Hello everyone!!! I am excited to write about this post 🙂
Months back I took part in a few soap challenges that were hosted by Amy Warden from Great Cakes Soapworks. These are fun challenges that allow you to learn and practice different techniques in soaping. I love doing them, sadly sometimes I run out of time and forget to sign up for them or my life in general just gets a little too crazy. Just recently Amy reveled the theme of an upcoming soapy challenge and to be introduced/taught by my dear soapy friend Cee Gee from Oil and Butter.
The challenge? Make at least 4 mini soap desserts!
I was in!!! For sure!!!
One of the rules was to make sure we used an edible item as part of our soaping ingredient. I decided that since I soap with Goats Milk so much it was time to try something different. Since I was thinking of making a soap milk shake I thought why not use some type of dairy product. I had some Half and Half in the fridge so I froze some of the milk into ice cubes and melted my lye. I made about 2 lbs of soap mix and did not fragrance it to allow me play with it for additional time and pour into the soap molds, as well as allow me to pipe for my milk shakes
Since I already knew that I wanted amilk shake, I took to Pinterest for some inspiration for the other desserts. I was able to find a cute raspberry cheesecake with a swirl on top and decided to give it a try. I had made some melt and pour raspberries and used one to place on top of the cheesecake and left the other one free to display the cute little swirl I had made. I used a small cupcake mold to shape my soapy dessert.
My next dessert was soapy mini milk shakes. Originally I had in mind to only do a strawberry one, but chocolate was calling to me and I could not help myself! It was actually kind of fun since I was able to mix some Cocoa Powder and the results were pretty darn close to what I was looking for!
I had this cute little waffle mold that I purchased last year for wax melts that I never used. It was the perfect mold to make some melt and pour waffles to insert in the back. I topped if off with another raspberry soap since I did not have any cherries 🙂
When I made the strawberry shake, the mixture was not stiff enough to spoon on top and as a result some of the whipped topping on the top sort of deflated on me. The weight of the strawberry did not make matters any better. I just kept hoping that it would not run all over the place!
The last two dessert I was looking forward to do for sure! I was excited to try the new Soap Fondant Technique that Cee introduced in the instructional videos. Mixing melt and pour with glycerin and starch provided fondant soap texture that is so close to the real thing. I was pretty amazed by her creativity!
As some of you know, I always find myself in certain soapy predicaments. It seemed like this soap challenge provided a very good opportunity to get myself into mischief.
First I will show you how wonderful my soap fondant came out the first time I made it. The texture was perfect!
Then I got ambitious and decided I wanted to make tons of it and ended up adding a tad to much glycerin. I had to very quickly think on my toes and very quickly found myself in a cloud of starch. I had starch powder all over the place. My mix was too runny and sticky and I refused to start over. I did in the end add a little more melt and pour and that help to thicken to the right consistency.
Now, it may have been that since I did not have correct recipe amounts in my fondant but when I started to add the mica to color my soap it got really sticky. It was bad. I was dusting it with starch hoping that it would dry it up a bit or have it set to the original consistency, but I just managed to spread more starch all over the place. I finally threw in the towel and started all over again, from step one.
Since my cold press was not going to be ready to shape until the next day I decided to put my soap fondant to bed and try again the following day. By then I was able to knead my mica into the fondant for the colors that I was looking to make.
When I first thought of using the soap fondant I saw “dessert pops”. I like the idea of shaping the cold press soap to balls and covering them with the smooth soap fondant. This is how they turned out, complete with sugar pearls for the extra decoration.
I think they are the cutest little mini soap pop desserts!
Last but not least I wanted to do some type of cake using the fondant again. I thought about doing a regular round one, but then decided to do a 3-tier, square cake with the cold press soap and cover it with the soap fondant.
I love it!
I loved working with the soap fondant. The only drawback was that the melt and pour soap started to sweat and I had all these shiny dessert soaps at one point. It was pretty annoying!
Here they are. My mini soapy desserts!
Thank you Amy and Cee for such a fun challenge!
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