Feb 17

17th February 2020 

Free Cake Tutorial: How to Make Garden Soil and Moss

In this free tutorial from Pretty Witty Academy, you can learn how to make realistic looking soil and moss.

This is a great trick for any garden themed cupcakes, that will really impress your family and friends. It's so simple, so have a watch!

This quick tip will help you to improve your novelty cupcakes and get a really great reaction from your customer.

If you liked this tutorial, why not have a look at the full Fairy Garden Cupcakes Tutorial over at the Academy!

Garden Fairy Toppers

Top Tips for Garden Soil and Moss

  • Oreo biscuits are great for making soil, just make sure you scrape off the cream first. 
  • You don't need to many, a little goes a long way.    
  • Once the pieces start to get smaller, you may want to use a rolling pin and roll the biscuits to crush the last few bits.
  • The crushed Oreos can be done a few says in advance and kept in the bag.
  • Dessicated coconut works well for the moss.
  • Start with the moss green and then add the woodland green to get your desired colour.
  • Because the coconut is white, it will take a fair amount of dust to colour, keep adding the dust until you get the right colour.

Products Used for Moss and Soil:

Woodland Green Sugarflair Colour 

Purchase HERE

Moss Green Sugarflair Colour 

Purchase HERE


Some Inspiration:

We've gathered together some inspiration for how to use this edible moss and soil on your cakes. Garden cakes and allotments are really popular and are perfect for celebration cakes! Any keen gardener or nature enthusiast will LOVE them. 

Have a look at some of our favourites below.

This cake is from Empire Cake. Their bakery looks out onto 8th Avenue and they make custom cakes and ready to go bakes for your sweet cravings.  These little garden toppers  are really sweet and a great way to use your edible soil! It looks so effective sprinkled over the top of this cake and topped with a gum paste vegetable. Perfect for Peter to snack on!

This cake is from Empire Cake. Their bakery looks out onto 8th Avenue and they make custom cakes and ready to go bakes for your sweet cravings.

These little garden toppers  are really sweet and a great way to use your edible soil! It looks so effective sprinkled over the top of this cake and topped with a gum paste vegetable. Perfect for Peter to snack on!

This gardening cake is from Torte d'incanto.  Another great use for your edible soil. It looks really effective on this gardening cake complete with sugar flowers and even trowel! This would be great for any green fingered friends.

This gardening cake is from Torte d'incanto.

Another great use for your edible soil. It looks really effective on this gardening cake complete with sugar flowers and even trowel! This would be great for any green fingered friends.

This cake is from Mel at Sugar and Spice Cakes. She was originally a flight attendant but now makes cakes full time.  We were really impressed by this gardening cake! Perfect for anyone seeking the good life and growing their own flowers. The colours are so bold and we love the overall design.

This cake is from Mel at Sugar and Spice Cakes. She was originally a flight attendant but now makes cakes full time.

We were really impressed by this gardening cake! Perfect for anyone seeking the good life and growing their own flowers. The colours are so bold and we love the overall design.

This final cake is from Cake at Rachel's based in a small village just outside Blackpool. She creates bespoke and beautiful cakes.  This allotment cake looks wonderful with the edible soil and tiny gum paste allotment. The detailing of the tool shed is also exquisite!

This final cake is from Cake at Rachel's based in a small village just outside Blackpool. She creates bespoke and beautiful cakes.

This allotment cake looks wonderful with the edible soil and tiny gum paste allotment. The detailing of the tool shed is also exquisite!


Our Final Words:

Gardening cakes are really popular and a great way to celebrate your green fingered friends. Have a go at this moss and soil and have a go at creating your own gardening and allotment cakes and cupcakes.

And if you loved this, then head over to the Academy and have a look at all our other great tutorials! You could start with these garden fairy cupcakes to use your new found technique from this quick tip.

Garden Fairy Toppers

Want More Tutorials?

We have so many more tutorials for cakes and cupcake toppers to help you improve your cakes over on the Pretty Witty Academy!

Over on the Pretty Witty Academy site we have nearly 1000 cake tutorials showing you everything from how to cover a cake with sugarpaste to fully advanced gravity defying cakes. We also have a huge business section for those wanting to run a cake business. 

Why not check out some of these amazing gravity defying cakes now you know how to transport them! See more at Pretty Witty Academy.

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