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Have you ever seen “moss” on baked goodies and wondered “how in the world did they do that?!” Yea, me too! So I determined last year to figure it out, and you guys…it is so easy! I’m going to show you how, just in time for Spring!
If you follow my steps exactly, you will wind up with delicious “moss” that looks just like the real thing.
First, you will need Graham cracker crumbs. You could pulse whole crackers in a food processor, but I prefer the uniform look of just buying the Keebler crumbs myself. Plus it saves a step!
Preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Pour some into a bowl. There isn’t really a science to this, just eyeball about how much you think you will need. Since it requires running my gas oven, I usually make a good sized batch and store it in an airtight container for a couple of weeks.
Next, you will add some green liquid food coloring. You can use gel, but may have to add a little water to help it coat the crumbs. Start with a little and add more until you get the color that you want.
Stir, stir and then stir some more! Make sure you use your scraper to break up any clumps. You will just want to add coloring (and a little water if needed) until most of the crumbs have turned green. It should look about like this:
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the crumbs in an even layer and place them in the oven. Set a timer for 15 minute increments and check them. Stir every time you check. You will want to bake them until they feel mostly dried out. For me this takes about an hour, but be sure to watch it closely. If they still feel very wet you may need a little more time.
Once they feel mostly dry, remove the pan from the oven and let them cool. I usually allow mine to sit out for a few hours to fully dry. The color will lighten up a bit and look exactly like moss!
Once dry, use it to sprinkle on cakes, dip frosted cookies and more. You could even make super cute fairy garden pudding cups with them! Endless possibilities!
Dr.Anitha Yokesh says
Hi. Thank u for sharing this. Can u please tell me how to secure the moss onto the cake or cookie? What medium should be used to fix it?
I just press it into whatever icing I am using! If I am doing a cookie, it usually is royal icing. I flood the cookie and then dip it into the moss. If it’s a cake with buttercream, you can simply press it onto the icing!
Will this leave a green stain in someone’s mouth/teeth? Thank you, the pictures are beautiful of your work
Nope! It bakes into the crackers and doesn’t cause any issues!