Chocolate Orange SOAP cakes

"A nice gift to your chocoholic friends, very thoughtful because they won't gain an ounce! Vary the scent by using peppermint essential oil or coconut fragrance oil instead of the orange."
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4-6 soaps




  • Using your food processor, grate the soap bars, if you want a finer texture you will have to tip out the grated soap into a bowl and put the blade into the processor, put the soap back in the processor, and grind the soap.
  • Put the soap into a glass mixing bowl and add the chocolate, cinnamon and oil, mix well.
  • Now add the essential oil and mix again.
  • Heat the water in the microwave for 40 seconds on high, add this to the soap and mix with a fork or spoon, then knead with your hands until you have a pliable dough.
  • Divide this mixture in 4 or 6 portions, roll them into a ball, and then flatten the bottom slightly, holding the ball in the palm of your hand and pushing it down gently on a flat surface, Put them on a piece of baking paper, they will need to dry for a few days, at least 2 to 3 days, in a warm airy space.
  • When ready put them in a muffin cup, dust with cacao powder or baking soda if you want, wrap the soap in clear plastic wrap.
  • Happy giving!

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  1. This is so easy, fast and fun to make! I prepared it as a gift and wrapped every single soap in foil like a little candy. Thanks for sharing!
  2. I had fun making this soap!I grated this on my hand grater, on the smallest grates(Idon't have a food processor). I added almond extract and the smell is just wonderful. I couldn't wait so I washed my hands, and now I will let it sit a couple of days to dry. What a wonderful aroma! Thanks, these will make fun gifts! My husband loves the smell too!
  3. What a lovely soap this is! Thank you for guiding me to this recipe to use up my expired cocoa powder. I made this this afternoon using my hand grater(as I don't have a food processor) first to grate the soap and then, I put the grated soap into my grinder to get a finer texture( a step I really adore to the fullest!). My kitchen smelt wonderful while I was grating the soaps. I used 2 bars, one of Palmolive Refreshing soap and one of Palmolive Relaxing soap(the pink and orange colour ones). I used 3/4 tsp. cinnamon (powdered) and 5 1/2 tsps. of almond essence(as a substitute for almond extract). The awesome aroma of the essence came right through this soap all through the making of the soap and once it was formed into little flat patties. My mom loved the appearance and the smell of these soaps once they were ready and she is as eager to use them as I am! Can't wait for them to dry in 2-3 days and then I will post an update. I'll be making these as gifts for my cousin sisters back home in India and send them off with my dad next week back home to them. They will love it, I'm sure! I'll gift wrap these individually and attach some strings and bows for extra charm! Once I had finished making these soaps, I washed my hands and my skin felt as soft and smooth as silk! I can PROMISE you that I will be making these whenever an occasion comes up for gift giving now on:) Thank You, again, for sharing and guiding me to this!
  4. I really liked the way this soap turned out! I was a little worried at first because it didn't smell that great as I was combining all the ingredients. In the first batch, I used grated shea melt and pour, twice as much cocoa powder, omitted the cinnamon and the fragrance oil, and used coconut and vanilla extract instead. In the second batch, I did the same thing, but used peppermint extract. Today (the next day) they smell wonderful! Plus, this was really quick and easy to do with my kids...they thought is was great. Glad to have this seems to be very adaptable.


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