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Get Ready for Some Ruff-tastic Treat Decorating with These Easy DIY Ideas!

Easy dog cake decorating ideas that do not require special skills or tools!

Dog bone sprinkles

dog bone sprinkles

Like you would decorate a human cookie, homemade dog treats can be
decorated much the same. The traditional stand-bys are jimmies and
sprinkles. These little delights come in many shapes and colors.

Use these specially-made dog bone-shaped sprinkles and listen to your
human customers marvel at how cute they are!

There are unique colors and shapes for every holiday or occasion. Use
them sparingly because they are made from sugar.

dog cake decoration
Dog cake from 12 Paws Barkery with K9Cakery dog cake frosting

Dog Icing Sprinkles

After icing your treats or frosting a dog cake, let a small bit of the dog treat frosting to harden and then cut it up into very small pieces. Sprinkle liberally on a dog cake or a dog treat!

At K9Cakery we carry two types of “traditional” sprinkles that are all vegan and do not use any artificial coloring

dog treat sprinkles Fidos cathy mags 1

Colored Tapioca Pearls

How To Make Colored Tapioca Pearls

With ALL of the holidays around the corner keeping bags of tapioca pearls nearby is one of the easiest single-ingredient sprinkles we sell at K9Cakery and let us tell you how easy it is to customize. Using white pearls you can dye any color of the rainbow. For fall just keep some white and add orange and brown coloring (liquid seems to work best compared to gel) and BAM! You’ve got a fresh fall mix.

Closer to Christmas a red or green batch is a must! It’s easy, they dry for re-storing and a great in-expensive pet sprinkles alternative.

How to Make Colored Sesame Seeds

A little more work than Tapioca but if you’re looking for a challenge!

To make colored sesame seeds, purchase natural toasted sesame seeds and food coloring. You will get a much better result if you use professional food coloring. The little red, green, blue, and yellow bottles you can buy in the grocery store are very weak and usually do not yield a good result. Soak the sesame seeds in water plus food coloring for at least 24 hours. Sesame seeds are particular and will reject some food colorings. This is a trial and error process. Once they are colored, they must be dried.  You cannot air-dry sesame seeds.  They will stay moist and sprout!

It is not easy to dry sesame seeds without professional equipment. The best option at home is to spread them thin in an oven-safe dish or on a sheet pan and put them in the oven at 300 degrees. But be sure to watch them closely, stirring them around often or they will burn.

Luckily, colored sesame seeds can be purchased retail all packaged and ready to go. The manufacturers have the proper equipment and their product will thus be more colorful and uniform than what you can do at home.

Colored Coconut For Dog Cake Decorating Ideas

Like sesame seeds, colored coconut is another great topping for dog treat icing. Coconut takes color well and gives a vibrant look to any homemade dog treat. 

Like sesame seeds, the coloring process is much the same.  While coconut seems to take color better than sesame seeds, it is harder to dry as it burns easily. And the coconut flakes that you buy in the grocery store are usually sweetened with sugar, thus defeating the reason you may have opted for them in the first place.

But not to worry, the marketplace has a solution for that as well. You can purchase colored organic coconut that contains no sugar. It sprinkles just like sugary sprinkles but, like sesame seeds, it is healthy.

colored coconut flakes for dog treats

Edible Glitter – Sugar-Free Dog Cake Decorating Ideas

Topping off your dog treat icing with edible glitter gives a dramatic effect. But, like we have said in other parts of this site, read the ingredients. Many edible glitters are made from 100% sugar. Again, that is fine if you are okay with it but there are better options.

There is an edible glitter that glimmers in the light and comes in many colors but is 100% sugar-free.  It is made from gum Arabic, a common, safe, natural cooking ingredient.

sugar free edible glitter dog treats

Questions about any of these dog treat decorating ideas? Drop a comment below to ask our experts!

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