When I decided to try my hand at a simple soap frosting recipe, I had no idea what it would become! Frosting was just the tip of the iceberg. Here are several things you can do with the same basic formula which is 4 oz of melted soap base + 2 Tablespoons of liquid soap, whipped with a hand mixer (click here for a great Soap Queen video). Add colorant and fragrance as desired.
Soap Meringues (shown above): Whip frosting recipe until shiny peaks form. I used red colorant and Strawberry Fragrance Oil. Quickly put mixture into a piping bag (I used my bag and star tip). Squeeze out 1″ meringues onto tin foil, waxed paper, or parchment. Allow to dry. Peel paper away from backs of meringues and toss lightly in cornstarch.
Soap Marshmallows: Follow instructions for Soap Meringues, but this time pour into a brownie pan lined with plastic wrap. Allow to dry and harden, then remove plastic wrap and cut into blocks with a sharp knife. Toss lightly in cornstarch. This style is great with jojoba beads.
Fluffy Fillings: The original way to use this recipe was to spoon it on. Depending on how long you whip it you can get a creamy icing or a firmer marshmallow fluff, like for these S’Mores featured in the Summer ’10 issue of Let’s Get Soapy, or the Hot Chocolate Loaf Soaps in the Winter ’09 issue.
Over at the Soapylove Fan Page, Tammy of Milk and Cookeez generously shared photos of her projects plus we had a great discussion about how to use this sometimes-tricky recipe. Here are a few more pictures from her album!
So I encourage you to try this recipe and play around. It can take some practice to control it well, but I guarantee you’ll have fun!
-Debbie Chialtas, Soapylove