Yesterday was a special day in the Bender Family–the birthday of our furbaby, Mary Poppins!

We enjoy spoiling our babies, and that includes a birthday party each year.

Although COVID prevented us from filling the house with fur friends & family this year, Chris, Truly Scrumptious & I still threw a small family party to celebrate Mary Poppins’ big day.

Of course, no birthday party is complete without cake, so I whipped up a batch of dog-friendly pupcakes. They were a HUGE hit with the girls, and super quick & easy to make!


  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups flour (whole wheat or all-purpose)


  • 2 Tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup canned pumpkin
  • 4 ounces (1/2 block) cream cheese


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees & line cupcake tin with liners
  • In mixing bowl, combine pumpkin, peanut butter, oil, egg, honey & mix. Add dry ingredients & mix well (batter will be thick.)
  • Scoop batter into cupcake tin & bake 20-25 minutes, until pupcakes are golden.
  • While the pupcakes are baking, combine the frosting ingredients (peanut butter, pumpkin & cream cheese) and mix thoroughly.
  • Cool pupcakes completely before frosting (they rise quite a bit during the baking process, so you may need to cut the tops off to flatten for the frosting.)

Jenny Bender is one third of the Kicks Wake Up Krew on Kicks 99 in Augusta, Georgia, along with Cash & Dub. She's married to Chris Bender and is doting dog mom to their two rescue fur babies, Mary Poppins Bender & Truly Scrumptious Bender. Jenny is a karaoke queen who loves Jesus, country music, cheese, and the color pink.