Easy Mirror Glaze Recipe and Video
Mirror glaze or mirror glaze cakes are also known as ‘shiny cakes’ are the latest trends in the cake world. These pretty mirror cakes are so impressive and yet so easy to master. This simple, easy and effortless recipe with my tips and troubleshooting will show you how to make mirror glaze perfectly every single time.
Have you seen the hype about these mirror glaze cakes recently? Wow! It’s got to be the latest craze in the cake world. Mirror Glaze aka Shiny Cakes.
There is a Russian confectioner on Instagram that has these cakes and they just blow my mind every single time. These have been on my wishlist for a while and I really wanted to make one and share the recipe with you.
Video – Mirror Glaze aka Mirror Glaze Recipe
Inside of this cake is a chocolate mousse cake with a chocolate torte insert. And tomorrow or rather in my next post, I wanna show you how I made it. Yeey!
This mirror glaze is not my recipe, it’s a recipe I found online. Almost all have the same or similar recipe so not sure which is the original but I found this version on boredpanda. I believe it’s a recipe used on the cakes made by the Russian artist Olga. I just tweaked the measurements to suit my needs.
So what’s the mirror glaze made of?
Well, it’s kinda sweet! It has sugar, glucose, condensed milk, gelatin, and white chocolate. Having said that, you don’t really use so much on the cake. And yet, you still need to make more than you need. But It barely coats the cake in a thin film that really does not make much of a difference to the cake recipe.
For example, this is a chocolate mousse cake with chocolate torte insert and almost everybody said they did not taste the glaze much. It’s barely there.
What kind of cake is best suited for mirror glaze?
Ideally, you want something that has a smooth finish. If you have a bumpy cake the glaze will show those bumps and dips. So it’s good to have a smoothly frosted cake for best results. Also, it’s best on frozen cakes because the gelatin sets as soon as it hit the chilled cake.
This one is a chocolate mousse cake with a chocolate torte insert. In the video, you will see the chocolate mousse is fairly smooth and frozen.
Let’s talk ingredients and substitutes – Mirror Glaze (Save/Pin)
- Gelatin – This is what helps the mirror glaze stick to the cake. So yes an important ingredient. Use a good quality non-flavored gelatin for best results.
- Glucose – This helps prevent the mixture from crystallizing. If you can’t find glucose you can use light corn syrup as well. But you do need one of these two.
- Sugar – Yes, I know condensed milk is sweet and then again we have sugar but this recipe is not about the calories it’s about achieving that mirror glaze effect.
- Condensed milk – Believe it or not this is the star of the show in this recipe. This is where that mirror glaze effect comes into play. Condensed milk is usually sold in cans but can be made at home to. I have a recipe for homemade condensed milk in 5 mins unfortunately, I have never used it to make this mirror glaze yet. If you do use a homemade condensed recipe could you please let us know your results in the comments below.
- White Chocolate – We use white so we can play with color and achieve all those different colors but you can use dark chocolate too! Of course, once you add dark chocolate there is only one color – brown – so you won’t be able to make the blue, reds and all those fancy colors.
RECIPE – Mirror Glaze Recipe – How to make Mirror Glaze (Save/Pin)
Trouble Shooting – My Tips
- My glaze is too thick so it won’t pour – You need the mirror glaze to be a pouring consistency. So before you attempt to pour take a ladle and check the consistency – if it’s not pouring then add a few tablespoon of water. Be careful when adding water as you cannot make it thicker once you’ve diluted it.
- My glaze is too thin – If you have not boiled the mixture enough when preparing the mirror glaze it will be too runny and will result in a very thin coverage. I suggest placing the glaze for 3 to 5 minutes in the fridge. This will help thicken it up a bit – then try again.
- My glaze does not stick to the cake – It just slips off? Condensation on the cake can cause the glaze to slide off the cake rather than stick to it. If the cake is frozen, wipe off any excess moisture from the cake and try it again. If you live in a place with high humidity I highly recommend glazing immediately as soon as the cake is out of the freezer before it has had time to condense. Additionally, setting the air condition to high for those few minutes might help as well.
- My cake started to melt as soon as I started to glaze it – The glaze needs to be at room temperature. If you use a hot or warm glaze it will melt the frozen cake, causing the cake to have a melting effect.
Wouldn’t that make an impressive center cake at any party?
For the glaze
- Gelatin – 20 grams or 1 1/2 tbsp
- Water – 170 ml – 3/4 cup (divided)
- Glucose or light corn syrup – 300 ml or 1 1/4 cup
- Sugar – 150 grams (3/4 cup)
- Condensed milk – 200 grams (7 oz)
- White chocolate – 300 grams (10 oz )
- Have all your ingredients ready so you do not leave out anything.
- Divide the water into two – place gelatin in one half and let sit for 3 to 5 minutes to bloom.
- In a heavy-based saucepan – add glucose, sugar, condensed milk, and remaining water.
- Let come to a boil over low to medium heat.
- Once all the sugar has dissolved – and the mixture has come to a nice slow boil.
- Take it off the heat. Let rest for a minute before you add the white chocolate.
- The heat in the mixture should be enough to melt the white chocolate.
- next, add the soaked/bloomed gelatin – Let it melt.
- If you want to strain the mixture to remove any undissolved gelatin or not melted chocolate.
- Divide glaze for a second color if you need.
- Color glaze and let come to room temperature.
- Use glaze as shown in the mirror at room temperature.
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Mirror Glaze Recipe aka Shiny Cake Glaze
Mirror glaze or mirror glaze cakes are also known as 'shiny cakes' are the latest trends in the cake world. These pretty mirror cakes are so impressive and yet so easy to master. This simple, easy and effortless recipe with my tips and troubleshooting will show you how to make mirror glaze perfectly every single time.
Ingredients - Choose (Metric or US Customary) below
Have all your ingredients ready so you do not leave out anything
Divide the water in two - place gelatin in one half and let sit for 3 to 5 mins to bloom.
In a heavy based saucepan - add glucose, sugar, condensed milk, and remaining water
Let come to a boil over low to medium heat.
Once all the sugar has dissolved - and the mixture has come to a nice slow boil.
Take it off the heat. Let rest for a minute before you add the white chocolate.
The heat in the mixture should be enough to melt the white chocolate.
Next, add the soaked/bloomed gelatin - Let it melt
Strain the mixture to remove any undissolved gelatin or not melted chocolate.
Divide glaze into the number of colors you need for your project
Color glaze and let come to room temperature.
Tip - You don't want the glaze too hot but also not too thick. It should be a pouring consistency.
Use glaze as shown in the mirror at room temperature.
Recipe Video - full version (detailed)
It’s a Chocolate Mousse cake with Chocolate Torte insert. You won’t believe how easy this is?
For those of you that need a Vegetarian Mirror Glaze Recipe – No worries, I have that for you on this blog too!!
How to make a Vegetarian Mirror Glaze Cake