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Ridiculously shiny chocolate frosting?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

Hey everyone,


Our local dessert god Darren Purchese has small deserts that are covered in a perfectly smooth chocolate frosting.  It's incredibly shiny (imagine a resin coating over chocolate!). You can see it on their blog.


Does anyone have any idea what this would be or have any idea how to achieve a similar effect?


The requirements:

1. Dark Chocolate (color at least)

2. Perfectly smooth

3. Incredibly shiny



- Rick

post #2 of 11


Hope this helps!

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post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 

That's it! Thanks .. thought it sounds scary. Guess it's worth a try.

post #4 of 11

iwantcookies hit it right on the head




for what it's worth adding some plain old karo syrup to chocolate glaze* can help achieve a very shiny effect too


less drama but just a thought


*i'm sure it would work with ganache but i can't remember actually using it in ganache but no reason why it wouldn't except it's baking and the devil is in the minutiae huh


i know it works in glaze


ratio is 3 tablespoons each of light karo and water to 1.5 oz choco and 3 cups confectioners sugar--may need additional 1-1.5 tablespoons of water--do not overheat or icing will not be glossy


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post #5 of 11
I have never seen a shiny cake like that before. It's so pretty. I wonder what one of those costs.
post #6 of 11

I make and use mirror glaze. You can see it on some of my cakes on Pinterest and I have other cakes with poured on ganache to compare. It's really very easy to make. What makes it shine is gelatin...........chocolate mirror is basically: cocoa powder and sugar dissolved in heavy cream with gelatin. It's easy to use on top of cakes, but very challenging to use on the sides of cakes. It's a pour on/over type of 'frosting', so your cake must be very smooth underneath to get that smooth can't spread on a mirror glaze.


Ganache with added corn syrup looks the most shiny when it's still liquid form. It becomes duller once you refrigerate it. Mirror glaze always remains highly glossy. Mirror glaze doesn't have the great taste ganache does.

post #7 of 11
What gelatine type do you use? Powdered or sheets and will it make a difference? Thanks in advance icon_smile.gif
post #8 of 11

I use silver grade sheets. But that should not make any difference. You can exchange powder for sheets in all recipes (both need to be re-saturated/hydrated to work).

post #9 of 11
Thank you, will try it out
post #10 of 11
Quick question ... is glacage perishable? Most places use it on mousse cakes so they are refrigerated and most recipes instruct to make it a day ahead and store in the refrigerator.

I'd like to use it on buttercream or ganache that is not refrigerated. All the products I use are non-potentially hazardous.
post #11 of 11

Wow. Gorgeous! 

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