How to make edible moss for woodland cakes

overhead shot of a small round cake covered in edible green moss, on top of a wood log cake stand with rustic pages from a book and magenta flowers

How to make edible moss for woodland cakes

This edible moss is perfect for whimsical woodland cookies, cakes and cupcakes. This recipe uses light colored cookies, like graham crackers and nettle tea to create a beautiful, realistic and delicious moss effect.

Why you'll love it:

  • This recipe makes even the simpliest cake and cupcake designs look impressive.
  • It's a perfect touch for the top of woodland cakes
  • The edible moss is absolutely delicious, and you can use small amounts on top of the cake you're making, or cover the entire sides of the cake
  • It incorporates needle tea which is a great source of terpenoids, carotenoids, fatty acids, and more! Source
  • Nettle tea has a very mild earthy flavor and is really masked by the cookie flavors. It's added optionally to make the moss look realistic.

Ingredients:

  • 1 14 oz sleeve of graham crackers or similar light colored cookies, I've also used digestive biscuits.
  • ½ 1 oz bottle (standard size) of liquid food coloring in green
  • ¼ cup loose nettle ground tea

How to make it:

  •  Preheat oven to 350 F or 176 C
  • Add your full sleeve of graham crackers or cookies into a food processor and grind them up. If you don’t have a food processor, crush up the graham crackers in a plastic bag, but just be sure to get things nice and crushed. You want them to be finely processed.
  • Add your graham cracker crumbs to a large bowl and add in your food coloring. This recipe does require quite a lot to get it a nice dark green color. Start with ½ bottle and add more if needed. Use gloves to mix it up with your hands without staining them.
  • Place the colored cookie crumbs on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake for 15 - 20 minutes.
  • Once your color is nicely incorporated with the crumbs, add your nettle and be amazed by how magical and real it looks!

Expert tip:

If making a woodland cake - a chocolate cake would be great base for edible moss. When you do your crumb coat, the chocolate cake crumbs could give the effect of edible dirt. I didn't think of this initially and next time I make a woodland cake, I'll be using chocolate!

If using this for a cake your buttercream or frosting will work as your edible glue. Be sure you have your moss ready right when you frost your cake to sprinkle it on right away. It won't stick once your buttercream has hardened up a bit.

Frequently asked questions

Is this recipe vegan?

This recipe is vegan if you choose to use honey free / vegan graham crackers

How do I store the edible moss?

Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks

What can I use it for?

Use it on cookies, cakes & cupcakes!

overhead shot of a small round cake covered in edible green moss, on top of a wood log cake stand with rustic pages from a book and magenta flowers

Edible moss for woodland cakes

Yield: 1 ½ cups of edible moss, enough for a large cake

This edible moss is perfect for whimsical woodland cookies, cakes and cupcakes. This recipe uses light colored cookies, like graham crackers and nettle tea to create a beautiful, realistic and delicious moss effect.

Ingredients

  • 1 14 oz sleeve of graham crackers or similar light colored cookies, I've also used digestive biscuits.
  • ½ 1 oz bottle (standard size) of liquid food coloring in green
  • ¼ cup loose nettle ground tea

Instructions

  1.  Preheat oven to 350 F or 176 C
  2. Add your full sleeve of graham crackers or cookies into a food processor and grind them up. If you don’t have a food processor, crush up the graham crackers in a plastic bag, but just be sure to get things nice and crushed. You want them to be finely processed.
  3. Add your graham cracker crumbs to a large bowl and add in your food coloring. This recipe does require quite a lot to get it a nice dark green color. Start with ½ bottle and add more if needed. Use gloves to mix it up with your hands without staining them.
  4. Place the colored cookie crumbs on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake for 15 - 20 minutes.
    Once your color is nicely incorporated with the crumbs, add your nettle and be amazed by how magical and real it looks!
Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 162Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 0mgCarbohydrates 28gFiber 1gSugar 10gProtein 2g

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