or taking a shot at mirror glazing (for the first time)

For a few days now I scour the internet for inspiration concerning a sweet table for a wedding. Bamm! I come across this more or less new baking trend – a mirror glaze. You don’t know what it is? It’s a special glaze which turns every cake into a flawless ly shining and mirroring piece of art. What beauties! I definitely need a few of those for my next project. But I have to practice a lot and therefore I present these fancy dome cakes to you.

three fancy dome cakes in light green

Under their pale green coating is a heavenly caloric delicious mascarpone cream with a layer of cupcakes. Pure heaven! I almost feel like being on cloud nine. Hmmm…maybe I should stop daydreaming. I still have a story to tell about my mirror glazing flops and fails.

One of the fancy dome cakes. Bitten into it.

Just kidding. The glaze wasn’t problematic at all, I just wasn’t satisfied with the final colour of my glaze. But let me start from the beginning:

There are myriads of mirror glaze recipes out there and I have chosen the one from Torten & mehr. A simple recipe which nonetheless needs all of your attention. It all went well until I poured the glaze over my fancy cakes. The hitherto poisonous green glaze transformed into a pale green one.

Maybe “transform” isn’tthe right word, the mirror glaze just isn’t well covering, especially when getting into contact with a white cream layer. But there are a few things that might do the trick next time:

  1. The glaze must be at the right temperature (95F | 35°C). This way the glaze won’t be too runny and it’s opacity might be better.  So, next time I definitely need a digital thermometer.
  2. You can also apply more than one layer of glaze. Just put the glazed cake into the fridge and glaze it again after a few minutes. If your mixture gets too gooey warm it up.
  3. And with a dash of white food colouring you can improve the opacity as well.

One of the fancy dome cakes

Phew! That’s enough babble for today. Start dazzling your family with this easy recipe for fancy dome cakes:

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Fancy Dome Cakes
Prep Time 50 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Passive Time 12 hours
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Cupcake layer:
Mascarpone cream:
Mirror glaze:
Decoration:
Prep Time 50 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Passive Time 12 hours
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Cupcake layer:
Mascarpone cream:
Mirror glaze:
Decoration:
Instructions
  1. First, you have to bake the cupcakes. Put all the solid ingredients (flour, sugar, butter, baking powder, salt) into a bowl and start mixing them together. Put the fluid ingredients (Milk, lime juice, egg) into another bowl and whisk them. Pour the milk mixture in two steps into the flour and mix it until well combined.
  2. Preheat the oven to 338F (170°C). Either grease the cupcake tray with butter or line it with cupcake wrappers. (Use cheap ones, you will have to remove them anyways). Fill the molds until 2/3 full and put it into the oven for about 20 minutes.
  3. When the cupcakes are cooling down, you can prepare the mascarpone cream. Mix mascarpone and quark carefully together (Use a spoon or dough scraper). Add powdered sugar and lime juice and mix it again carefully. Whisk the whipping cream until stiff and fold it into the mascarpone.
  4. You now have to form the fancy dome cakes. Cut the cupcakes horizontally to get two or three layers of cake. Use small bowls and line them with cling film.
  5. Fill one or two spoons of mascarpone cream into the bowls and gently press a cupcake layer into the cream. (Depending on your bowls, you can repeat this process). Put the bowls into the fridge or (even better) into the freezer for about 12 hours.
  6. The next day you can prepare the glaze. Dissolve the gelatine in 60 ml cold water.
  7. Heat the syrup together with the sugar and 75ml water. Heat it up until it boils. Remove the pot from the stove top and add gelatine and condensed milk. Stirr it and add the chopped chocolate.
  8. The mixture needs to be blended. But be careful, the head of your immersion blender needs to completely covered with the glaze. Otherwise you might get ugly air bubbles. After blending you can add as a few drops (or even more) of food colouring. Mix it and wait until it has a temperature of exactly 95°C.
  9. Meanwhile you can remove the fancy cakes from the bowls and put them onto a cooling rack. You should place a bowl unterneath it to catch collect the glaze that might drip dwon from your cakes.
  10. Pour the glaze over your fancy dome cakes and wait until the gelatine sets. The colder the cakes are, the faster the gelatine will set.
  11. for decorative purposes, you can heat sugar and lime juice and caramellize the zest of limes. Put them onto the top of your dome cakes. Use chopped chocolate to decorate the lower part of the cake.
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Two fancy dome cakes

Two fancy dome cakes

With this in mind,

Have a dazzling day on cloud nine.

One of the fancy dome cakes. Bitten into it.