Are you looking for a unique dessert with which to wow your next dinner guests? Do you need a fun dish that will have your guests wondering how you became such a great chef? If so, you might want to consider making a mirror cake.
Mirror cakes have a beautiful design that will delight the eyes as well as the taste buds. These recipes will give you several different types of amazing creations you can make for your family and friends.
What Is A Mirror Cake?
Mirror cakes are made using a shiny, glossy glaze that shines after the cake is baked. They are typically reflective, meaning that you can see yourself when you look at them. That’s how it earned its fitting moniker.
These types of cakes are not as popular as others, but bakers have been making them for decades. Recently, they seem to be enjoying a resurgence in popularity. And it’s easy to see why. It’s a unique baked good that will delight your guests because they are so eye-catching. There are several types of mirror cakes that exist. Ready to explore the possibilities?
How To Make A Galaxy Mirror Cake
A galaxy cake is perfect if you are planning a party. It’s a fun addition to any dessert selection. It is a space-themed cake with a glaze that resembles a galaxy, hence, the name. Next time you’re planning a Star Wars-themed party, a galaxy cake might be the perfect addition!
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Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make your riff on this otherworldly creation:
- Condensed milk
- Bloomed gelatin
- Chocolate chips
- Your preferred food coloring
First, stir the gelatin with ½ cup of lukewarm water. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes. Place the sugar, condensed milk, vanilla, salt and ¾ cup of water into a saucepan using medium heat. Stir the mixture until it starts to bubble. It should take about four to five minutes. Add the bloomed gelatin and stir the mixture until it dissolves.
After the bloomed gelatin dissolves, remove it from the heat and add the chocolate chips. You can also use white chocolate chips or any other flavor, if you prefer. Stir it until they melt, then strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl. That will ensure a smooth base from which to work.
Divide the glaze between three or four bowls and color each with your desired food coloring. Allow the mixture to cool. Make sure that you stir it occasionally to prevent a skin from forming. It should take about 10 to 12 minutes to cool.
Pour half of your first color into a bowl, then pour half of the second into the center of the mixture. Then, pour half of the rest of the colors in the same fashion. You want to have concentric circles of each color in the bowl.
Set your chilled cake onto a cake pan and place it on a rimmed baking sheet. Pour the glaze over the cake while sweeping the glaze back and forth. You want to create a marbled pattern. Allow the glaze to drip for about ten minutes. Afterward, place the cake on your serving platter and let it cool for another 30 minutes to set.
If you want to get creative, you can also add M&M’s, sprinkles, rock candy, pop rocks, and any other ingredient that contributes to the space theme. Don’t be afraid to experiment! Keep in mind that the cake can only be stored for up to five days in your refrigerator. We’re betting you won’t have any left!
How To Make A Mirror Marble Cake
Marble cakes are becoming a popular trend in the world of baking. Using mirror glaze on a marble cake will give it a nice, glossy look. To make this fun dessert, you will need:
- Gelatin powder
- Corn syrup
- Sweetened condensed milk
- White, milk or dark chocolate
- Food coloring
Soak the gelatin powder in ½ cup of cold water. Boil the water, corn syrup, and water together. Once it reaches the boiling point, remove it from the heat and add the gelatin and condensed milk.
Pour in the chocolate and stir it until the air bubbles are gone. If you want to jazz it up a bit, add food coloring. Once it reaches 95 degrees (Fahrenheit), you can pour it over a chilled, pre-iced cake.
Grape Cheesecake With A Mirror Glaze
Who doesn’t like a good cheesecake? With mirror glaze, you can make a shiny, sparkling treat. Grape cheesecake is a smooth, fruity dessert that is great to have during the summer months. The cheesecake is made using grape jelly, but if this flavor isn’t your thing, feel free to use any other kind that you prefer.
For this recipe, you will need:
- 10 graham crackers
- 1 ½ cups crumbs
- ¼ cup melted butter
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 24 ounces of cream cheese
- ½ cup sour cream
- 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 1 cup grape jelly
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon sparkling wine extract
- Purple food coloring
- 3 .75 ounce packets of unflavored gelatin
Line a 9-inch pan with parchment paper. With a food processor, grind up the graham crackers into fine crumbs. Pour the melted butter into the processor and grind it until the crumbs are coated by the butter. Spread the mixture over the bottom of the pan with a spoon or your hands. Press to remove any holes, bumps or seams.
Next, you will make the filling. Whisk the heavy cream until it forms stiff peaks. Make sure the cream is cold. Put the cream in the refrigerator and save it for later.
Place the cream cheese into a mixer bowl and whisk it for about five to seven minutes. You want the cheese to be light and fluffy. Add the sour cream, grape jelly, vanilla and sweetened condensed milk. Add just a few drops of the purple food coloring and whisk it for a few more minutes. Fold the whipped cream into the cheesecake filling. Make sure that the whipped cream is light and airy.
Put the packets of unflavored gelatin in a bowl with water. Heat the mixture for 30 seconds. The gelatin needs to dissolve fully. After microwaving the gelatin, let it cool for a few minutes, then pour it into the cheesecake batter. Fold the gelatin into the cheesecake filling, then pour it over the crust. You can level it with a spatula. Then, let the cheesecake cool overnight.
After the cheesecake is finished cooling, you can add your glaze. Make sure that keep the cheesecake refrigerated.
Chocolate Mousse Cake With A Mirror Glaze
A chocolate mousse cake is an amazing treat that will make you look like a master baker. With a mirror glaze, you will look like you belong on an episode of Cake Boss! Well, maybe not, but it’s still a yummy dessert.
Here is what you will need:
- 2 cups vanilla pastry cream
- 7 ounces of chocolate
- 1 tablespoon of chocolate
- ¼ cup of water
- 1 ½ cup of whipping cream
- 3 tablespoons of confectioner’s sugar
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1 tablespoon of gelatin
- ½ cup of glucose
- ⅔ cup of sugar
- ½ cup of condensed milk
- 5 ounces of white chocolate
Melt the butter and chocolate, then add the sugar. Mix it thoroughly. Add the eggs one at a time, then combine the coffee and vanilla. Pour the mixture into a lined spring pan.
Bake the mixture at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for about one hour. After the cake has cooled, wrap it in a cling wrap and freeze for two to three hours.
To make the mousse, melt your chocolate and allow it to cool. Pour water over the gelatin and allow it to soak for three minutes, then melt it in your microwave for 30 seconds. You can also use a double boiler for the gelatin. Then, pour in a small amount of vanilla pastry cream into the gelatin. Mix the pastry cream with the melted chocolate and whip it.
Next, you will pour the chocolate mousse into your lined pan. Place your frozen torte on top of the mousse, then wrap the mixture in cling wrap. Freeze it for another two hours. Now, you will prepare the glaze.
Pour 1 cup of water into your gelatin and let it soak. Pour your glucose, sugar, water, and condensed milk into a saucepan over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a boil and turn it off once the sugar has dissolved. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes, and then add the white chocolate.
After the chocolate melts into the mixture, add the bloomed gelatin and allow it to melt. If you want to use different colors, divide the glaze into another bowl and add your food coloring.
The Wonders Of Mirror Cakes
Mirror cakes can become a wonderful addition to your repertoire of baked goods. When you master the glaze, your cakes will shimmer like glass.
The recipes in the post will give you a great starting point for your foray into the world of creative baking. However, there are plenty of other recipes with which you can experiment. Have fun and enjoy!