Proper dog’s dinner of a treat

Gaynor Hague with her pupcakes
Gaynor Hague with her pupcakes

Keen baker Gaynor Hague has come up with the perfect recipe for making canine friends – despite being allergic to dogs.

The Sheffield University PA was upset that she couldn’t get to know friends’ pets for fear of triggering a reaction, so she came up with a novel way of gaining their trust.

“One day I was watching an American TV programme and the people gave their dog a birthday cake. It was then the idea struck me,” she says.

“I’ve never really petted a dog, so they were always a bit wary of me. But I thought if I gave them a treat it might build their trust.”

Gaynor did some research into dog-friendly foods and suitable recipes, put the two together and came up with Pupcakes.

Made of ingredients including peanut butter, cream cheese, meat and carrots, they proved an immediate hit with friends’ dogs.

“They loved them – so I started making them for other people’s pets. It’s a fantastic treat and they’re a good thank you present too.”

Gaynor can already boast that her Pupcakes are “as seen on the One Show”...

The BBC news programme was appealing for contributors to a feature about doggy treats. She answered their call and was picked to put her recipe to the test on TV.

Made in boxes of six, the Pupcakes will last for up to a week in the fridge. And they are proving so popular that Gaynor is now considering going into business full time.

She also makes cakes for humans, gives decorating classes and is a volunteer for Sheffield charity Free Cakes for Kids.