People ask me all the time how I make my cupcake soaps.
After having decorated hundreds of cakes over almost a decade, it seems to come naturally now. I have always been a crafty person. If there was a craft event to attend, a DIY activity, or just watching what others do, I love to make and create. I glean so much insight from others, who I would gladly call my mentors. That's how I got into cake decorating so long ago... I thought to myself, it can't be that hard. Little did I know the road I would travel and the amazing people I would meet. I loved the creativity of decorating cakes. I loved seeing a brides face tear up as she laid eyes on her dream wedding cake for the first time. I loved seeing the excitement and joy in a child's face when they saw their themed birthday cake, exactly how they envisioned it. I loved seeing the reaction on grown children's faces as they received the cake they envisioned for their parents golden anniversary. I loved the smiling faces of all the amazing customers that I served. However something was lacking in my caking decorating. Maybe it was a higher purpose. Maybe it was something grand-er. The ability to reach so many more people outside just my little area of influence. The opportunity to be a small part of so many people's lives. The chance to meet people all over the country and provide a product that people would love and want to return to over and over.
See, we've had this cute little herd of goats for about 6 years now. I never imagined I would ever ACTUALLY start milking goats. If you saw me as a youth, you would be able to verify, that I was squeamish at EVERYthing! Literally everything. No lie... my friend, Suzanne, can testify to that! (Remember that time I had to hold a catfish for a pic... yikes! If only you all could see my expression back then). Well, as I got older, I became less squeamish and decided that if I'm going to live life, I might as well take it by the saddle and hold on tight! I love this ride, we call life! I have had so many blessings and heartaches, but I wouldn't change a thing.
Ok... so back to the goats. I never imagined myself milking goats until my husband came home with a bottle fed baby LaMancha dairy goat. The sweet little thing was only 4 days old... and I was in LOVE! His name was Buttercup. He is what started my love of goats. I owe it all to him... well, and my husband, lol!
After a few years of trial and error, we finally settled on the herd we currently have. We have Toggenburgs, LaManchas, and Saanens. I really do love milking my goats. And the time that I spend with them each morning. I know their personalities so well. I know what they like and dislike. I know what order they want to be milked. And I pretty much know how they will react.
I hand milk each goat. Our goat milk is so fresh and pure! After hand milking, the only thing we do with the milk is strain it and then use that fresh, raw goat milk to make our lovely soaps. But not just any soaps... creative, fun, fragrant soaps. Why? Because we know you love to not only nourish your skin, but to be invigorated and uplifted by the amazing aroma of a variety of scents.
My most favorite part of soap making is the creative side... planning, and implementing my ideas. In this short video, you will see me piping the top of the watermelon soap. I love the reaction of customers when they see, touch, and smell the cupcake soaps that I make. I hope that you will enjoy this video as much as I do!
And give some of our handmade goat milk soaps a try!