I challenged myself to making a mirror glaze cake this weekend. After a lot of research and reading, I still managed to fluff it up. A word of caution to anyone who wants to make a mirror glaze, it is a sticky, convoluted and expensive cake if you keep making mistakes….
I made a light vanilla sponge with a thin layer of vanilla buttercream and raspberry jam inside. I coated the cake in buttercream and smoothed out the sides and top. This is really important, you need a really smooth surface for the glaze to stick to and dribble across. In retrospect, I needed to smooth mine a little bit longer as even the SLIGHTEST bump or crumb is exaggerated once the glaze is on top of it. The crumb-coated cake needs to be refrigerated for about half an hour before glazing. Another layer of buttercream is a good idea and then just keep smoothing until you can’t stand to smooth anymore.
To make the glaze:
- 1 sachet of powdered gelatine (mixed in 40ml water)
- 255g white sugar
- 112 g condensed milk
- 170ml water
- 300g white chocolate chopped up
The gelatine should be ‘bloomed’ in a small amount of water before starting ( I didn’t realise gelatine should be ‘bloomed’- it just means rehydrate it). Don’t bother sniffing it, it’s HORRIBLE. Just pour, stir and leave. No breathing, set to one side. Mix the water, sugar and condensed milk in a pan and gently warm until it starts to boil. Take off the heat and stir in the chopped white chocolate. Whisk like mad to get everything melted and mixed well. Pour mixture into four or five bowls and add a little food colour of your choice. This is the IMPORTANT BIT, leave to cool!!!! It should be poured when the temperature is around 30°C. I broke my thermometer a while ago, so when it feels cool to the dipped finger, then it’s time to give it a go. The next bit is fun or very disappointing depending on how it goes. Place the cake on a wired tray with lots of cling film underneath. Pour the different colours onto the cake to make a rippled pattern. I added gold glitter to my mixture just before I poured it. The trick is to do the sides first and then work your way into the middle. I did this and the cake looked fab, I was very proud of myself, did a little dance, came back five minutes later and the whole lot had rolled off the cake. ************. Please see picture below:
I hadn’t cling filmed my tray and all the colours had melted into one big mess. I had to go back to Sainsburys and buy more white chocolate and start again, pfffft. By this point, I had splodged blue glaze all over the kitchen floor, everything was sticky and I was pretty grumpy. After much mopping, I calmed myself down and went back to the shops to discover I had bought 300g of dark chocolate. I recommend you do not do this, clearly I was not with it by this point and got very annoyed upon discovering this. Round 2 of making mirror glaze was again unsuccessful. I tried to use lighter colours but it all melted together to make a Halloween-like mess (there was orange, purple and green present). It looked gross when I poured it over a partially glazed cake of various dark shades of blue and green. Finally, I commenced Round 3 by colouring over it again to just make purple and turquoise. I slopped it on the cake (all patience had evaporated by this point) and it finally looked worthy of eating.
The glaze itself takes a matter of minutes to make but the cooling part takes longer (30-50 minutes). If you pour glittery glaze on first and dribble non-glitter glaze over the top you can achieve a rather nice look.
I wish anyone who wants to make a glaze the best of luck. You know why.
My nana turned a whopping 90 today. I made a chocolate brownie cake and covered it in dark chocolate ganache and edible glitter. It went down very well considering she kept forgetting she was 90!
This is a fool proof recipe. Never fails : https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/3092/ultimate-chocolate-cake
My sister turned 25 this week and to celebrate we bought her some guinea pigs. Lotty has always been animal mad and works at Chester Zoo. The grey pig is called Gin and the brown one is Rhubarb.
So…. it only made sense to make a guinea pig cake. A sticky toffee guinea pig cake. I was very impressed with the recipe I found online (see link). You just have to remember to buy a lot of dates.
He’s covered in toffee buttercream fur and his feet and ears are made out of fudge. I’m pretty happy with him, he’s about 5x bigger than the baby pigs!
My dad is a fan of Kingfishers, so I plopped one on top of a log cake for his birthday. I used my favourite chocolate cake recipe from the BBC good food website.
Happy birthday dad! X
What better way to work out than on a mound of cake surrounded by sugar….. Happy 18th Birthday Marcus!
Happy birthday to my sister-in-law Cleo!!! I made a Victoria sponge and jazzed it up with chocolate fingers and mini eggs. Top tip: go to Pound Land for the eggs and fingers and make a lot more buttercream than you think you need.
It’s my brother’s birthday today. I made him a ‘Butty bear’ cake. It’s safe to say that everything in life looks more fun with a sandwich. And a bear.
Lisa Jones is responsible for such a cute design. Check out her art:
My mum turned 60 today so I decided to wish her well with a wishing well! My mum is a proper twitcher so I popped a few birds on it. 🙂
I made an 8 inch lemon drizzle cake with lemon buttercream and carved the middle out. I covered the well with grey icing and put some blue icing inside for the water. It took two hours to make the roof by laying sugar tiles carefully on some iced cardboard. I constructed pillars out of doweling and sugar and stuck the roof to it. The roof was quite heavy so I supported the structure with sponges whilst it dried. I made a bucket and tied it to some rope and placed it inside to finish it off.
Happy 60th Birthday mum! Wishing you all the very best 🙂
Best challenge ever! This is by far the funnest cake I’ve ever made. I made a chocolate fudge brownie cake with chocolate ganache buttercream. I used rice crispy squares to shape the top of the box and coated the whole thing in ganache.
I weaved brown coloured icing together and then plastered it to all the sides of the cake box.
I twisted some icing together to give the weaved sewing box a nice edge. I made some peach icing to make a cosy lining. I filled the box with a LOT of wool , cotton and buttons. I plopped an iced lid on it too and voila! Finished!
Happy birthday Catriona! I hope you like your cake 😋
I made a WW2 cake for my boyfriend’s grandad’s 90th birthday. Ken was from the East End but somehow ended up in the Welsh regiment of the British Army….. I’m sure there is a story there but I need to dig that one up! The badge on the cake depicts the ‘Prince of Wales’s feathers’ with the phrase ‘Ich dien’ which means ‘I serve’ in German. Ken likes to tell stories about the war without much prompting in addition to where he likes to walk his cat. Thus, it only seemed right to put his cat ‘Bobby’ on the side of the cake.
This cake is a sticky vanilla sponge with a very thick layer of vanilla buttercream and strawberry jam. Happy 90th birthday Ken!