Saturday, August 21, 2010

The Evolution of Swiss Rolls

Hubby's co-worker is expecting a baby girl in four months, and what gift is better than 100% olive oil handmade soap?  

Since I've been planning on making swiss roll soaps, I figured that I could give it a try.  It should be easy, right?  After all, it's just rolling up CP soap.    

Oh I couldn't be more wrong!

This is my first attempt.  My original plan is simply to make 2 layers and roll them up - one with cocoa powder ("chocolate cake") and one with pink clay ("raspberry cream").   But they're both too thick for rolling, and the end result doesn't look like a swiss roll at all.  Rather, it looks like ... I can't even describe what it looks like.

And then there's my second attempt.

I've learned my lesson: keep the layers thin and wait for the soap to set up properly before rolling.

They look a lot like swiss rolls this time, but rolling is still not easy.  I have a hard time keeping the whole thing round, and the surface is not as smooth as I'd like to see.  I'm happy with my second try though.  At least I know what I can do next time to make it even better!


  1. Are you kidding? I love them, they are amazing! you are so clever. They look like a yummy caramel lolly.

  2. Thanks Jan and Jen! I showed one of the photos from my first attempt to a guy friend, and he said they looked like bacon... sigh....

  3. You did a great job as I've only attempted this with melt and pour.

  4. Hello Splurge Sisters, when I made these, I found myself wishing that I was working with melt and pour instead, ha! But doing it the CP way is so rewarding!