Soap Challenge: Week Three

Here’s your chance to go check out the link-up from last week! So many beautiful milk soaps made with a variety of milks!

For this week, I am joining the beginner class as I have never attempted to pipe soap before. I’ve seen it plenty of times – especially lately. I mean, have you seen these beauties?

Cupcake Soap by Starlet Glam for MTV Movie Awards

Cupcake Soap by Starlet Glam for MTV Movie Awards

Cupcake Soap by Platypus Dreams - Black Raspberry Vanilla

Cupcake Soap by Edens Secret - Sparkling Lime

I watched this video to get some basics before I got started:

And here is what I came up with:

I will admit the reason I haven’t piped soap before now is not because I didn’t think I could do it. I figured my cake decorating experience would come in handy.

No, these are all my objections to making cupcake soaps (and I would really like you all to convince me otherwise):

1. It seems too pretty. Like the customer wouldn’t use it, and this beautiful soap would just sit next to someone’s bathroom sink and collect dust.
2. They are too time consuming to make! Can you really get paid enough for the labor that goes into them?
3. Shipping nightmare: How can you package them to survive the trip to the customer?
4. Impractical to use. (However I did find this video by Platypus Dreams on how to use a cupcake soap, which makes perfect sense.)

That said, I had a lot of fun with this, and I’m still undecided about making more. A couple of tips from Darlene Sandau of Mountain Farms Soap:

1. Make sure the soap is good and thick before piping or it will fall flat.
2. You don’t need to alter your soap recipe – no extra water discounts. I (Amy) normally figure my recipe with SoapCalc and use whatever amount of lye it recommends for my recipe, then double that number for my water amount.

I can’t wait to see what the piping pros come up with!! You can pipe cupcakes, or entire cakes. You can even pipe on top of a soap log. If you are a newbie like me, here are some more ideas from Eden’s Secret to get you started. Or if you need a challenge, check out this hydrangea soap by Newt & Fig. So many creative ideas out there!! I know you can come up with your own special soaps!