Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Packing THAT CAKE!

Yesterday I had the scary job of packing up my Skull Soapcake safely enough so it could be transported to its new owner in Germany.  I have been so worried about this that I actually left the cake longer than the normal cure time just to make sure it would be as dry as possible.

The weather has been absolutely terrible here in Wet, damp and humid Devon with temperatures mostly above 15 degrees, even up to 19/20 but with torrential rain showers.  The air is so damp that I have had real problems getting my soaps to dry out properly.  Hence my trepidation.......

I decided to photograph the process, perhaps it might give me good luck, who knows?

Firstly I gently tucked a sausage of tissue along the outside of the lower tier then I covered the skull itself with a protective ring of tissue.

I then continued with the sausages of tissue covering the whole cake in its own protective turban, pleeeeeease let this work.

Lastly I wrapped the whole thing in a double layer of bubble wrap, then inside its own large box totally surrounded by my recyclable, non polystyrene chips.

I am sad to see it go, it has been living quite happily in our house as I have tried to get it as dry as possible, I will miss the bright colours and the lovely smell!

One great thing about making a totally unique custom soap like this is that often there are bits left over which can be incorporated into another design.  I decided to re-vamp our Christmas Spice Cake which we are selling "by the slice" this season, I used some of the left over flowers which I loved.  Not exactly Christmassy but a lovely seasonal red and merged with the holly and berries I thought it worked well.  What do you think?