Mirror Chocolate Glaze


Mirror Glaze, sometimes called lacquer glaze, is a smooth and shiny poured icing. This technique looks very impressive, but we promise it's quite simple.


 2T. + 2t cold water

1-1/2 t. Unflavored Gelatin

1/2 c. sugar

1/4 c water

1T. Corn Syrup

2/3 c. Unsweetened Cocoa

1/4 c. Heavy Cream    


Making the Lacquer or Mirror Glaze (Chocolate)

1. In a small bowl add the water and Gelatin; stir, cover with plastic to prevent evaporation, set aside

2. In a small pan add 1/2 c. sugar and 1/4 c. water and whisk over heat til dissolved. Remove pan from heat.

3. Add 1 T. Corn Syrup to the sugar mix and whisk

4. Add 2/3 c. Cocoa to the corn syrup mix and whisk until smooth and glossy

5. Add 1/4 c. Heavy Cream to the cocoa mix

6. Return mix to heat and bring to a boil stirring with a spatula. Remove from heat and strain into a metal bowl. Cool 10 minutes

7. Stir in the Gelatin/water mix and stir until no longer streaky

8. Strain into a glass bowl. Do Not use metal as it will impart an undesirable flavor if glaze is stored in it. Cool a few minutes

Pouring the Glaze on the Cake

1. Ice your cake with your desired frosting or ganache, make sure it is applied smoothly and bust any bubbles with a sharp needle as any imperfections will show through the glaze.

2. Start at center of cake working out to the sides. Allow cake to set 30 minutes until glaze stops dripping

3. Allow glaze to set for 4 hours or until barely tacky. It is at its shiniest within 6 hrs of pouring the glaze.

4. Decorate cake as desired


* To revive the shine, use a hair dryer on low heat and wave over the cake or use a soft brush

Comments (6)


This is very confusing, you say add the following but don't tell us what 2x, I am wanting to try this can you tell me what ingredients to add at each step,

Thank you


The directions say to "add the following" with no following and nothing else. The directions are very confusing.


I would love to try this for a wedding cake I have coming up in March but like previously posted, the directions are a bit unclear. Could you update them to let us know what to add each time? It would be greatly appreciated. :-) Thank you!


@croakette ‍, @SarJak ‍, @Clairebellamy ‍ thank you for letting us know about the missing instructions, the recipe is fixed. I can't wait to hear what you make with it!


This is the simplest recipe I've seen for a mirror glaze and can't wait to try it.  Is there a way to convert the recipe for a white or colored glaze?