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How to Ship Homemade Dog Treats and Birthday Cakes for Dogs

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How to Ship Dog Treats

Shipping your homemade dog treats is crucial if you sell dog treats online and a lot of bakers do it all the time. It is just important to learn how to package your dog treats so they arrive, unbroken at their final destination. Dog treats are much easier to ship then cakes are, be sure to remember that when you first start learning how to ship dog treats and cakes.

Whether you are starting to sell cakes for dogs on your online dog treat store or you simply want to mail one birthday cake to a friend... it's not as easy as you would think. The first place to start is to use a dog friendly frosting that dries hard and requires no refrigeration. This will ensure that your frosting won't spoil along the way.

cake for dog

How Do I Ship a Dog Cake Without it Melting?

After you bake and cool your dog cake recipe, place your cake on a cooling rack and frost it. This will allow air to circulate under your cake, as well as around the sides and top.

I recommend Pastries 4 Pets' Rockin Hard Frosting for shipping, it dries extremely hard and quicker than the other frostings they offer. 

Be sure to add any dog friendly sprinkles or decorations to your cake while the frosting is still wet, and gently press them into the frosting for a secure "stick" once the cake frosting dries they should stay in tack. Not all decorations will adhere, be sure to try them prior to decorating cakes for customers. 


Once your cute doggy cake is decorated let it completely air dry prior to packaging it. If you use a dog cake frosting that dries hard without refrigeration, it will not melt or spoil during its shipment. 

frosting a dog cake

Air Dry the Frosting

If you are using one of our special dog safe frostings, allow your decorated cake to dry for 24 hours prior to shipping. Remember, most dog cake recipes will stay fresh for 3 - 4 days without refrigeration, so bake your cake in the early morning hours, frost and decorate it, let it AIR dry overnight, and ship it the next day. You can use a small fan to speed up the drying process of the dog frosting. 

The cake should be shipped overnight express or 2 day priority mail. The customer can then take the cake out of it's packaging materials and refrigerate or freeze it upon its arrival.

Do NOT refrigerate or freeze the decorated cake prior to shipping. If you do, the frosting will become moist and WET again, which will cause it to become soft and it will smudge, stick, etc.. to your packaging. If you are using our dog cake frosting… It does not "melt" so do NOT add ice packs to your shipping containers. Ice will cause excessive moisture which will... cause your frosting to become, yup, WET again... 

For the best results, DO, pack your room temperature cake (after the frosting completely dries) into a DRY shipping container.

dog cakes in boxes

Prepare your Cake for Shipping

Prior to placing your dog cake into your shipping box, wrap it in parchment paper and cushion the cake on the bottom, sides and top so it does not "shake or shift" in the shipping box.

Do NOT wrap the cake in plastic, plastic traps moisture from the physical cake which might cause the frosting to become, yup, WET again...

Plastic also traps humidity, which is MOISTURE in the environment, think of what condensation looks like... and yes, you guessed it, the moisture trapped inside the plastic from humidity will... cause your frosting to become... WET again...

Decorated Dog Treats use the same guidelines, be sure to AIR dry your favorite dog treat icing product completely prior to shipping. 


Overall, shipping dog birthday cakes can be easy with practice. Watch the video below for some great tips!

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