Writing on dog birthday cakes and treats is not as easy as it looks. Similar to royal icing, dog safe icing can be adjusted through the amount of water that you add to thicken it up so you can control your letters and cute details. The best way to write on dog cakes or dog treats is to practice on parchment or wax paper first. Practice really does make perfect.
Measure your Icing
Our dog friendly icing is a mix that only requires water and human grade food color. The first step is to measure your icing mix with a measuring cup and read the directions on how much water you “should” add.
Add All Natural Food Color Powder
The next steps to add your desired amount of powder all natural food color and mix it into your dog treat icing, be sure to crush up any small clumps of color while you are mixing. You can also add more powder color or gel coloring after you mix the icing with water.
Add the Correct Amount of Water
Even though there is water amount directions on each label, the water is adjustable, if you want to flood the background of your dog treat, gradually add water, stir and stop when the icing smooths into itself. If you want to use the icing to pipe letters or details, add less water so the icing is thicker.
Be Sure the Dog Treat Icing is Not Too Thick...
Letters are piped with thicker icing and preferably with a decorating tip size #2. Be sure the icing is not too thick, if it “curls up” while you are using it you will need to add just a teaspoon or so more water. This is important because if the icing is so thick that you need to press it down to stick it to your treat, it will fall off after it is dry.
Be Sure to Air Dry the Icing
Speaking of dry icing, be sure the base or flooded color of your treat or cake is completely dry prior to writing on top of it. If it is too wet, the letters will bleed or spread out into themselves as they dry. The same happens with all other details that you might want to add, always pipe them on dry treat icing or cake frosting.
Practice Makes Perfect!
Practice, practice, practice… The first place to start is to count your letters, this will help you to line them up to make them centered. You can do this by piping the middle letter first and the other letters afterwards. Be sure to practice piping on a separate piece of paper before your cake or treat.
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