Good morning, everyone! :) And happy Memorial Day Weekend!
First off, I'd like to take the time to thank our servicemen and women for their service. We couldn't be 'Merica and have the freedoms we do without them. <3
Moving along, I'm guessing you can tell by the title of this post that the topic is going to be soapy cupcakes! Wheeeee!! If you're anything like me, you have likely binge watched many a YouTube soap channel, and thus have likely seen soap cupcakes. They are so freakin' CUTE I can't even handle it!! I really wanted to learn to make them myself. The biggest thing for me was the piping. Oh my lord, the piping looked sooo intimidating!
I watched Royalty Soaps' videos and got SUPER intimidated because she uses actual powdered sugar and all these other things, and whoa. That said, if there is anyone at all in the soap piping world to admire and idolize, it's flippin' Katie at Royalty Soaps. Anyway, after watching her, I decided to look on the Soap Queen blog. I remembered pinning a champagne something-or-other cupcake soap a couple of months ago, and thought I'd look there at what her piping recipe is.
Lo' and behold: a piping recipe I actually felt comfy with! It's made of coconut oil, olive oil, shea butter and cocoa butter. For the cupcake base, however, I did not use Soap Queen's recipe. I instead used my own. Thanks to my friend D, I've been looking at a "master batch" recipe and trying to formulate one I really like. So far, I've come up with one that I like the properties of, and am just tweaking percentages here and there to make the soap more fluid for longer so I can do swirls and the like.
When I pinned the Sparkling Champagne cupcake recipe a couple months ago, my sister-in-law messaged me on Pinterest and basically freaked out about how awesome they looked and "OMG YES!!" Not too long after, I noticed that she was pinning a metric butt ton of "bee" themed baby shower crap on Pinterest (yep, SIL is preggo). Suddenly I thought: why not make soapy cupcake baby shower favors? Bingo!! The perfect excuse to make soap cupcakes!
I picked up a 12 cupcake silicon cupcake mold at Bed Bath & Beyond, and away I went! Prepped the oils & lye water for the piping (which was labeled out the butt so nobody thought to drink it!) the night before, and the next day, I came home from work and soaped it up!
My first batch, I accidentally messed up a bit and left the "icing" oils out on the counter and they came to ~70 degrees during the day while I was at work. The second time, I left them in the fridge and microwaved them as Soap Queen does in her video. My first batch of soapy cupcakes was a test batch. I just wanted to see if I could do it, or if I'd totally mess up and be ashamed of my lack of skills. I'm still new at this - I mess up a lot. That's why when people are like, "Omg you should sell!" I'm like "Nope." Have you seen Zahida from Handmade in Florida's soaps? Spicy Pinecone's? Royalty Soaps'??? I aspire to be that level of talent someday, but all of those ladies have literal years under their belts of soapmaking, and I've got a whopping 5 months. Thanks, but I'll give myself 19 more months at the least!!
Anyway, off that tangent and back on topic! I fragranced these cupcakes with Bramble Berry's "Vanilla Select" for the cupcake base, and "Pure Honey" for the piping. I decided I wanted to do a gold mica drizzle on the "frosting" to look like a honey drizzle, and give it a touch of bling without GLITTERZZZZZZZZZ. I don't really like glitter. It's like that meme going around the internet that you only mail glitter to your enemies. It's just not my jam. And I think my husband would literally cry if I brought glitter into our house. So mica drizzle it was.
The first batch of soapy cupcakes came out beautifully, and despite my piping being relatively warm, it came out really well!! My husband was SUPER upset when he saw the cupcakes in the refrigerator and was informed that they were not, in fact, actually edible. Sorry, husband. I'll make you real cupcakes to compensate someday. I promise.
I pitched the idea to SIL to make the cupcakes for her baby shower favors and she LOVED it! So, a few weeks later, I made a second batch. This time, instead of allowing the vanilla FO to brown the cupcakes naturally, I used a little bit of brown oxide to give the base a rich, warm brown color. The piping was colored with Titanium Dioxide both times. The second batch of soapy cupcakes also had wee little bees on it!! I got them on Amazon from Wilton, they are tiny sugar bees. One of the reviews said they were hard as a rock and too hard to eat, which made me think - PERFECT! Nobody should be eating these anyhow!! With luck, the sugar should dissolve in the shower, and so all is well! I thought about making bee embeds, but that takes time and work, and I am a full time employee and part time college student. Ain't nobody got time fo' that.
The final product little bee cupcakes turned out even better than the first! :) I have not yet taken pictures of the cupcakes now that they've been unmolded for a few days (they have substantially darkened and look really rich and creamy!). But behold below: bee cupcakes! You can see in one of the photos below that one of the cupcakes is in a small yellow cupcake ...erm..cup? That is the final packaging SIL's cupcakes will go into once they are cured, and I've got a really great little wrapping idea all ready to go for her (it's a surprise in case she reads this blog. Can't tell her everything!). I really really hope that they survive the cross-country mailing trip!! Fingers and toes crossed!!
Making these soaps has totally inspired me to create even more cupcakes! I think my next batch will be Blueberry something or other. Bramble Berry is discontinuing their Blueberry Delight fragrance oil, much to my dismay, for I loooooooooove it! It smells just like warm blueberry pie. Unf! I love it. So I bought two huge bottles of it, along with a bottle of blueberry jam FO. I think that will be my next project, because even my coworkers were crazy about the pictures of my cupcakes. I think they will be in high demand!!
So for those of you out there wanting to try something new and different: GO FOR IT!! The worst that happens is you mess up, hot process, and try again! :) Step outside of your comfort zone and do something you will love!!
Elizabeth is a new to soap making, and wishes to share her journey in learning to make cold process soap with the hope that it will help other newbies who may stumble upon this site as a resource. From swirl techniques, choosing colors, combining fragrances, embeds, toppers, and textures, she chronicles her lessons and stories here.