Dog-Friendly Cupcakes

We love our pets like family members. I hope I’m not just speaking for myself when I say I buy my dogs Christmas gifts, Starbucks puppuccinos and of course, celebrate their birthdays! My Anti-Cruelty alum has an adoptiversary coming up and she will most definitely getting some sort tasty homemade of treat.

So while you are making your cupcakes to sell for Cupcake Day, might as well make some cakes for your pup. Just make sure you don’t mix up your human treats with your dog treats, although, with these recipes they would probably taste just as good!


Fall for Cupcake Day

In my humble opinion, fall is the best time of the year. The leaves are changing, the air is crisp, Halloween is around the corner and of course fall fare! Fall foods are a staple of this glorious season, starting with your first pumpkin spice latte of the year.

Want to know another great thing about this autumn? Cupcake Day 2016! This year’s Cupcake Day falling on October 17th, just in time for the season. So bakers; break out the cinnamon and apple cider and get into fall mode for Cupcake Day!

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Community Support: Thank You!

Samba the cat - dreaming of Cupcake Day Roxie can't wait for real cupcakes!

We are thrilled to have the support of local bakeries and companies that have a passion for helping Chicago’s animals most in need! Here is a roundup of our wonderful supporters thus far!

The famous Magnolia Bakery is going to support Cupcake Day by providing us with dozens and dozens of cupcakes to sell. The weekend leading up to Cupcake Day, February 14 and 15, you will be able to find Magnolia cupcakes to purchase at our PetSmart Charities ™ Everyday Adoption Center from noon to 5 p.m. 100% of the sales will go directly to the Society in order to help our four-legged friends!

Meanwhile, at our 510 N LaSalle adoption center, we will also be hosting a bake sale in which 100% of the sales go directly back to the Society. From noon to 5 p.m. on February 14 and 15, stop by our main location, visit with some cats and dogs, maybe adopt, and indulge in sweet homemade treats! High Hopes dog treats will be available for sale for our canine friends as well!

For a dog-friendly cupcake option, visit the Dog Barkery in Downers Grove! They are supporting the Society by giving us a portion of their proceeds from their February 16 sales.

We would also like to give Sweet Mandy B’s, located in Lincoln Park, a huge thank you for their kind donation of $250. That donation will help us do multiple procedures, provide vaccines, and provide lots of food, water, and care for our animals. Here is a breakdown of what your donation can do:

  • Every $25 raised provides food, water, and care for a cat for a day.
  • Every $50 raised helps vaccinate a shelter dog.
  • Every $100 raised will allow the Society to neuter one male kitty.
  • Every $225 raised will assist in a spay surgery for a female dog.

Lincoln Park’s favorite furniture store, West Elm, is also showing their support by having us set up shop and sell cupcakes at their location (North and Sheffield) from noon-5 p.m. on Sunday, February 15. Stop by to shop and to snatch up a cupcake donated by the wonderful Skinny Piggy bakery to eat for a good cause!

Groupon, 101.9 WTMX The Mix, Wolfbait and B Girls, and the folks from the Bake and Destroy blog have all shown great support for our big, sweet day. We are thankful to have so many great animal lovers and businesses on board to help spread our message!

Lastly, keep an eye out for us on WCIU’s You & Me This Morning on February 11 for a segment with more details about Cupcake Day! February 16 will be a day to remember!

Preheat those ovens, everyone!

Get Your Ovens Preheated!

Hello cupcake lovers! We are just over a month away from our third annual Cupcake Day taking place on Monday, February 16!

A popular way to participate is by rallying together your coworkers to get in on the baking fun! Lots of offices would have a great time with this sweet idea!

On Cupcake Day, sweet-tooths from around the city (or anywhere, really!) come together to bake and sell sweet treats from the location of their choosing. The choice of what kinds of goodie to bake, and where to sell them, is in the hands of the bakers who support The Anti-Cruelty Society. It’s really a simple concept in which people bake cupcakes and hold bake sales on our behalf. Bake, sell, and mail in the proceeds to help Chicago’s animals most in need!

The companies that have participated in the past have mentioned this as a fun, team-building, morale boosting activity for the office! If you have bakers on staff, they would especially like this idea! If you have a volunteer committee, or anything like that at your office, this may be of interest to them to organize! 🙂

Hope you and your coworkers can enjoy this fun day celebrating the love for treats and animals on February 16!

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cday thank you

On behalf of the animals and staff at The Anti-Cruelty Society, we’d like to say THANK YOU to everyone who participated in Cupcake Day this week! We appreciate your commitment to our cause!

The donations are still rolling in – and we’ll be sure to let you know what our official total comes to the moment we have it!

Thank you all again!

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Get your ovens started!

happy cat

Wow – we’re just a day away from the big cupcake bonanza!

From all of us here at The Anti-Cruelty Society – we just want to say THANK YOU to everyone who is baking up a storm today in prep for tomorrow’s DIY bake sale.

We’re excited to hear all about your adventures – so please keep us posted on how your baking is going! Post your photos, ideas and tips to our Facebook page – who knows – you may inspire someone to also take on the effort!

Thank you all again! Excited for the big day!

Only 4 days away!

party without cake

We are all jittery with excitement – Cupcake is only a handful of days away!

If you’re planning on stocking up on ingredients and baking this weekend – remember to keep us in the loop. Snap photos of your process – we want to see you in action! Post your baking adventures to our Facebook page to encourage others to participate.

Here’s to our upcoming cupcake baking successes and messes!

We Love Cupcakes!

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We received a special little note from one of our on-site pups – she demanded we share it with you:

Hi – my name is Dauphine – and I wanted to tell you about my puppy-love for cupcakes!

You see, everyone around here has been talking about this big event, Cupcake Day, for weeks! Cupcake this, cupcake that, we can barely stand all the treat talk around here! All they gave me was a cupcake look-a-like – I want the real deal!

Despite the sad cupcake stand-in toy, I’m super excited to know that people from all around the city will be baking this weekend to sell cupcakes to help pups like me. My siblings and I were brought up to The Anti-Cruelty Society from Knoxville, Tennessee when we were only a few weeks old – and boy are we glad we came! If we had stayed in Appalachia I don’t know if we would have made it, and now, we’re one step away from our forever homes!

So from me and all my brothers and sisters – thank you. Thank you for reading our Cupcake Day blog, thank you for baking this weekend, thank you for selling on Monday and thank you for supporting shelters like The Anti-Cruelty Society. You’re, quite literally, a lifesaver for dogs like us!

Thank you and happy baking!


Dauphine and friends.

Cupcake Day: Only 1 Week Away!

i love cupcakes

Just a friendly reminder that Cupcake Day is just ONE WEEK AWAY!

Make sure you have your recipe picked out, your decor supplies ready to go, and posters hung with details on your sale! Be sure to take lots of photos throughout your adventure and post them to our Facebook page. We want to see what you’ve been working on!

And should you have any questions, or need any help planning your DIY baking fundraiser, feel free to contact us at:

Happy baking!