Choosing a Cake
Yesterday, I tried my hand at creating a mirror glaze. If you’re not familiar with the concept, it’s a glaze made with gelatin and food coloring that gives the cake a reflective surface. If done right, you can see yourself in it. There are a few challenges to this mirror glaze though. It will only work on buttercream or mousse cakes. Now, you can easily buy a box mix and buttercream frosting, so you can focus your efforts on the glaze.
If you’re like me, you can start from scratch. I grabbed one my cookbooks, and flipped through for a buttercream cake recipe. i settled on a maple pecan cake with a buttercream frosting. Luckily for me, the book also had a buttercream recipe. The cake was simple enough. It just involved mixing ingredients and splitting them between two pans.
The buttercream was a little more difficult. It began with boiling sugar and water, then beating egg yolks, once the sugar reached a certain temperature. Then, I poured half the sugar, mixed it in, and poured the rest. Once that was fully mixed and turning pale, it was time to add the butter. The secret to buttercream is a whole lot of butter, two full sticks, added one tablespoon at a time. If you don’t have an electric mixer, I’d suggest you get a friend willing to drop in the butter while you mix it by hand.
Mixing and Coloring the Mirror Glaze
Once, the cake was frosted, it was time to move onto the mirror glaze. Special thanks to Chelsweets for this time-saving recipe. The process began with blooming unflavored gelatin in water. Then, I mixed water, sweetened condensed milk, and sugar. I microwaved that mixture and added the gelatin. Once the microwave was free, I melted the white chocolate and added it in. The fun and messy part came after I had four even bowls of the glaze. Chelsweets had a recipe for a galaxy glaze, but I was trying for a glaze that evoked the forest. I used black, green, burgundy, and orange to color the glaze and poured it over the cake as instructed. This was the result.
Although, this was fun to make, the mess is a lot to clean up. I would have no qualms making it if somebody requested it, but for me, personally, one mirror glaze cake is enough.