I swear lately that everywhere I go there are varying versions of what people are calling a “Mirror Glaze” for cakes. Some of them are absolutely gorgeous to look at. I watched a few videos and checked out some different recipes to make the glaze and decided I was going to jump in with both feet and give it a go.
First off, I think I chose colours too close in hue. I chose to do mine in black, red and a burgundy. I think there wasn’t enough variation for it to look as good as I had hoped. Secondly, I don’t think I let it cool as long as I should have (I was impatient to see how it worked, and impatient to have it done because I was pooped lol). It poured thinner than expected but that was likely my impatience more than the process! You can see through it, and I think if I had waited a bit longer it would have been thicker.
This is how the glaze turned out on my cake (pre trimming the excess off). You can see some lumps of all things in it, but I think that is because I need to top up my icing colouring gels more than the recipe, they were starting to harden! I will definitely try it again and with more contrast between the colours!
Here are the ingredients that I used to finish the cake. You will also notice a bag of hard candies I bought from a bulk food store for the next… and final step of this cake! There is a bag of gummy candy there as well but I chose not to use them after all.
The first thing I did was to put my cake layers together with some plain white icing, making sure to smooth the sides as much as I could. I think in hindsight I would have iced the whole cake with a contrast colour so it was more even looking.
Next I covered the outside edge where the cake didn’t reach with plastic wrap. If I had learned anything from the videos I watched… it was that this was going to be messy lol…. I also put a garbage bag underneath the surface to catch any wayward drips. I placed the whole cake plate on top of a bowl to allow the drips to fall onto the plastic bag.
Now for the actual glaze!!! In a small bowl, I combined the 3 packages of gelatin with 1/2 cup of cold water and set it aside for it to gel. It would end up being a big lump when it was ready.
I combined the remaining 5/8 cup water with the sugar and condensed milk and put the pan on the stove over medium heat.
Once the mixture was simmering, I removed it from the stove and added the set gelatin, stirring until it was fully dissolved.
Then added the cut up chocolate. Knowing I was going to be using darker colours, I used white chocolate with a bit of milk chocolate for this step.
I put the pan aside to let the heat of the mixture melt the chocolate.
I divided the mixture into 3 cups, for the 3 colours I wanted to use and added enough of the food colouring gel to achieve each colour.
I left them to cool down on the counter, stirring every so often to avoid a skin forming on top…. until they were lukewarm and the mixture stuck to my finger when I dipped it into the bowls.
In a clean cup/bowl I added the colours one at a time and ran a knife through to “marble” the glaze.
All I had left to do now was to cross my fingers and pour it over the cake lol! You can see what I meant about it being messy!!!!
I let it stand on the counter until it was “set”. It never did lose it’s stickiness but I wasn’t too concerned about that part.
I trimmed around the base of the cake and removed the plastic wrap. All that was left to do was the final step in decorating the cake…. stay tuned tomorrow lol!
“The Cake” – Part #2 – The Glaze
- 3 packages unflavoured gelatin
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 1 1/2 cups white sugar
- 5/8 cup water
- 1/2 can condensed milk
- 1 1/2 cups chopped white chocolate
- 1/2 cup milk chocolate
- gel food colouring
- In a small bowl, combined 1/2 cup cold water with unflavoured gelatin and set aside.
- Use a large plastic bag to protect surface, and wrap portion of cake plate showing at the edges with plastic wrap.
- In medium pot, whisk together sugar, 5/8 cup water and condensed milk.
- Bring to a simmer over medium heat.
- Remove from heat and add set gelatin, stirring to melt gelatin.
- Add both chocolates and set aside to allow chocolate to melt.
- Divide mixture into however many colours you would like and add enough gel food colouring to achieve each colour.
- Allow mixture to cool until lukewarm and mixture coats finger when dipped in.
- Once cooled, add the different colours to a clean cup/bowl and run a fork through to “marble” it.
- Pour over prepared cake, making sure it is all covered using a spoon or knife to push the glaze over the edge of the cake.
- Allow to set on counter.
- Trim base of cake and remove plastic wrap covering cake plate.
- Pipe a decorative icing pattern at base of cake to cover any uneven cut edges.
- Decorate top of cake as desired.