Sugar Swings! Serve Some: Woodland Christmas Gnome Cupcakes with Edible Moss

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Woodland Christmas Gnome Cupcakes with Edible Moss

So this whole month I've been thinking Christmas is on Friday - hubby points out yesterday that the 25th is on THURSDAY! Ahhhh, I lost an entire day, what was I thinking?? Well let the mad rush of pre-christmas activity begin.  I was hoping to get a couple treats in before the big day, but I think this will be the last one I get to.

But it's gnomes AND more specifically Christmas gnomes all in white on top of mounds of edible moss!

I made candy gnomes awhile back (which was the start of all my little people creations). 

So when I saw this post on making edible moss by It's the Life I knew more woodsy gnomes had to be done.  Making the moss is so easy.  All you need is graham crackers and some green food coloring.  Mix it up and dip the frosted cupcakes in.  Edible Moss! 

The process for making candy gnomes can be found below but I've also explained it here.

I used all white this time to make them a little more whimsical for Christmas and added holly sprinkles.  The other additions are these neat Chococones - I think they are supposed to be pine cones but I think they look like little trees.  They are tiny and taste like a little biscuit dipped in chocolate.  Delish.  (Be aware the package does say they could contain a trace amount of tree nuts, so don't use them if you have nut allergies).  The company also make cute mushrooms too (used in my first gnome post).

I also added some tiny chocolate rabbits that I had laying around (Don't ask me why I have tiny rabbits laying around!)

Add more moss as needed, the messier the better.

To make Candy Gnomes (makes about 6)
  • Hershey Chocolate Bells (I used peppermint bark flavored but they make a few different kinds now - pick your fav flavor)
  • Bugles chips
  • 4 cups of white vanilla candy melting wafers plus + 2 teaspoons of vegetable shortening; 1/2 cup of candy melts for adding detail.  If you want to make your gnomes other colors, you'll need those color candy melts as well.
  • Holly mix sprinkles (or you could substitute other types of red/green sprinkles)
  • Black edible food writer
  1. Melt candy wafers in the microwave with shortening (will allow dipping to be smoother) in a mug/dish tall enough to dip Bugles.
  2. Pick Bugles that have a nice gnome hat shape and insert a skewer into bottom and dip into the melted candy.  The skewer allows you to hold the Bugle without getting your hands messy.  Coat entire Bugle (not inside) and then allow to harden on parchment.
  3. Unwrap Hershey Bells and dip the round part first into candy melt (this will be the head/face).  The candy should not be too hot as that will melt the chocolate.  Allow candy to harden.
  4. Once hardened, hold bell by the round side (that you just dipped) and dip the flat part bottom into the candy melt.  This will be the bottom part of the gnome.  Again the candy should not be too hot or you could melt the chocolate bell.  Allow candy to harden on parchment.
  5. Add about 1/2 cup of the candy melt to a zip lock bag.  Melt in microwave until smooth.  Snip and end of the bag and "pipe" on some gnome "hair".  While it's still wet attach your white gnome hat (the dipped Bugle).  Add more hair as needed to fill in any gaps.  
  6. Pipe on beard and tiny nose.
  7. With food writer add a black belt around waist and tiny eyes.
  8. Attach holly sprinkles with more candy melt.
To make Edible Moss
  • 8 graham crackers
  • 1-2 drops of green food gel
  1. Crush up graham crackers in a large baggie
  2. Add food gel to bag and mix well (that's it!)
Decorate as you wish with the gnomes and little chocolates.  I'm loving the way they came out!

Wishing all of you a very happy holiday season and Merry Christmas to those who celebrate!  Thank you for always stopping by, reading, sharing and leaving such sweet comments over the year! Very much appreciated.  


  1. These are so awesome, Michelle, and so are you! Merry Christmas! (Next time for my woodland cookie I need to make some of your gnomes!) LOVIN' your first and last photos!

    1. Thanks a lot Sue! Told you were we're on same wavelength this season!!

  2. These are adorable, Michelle. I love them so much. I guess they don't have to just be for Christmas.

    1. Thank you Heather! No definitely don't need to be for Christmas! You could mix and match colors and seasons :) Happy holidays to you!


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