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Easy Mirror Glaze Recipe

Mirror glaze cakes have taken the internet by storm, and I decided it was time to master this stunning technique!!

While some of us might think using a mirror glaze is a new technique, traditional pastry chefs have been using it to decorate cakes and pastries for decades.  It’s an old-school french technique that has been around for about 40 years.

image of easy mirror glaze cake

What Is Mirror Glaze?

Traditional mirror glaze recipes can seem complicated! I’ve seen recipes with ingredients I’ve never heard of. However, at the base of every mirror glaze recipe, sugar and gelatin are the key ingredients.

Most recipes heat the mixture to allow the gelatin to dissolve and combine with the other ingredients. The glaze is then poured over a chilled dessert.

A lot of what gives mirror glaze its shine is it being poured at the right temperature, which is around 110 F / 43 C.

Most mirror glaze recipes set at 90 F / 32 C, so they have to be warmer than that when they’re poured.

My easy mirror glaze recipe is a bit different and sets at a slightly lower temperature, so I actually find it’s best to pour my glaze when it’s around 90 F / 32 C!

My recipe uses a couple different ingredients that make it unique and change the temperature it sets at.

Galaxy Mirror Glaze! This easy mirror glaze recipe is made with only 5 ingredients, and is so easy to make!!

How Is This Easy Mirror Glaze Recipe Different from A Classic Mirror Glaze?

The biggest difference? White chocolate. I don’t know if you’ve ever tasted plain gelatin (or even smelled it), but it is simply disgusting.

Every time I mix plain gelatin with water to let it bloom, my gag reflex kicks in. However, it is an indispensable ingredient in mirror glaze recipes to help them set properly.

With that being said, I wanted to add something to this recipe to cover that flavor! I ended up settling on white chocolate and sweetened condensed milk. These are the primary flavor of this mirror glaze.

Adding these ingredients gives this glaze a bright white base, which will make it easier to color.

These ingredients also make the mirror glaze a tiny bit thicker and more forgiving. It covers the cake in a thicker layer of glaze than a traditional mirror glaze.

The only downside is that the white chocolate does make the glaze a tiny bit less shiny!!

This mirror glaze will reflect everything when it’s poured, but overtime it can lose some of its shine.

Why Is This Recipe Easier Than a Normal Mirror Glaze?

Traditional mirror glaze recipes involve more ingredients and additional equipment. This easy, five ingredient recipe makes the technique way more approachable.

Another bonus?! It can be made just using your microwave!! If you don’t have a microwave, you can use a stovetop/double boiler to heat the mixture and melt the chocolate.

While this all seems insanely simple, it does help to have a digital thermometer so you know exactly when your glaze is ready to be poured (90 F / 32 C).

I was shocked by how quickly I was able to make this and how easy it was to pour over a cake.

Traditionally, mirror glaze cakes involve pouring the glaze over a perfectly smooth, mousse-covered cake.

I experimented and found that it can also easily be poured it over a classic buttercream cake!

The key to pouring it over buttercream is to make sure the cake is thoroughly chilled and that the frosting is super smooth.

When I say thoroughly chilled, I mean that the cakes must be fully chilled and firm to the touch. This means at least 20 minutes in the freezer, or at least an hour in the fridge.

This mirror glaze cake is inspired by mermaids!

How Much Mirror Glaze Does One Batch Make?

This easy mirror glaze recipe makes enough glaze to covered two, six-inch layer cakes. It would also definitely be enough to cover an eight-inch layer cake.

While this style of cake is beautiful to make, they involve pouring tons of glaze over the cake. This is necessary to make sure the cake is fully covered in glaze.

You can try to salvage the glaze that runs off, but it can be more difficult to reuse if your colors combine. 

Leftover glaze can be stored in an airtight container and refrigerated.

Reheat the mixture in 10-15 second intervals until it reaches 90 F / 32 C, the use as desired.

How To Color This Mirror Glaze Recipe

While my original mirror glaze cake was galaxy themed, you can create so many different looks with different colors.

