Let them eat Pupcakes! Cake-maker bakes low-fat treats for dogs in bid to curb canine obesity epidemic
Laura Draper, 27, has created a dog-friendly vegan cupcake recipe using gluten-free flour, peanut butter and bananasHumans can eat them, too – just remember to remove the doggy biscuit decoration first!
17:02 GMT, 20 June 2012
If you have ever been the guilty recipient of puppy-dog eyes when refusing to share a slice of cake with your dog, now there is a solution to the problem: Pupcakes.
Laura Draper, a cake-maker with a shop in Didsbury, Manchester, has created a healthy cupcake especially for dogs, and one which she hopes might curb Britain's canine obesity epidemic.
Some 35 per cent of all dogs in Britain are overweight.
But, made out of gluten-free flour, low-fat peanut butter, bananas and low-fat cream cheese frosting – and occasionally decorated with Bonio biscuits or doggy chocolate drops – Pupcakes won't be adding to the problem.
In fact, the sweet treats have proved extremely popular with both dogs and their owners, and have been flying off the shelves of The Airyfairy Cake Boutique.
Lip-licking good: Sydney, a white Westmoreland Terrier, tries one of Laura Draper's Pupcakes in The Airyfairy Cake Boutique in Didsbury, Manchester
A lifelong dog-lover and former marketing manager, Miss Draper said: 'I had dozens of dogs passing the shop
on a daily basis with their masters and mistresses and every time their
tails would wag and their noses would go in to overdrive in the
direction of my kitchen.
day I just got chatting about it to a friend and he said it's a shame
the dogs couldn't enjoy the cake and I went away and did some research.
thought straight away people love to buy their pets treats and it
seemed like a gap in the market.
'Sydney, my friend's dog, got to be the
test dog, and he just wolfed them down. And our next door neighbour's dog
loved them too.'
Give a dog a bone: Pupcakes are decorated with mini dog biscuits or canine-friendly chocolate drops
Concerned about coming under fire for creating a sugary treat for dogs, Miss Draper formulated a healthy, sugar-free, low-fat recipe that dogs can enjoy without worrying about piling on the puppy pounds.
Completely vegan, Pupcakes are also suitable for humans (if a bit bland for our tastebuds, admits Miss Draper, who has tried them herself), though you should remove the dog biscuit topping or doggy chocolate drops first.
And now the boutique has even bigger plans for the future.
started to do big Pupcakes too now, for bigger dogs like Alsatians,' said Miss Draper. 'They're six or eight inches and would serve about eight or ten people or
one or two big dogs.'
Miss Draper used to be just a hobby baker, but took up the craft professionally after being asked to bake a wedding cake comprising over one hundred
lemon cupcakes with iced chicks on top, and a giant cupcake featuring two
'bride, groom' chicks.
She now makes hundreds of cakes every day, mainly for corporate events and weddings.
being a lifelong dog lover and many of our regular customers having
dogs, we decided to start catering for them. We got a request for a bowl
of water for a puppy outside and that was the trigger for us deciding
to welcome them in.
a bit of a treat and a bit of fun and are creating a bit of a stir. The
feedback has been fantastic – a couple of dogs have tried to push
through the door into the shop and we think it's because they like our Pupcakes so much.
'It's going so well that it is opening up a whole new market to us. We love it and the dogs do too.'
Tasty morsel: 'We've started to do big Pupcakes too now, for bigger dogs like Alsatians, they're six or eight inches and would serve about eight or ten people or one or two big dogs'
Dog obesity in Britain is dramatically on the rise, with 35 per cent of dogs classed as overweight and predictions that over half of the nation's dogs will be overweight by 2022, according to recent figures by insurance company More Than.
The number of overweight dogs rose by 37 per cent between 2006 and 2011, with the figure reaching a collar-busting 2.9m out of 8.3m last year.
If dog obesity continues to increase at the current rate there will be approximately 3.8m obese dogs in the UK by 2016 – 46 per cent of the current dog population.
For more information about Pupcakes visit www.airyfairycupcakes.co.uk