How many dog treats/cakes can I decorate with a 12 ounce bag of dog treat icing or frosting mix?It all depends on how thick or thin you apply the icing or frosting. It also depends on how large your dog treat or dog cake is and if you are adding a lot of details. The best way to know is to order a 12 ounce bag and write down how much you personally use.
How long does the icing and frostings for dogs last?
Each package of mix comes with an expiration date normally between 4 - 12 months. Once you decorate your treats and cakes and let icing/frosting air dry, the icing/frosting will take on the same shelf life as your treats/cakes.
Do I decorate treats before or after I dehydrate them?It is best to decorate your treats after you dehydrate them. You can experiment drying your treats in your dehydrator to speed up your drying time, but your colors might discolor, don't dehydrate too long! Be sure to let the icing "set" after you take them out of the dehydrator.
How can I speed up the drying time?Use a fan, that is the best way. Air and warmth are what dries the icing & frosting. Do not refrigerate or your treat/cake icing/frosting because the cold and moisture will prevent it to dry completely.
Can I refrigerate or freeze dog treats and cakes after they are decorated?You can, but you will need to experiment. After the icing or frosting is completely AIR dried, you can try refrigerating or freezing. Cakes can be tricky to freeze because freezers can cause cakes to expand and contact when freezing and thawing. Be sure to unwrap treats/cakes prior to thawing because the icing/frosting will get wet again as it thaws, be sure to allow it to AIR dry again.
How do I use the dog treat icing?
Our dog treat icing recipe is simple, just add water and any food color that you wish. If you use powder coloring, you might need to add a tiny bit more water, if you use liquid coloring you might need to add less water. Gel food colorings might cause the icing to need more time to air dry.
What can I do with left over icing?You can TRY to put it in an air tight bag and store it in the refrigerator, maybe add a little more water to it to use later... BUT it does not work all the time, it tends to dry up. Your best solution? Pipe dots or lines of it on parchment paper to break up and use as sprinkles when you want to add a little pizazz to cupcakes, etc..
How do I use the dog frosting?
Our dog cake frosting recipe is simple, just add water and any food color that you wish. If you use powder coloring, you might need to add a tiny bit more water, if you use liquid coloring you might need to add less water. Gel food colorings might cause the icing to need more time to air dry. If you want a cupcake swirl or a fluffier frosting use a hand mixer.
If you want to add piping and/or writing to your cake, you can add less water to the frosting mix to make the dog frosting stiffer for more control in a decorating bag. Just like human frosting... practice does make perfect. To add treats, fondant, sprinkles, etc... be sure to add them before the frosting dries.
Here is a demonstration:
The recipe is easy but it does help if you have some experience with "human" fondant.
How do I use the dog fondant?
1. Measure one cup of dog fondant mix and pour into a mixing bowl. Add only 2 TBS. water, no more, no less.
2. Moisten mix with a hand mixer. Once the mix is moist put on gloves (preferable) pick up the fondant and knead it into a ball.
3. Add flour of your choice gradually while kneading the fondant until the fondant no longer sticks to your hands or gloves.
4. Break off the amount you want to use or color.
5. Add food color with a toothpick or squeeze gel directly on to the ball of fondant.
6. Knead the color into the fondant (gloves preferred) add small amounts of flour if the food color makes the fondant tacky again.
7. Apply a thin layer of shortening or flour onto a non stick rolling mat.
8. Dust your roller with flour or a thin layer of shortening and roll your fondant out.
9. Apply the fondant or cut out fondant shapes to a cooled cake frosted lightly with Treaty Treat dog FROSTING.
10. Let the frosted cake air dry for 3 hours prior to refrigerating or freezing.
11. If you used flour to dust your mat you can try to brush off any left over on your cake fondant or take another piece of fondant to gently pat/lift the flour off.
Here is a demonstration:
Yes, they are all at wholesale prices already. The higher the quantity you purchase the lower the price per pound is.
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I had a few treats that icing/frosting cracked on, why?There are a few reasons that icing/frosting may crack here are some of the main reasons:
1. The treat, itself was already cracked or it cracked under the icing after a few days. The icing will not officially cover cracks in treats, it will follow the crack over a few days.
2. The icing and frosting formulas are not meant to be used together or it will crack. For example... if you frost a cake with Rockin Hard Frosting and use Original Icing on top to write "Happy Birthday" - around the letters cracks will form.
3. The products are meant to be used, if you purchase 50 - 100 lbs you should use the product in @ 3 - 4 months. There is an expiration date inside each box, even if it expires in a year it needs to be stored without air, in a steady temperature in a cool and dark environment for it to last a year. It really should be used within 6 months instead. You can still use the products but be sure to mix them because the settle over time and can cause cracking.
4. Your treats are "milkbone" hard and are trying to use the Grain Free Frosting on them... try one of the "icings" instead.
5. You are using "frosting" instead of "icing"
6. You are using too thick of icing or frosting
7. You are dehydrating the icing or putting it in the oven to dry (use a fan instead)
8. You are using food colors that are reacting to the icing
9. You are using candy melts or other companies products with it
10. You are adding fruit or other ingredients to it, this includes sugar decorations
11. You froze your cake and it constricted/expanded in your freezer or during the defrosting products