The strange case of the banana cupcakes

It was a complete mystery.

To begin with, we’d smugly imagined we had the only greyhound in existence who didn’t steal food carelessly left within reach for more than 10 seconds. Biscuits, toast, chicken soup and full meals had all survived the ‘needle-nose test’. Foolishly, we congratulated ourselves on having a most unusually angelic hound…

Until today.

As previously mentioned, we have a lot of small, sweet bananas ripening in the garage, and I wanted to use some of them up. So it was a banana bread and cupcake baking session this morning, using my favourite recipe:

Banana bread
2½ cups self-raising flour
3 mashed bananas (or 5 of the small sugar bananas)
¾ cup of soft dark brown sugar
3 tblsp crunchy peanut butter
½ cup sultanas
½ cup dark chocolate chips
½ tsp ground cinnamon, 1 tsp vanilla essence
1 cup milk

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F
Mix everything together with a wooden spoon in a large bowl till there is no visible dry flour left. Dollop the batter into cupcake cases or loaf tin(s) and put in the oven – 25 mins for cupcakes, 40 mins or so for loaves. Check with a skewer after 30 mins, and cover loaves with foil after 30 mins if necessary.

We did half and half: one smallish loaf, and a batch of 9 cupcakes. Half a dozen of the latter disappeared with cups of coffee for lunch. I left the remaining three on a plate beside my chair while I did something else for a couple of hours. It didn’t even occur to me to move them… When I came back and thought about photographing them for a post, they were gone. Plate empty. Initially, I suspected the Husband, but he disclaimed all knowledge. I looked at the dog. Innocent expression… lack of dismembered cupcake remains… no bits of paper case…

Eventually, I tracked down the scene of the crime.

A few random crumbs. No other signs, not a shred of paper. Clearly, they were excellent cupcakes!

Of course, he had to eat them on my beautiful rug….


In case you’re concerned, I’m not worried about the quantity of chocolate or sultanas he’s ingested. There was only half a cupful of each in one loaf and 9 cupcakes, and while he had three cupcakes and may have an upset tummy for the next day or so, I don’t think the amount is going to be very harmful.

73 thoughts on “The strange case of the banana cupcakes

  1. tialys says:

    You had been lulled into a false sense of security by your wily hound. My dogs have eaten lots of things that are bad for them – acorns, plums, whole apples, come to mind but, so far, have managed to survive. A few chocolate chips wont hurt a big dog like yours I’m sure.
    Obviously, on this occasion, he just couldn’t resist. A testament to your baking and at least he hoovered up most of the crumbs from your beautiful rug.

    • katechiconi says:

      There’s a distinct lack of shame at his heinous crime, too, and no lack of appetite for his dinner, either. I think the combination of bananas and peanut butter must have proved irresistible – two of his favourite treats.

  2. nanacathy2 says:

    Is he still denying the crime?

    • katechiconi says:

      He denies there was any crime at all! If it involved bananas and peanut butter and was set out at Mouse-chin-height it was obviously meant for him. And he’s pointed out he tidied up nicely and everything!

  3. Welcome to the real world of doggie ownership 😀 The chocolate thing is really only the pure, good chocolate and small dogs are more in danger than a larger one. Don’t ask me how I know all this.

    • katechiconi says:

      These were the dark compound chocolate type, and I remember thinking I’d really like a few more in the mix next time. Plus he weighs 35kg and has a lightning fast digestion, so I expect horrible outcomes tomorrow…

  4. Hi Mouse, Orchid here. Well done mate! You are obviously getting on well with the training of your humans! Well done for getting rid of all the evidence but next time leave on cake on the plate – confused them so they don’t suspect. Or better still get them to have a cat so they blame him. Our o!d mate Bailey had a deal with the cat at his house – he wouldn’t back to alert the humans of the cat shared the spoils with him by knocking things off the worktop. He even learned to open the fridge – too heavy for the cat – and the cat jumped up onto the shelves and threw stuff out. Our cats are thick and selfish unfortunately but the human can be distracted into forgetfulness which helps. Got to go – it’s walkies time. Love hearing from you. Orchid

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi Orchid! I initially lulled Mum into a false sense of security by not trying to steal food from the counter tops and *apparently* preferring meaty treats and cheese. However, what’s a dog to do when she combines my two faves in one compact mouthful: banana and peanut butter? A whole lot quicker to nosh than poking around in that stupid Kong thingy. Plus, I thought I’d been a Good Boy by clearing up all the mess. I did kind of hope she’d think Dad had done it…. Cheers, Mouse.

