Moss Cupcakes – Naturally Colored With Matcha And Spinach

Moss Cupcakes With Matcha And Spinach

Since I’ve seen beautiful edible moss cakes on the internet, I had to try them out. But moss cakes are usually colored with artificial green food coloring. I didn’t want to use artificial food coloring, therefore I colored these moss cupcakes naturally with matcha and spinach! 😀

Moss Cupcakes - Naturally Colored With Matcha And Spinach

Natural Green Matcha Cupcakes
  • 175g flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 80g sugar
  • 40ml oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 – 3 tbsp matcha powder – you can also color some of the cupcakes with cocoa powder instead of the matcha
Natural Green Icing
  • pureed spinach
  • powdered sugar
  • water or lemon juice
  • optional: peppermint essential oil


Dissolve matcha powder in some boiling water. Stir together all ingredients for the matcha cupcakes. Pour batter into paper muffin liners. Bake at 180°C for 20 minutes.

Edible Moss Natural Green Food Coloring Matcha Spinach

Crumble one of the cupcakes. The matcha cupcakes were just pale green, so I added some pureed spinach and dried the green crumbs again for some minutes at 160°C in the oven.

Natural Green Icing With Spinach

Make natural green icing: Stir together some pureed spinach, powdered sugar and water or fresh lemon juice. Flavor it with one or two drops of peppermint oil if you want.

Naturally Colored Moss Cupcakes

Cover the matcha cupcakes with natural green icing. Then dip the cupcakes into the green crumbs until they are completely covered with ‘moss’.

Naturally Colored Moss Cupcake Recipe
Cupcakes covered with ‘moss’

Edible Moss Cake

The moss cupcakes don’t taste of spinach! 😉 They just taste like matcha and chocolate cupcakes, with peppermint flavor if you add peppermint essential oil.

Moss Cupcakes With Natural Food Dye Coloring
Moss cupcakes & fresh moss

How To Make Edible Moss With Natural Green Food Coloring

Here you’ll find my recipe for carrot cupcakes with DIY edible grass, naturally colored green sugar sprinkles and naturally colored rainbow cake.

Naturally Colored Moss Cupcakes

8 thoughts on “Moss Cupcakes – Naturally Colored With Matcha And Spinach

    1. Thank you. 🙂 I don’t like artificial food coloring – besides, it’s more fun trying to color food with natural food dyes. 😉

  1. They look great and a plus for me that they don’t taste like spinach.
    We make green cakes at halloween (mouldy cakes!) and have always used regular food colouring but this idea seems much better, thanks.

    1. You can also leave out the spinach – it’s not necessary for the recipe – but the green will be a bit paler. 🙂

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