Mini Dessert Soap Challenge

imageI don’t enter the Soap Challenge every month, but I cannot resist making soap cakes.  The theme this month was mini desserts.  Since I make a lot of soap cakes already, I opted for something a little different. This was a super fun project for me, and it was my first time working with soap fondant.  I thought I’d try my hand at mini princess soap cakes.

I like to HP my soap when I can, as I have had good experience with both fragrance and frosting sticking. The mini princess cake soaps were perfect to use up some of the sample fragrances I’ve been hanging on to. I chose a different scent for each princess: Pinot Grigio and Herbal Essence, both by Bramble Berry; White Peach Hibiscus by Aztec; and finally, Natures Garden Ginger.

Not only did each participant in the Challenge have to make a total of four different soaps, but the use of a food substance was to be incorporated. I’m afraid I didn’t get very creative with my food source and simply made goat’s milk soap. I just started incorporating DME into my soaps, and I have been very happy with the result. I have been gravitating away from the use of food as decorations because here in Florida, the food attracts ants. However, I did add some sprinkles to the mermaid. They just looked so much like little rocks that I couldn’t resist.

Since the requirements were to make mini versions of real desserts, I had to get creative when it came time to picking a mold.  I am a silicone mold hoarder, so this was no difficult task. I’m a bit of a procrastinator and never did get around to making those Christmas tree soaps I had planned, so I was more happy to finally use my Wilton 3-D Christmas tree mold that has just kind of been hanging around for quite some time.

 

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For this Challenge, I worked with three different soaps: HP, CP whipped, and melt and pour fondant. I had been gifted more melt and pour than one person could ever use in a lifetime, so I was happy to finally use it. Making these soaps was a multi-step project, so I jumped in right away and began hot processing. Once I made the bases for each princess, I let them sit overnight.

The following day I trimmed off the tops and bottoms of each Christmas tree for both uniformity and size. I didn’t want the bases to grow too large after adding the piping.  Once cleaned up, I added the doll picks.  I hunted for the mini doll picks, but was only able to find them at one store.

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The doll picks came in a package of four, and I made each into a princess based on hair color: Snow White with her poison apple; Cinderella getting ready for the ball with the help of fluttering butterflies; Belle and the enchanted rose; and, of course, Ariel with her vivid red locks atop a rock in the sea.

The blond probably gave me the most trouble.  She didn’t want to stick. I bounced around a few ideas on what to do, even debating on a Frozen-themed princess.  I ultimately decided on Cinderella. Originally, I had planned on using all white. However, since I had to let the mess I made dry, I decided it was a good opportunity to try soap fondant.

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Now, I’m no stranger to fondant. I’m not a professional cake decorator, but I have worked with fondant on just a couple of occasions.  I just had no idea it could be incorporated into soap making. Working with fondant — soap or food — is just like working with Play Doh. It feels the same, rolls the same, and sculpts the same. The possibilities are truly endless.

This is what I came up with for Cinderella. The bottom of her dress was piped with white, whipped, while the top layer and butterflies  were made from soap fondant.  She does seem to have Medusa hair though.

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I tried to incorporate all three soaps into each princess. Both the light and dark yellows in Belle’s dress were whipped and piped onto each base. The rose was hand-sculpted from the fondant. This was difficult because my fingers were just too big to sculpt these tiny props, and the soap was still a little too sticky.  Even though the rose is disproportionately the size of her head, I’m pretty happy with the result.

 

 

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When working with Snow White, it was again difficult to sculpt such intricate pieces. The red and blue stripes in her sleeves is one thing that really popped out when I was looking at pictures. It’s the little details that make these soaps special. Of course, she wouldn’t be complete without her poison apple.

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And finally, Ariel. She is by far my favorite and the most detailed. The moment I saw the doll’s red hair, I knew I would turn her into a mermaid. The shells are made from CP soap I had left over from my ocean-themed cupcakes.  I added coral pieces and sprinkles that look like rocks. Her top is made from fondant. I used the same seashell molds I used for my cupcakes.  They were a little big, but worked in a pinch.

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I have to say this is by far my most detailed project I have done to date. It was time consuming and was spanned out into several steps over several days. Of course, I can’t sell these as they are Disney themed, but boy were these fun to make!

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