MIRROR GLAZE CAKE – FAIL included – buttercream frosted cake with reflective glaze


Greetings my beautiful lovelies, hi. It’s Emmy. Welcome back. Today, I’m partnering with Wix, a web building site that I used to build myself a beautiful website that I’m super excited about. Wix is great for both businesses big and small. Whatever you need, Wix can accommodate it for you. If you’re one of the first 100 people to click the link down below, you can receive 10% off the premium unlimited plan. Big thanks, Wix for sponsoring this video and allowing me to make better content for you guys. So today, I’m going to be tackling the mirror glazed cake. Ever since I saw this cake I knew I want to make it. At the time when this first came out, it was all a mystery and stuff, but two years later, now, the code has been broken. There are lots of recipes and videos out there. I will put the links down below in the description to all the videos and blogs that I used for reference. Now, if you’re not familiar with a mirror glaze cake, it is a gorgeous dessert usually made of a cake made with frozen mousse with this gorgeous shiny colourful glaze on top that is so reflective you can see your own reflection. Hence named mirror glaze. So, two years ago this was made popular by a pastry chef in Russia, but I believe the techniques are rooted in French baking. So, today I’m actually gonna do a little simplified take; I’m actually going to use a cake rather than doing the mousse frozen cake. If you want to see that: do chime in the comments and I’ll [laughs] see if I can tackle that one. I’ve been researching this for quite a while. So I hope it turns out… like jiggly cake, right? Alrighty so let’s go ahead and get started. I’ve already baked my cake according to package directions; mix it up with some oil, some water, some eggs. So after mixing up the batter, I divided the batter evenly between the two 6-inch pans. This worked out to be about a cup and a third of batter in each pan. Smooth that out a bit and then bake it in a 350 degree oven and I baked mine for about 24 minutes. You’ll know when the cake is done when you stick a toothpick in it and it comes out clean and the cake begins to pull away from the sides. So after the cakes are done baking, we’re going to take them out of the oven and allow them to cool in their pans for about 10 minutes before taking them out of the pans and allowing them to cool on a rack. So, now we’re going to make the buttercream frosting and not surprisingly it contains a lot of butter. Now, I’ve got four sticks that I’ve let sit at room temperature so they’re nice and soft. We don’t want lumpy cream. [quietly] …yup. So, my cakes are actually in the freezer, I want them nice and cold. They’ll be easier to cut and easier to frost that way. All right, let’s make our butter cream. So in the stand mixer [grunts] Four sticks of butter into the mixer, last stick of butter. I’m gonna give this a preliminary mix. And then we’re gonna add four cups of powdered sugar. Now this can be a little bit messy, so make sure you start your mixer on low. Next, we’re gonna add one teaspoon of vanilla. One tablespoon of cream. Oop. So we’re gonna add more or less cream depending on the consistency. Looks good. Alrighty, so here are my two cakes right out of the freezer. They’re nice and cold. Now I’m going to take my serrated knife and chop off the top. Ready? Here we go. [sings] Keep your knife parallel- do do do do do bonk! Turn upside down make sure it’s nice and flat- it is! Now we’re gonna do the same thing right in the middle. Bonk! Two cakes. So one of my favorite TV show characters ever was MacGyver. Now Mac could hack and make something out of absolutely nothing. And it was wonderful and he drove a Jeep and he had a wicked mullet and he wore a bomber jacket. I mean, what’s not to love? At any rate, my favourite thing about MacGyver was his ability to make something out of nothing and to make do. So, I am not a professional baker but I like to make do. So yeah this thing- Mmhm. This is called a ‘Lazy Susan’ i.e. it’s a turntable. And it’s way too big. It is not the professional type of you know, cake frosting turntable, but it’s what I’ve got and I think it will work. So when I was watching a lot of these professional cake frosting videos, a lot of them had this kind of special spatula that they used to smooth it all out. I don’t have them but I do have this and this is a dough or bench scraper and I think this will work perfectly. It’s not quite as tall, but for my situation, I think it’s gonna work just fine. So we’ve cut off the top and we’re going to put that on the bottom. Now we’re going to take a little bit of our buttercream- Put it right in the middle. That’s actually not a little bit. That’s a lot. So I’m gonna spin this a bit to get this to distribute. Now we’re gonna put the top back on. Doink! So I’m gonna do the crumb coat, which is just the first coating of buttercream. Put a big dollop on top, spread it- down. And on the sides. While spinning the turntable, smooth out the frosting. Oh, it’s working. Got a hole? Patch it. We’re gonna do the same thing with the top and gently apply pressure and spin. So now it’s bulging on the sides again and now we just clean it up again by- doing this. Alright, so crumb coat is finished. We’re gonna place this back into the freezer and allow it to harden before we put our finishing coat of buttercream. [high pitched] Mmm… So while my crumb coat is setting in the freezer, let me tell you a little bit more about Wix. So Wix is a free website builder that gives you options. Whether you’re a small business or a large business, if you need a e-commerce site, a place to display your work, or a place to put your menus, Wix gives you options. So Wix does all the heavy lifting; including reliable hosting, keeping your site safe and secure. Be sure to be one of the first 100 people to click the link down below to receive 10% off a premium unlimited plan. Thanks, Wix. Alright, let’s go grab our cake out of the freezer and do our second coat. Alright, so here’s the cake with the crumb coat- Now it’s nice and hard. Then put another coat of buttercream. So now that this has been frozen all those crumbs down below should be stuck in the buttercream- and won’t- mar our finish. Although it’s not that important in the sense that this is going to be coated with a glaze. Bench scraper. Place it perpendicularly, get our sides clean. Lightest touch. Alright, into the freezer. Next we’re gonna prepare our glaze. Here I have 19 grams of plain unflavored gelatin and 150 grams of water. Then pour some of that into this cup. And on top of that, we’re going to add our gelatin. Stir that around a bit and we want the gelatin to absorb this water. This is called blooming. We’re gonna set this aside and allow it to soak up all the water. In a saucepan, we’re gonna add the remaining water. Condensed milk, this is 200 grams. 