Whatever colors you end up making, it’s super important that you use gel food coloring to color this glaze.

Pouring mirror glaze over chilled buttercream cake

Gel food coloring creates vibrant shades because it is more concentrated than liquid food coloring. 

This also means you don’t have to use much to get the color you’re after.

If you try to use liquid food coloring, you will have to use a ton to get bright colors, and this can throw off the consistency of the glaze.

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How to Properly Pour Mirror Glaze Over a Cake

After trying a few different methods, this is definitely the best way to pour mirror glaze over a cake.

Remove the chilled buttercream cake from the fridge or freezer (the frosting should be completely firm to the touch) and place it on a circular object that is slightly smaller than the base of the cake. I like to rest the cake on a small cake pan or a wide, short bowl.

Place the pan and cake top of a large, rimmed baking sheet to catch the run-off glaze.

image of blue mirror glaze being poured over a chilled buttercream cake

Begin pouring the mirror glaze over the center of the cake, then slowly work your way out to the edges. Drizzle additional colors over the base glaze to create a beautiful, marbled look. Once the cake is fully covered, sprinkle a bit of edible glitter over the top.

Let the glazed cake sit for about 10 minutes, then use a small offset spatula to scrape away any drips from the cake board.

The glaze should be mostly set at this point. Place the cake in the fridge if you don’t plan to eat it within a few hours. 

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Tips for Making the Best Mirror Glaze Cake

  • This recipe can be used on any type of buttercream cake that is properly chilled. I do not recommend pouring it over a cake covered in whipped cream.
  • Make the cake on a cake board that is the same size as the cake layers. It allows the glaze to drip directly off the bottom of the cake and makes it easier to get a clean, finished look.
  • Don’t use this mirror glaze recipe on fondant. It can do weird things to the fondant and create a goopy mess.
  • I prefer using mini white chocolate chips in this recipe, but any good-quality white chocolate chip or finely chopped white chocolate bar will work.
  • The glaze should be thin enough to pour over the cake, but thick enough that it is opaque and has a vibrant color. If you start to pour and it seems too thick or thin, adjust the temperature as needed to get it to the consistency.
  • Do not use flavored Jello in place of the unflavored gelatin in this recipe.

Making This Recipe in Advance & Storage Tips

If you plan to eat the cake within a few hours after pouring the glaze, leave it out at room temperature.

If you pour the glaze in advance, store the cake in the fridge. Remove the cake from the fridge a couple hours before you plan to cut into it.

Make this mirror glaze ahead of time or save leftovers! Once it’s made, wrap the bowl or container with plastic wrap and store in the fridge for up to a week.

To use chilled glaze, heat the bowl into the microwave for 15-20 second intervals until it reaches 90 F / 32 C and is the right consistency.

Use leftover glaze to top cupcakes, cookies, or even ice cream!

image of a blue marbled mirror glaze cake that's been cut into

Let Me Know What You Think!

If you try this easy mirror glaze recipe, I’d love to hear what you think of it! Please leave a rating comment below.

Tag me @chelsweets and use #chelsweets so I can see your beautiful creations on social media!

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Yield: 4 cups

Easy Mirror Glaze Recipe

This galaxy mirror glaze cake is made with the easier

Mirror glaze cakes don't have to be hard! This simple recipe only uses 5 ingredients and can be poured over a chilled buttercream cake.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Instructions

