Magical Mirror Glaze Recipe

Enjoy some family kitchen time and try your hands at being scientists by making this dazzling frosting to top your favorite desserts.

| September 2019

Can you see your reflection in the glaze?

Challenge level: 3
Allergen alerts: dairy
Time: 30 minutes, plus cooling
Yield: around 2 cups

The secret to a shiny glaze is in the temperature. Drizzle this dazzling reflective frosting onto cakes, cupcakes, cookies, or frozen chocolate mousse.


  • Water
  • 1 cup chopped white baking chocolate containing cocoa butter (around 6 ounces, or 175 g)
  • 1 package (2.5 teaspoons [7g]) gelatin
  • 1 cup (200 g) sugar
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) water
  • 1/2 cup (80 ml) condensed milk
  • Food coloring, as desired
  • Frozen cake, cupcakes, cookies, or mousse to be glazed


  • Baking sheet
  • Hand blender (immersion blender)
  • Instant-read thermometer
  • Saucepan with heavy bottom
  • Small bowls
  • Stove


Add gelatin to 3 tablespoons (45 ml) water and let it sit for 5 minutes or more.

Add the gelatin to water.

Bring the sugar, corn syrup, and water to a boil. (Adult supervision required.)

When the sugar, corn syrup, and water form a clear syrup, remove them from the heat and stir in the gelatin.



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