300 grams of sugar. Lots of sugar. Teaspoon of vanilla as well. Boop. I got the recipe for this glaze from Chef Iso. I will put the link down below. Okay, this comes to the center pretty quickly. Make sure you keep an eye on it or it will boil over. Now we’re gonna add our gelatin. Doink. The gelatin will make this set. Now we take our 300 grams of white chocolate chips. I’m going to strain the milk mixture. And the reason why we do that is to do that: to catch any gelatin lumps. [Unintelligible] cover that and allow that to sit for a couple minutes. A lot of people use immersion blenders, but when I went to Target, they didn’t have any. Whaaat? Blender! Pour this goop in there. Puree. Very thick. Wowzers. So we’re supposed to pour this at 90 degrees Fahrenheit or 33 degrees Centigrade. While we’re waiting for it to cool, this is a good time to mix the colours. Do one pink. One…teal. I’m actually going to add a little bit of white to all of them to kind of opaque them up a little bit. Wow, that is so bright. So here’s my cake straight out of the freezer. I’ve got a tray here with an upturned mason jar and we’re gonna use that as my stand. I’m gonna knock this edge off around the cake, ’cause if it’s too sharp, it will actually cut through the glaze. So I’ll use my finger kind of- roll that down. Alright, I think we’re ready to glaze. Gaaah. Alright, so I’m gonna pour my white first, go around the perimeter first and then I’m gonna add my pink and teal after. Here we go. This glaze is very thick… it seems thicker than what I’ve seen in the other videos. Oh, it’s not really mirroring so nicely down the sides of my cake as I wanted. This doesn’t look right, guys. This is very viscous. It’s almost like- marshmallow. It’s not flowing very nicely. Hmm… [laughs] This is not working! And it’s not smooth: it’s full of bubbles. This sucks! That’s not gonna work. We’re just gonna have to throw this all away and start all over again. Cut. Hi, I’m back. I’m gonna do this again. Thankfully I have one more cake in the freezer. I’m using a different recipe for the glaze it’s from Chelsweets. So I’ll put her link down below. Fingers crossed that this works. Alright, in the saucepan: one cup of water. One half cups of sugar. Incidentally, that’s twice as much water as the first recipe I used. I think that’s gonna make a big difference. Same amount of condensed milk; about two thirds of a cup. I’m gonna bring that to a simmer. 2 packets of jello and a quarter cup of water. That is combined. Turn this off. 2 cups of white chocolate chips. And at this point many recipes call for using an immersion blender, but not this one. It just says to combine it until everything melts. Gonna strain it through the strainer. To match my mood. I’m gonna go ahead and make a hot pink mirror glaze cake. I’m gonna do one that’s slightly darker and a white one as well and see if we can get some kind of marbling action. So into all these bowls, I’m gonna to add white, even in the pink ones. That’ll make it a little bit more opaque. Pretty pink. This one’s very pink and I’ll leave that one white. Whoooo~ Nope, still pretty hot: 103. Here is my other cake. And then again, I’m going to go around the edge- kind of around down the edge here, so it’s not too sharp. There’s the second coating of buttercream. Crumbs included. So for round 2 and I’m gonna do a slightly different technique; I’m gonna take my measuring cup. I’m going to pour- the base colour in there first. My lighter pink. Some white, just a bit. Give that a little bit of a swizzle. Here we go. Happy mirror glaze. [whispers] Oh, yes. That’s what I want! I’m not getting much of that white [unintelligible], so I’m going to add a little bit of white on top. Just like that. [whispers] Ah, that’s so satisfying. Look at that, it’s so beautiful. Yeees! So excited it worked! It worked, it worked, it worked- it wooooorked. [whispers] Yes! It’s Barbie mirror glaze. It looks beautiful, this is- Thank you, Chelsweets. Yes! That’s exactly what I wanted. Look at this. Triumphant~! Stunning, I say! Stunning. Down below, we’re gonna just trim these little bits off. Alrighty, so here it is. Finally, the mirror glaze cake. And after a failure, triumph is all the sweeter. It looks beautiful! So excited. Got some nice marbling here. It coated everything, it flowed over. I had the nice little satisfaction of seeing the marble effect happen. Here we go. Knife. Sharp. Here we go. [whispers] Ooh, yes. That is satisfying to cut. [exhale] That’s hot. That was totally hot. I’m gonna clean off my knife this cake is now frozen so it just cuts beautifully. Yes! Look at that cake slice- it’s so pretty! I’m sure I have frosting and glaze everywhere but it is time to eat this thing. I love how this turned out; the chocolate, the white frosting, and the pink on the outside. A cake I think Barbie would approve of. So stinking cute. All right, let’s give this a taste. It slices beautifully. いただきます (Itadakimasu) Mmm. Tastes good, too. It’s that buttercream frosting that really makes it. The cake tastes like a cake box mix; pretty moist, chocolate-y. The buttercream is really what makes it for me. Rich, sweet, vanilla’ed. The glaze, while packing a visual punch doesn’t really add too much in terms of flavour. It has some white chocolate and some condensed milk but it’s so thin it’s not really noticeable. It’s just really beautiful. [laughs] Mmm! And that is some well-deserved cake. Yum. Big thanks to Chelsweets for posting this recipe, one that actually works. Big thanks to Wix for sponsoring this video. 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