Coloured Mirror Glaze Cake Decorating and Baking Tutorial

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Coloured Mirror Glaze
with Helen Vass
Skill level: Easy Cake Decorating | Cakeflix - Beginner Level Courses
HD Lessons: 12
Decorating time: 3 hours
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Highlights of the coloured mirror glaze course.

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1. Creating the glaze mix

In this lesson Helen, Great British Bake Off, Creme de la Creme winner, puts the coloured glaze mix together. She shares plenty of hints and tips along the way and explains the whole process.

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2. Ganching the cake

Paul takes over to ganache the cake. For the more experienced you might want to skip forward.

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3. Ganaching second layer

After getting a row from Helen for using cheap chocolate, Paul is very surprised when his chocolate sets so well. He then applies the second coat then refrigerated.

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4. Finishing the ganache

Paul now neatens off the ganche layers smoothing to get a nice clean finish.

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5. Velvet airbrush effect

Using cocoa butter Helen shows this amazing airbrushing technique to achieve the lovely velvet finish. Cocoa butter seals the cake and saves having to cover in sugarpaste!

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6. Adding the coloured mirror glaze

This is where the magic happens….watch as Helen pours the glaze over the cake giving the amazing glossy, shiny finish.  

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7. Decorating the cake

Adding some simple summer fruits really brings the cake to life giving it an extra WOW factor. The placing of the fruits is down to you, but watch as Helen carefully places the fruits to give the contrasts to end of with this amazing design.

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8. Yellow mirrored glaze

Repeating the process on Lesson 6, but this time adding a summer yellow effect which gives the cake a completely different look using the same design.

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9. Decorating with crispearls and discs

You can choose from a range of decorations, but watch as Helen adds the pearls and chocolate discs to decorate to give a beautiful overall finished.   

Helen suggests transfer sheet and disc decorations which is covered in Lesson 5 of her Creme de la Creme class.  

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10. Other ideas

Paul and Helen share some other ideas you can use from what you have learned in the mirror glaze tutorial.

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11. Pro lesson

Paul and Helen share everything a  professional cake decorator needs to know about this type of design.

 Learn how to make coloured mirror glaze…

Join Great British Bake Off creme de la creme winner Helen Vass for her mirror glazed cake tutorial. Mirror glaze is the perfect decoration for pouring over your cakes!

In this tutorial, you will learn how to…

  • Decorate with crispearls and discs
  • Ganache and layer a cake
  • Airbrush
  • Making different types of coloured mirror glaze
  • and much, much more

Don’t forget to share your interpretations of this wonderful cake with Paul and rest of the Sugarcraft community on our Facebook group.

Who knows? You may even end up featured in one of our monthly members’ cake showcase.


Helen Vass

Helen Vass

Helen Vass is an award winning pastry chef based in Glasgow, Scotland and runs her own patisserie & consultancy business, Dulce by Helen Vass. Helen was the winner of the Callebaut Patissereie Chef of the Year 2017 award at the CIS (Catering in Scotland) Excellence awards and was a finalist in the same category in 2016. Furthermore, she also won the Dessert Gold Medal for her work at the Scottish Food Awards & Academy in May 2017. She was the former head pastry chef of 2AA rosette restaurant, Number 16, on Glasgow's Byres Road for nearly 2 years. In May 2016, Helen was part of the winning team of BBC2's Bake Off Creme de la Creme along with team captain, Mark Tilling and team mate, Samantha Rain. Helen previously worked in Pastelería Escribà in Barcelona. This role took her out to Singapore to work at Marina Bay Sands on the worlds first theatrical event, Fantasía by Escribà. She also worked at the 5* hotel, Blythswood Square, in Glasgow.  Every day is a school day in the kitchen and Helen is always seeking to learn new skills and has done stages in the kitchens of World Champion Pastry Chef, Jordi Bordas and Barcelona baker, Daniel Jorda. Furthermore, Helen has done pastry courses with the following chefs in both the UK and overseas. 
  • Jordi Bordas, 2011 World Champion pastry chef, Coupe du mon Lyon
  • Mark Tilling, World Chocolate Master (UK)
  • David Gil & Enric Monzronis, Tickets Restaurant Barcelona
  • Antonio Bachour, St Regis Miami & Bachour Bakery
  • Melissa Coppel, Las Vegas
  • Miquel Guarro, Chocolate Academy Barelona
  • Martin Lippo, Vakuum, Barcelona
  • Hans Ovando, World Chocolate Master (Spain)
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