I may as well start with the result of this weeks cake – it was another fail. Well, maybe not a complete fail as I actually think the the mirror glaze looked quite good. Unfortunately, it just didn’t cover the mess I had made of the buttercream used to cover the cake. All I could see were the cake crumbs spread throughout the buttercream icing and the mirror glaze was almost clear so it didn’t hide it.
However, I could see that it did look like a mirror glaze so next time (yes, there will be a next time) I will make sure I add two layers of buttercream. (I obviously Googled ‘How to stop cake crumbs when icing’).
I have been inspired by The Great British Bake Off, hence the decision to make a mirror glaze. I had already save a mirror glaze recipe from the Angel Foods website (www.angelfoods.net), so after week one of the Bake Off I just had to give it a try. Next time I might try a chocolate cake and a chocolate glaze, which I hope will look better.
Just in case you were wondering, I made a basic sponge with jam and buttercream in the middle. It tasted nice, so eating it all should not be a problem.
Mirror Glaze recipe:
- 70g condensed milk
- 100g sugar
- 100g liquid glucose
- 100g white chocolate
- 50g water
- 2 small spoons gelatine
- Mix gelatine with 60g water.
- Mix white chocolate with the condensed milk, then add the gelatine paste.
- Boil the water then add the sugar and glucose and boil it until it reaches a temperature of 100 degrees then wait a few minutes until it reaches about 103 degrees.
- Add to the chocolate, milk and gelatine and blend it.
- Add some colour if you wish.
- Mix until the colour and mix is consistent and then leave it in the fridge for 12 hours.
- After being in the fridge and just before use, put the mix in the microwave for about 1 minute then leave to stand for a few minutes until it is at room temperature.
- Pour over cake. (Place cake on a wire rack over a tray to catch and re-use the excess glaze).