Mirror Glaze Recipe

Mirror Glaze Recipe

Ever wanted to create one of those beautifully enrobed cakes in various hues of mirror glaze? This fool-proof mirror glaze recipe is your secret to pastry perfection.
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  • Serves: 10 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients
  2. Step 2

    Bloom the powdered gelatin by placing the 1/4 cup cold water in a small bowl. Sprinkle the powdered gelatin over the water, then quickly stir using a small whisk or fork until it starts to thicken. Set aside and let it sit to fully gel, about 5 minutes.
  3. Step 3

    Meanwhile, whisk together the condensed milk, sugar, and 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons warm water in a small pot; bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Once the mixture reaches a simmer, turn off the heat and whisk in the bloomed gelatin until fully dissolved and no clumps remain.
  4. Step 4

    Place the white chocolate in a bowl. Pour the hot liquid mixture through a fine mesh sieve over the chocolate. Let the mixture sit for 2 minutes, then whisk together until smooth. Whisk in the vanilla extract, if using.
  5. Step 5

    Completely submerge the immersion blender into the glaze and blend without raising above the glaze to avoid air bubbles forming. If using food color, add gel a couple drops at a time until desired color is reached, and blend thoroughly.
  6. Step 6

    Transfer the glaze into any type of pouring vessel like a quart container or liquid measuring cup pitcher. Let it sit, giving it a stir every 5 minutes until the glaze reaches 90 to 94 F on an instant read thermometer.
  7. Step 7

    While you wait for the glaze to cool, set up your glazing station. Line a sheet tray bigger than your cake with a piece of parchment paper. Place a pint container or bowl upside down on top of the parchment. Use something sturdy as this will act as a platform for your cake and make it easier to clean the edges once glazed.
  8. Step 8

    Once the glaze has reached 94 F, take your cake out of the freezer and place on top of the upside-down bowl or whatever you are using as your "platform." Pour the glaze over the cake starting from the center, then continue to pour in a circular motion outward. Once all the sides are coated gently tap the sheet tray on the counter to shake off any excess glaze.
  9. Step 9

    Let the cake sit for 1 to 2 minutes until the glaze is completely set. Use a small paring knife to trim off any glaze drippage and then use a large offset spatula to gently transfer the cake to your serving platter.