Just like the actual dogs, these cupcakes are just too cute for words. Rather than a regular cupcake batter, use a pound cake batter for these cupcakes because it makes a sturdier cupcake to hold all of the frosting and decorating ingredients. Make a homemade vanilla frosting or use canned vanilla frosting. You’ll need enough vanilla frosting to lightly frost the cupcakes, plus additional frosting for the decorations. You can make your own Rice Krispie Treats or use store-bought. See How to Make Maltese Cupcakes for step-by-step instructions and photos.
For the basic frosting on top of each cupcake, you’ll only need enough to lightly coat the top of each cupcake, about ¼ cup frosting per cupcake. Too much frosting on the cupcake will make it harder to decorate into the puppy face.