  5. I’m going to speak in emojis

  6. 😝😘😂🤩😁🐾🐾🐶🥰❤️

  7. claire93 says:

    lol well he obviously enjoyed them, is all I can say ^^
    We’ve learned, from experience, that all dogs will steal if given half the chance.
    In our early years of dog ownership we lost a WHOLE roast chicken, that had been left on the counter to cool . . . our Irish Wolfhound gobbled down 1kg of sugar . . . and Gibbs has eaten a packet of green tea (yuck:) plus half a chocolate cake (with no adverse effects I might add, but as said by the contended crafter it is really only small dogs who are in danger with chocolate.

  8. KerryCan says:

    I wouldn’t’ve been able to resist either! That sounds like a yummy recipe. I hope he (and you, by extension) doesn’t pay too high a price for his treat.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s a very good recipe, you just have to make sure the bananas are really ripe or over-ripe. It’s also very quick and easy, both necessary qualifications for baked treats in my opinion. If I want cake, I want it NOW. Hmmm, channelling a bit of Mouse there, perhaps…?

  9. Lynda says:

    I don’t think you will be making that mistake again! 😀
    Oh, and Noodle says: “Hey, you didn’t share?” 🐕

  10. What a story – love it and I enjoyed reading all the responses to this post too – they were wonderful. We were traveling across country a few year ago and I had eaten a banana and put the peel on the dash of the car, stopped, I had forgotten to remove it for the trash when we went outside and left our schnauzer in the car. On return the peel was gone. We were frantic he wouldn’t be able to digest it and would need an emergency vet along the way but all came out in the wash so to speak 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      I think dogs have amazingly robust internal processes. Recently I was horrified to see sticks emerging, so to speak… He was quite unfazed. So I’m not in the least worried about the paper cupcake cases, or indeed almost anything else.

  11. Elaine says:

    How funny! Tis a plot ~ you know ~ 🐾

    • katechiconi says:

      Ah, you mean lulling the humans into a false sense of security and then pouncing? I should have known something was going on because of the quiet, but then he’s so often quiet because he’s asleep…

  12. craftycreeky says:

    Bless him! Our first dog Zac was totally trustworthy with food, if the food was on a plate he wouldn’t touch it, even if it was on the floor and he was left alone. Rosie was therefore a bit of a shock, as a golden retriever she’ll eat anything and she’s taller so she can reach! She once ate half a roast chicken stolen off the kitchen worksurface in the 8 minutes it took my OH to take me to the station!! Not even a bone left!!

    • katechiconi says:

      Mouse would *like* to investigate roast chicken, but given his obvious enthusiasm, I wasn’t silly enough to leave it anywhere near his reach. The cupcake theft came from left field, though – he’s always been more of a ‘savoury’ dog.

  13. Dayphoto says:

    HAHAH! He says: Burp—those were delicious!!! WAG! WAG! SMILE

  14. magpiesue says:

    In my experience, dogs are not discriminating in their thievery. Now you know not to trust him around anything, savoury or sweet! Meanwhile, Miss Luna, all of 20 pounds, jumped up on my secretarial chair, which swivels, to gain access to my sewing surface where I’d left an almost-new bar of 85% cocoa chocolate. Guess I’d left it too close to the edge this time. She ate the WHOLE thing, gold foil and all, leaving only the paper wrapper. I called the vet and was told to dilute the effect of the chocolate by giving her more food and plenty of water. It was as if she was being rewarded for consuming my expensive chocolate bar!!! She looked uncomfortable for a day or so but I guess everything came out all right in the end. She’s as perky as ever. And I’ve had to do without my chocolate because our regular supplier has been out of stock. Hmph.

  15. kymlucas says:

    Clearly your baking could not be resisted.

  16. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    Haha !! Maybe they smelled so good he couldn’t resist ??? And what are 3 cupcakes for a biggie like Mr Mouse ???

  17. anne54 says:

    Oh, that made me laugh! And poor Hubby, as chief suspect! I used to have cats. I remember looking out the back one day to see Little Nipper climbing over the fence with something in his mouth. He had stolen a chicken fillet that the neighbours had left out for their BBQ. If memory serves me well he went back for another!

