Fascinating Marbled Mirror Cakes
As party planners we work alongside lots and lots of delicious birthday cakes on a daily basis. Many of these look incredible, some of which there is serious debate as to wether they should acutally be eaten – they are that beautiful.
Here are some that certainly made us smile, and reminded us of how many incredible talented people there are to support around the globe.
Russian baker Olga Noskova produces such beauties. Her stunning mirrored glaze cakes have caught the attention of thousands across the internet, with her cakes going viral on Buzzfeed and Instagram. She has over 600,000 followers across her social media platforms, and for good reason. Noskova’s cakes are so mesmerizingly reflective, you could literally use them as a mirror. Spot the baker in the mirror/cake below.
This stunning uber shiny effect is created by pouring mirror glaze over each cake, and allowing it so set. Noskova doesn’t just stick to single colour cakes, often mixing icing tones to create galaxy inspired confectionary that truly does look out of this world.
We think that this style of cake would look wonderful at a Space themed party, and really give the guests something to talk about, photograph, and share. Instead of decorating the cakes with berries, consider asking your baker to add sugar crystals like these by another Les Enfants favourite baker Hello Sukar, to create a really ‘other worldly’ appearance.
And it’s not just the outside of the cakes that Olga focuses on. Each cake is filled with generous layers of sponge, jellies, and biscuit to vary texture and to keep your guests guessing as they enjoy. The cakes are mainly constructed of mousse, and can be provided in a huge variety of flavours.
The mousse texture is perhaps one of the secrets as to how Noskova achieves such a perfect finish, as it gives her a very smooth base to work on. If you tried to recreate this effect with a more traditional sponge, it would be far trickier, as the glaze would get caught on the crumb of the cake, and produce a bumpy, grainy finish.
In addition to her famous mirror glaze cakes, Olga also offers a powder finish too. These cakes also have an ‘other worldly’ feel, but appear completely different to her more well known finish. Often, because of the stark contrast, the baker will include both effects of one cake so they can be set against each other.
We love how the powder sits beautifully in this swirl shape, and think this would sit pretty perfectly in a Frozen party, or even as a snow inspired alternative offering for a christmas event.
And before you think Olga makes her life easy by sticking to only traditional round, one tier cakes, we would like to prove you wrong.
The baker loves to experiment with shapes including doughnuts, tablets, ovals, hearts, and even more intricate fluted designs, which really are a testament to how smoothly her mirror or powder glaze is applied. She offers a wonderful variety of additional decorations, including macarons, sugar work, cake layers and fruit, and also specialises in weaved cakes too.
Whilst Noskova hasn’t shared her secret recipe, there are lots of instructions for how to create a similar effect online, if you are feeling brave. We have popped one of our favourite recipes by Gretchen’s Bakery below for you to try, which also has a very handy video, and an alternative vegetarian option here.
You will need –
- 220g White Chocolate Couverture (This is a term for very high quality chocolate that helps with the glaze finish)
- 140g Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 200g Granulated Sugar
- 245g Corn Syrup
- 100ml Water
- 60ml Water
- 16g Powdered, Unflavoured Gelatine
- Bloom gelatine in first measure (100ml) of cold water.
- Combine the corn syrup, second measure (60ml) of water and sugar in a heavy bottom sauce pan and bring to a boil
- Add the bloomed gelatine and the condensed milk and whisk until smooth
- Pour the entire hot mixture over the chocolate and whisk until smooth
- Pour through a strainer into a clean container and color as you like
- Pour over cakes & pastries (make sure you lay down a baking tray or greaseproof paper to catch the excess) once it has cooled to 80 or 90°F
Top Tips –
To ensure you reach the perfect temperatures, use a sugar thermometer.
Fresh made glaze can be stored in the refrigerator in a clean airtight container for up to 10 days.
The mirror glaze will stay shiny for a day or two. It gets more dull if stored in the refrigerator.
The glaze itself (when on a cake or pastry) does not need to be refrigerated, however the determining factor for this is the filling of the cake. Olga uses mousse cakes to aid her super smooth glaze finish.
You can glaze regular cakes that are coated with buttercream with this icing too, and you can also substitute any chocolate for the white. However you can only color the white version
You can reuse the excess glaze by scraping up the drippings and storing for up to 4 days in the refrigerator
We look forward to hearing all about how well, or not so well, your mirror glazes went, and would love to see any photos of cakes or desserts you make that have been inspired by this, or any of our other posts. Pop to our facebook page where you can share your work, and make sure to tag us, and the name of the blog post that inspired you.
Author: Hannah Coates