I love to bake! Especially anything new and gorgeous. My biggest pride is taking many non-vegan recipes and easily converting them into vegan!
This is Mirror Glaze was no different. It was so simple to convert and the taste is amazing! Can we talk about how pretty? These are the colors I had on hand but any color combination is possible!
Also, please ignore my bumpy cake underneath. You will want your cake baked, frosted and refrigerated prior to making your mirror glaze. This is where I went wrong. I baked, quickly iced and popped in the freezer. Your cake needs to be pretty cold to stand up to the hot glaze being poured on it. Keep this in mind, don't be like me.
Here is the recipe!
-3 cups of sugar
-1/8 tsp cream of tartar
- 3/4 cup of water
-2-3 tbsp of pectin or agar agar powder
- 1 cup of vegan chocolate or cocoa butter
- 1/2 cup of full fat, canned coconut milk
-food pigments of your choice (food coloring, gel food color, pigment powders, etc)
(If you can not find full fat coconut milk that hardens, you will need to adjust your amount of pectin/agar agar and cocoa butter, as pictured below for recommended use!)
Heat water and coconut milk on stove top, mixing in sugar and stirring constantly until dissolved. Try not to let this boil but get pretty hot.
Take off the heat and add tartar and pectin. Stir until those have dissolved completely.
Melt your vegan chocolate or cocoa butter melts.
At at this point, it should resemble loose, melted chocolate. Keep in mind that using dark chocolate or brown chocolate will yield a deeper glaze. That could be so pretty with black swirled glaze!
This is the fun part!!!
Separate your glaze into smaller bowls. This will depend on how many colors you would like to have. I used three for this look. One bowl was for dark blue, one was for aqua and the last for neon green.
Place your cold cake on something that will support your cake but allow excess glaze to skim through. If the glaze sits around the base of your cake, it may make your cake soggy. Soggy cake is gross. I used a drying rack over a sheet pan. Worked well!
Then, start pouring! You need to act semi-quickly so your glaze doesn't firm up on you before you get cool swirl action, if you are using multiple colors. You still want to act quickly to avoid a bunching effect from it drying too quickly on the cold cake. You also want it to cool down slightly. Straight off the stove top will melt off your icing on your cake! I let mine cool for 15 minutes before I started. My thermometer read 120.
I started by pouring aqua. It worked out as a great base to show off both the blue and green I used to make it. It's kinda trial and error when you go to blend the colors. I poured straight from the bowls as my glaze was cooling quickly. If yours is warm, you would have more control over designs using a spoon.
Once it is coated, allow it to set and firm up on the dip system you have set up. Once it's set, it's safe to lightly touch and move but be gentle.
There you have it! 100% vegan mirror glaze cake! I hope you have a blast making amazing vegan desserts that will shock your friends! This would be fun for parties! I have tried this over cupcakes with success and macarons.
Vegan food porn is just awesome,
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