You probably already know this about me, but I love to bake. What you may or may not know about me is that I am terrible at decorating. Like I watch shows like Nailed It on Netflix and honestly I don’t know that I could do any better.
When I make a birthday cake (find my go-to vegan birthday cake recipe here), I mostly use a chocolate ganache, it’s just easier, and it tastes delicious.
I’m not amazing with piping, etc. But I’m trying to learn!
I’ve been curious about mirror glaze ever since I learned about it. It’s a very cool decorating technique that makes your cake look like it has been covered by a shiny pond. You can even dye it with food colourings to make it look galaxy-like, or more unicorn, rainbow-like. The cool thing about this technique is that you don’t have to really have any “technique” to make it work. You just kinda pour and swirl, and the final effect looks like someone tie-died your cake.
The problem with mirror glaze is that it uses gelatin to thicken. And gelatin, clearly, is not vegan, or even vegetarian. Many mirror glaze recipes also call for white chocolate, which is not vegan, so I set out to try to find a vegan mirror glaze recipe. This one incorporates cocoa butter (which is the base of many chocolates) and agar as substitutes for the white chocolate and the gelatin.
I had a bit of a challenge finding cocoa butter in Vancouver, but eventually found it at Vegan Supply. Since then, I spotted it at Whole Foods as well, and I think maybe Tao Organics in North Van may stock it as well.
It’s honestly not difficult to make. The whole process, though, if you are doing this from scratch, takes some time, as you have to bake the cake, let it cool completely, make the icing, ice the cake (this one works great), let it cool completely (again) and then you can put the mirror glaze on. I had a leftover cake in the freezer that shortened my process, but I still think it took me a couple days to complete, so be sure if you are making this that you give yourself lots of time.
It’s worthwhile to note that you can sub out the cacao butter for dark chocolate, but that means that you need to choose dark colours for your glaze, like blues and purples. It’ll make more of a night sky/galaxy cake.
Vegan Mirror Glaze
- 1.5 cups sugar
- 1/4 cups coconut milk (the canned kind)
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp water
- 1/8 tsp cream of tartar
- 2 tbsp agar
- 1/2 cup cacao butter chunks
- food colouring of your choice