  18. Steph says:

    Hahahaha! I’ve been meaning to tell you that, like you, I judged my dog to be not overly endowed with brains. I had terriers growing up, and they were SMART.

    Then there the Timtam incident occurred. Shinee saw me wrap them and put them in a bag on the floor. She waited all evening until last thing, when the routine is for me to walk around doing last chores for a few minutes, then slipped into the bedroom and pounced.

    She’d remembered, planned and executed when the time was right. I had to concede her superior intelligence!

    • katechiconi says:

      Mouse did indeed have the good sense to wait until the Husband and I were both otherwise engaged before he made his lightning raid. Judging by the lack of evidence, I can only assume he snarfed them down almost whole. Sadly, eating the flour content has brought on the farting again, which is why he won’t be allowed any more…

      • Steph says:

        Oops! Shinee’s other thievery was bread.

        We generally leave bread on the bench, no problem. But this day she’d walked to the bakery with me, then I guess I carried it home at her head-height. I think it was too much to resist while I was out, so she carried it to her bed, nibbled a small hole in the bag, and ate 2 slices.

        Very moderate, so no ill-effects. Poor Mouse, do j think he is wheat-intolerant?

      • katechiconi says:

        Mouse was on Royal Canin Endurance dry kibble when we got him, and his gas was appalling. I did a bit of reading and decided to experiment with grain free. It seems to have worked like magic except for days when he has bones and if he pinches something like these cupcakes, which contain grain. Rice seems to be OK, but none of the others. Luckily he’s not usually much interested in grain-type products (although he’s a big cheese-monster). But we’ve had a couple of unfortunate episodes of wafty-bum since he helped himself…

  19. You and Mouse have given me a laugh… I bet he enjoyed every crumb. I’m sure Deez dreams of such luck coming his way.

    • katechiconi says:

      Well, judging by how few crumbs were actually left, I’d have to agree! Maybe I can bake something a bit more doggo friendly for Mouse to share with Deez next time we’re down…

  20. Joanne S says:

    Hahhahaaa! Wiping laughing 😂 tears from my eyes. I’m sorry, I cannot commiserate with you more. Well done, Mouse!

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s the total lack of contrition, no sheepish expression, and the cynical tidying away of all the debris… What kind of cake-monster have we invited into our home…? Seriously though, it was an excellent raid, and so far, no critical side-effects.

  21. Emmely says:

    You inspired me to use up the two overripe bananas I had stowed away in the freezer. I had to adapt the recipe a bit because I didn’t have everything, regular peanut butter instead of crunchy and raisins and dried fig instead of sultanas. I also didn’t have any chocolate but found some almond slivers in the cupboard and put those in. So, they probably turned out quite a bit different than yours but taste good all the same. And my toddler enjoyed measuring things and stirring the mixture so it was a nice morning activity.

    • katechiconi says:

      Yours sound pretty good too. Crunchy peanut butter just adds a little texture, and you did that with the almonds, raisins and figs instead of sultanas is perfectly fine as well. I think chopped dried apricots might be nice if that’s what you have in the cupboard another time…

      • Emmely says:

        Well, they were a success so I’ll probably make them (or something similar) again. My daughter was pretty excited that she got to eat some “cake” that she had made herself as her afternoon snack after her nap. And I have freed up some space in the freezer which is also good.

  22. Oh my gosh, I had a good belly laugh here. ;0 He even ate the paper wrappers so you wouldn’t know it was him. I’m surprised he missed those few crumbs. What a delightful post. I would sneak one or three myself so I do understand. 😉 I hope he has no real serious problem from this.

  23. Dogs are bottomless pits, aren’t they? I’m sorry about the culinary theft but relieved to know that the ingredients will not be fatal. If only he’d finished Hoovering all the crumbs…you might have never known.

  24. rutigt says:

    HAHA! Our dog loved pizza, pancake and McDonald´s hamburger! He ate the burger (the cheapest one) with the bread and the salted cucumber and he was so happy!

  25. Emmely says:

    I keep coming back to this recipe to use as a base. I’ve never made it exactly as stated because I usually need to substitute at least one ingrediënt but that doesn’t really matter. Just took another batch out of the oven, the house smells great!

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