during normal business hours so weekend purchases/deliveries may be delayed.
If you need to contact us, we suggest emailing us and we will try to get back to you as soon as possible.
Do you charge GST?
How can I tell the world my dog and I love you guys?!
Social media is always fun - @tastymotherpuppers on Instagram.
Otherwise, just physically tell everyone. As in face-to-face. Word of mouth (in our eyes) is still the best form of marketing.