The fact that no one has made a comment tells me I'm in some pretty deep water. I ordered a dog icing just to try it and see what was in it. Love the result, don't like the ingredients. I'm not a trained baker, don't understand the science behind it much, wish I did but do ok with it. I put just plain yogurt which hardens but cracks and a recipe I found that uses tapioca flour but it cracked too. Decorated dog cookies are everywhere in the natural pet stores and advertise they are Yogurt. I am missing something here and would really love to make my dog and his play group fiends some good decorated cookies that won't make any of them sick. A photo is attached of my results. Anyone with some baking confection knowledge that can help would be great!
Hi Kimberlie, I have been working for over 3 years on creating the perfect dog icing that hardens, looks professional and made with real yogurt. First the ingredients in Fido icing they now use tapioca starch, maltdextrose and dextrose. I have done some experimenting with dextrose but the icing will not harden, ever! The one thing I found is there is no getting around using sugar in some form. If you are trying to find a safe alternative for sugar, whey low powder is amazing but hard to find and very expensive.
I have created an icing made from real yogurt: First I dry the yogurt for a few days using a cheese clothe to remove the excess water.
1. 2 table spoons of plain non fat yogurt. 2) 2 cups icing sugar. 3) 2-3 Tbls tapioca starch. 4) 2 Tsp egg white powder or meringue powder. 5)1/8th tsp guar gum.
Combine all the dry ingredients and sift together very well. Add dry mixture slowly to yogurt until you get thick paste. Add a few drops of water at a time till desired consistency. The tapioca spreads out easily so I recommend using a thicker texture then you would have with regular royal icing. It takes some experimenting to get the consistency you are happy working with. Here is a picture of the icing I make.