How could we not wrap up Coffee Month without some celebratory cupcakes? We decided to combine melt and pour AND cold process to make this delectable soap treat. We love how the discoloration of the Vanilla fragrance oil gave our frosting this unique swirl design. This is definitely a tricky technique, but once you get it down it yields wonderful results that are good enough to eat! These cupcakes make the perfect birthday gift-but be sure to warn the person receiving them that they are actually soap!
What You’ll Need:
Melt & Pour Bottoms:
42 oz Goat Milk M&P
13 mL Vanilla Select FO
13 mL Vanilla Color Stabilizer
Large glass pyrex
Silicone cupcake mold (2)
Cold Process Frosting:
2 oz Coconut Oil
3 oz Pure Olive Oil
3 oz Palm Kernel Flakes
9 oz Palm Oil
.4 oz Vanilla Select FO
2.43 oz Sodium Hydroxide
5.61 oz Distilled Water
1-2 tbs Coffee Grounds
1-2 tbs Whole Coffee Beans
1M Frosting Tip
Glass pyrex (3)
**If you are not local, you can get most all of this and more at Bramble Berry! They will ship directly to you!**
Cupcake Bottom Instructions:
Add 13 mL of Vanilla Select FO & 13 mL Vanilla Color Stabilizer and mix well.
Carefully pour into cupcake molds and spray with alcohol.
Let harden at room temperature or pop into freezer. If popping in freezer be careful! Wait until they have hardened a bit (15-20 min) before carefully sliding a cutting board under the cupcake tray to move to the freezer. If they wrinkle on top a little it’s no big deal! The frosting will cover this.
After the soap has completely hardened, unmold.
We will be using the discoloration of a Vanilla fragrance to be coloring half of our frosting. Weigh out .4 oz of Vanilla Select FO and set aside.
Make sure you have gloves, goggles and long sleeves on before beginning to process the lye. Measure 5.61 oz distilled water into one glass container, and 2.43 oz lye into another. Carefully add the lye to the water and gently stir with a stainless steel whisk until solution is clear. Allow the lye to cool to around 65 degrees Fahrenheit by placing into a designated freezer. We recommend using Bramble Berry’s Infrared Thermometer. These are amazing because they are so easy to use and you don’t have to worry about getting your thermometer covered in lye water!
While the lye is cooling, weigh out all the fixed oils (and the Palm Kernel Flakes) in a large glass Pyrex bowl.
For this technique we want our lye and our oils significantly cooler than usual. We want our lye to be around 60 degrees Fahrenheit, and our oils around 70 degrees before combining.
Once the oils have cooled to around 70 degrees, begin whipping with a hand mixer. They will be gelatinous and opaque before mixing with the hand mixer. Whip JUST THE OILS into a soft consistency using a hand mixer.
Slowly pour a small amount of the lye into the whipped oils, and use a spoon or spatula to incorporate. Be careful not to splash any of the lye water. This soapmaking process is a lot more laid back that normal cold process because you have much more time to work with your soap. Take your time adding the lye! Spoon the lye into the oils and then mix with the hand mixer.
Once the lye has been incorporated into the oils (this can take a few minutes), turn the hand mixer or stand mixer on low. Scrape any batter that has splattered on the side of the container and then turn the mixer to a medium setting. Continue to whip for several minutes.
Continue mixing until you have achieved a frosting-like consistency. A good test is to lift the mixer out of the soap and if it keeps a peak, it is ready. This process can take between 20 and 30 minutes. Sometimes the soap will actually increase in temperature because of the lye reaction, so testing the temperature regularly and popping the mixture into the freezer for a few minutes can help this process.
Once the soap has reached the frosting-like consistency, split the frosting in half and add the Vanilla Select to one half. Mix the fragrance in well with a spatula or whisk. You can also give it a quick mix with the hand mixer. The Vanilla Select will discolor the frosting, so we are only fragrancing half of the frosting to create a swirled design.
Cut off about a half inch from the tip of the frosting bag and push the tip through. Scoop the frostings into opposite sides of the bag until full. You will have some frosting left over, and will need to fill the bag again during the frosting process.
Squeeze out some of the frosting to burp any air pockets that may be in the bag.
Squeeze a dollop of frosting onto the middle of the cupcake bottoms.
Pipe the frosting around the dollop of frosting in a circular motion until you have reached a peak.
Sprinkle with coffee grounds and top with a couple of whole coffee beans.
This recipe yields anywhere from 10-13 cupcakes, depending on how tall you make your frosting. We were able to make 11.
Your soap will start to discolor after about three days. Let soap cure for 4-6 weeks before use. Enjoy your soapy cupcake treats!
Don’t forget, for the month of June take 15% off all Vanilla Fragrances here in-store at Otion!
And for the month of July take 15% off all Aloe-related products!
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