Saturday, February 9, 2013

Over 1,000 page views!

I know everyone has their own measure of success for their blogs, but I am so proud of this milestone.  I started this blog a little over 3 months ago, with the hope that I might be able to convince my mom and husband to read it occasionally, and now it has over 1,000 views!! 

So, to celebrate, I decided to finally try to make some soap cupcakes.  I found an awesome sale on cake decorating supplies at Joann Fabrics and bought a bunch of stuff earlier this week to use as "soap only" decorating.  I had some Hot Chocolate FO from Brambleberry and some green sea clay I wanted to try out.   My recipe was supposed to make 6 cupcakes, using 25 oz of oils.  

I used the FO for the base of the cupcakes, since it will discolor them to a nice dark brown.  I poured out about 18 oz of the soap batter for the base and mixed in only the FO, no additional colorants.  Already, you can see the discoloration from the FO:

 I added some peppermint EO and 1 tsp of sea clay to the portion reserved for the tops and waited... and waited... and mixed...  and got myself some breakfast and fed the dogs... and mixed again... and FINALLY the batter was at a thick enough trace to pipe the tops.  I realized now that I should have used a larger tip for the piping - the one I got was for cake decorating, not cupcake decorating.  Oh, well.  Here's how they turned out after I was done piping:

The batter I poured was enough for 7 bases, but I didn't use enough of the "frosting", so I had enough left over for an extremely ugly cupcake. 

The color was not as vibrant as I had wanted, so I found some body-safe pink glitter and sprayed the tops of this cake.  Now the cupcake is a weird patina color and looks kind of slimy.  Another soap that is definitely going into my personal stash :)

I tried poppy seeds on a couple, both for some extra exfoliation and some visual interest (read: to cover up the poor job I did on piping...)

All in all, I'm quite proud of my first foray into soap cupcake-making.  I know how I can continue to improve, and my soap area smells ah-mazing!



  1. I know what you mean. I was super happy when my blog had 100 views :)
    Your cup cake soaps with poppy seeds are so cute. I´ve made cup cake soaps two times but I can´t pipe at all :D

  2. Congrats on reaching 1,000 views, Chrissy! Your soap cupcakes are super cute. I love BB's Hot Cocoa FO (I was a little surprised when it turned my batter pink, but it quickly went brown), and I'll bet it's great with peppermint.

  3. Thanks, Marika and Jenny! I am pretty proud of my milestone. Also, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed making these cupcakes. I've held off on trying them because I thought everyone else was doing them, etc. However, since I've been working on eating healthier and minding the simple carbs I've been eating, this was a really fun way for me to bake again without worrying about the impact to my hips :)

    Jenny - that pink color surprised me, too. I knew it'd discolor, but I had assumed it would turn a tan color as it was morphing. I'm going to keep the faith that it will be the brown I was looking for eventually!

  4. Congratulations on 1000 page views Chrissy! Your cupcakes are so cute, it looks like you were having a lot of fun experimenting! Hot chocolate and peppermint sounds like such a nice combination =)


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