Sea Berries Frosted Cupcakes

Sea Berries are my favorite simple cupcake. They can be made quickly and easily with just a little bit of basic pre-planning. This cupcake is the demonstration product in my "Perfect Frosting" video. This tutorial will show you how to make sea berries, but if you want more info on the frosting itself. Check out video 6.1

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Sea Berries Soap Cupcakes

This is an intermediates project. The recipe below yields one pound (16 oz. of oils). This is enough frosting/soap to build 5 large cupcakes, with frosted tops weighing 3 oz. a piece. So you will need to make 2 batches for a total of 2 lbs. of oils to make this soap. Additionally, you will need to pre-make the little soap sea berries, which are small rolled balls colored with bright colors and dusted in glitter. You can do this will a standard soap dough recipe or you can follow the recipe posted at the bottom of this page. The recipe at the bottom of the page is th same recipe for the cupake and frosting in the measurement of two ounces of soap.

What you need:

6.08 oz. Water Distilled Cold Water

2.28 oz. Lye (NaOH)

6.4 oz. Palm Shortening

4.02 oz. Coconut Oil

3.2 oz Corn Oil

2.4 oz. Olive Oil

1 tsp. Titanium Dioxide (for white frosting)

16 inch baking piping bag

M1 Wilton Piping Tip

1 tsp. of Blue Lagoon Mica

¾ oz. Of Crystal Blue Waters Fragrance Oil

Instructions:

Pre-make the decorative little soap balls one day before preparing the base projects. Make 2 ounces of soap and color into three colors, blue, green and pink. (2 ounce measurements seen below.) Allow the soap to set up and when it is firm roll the soap into dozens of little ½ cm. Size balls. Dust in glitter and set these aside.

Make one pound of soap for the cupcake bases. 16 ounces of soap will fill 5 cupcake cups with three ounces of soap per cupcake. This is a basic cold process soap recipe. Melt the hard oils into the soft oils and make the lye water solution. Gently pour the lye water solution into the oils when both parts have cooled to room temperature. Add ¾ ounce of fragrance oil, and 1 tsp. of blue lagoon mica. Mix this until it is completely emulsified and pour into cupcake holders.

Next, make another 1 pound batch of soap in the same manner. Add ¾ ounce of Crystal Blue Fragrance Oil and 1 tsp of titanium dioxide. Mix this well until it is completely emulsified.

Prepare a piping bag by snipping the end and placing an M1 Wilton tip at the end. Twist the plastic at the base of the metal tip to close the end of the bag. Open the plastic bag and mount it in a large cup or pitcher. Transfer the soap batter into the piping bag and leave it alone until it is fully set up.

Next, test the piping texture until you get soft but firm peaks. Pipe your frosted cupcakes in the same way you would a sugar cupcake. Decorate the frosted tops with the colorful balls of soap until they are speckled like berries growing on a bush, and allow these to harden and cure for 4 – 6 weeks before use.

Tips: If your batter becomes too stiff it is because you waited too long before piping. To prevent this work in small batches of 1 lb at a time. It is easier to pipe 5 cupcakes and make a fresh batch, than to fight with a batter that becomes too stiff.

If you would like more time for the batter to set up to suit your work space, add an additional ounce of olive oil and reduce the palm shortening by one ounce. Recalculate the lye measurement depending on the amount of soap you are making.

Double check the shortening that you purchase. Make sure that it is 100% palm shortening and not a hybrid combination that is being marketed as palm shortening. Make sure that there are no preservatives or additives added into the shortening.

If your soap batter is coming to trace too fast and is setting up in the bowl before you transfer it into the piping bag, double check that you are adding the lye water to the oils at room temperature and the two parts are no more than 20 degrees from each other. Sometimes the lye water has cooled, but if you burst melted the oils they have become hot and the difference in temperature between the lye water and oils and cause a bit of a light “seize” effect that moves the trace too fast.