  1. Begin by mixing 1 envelope of about 2 1/2 tsp of gelatin in a bowl with 1/4 cup of water. Set aside to let the gelatin bloom while you begin the glaze.
  2. Pour 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar, 3/4 cup of water, and 2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk in a heatproof bowl.
  3. Heat for 90 seconds on high power in the microwave. Remove the mixture from the microwave and give it a good stir. The sugar should be mostly if not fully dissolved at this point. If it isn't, heat the mixture in additional 10 second intervals until it is.
  4. Add in the bloomed gelatin and whisk until the gelatin is fully dissolved. 
  5. Melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave by heating them in 15 second intervals, stirring between each interval. Once the white chocolate is fully melted, pour the white chocolate into the warm gelatin mixture.
  6. Carefully whisk mixture until fully combined. Pour through a sieve to remove any bits of unmelted chocolate or stubborn bits of gelatin.
  7. Divide the glaze evenly between four bowls. Color them different shades using gel food coloring. To create this galaxy mirror glaze, color them blue, purple, black, and pink.
  8. Continue to stir occasionally (to prevent a skin from forming) until the glaze has reached 90 F / 32 C, or is just slightly warm to the touch.
  9. Pour each color of glaze back into one large bowl, alternating colors and drizzling the colors together as you pour them.
  10. Place a chilled buttercream cake (in the freezer at least 10 minutes or the fridge for 1 hour) on top of a circular object smaller than the cake board, and set this on top of large, rimmed baking sheet to catch the run-off glaze.
  11. Begin pouring the glaze over the center of the cake, then slowly work your way out to the edge of the cake in a circular motion until the cake is fully covered.
  12. Let the glaze drip for about 10 minutes, then scrape away any excess glaze from the bottom of the cake board using a small offset spatula

Notes

Yield: One batch of this mirror glaze makes about 4 cups, which is more than enough glaze to cover one, eight-inch layer cake.

Tips for Making the Best Mirror Glaze Cake

  • This recipe can be used on any type of buttercream cake that is properly chilled. I do not recommend pouring it over a cake covered in whipped cream.
  • Make the cake on a cake board that is the same size as the cake layers. It allows the glaze to drip directly off the bottom of the cake and makes it easier to get a clean, finished look.
  • Don't use this mirror glaze recipe on fondant. It can do weird things to the fondant and create a goopy mess.
  • I prefer using mini white chocolate chips in this recipe, but any good-quality white chocolate chip or finely chopped white chocolate bar will work.
  • The glaze should be thin enough to pour over the cake, but thick enough that it is opaque and has a vibrant color. If you start to pour and it seems too thick or thin, adjust the temperature as needed to get it to the consistency.
  • Do not use flavored Jello in place of the unflavored gelatin in this recipe.

Making This Recipe in Advance & Storage Tips

If you plan to eat the cake within a few hours after pouring the glaze, leave it out at room temperature.

If you pour the glaze in advance, store the cake in the fridge. Remove the cake from the fridge a couple hours before you plan to cut into it.

Make this mirror glaze ahead of time or save leftovers! Once it's made, wrap the bowl or container with plastic wrap and store in the fridge for up to a week.

To use chilled glaze, heat the bowl into the microwave for 15-20 second intervals until it reaches 90 F / 32 C and is the right consistency.

Use leftover glaze to top cupcakes, cookies, or even ice cream!

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 919Total Fat 31gSaturated Fat 19gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 35mgSodium 151mgCarbohydrates 153gFiber 0gSugar 152gProtein 12g

Isaiah

Monday 23rd of May 2022

It completely failed. I am an extremely experienced baker and I wanted to see if a more simple mirror glaze would work and it doesn't. It looked alright at first but then it just soaked into the frozen mousse. 0 out of 10. Complete waste of ingredients.

Paige

Saturday 14th of May 2022

Hi Chelsey. I’m planning to use this on a dummy cake that is covered with buttercream first, do you think it will be ok left out?

Paige

Saturday 14th of May 2022

Hi Chelsey I’m gonna use this on a dummy cake. Do you think it will be ok to be out?

Numya

Friday 29th of April 2022

I used the stove and made sure the gelatin got to temp. It still didn't set up, ruined my cake. I put it in the freezer at least 30 minutes before pouring, but I see in the comments the cake needs to actually be frozen, should have tead them beforehand. Luckily my toddler doesn't care if it's a goopy runny mess.

Laura Daglish

Saturday 23rd of April 2022

I have gelatin sheets and not powder. Can I substitute and if so how many sheets? I'm doing a practice cake today for my daughter's wedding next weekend!!

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