Hey all....was wondering if anyone has a good way of making "mossy-looking" moss?
The closest I can think of is using celery seeds?
I know Duff had a weird texture-thing with sugar he did on the Harry Potter cake, but I was hoping someone might have a pretty easy idea to try.
I posted a reply from a past thread. I have a picture and the instructions posted in this thread.
I think the one duff did was just royal icing that was tinted..he let it dry flat out on a board and then just scrapped it until it flaked. Someone pls correct me if i'm wrong.
I saw your thread and posted a thread to answer you when I couldn't find yours again. here it is:
Here is the way to make great looking moss that is fully edible:
1) Make a batch of thinned Royal Icing.
2) Add to the icing, Kelly green gel coloring, and a few drops of Yellow gel coloring. Adjust to make a good slightly darker than sage green, color.
3) Prepare your countertop surface with a good coating of pan spray or shortening.
4) Take carpenters putty knife and spread the royal icing onto the counter top surface in a long clean wipe, a thickness of a peice of tissue or crate paper is as thick as you should have after spreading.
5) Allow to dry for a few hours, or use a hairdryer for faster drying.
6) Once the royal icing is completely dry, take the putty knife and begin scraping as though you are cleaning the counter surface. Make sure that the icing is very very dry, or you will have a gummy clumpy mess.
7) Spray the surface of the area that you want to attach the "moss" to, with an edible spray adhesive, and then using your fingers(wear gloves to prevent or to help lessen the chance of melting the icing before you have a chance to place it.) take the moss a bit at a time and dab it onto the adhesive coated surface. Do this in little dabs until you reach the desired effect.
Tip: To make it look more realistic still, airbrush in random strokes and sparingly, with a light brown color. This will add dimension to the moss and make it look as close to the real thing as it can be!
Hope this help! If you need anymore help just ask!
Oh, I nearly forgot, you need to wear gloves when you do this technique, otherwise it's going to stick to your hands and turn them green. In cake decorating, having a "Green Thumb" takes on a whole new meaning! LOL
Sounds awesome! The pan spray won't keep the royal icing from setting up?
Can I use a thin spread of icing underneath? This is going onto styrofoam....it is going to be a mountain with a train going through it that turns into a traditional wedding cake. I am not sure what an edible spray adhesive would consist of?
No, and if you don't want to use it at all, that works just fine too. After all, you are using a putty knife to scrape it off...
I recommend you cover your styro with fondant before applying the "moss". Color it the same shade of green as the moss. This will insure even coverage, and no bare spots showing through. Then you can either use the edible adhesive spray or you could make up a royal icing glue spray and use that. I purchased a spray bottle from the dollar store(which is where I also got my putty knife and level-the carpenters kind) and then when I made my RI, I took about 3 tablespoons of it in a bowl and added enough water to fill the spray bottle. Microwave it for a few seconds to dissolve the RI and then put it in the bottle. Make sure it's completely cooled first though. Eureka-you now have adhesive glue spray. Make sure that the bottle you get will make as fine a mist as possible. You may want to get one at your local florists. They tend to be more fine misting, as do the ones at the hairdresser supply stores. All are fairly inexpensive, under $2 I believe.
It is just fantastic how many "tools" we can come up with that are not intended for kitchen use isn't it!!??
Good luck and don't forget to post pics when you finish your project!
Thank you so much! I am going to give it a go!
Looks great and what a neat idea!
Looks great!! You did a great job!!! I knew you could do it!!