Soap Challenge — Holly Swirl

 

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I decided to post a link for my entry in this month’s Soap Challenge.  This month’s theme was the Holly Swirl, also known as the swirl in a swirl.

Of course, I decided to create something a little different this month.   The scent I chose was Rockin the Stars by Nature’s Garden, and it smells divine.  It’s a mirror of Rock Star.  Of course, I’ve never smelled the original. My son liked it so much, he got the extras made into special bars for himself.

Instead of doing a traditional loaf soap, I opted to design one of my specialty cakes which after all is what I like designing best.  It was a toss up between blue and white or blue and green.  I decided I wanted to decorate the cake with little frogs, so blue and green wins.

I started with a base with no colorant.  After swirling the blue and green in the pot, in it goes into the cake mold which had already been filled with my natural soap.  I don’t use any melt and pour soap.  All of my soaps are handmade and most of my cakes are made using hot process.  I don’t have a lot of practice with cold process, although it seems I’ve been making more and more.  These challenges are always new for me.

 

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Next, it was time to prepare the lily pads.  So with the extra blue and green, a lily-pad-a-making I went.  I ended up making two sets.  After deciding the first attempt was too big, I had to make  them into smaller lily pads.  Easy fix.  (Remember those special bars of soap I made for my son? well, they are rebatched lily pads.)

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So now we wait. . . .and a day or two later, the cake was ready to frost.  So with a clean cake, I armed myself with plenty of colored soap frosting and put my novice piping skills to work.  I piped some soap frogs catching flies on a lily pad in a pond with cattails decorating the sides of the cake.  Very neat, but we still don’t know what the inside looks like.  And since I just added a fresh layer of soap, that needs to set up a bit before cutting.

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So now we wait some more.  And finally, days later, we can cut the cake and see if our Holly Swirl turned out.  I wish more of the blue would have shown up, but still turned out nice.  I’m super happy with the frogs.  Just need to clean up the edge a bit after cutting.

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So here’s the final cake.  So far it’s one of my favorites.  I got 14 slices out of this cake each with its own unique swirl.  All in all, I’d say it turned out pretty good.

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