I’ve already shared my Easy Mirror Glaze Recipe (made with only 5 ingredients!!), which helped make the mirror glaze technique much more approachable.
However, I wanted to simplify the process even further, and am now sharing a modified mirror glaze recipe that can be prepared using just a microwave!!!
Microwave Mirror Glaze needs to be a thing! I’m not kidding, this take roughly 5 minutes in the microwave to whip up. I’m 99% sure this is the simplest mirror glaze recipe out there!
I wanted to make a mermaid-inspired mirror glaze, so I used some light shades of pink, purple, blue, and green. In addition to making microwave mirror glaze a thing, I also want to make mermaid glaze a thing! So many goals, so little time.
There are a few things you need to know before you begin making your mirror glaze:
- You must use unflavored gelatin; the sugar in regular jello throws off the recipe
- I recommend using miniature white chocolate chips if possible, they melt the fastest
- If you want to color the mirror glaze, be sure to use gel food coloring. It won’t throw off the consistency of the glaze like liquid food coloring
- Be sure to pour the glaze over a fully frozen, very smooth cake. I prefer to pour this over cakes frosted with buttercream, but you an also pour it over frozen mousse.
The ingredients needed can be found below:
Mix the gelatin in a bowl with 1/4 cup of water, and set aside to let it bloom while you begin the glaze. Combine together the 1 1/2 cups of sugar, 1 cup of water, and 2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk in a heat-proof bowl.
Heat for 1 minute at full power, and remove from microwave. Stir, and heat for another minute. Next, add in the gelatin (it will be very firm), breaking it up into smaller pieces. Heat for an additional minute, then add in the melted white chocolate.
Slowly stir, until the white chocolate is fully incorporated. The glaze should be perfectly smooth, and roughly 130 degrees F at this point.
If there are still bits of white chocolate, heat for additional 30 second intervals (stirring between), until all the chocolate is fully incorporated. Divide the glaze evenly between four bowls.
Color the bowls pink, purple, blue, and green. Continue to stir occasionally to stop a skin from forming, until the glaze has reached 90 degrees, or is slightly above room temperature.
My glaze took about 20 minutes to cool to the right temperature.
Once the glazes have cooled slightly, pour all of the pink into a large bowl with a pouring spout. Then pour drizzle in 2/3 of the purple, blue, and green glazes on top of the pink.
Although the traditional mirror glaze recipe involves more ingredients and additional equipment, this easy, 5 ingredient recipe makes the technique way more approachable.
I was shocked by how quickly I was able to make this, and how easy it was to do.
Traditionally mirror glaze cakes involve pouring the glaze over a perfectly smooth, mousse-covered cake. I experimented, and found that you can easily pour it over a classic buttercream cake, as long as the frosting is extremely smooth.
I elevated my cake with a a small cake pan, then slowly poured the glaze on the cake.
Begin pouring the onto the center of the cake, then slowly work your way out to the edges. Once the cake is fully covered, sprinkle a line of edible glitter over the top.
Swipe a bit more blue onto the top of the cake with a large offset spatula, and sprinkle some edible glitter over the top.
Let the glaze continue to drip for about 10 minutes, then placed the cake in the fridge.
See? So easy!!! My cake was a three layer cake made with seven inch cake rounds. This glaze recipe easily covered a cake this size, and I had plenty of leftover glaze.
It can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container, and reheated to be used in the future. However, the glaze can develop a skin, so be careful!
MICROWAVE Mirror Glaze Recipe
A mirror glaze is a classic french technique that can seem quite intimidating!! I've simplified my mirror glaze recipe to make it super easy to make, and it only uses 5 ingredients!! It also can be made using just a microwave!
Mirror Glaze Ingredients
- 1.5 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup water, room temp
- 0.75 cups sweetened condensed milk (1 14 oz. can)
- 2 cups miniature white chocolate chip (or 12 oz of white chocolate)
- 2 Tbsp unflavored gelatin (bloomed in 1/4 cup of additional water)
- digital thermometer
- gel food coloring (optional)
- edible glitter
Begin by mixing the gelatin in a bowl with 1/4 cup of water. Set aside to let it bloom while you begin the glaze. Pour the sugar, 1 cup of water, and sweetened condensed milk in a heat proof bowl. Heat for 1 minute on high power in the microwave.
Remove the mixture, and stir to incorporate the ingredients. Pour in the bloomed gelatin, and stir until it's fully dissolved.
Melt the white chocolate chips in microwave by heating and stirring in 30 second intervals. Once the white chocolate is fully melted, pour the chocolate into the warm gelatin mixture. Carefully whisk mixture until fully combined.
Continue to stir occasionally to stop a skin from forming, until the glaze has reached 85 degrees, or is about room temperature.
OPTIONAL: To make a mermaid mirror glaze cake, divide the glaze evenly between four bowls. Color them bright pink, purple, lime green, and electric blue using gel food coloring.
Once the glazes have cooled slightly, pour them back into one large bowl, alternating colors and drizzling the colors together as you combine them.
Place fully chilled buttercream cake (chilled in the freezer at least 1 hour) on top of a circular object smaller than the cake board, and set this on top of large baking sheet (to catch the run-off glaze).
Begin pouring the glaze onto the center of the cake, then slowly work out to the edges of the cake in a circular motion. Let the glaze continue to drip for about 10 minutes, then scrape away excess glaze from the bottom of the cake board using a small offset spatula.
Place the cake in the fridge, to allow the glaze to set, and to slowly thaw the cake.