Chocolate Mirror Glaze Recipe

How to make beautiful, shiny mirror glaze for your cakes! 
↓ Recipe Never Miss A Cake
Total Time: 10 mins
Serves: 6
chocolate mirror glaze

Chocolate mirror glaze is so beautiful and shiny! It always makes a fabulous impression and is the perfect topping for a chocolate dessert

Chocolate mirror glaze is a shiny coating made from chocolate, cocoa powder, sweetened condensed milk and gelatin. When it’s poured over frozen desserts, it sets up to a super shiny reflective glaze so shiny you can see your reflection in the surface (hence the name mirror glaze). Mirror glaze isn’t difficult to make but it does take a couple of careful steps that can’t be skipped in order to get the most shiny and flawless finish to your chocolate mirror glaze. 

chocolate mirror glaze

How to make a chocolate mirror glaze

Making mirror glaze is pretty simple but it’s important to follow all the steps in the recipe. Don’t just throw everything in a pot and hope it turns out 😀 You’ll end up with a lumpy clumpy mess. I recommend reading through the recipe first to make sure you have all your ingredients ready to go. Then read through the instructions so you know what the next steps are and you have all the tools you need ready to go like a fine mesh strainer, thermometer, immersion blender and something to catch your glaze in. 

  • To make your chocolate mirror glaze, place your first quantity of water, sugar and sweetened condensed milk into a sauce pan and bring to a simmer. Place your chocolate and cocoa powder into a large heat proof bowl and set aside.
    how to make chocolate mirror glaze
  • While you’re waiting, sprinkle your gelatin over the second quantity of water and let it absorb. 
    gelatin for mirror glaze
  • Once your liquids come to a simmer, add in your gelatin and stir until it’s completely melted. 
  • Remove from the heat and add in your vanilla extract.
  • Pour the mixture over the chocolate and cocoa powder and let sit for 5 minutes. 
    how to make chocolate mirror glaze
  • Whisk until the mixture is mostly smooth then use your immersion blender to remove any remaining lumps. 
  • Pour the mixture through a mesh strainer into a large container to remove any bubbles and remaining bits of gelatin or unmelted chocolate. Don’t skip this step or you won’t have a smooth shiny surface on your chocolate mirror glaze.
    chocolate mirror glaze
  • Let your mirror glaze cool to 90ºF. Stir it occasionally to make sure it’s cooling evenly. If you don’t wait until it’s cool then your glaze will just run off the cake. Let it cool too much and it will be lumpy. 
    chocolate mirror glaze

Using chocolate mirror glaze on cakes

Once your mirror glaze is cool you can pour it over your cake. You can use chocolate mirror glaze over buttercream as long as the buttercream has been frozen for an hour and is nice and cold. Most people use chocolate mirror glaze on mousse cakes like the Chocolate Heart Mirror Glaze Cake but for this you’ll need a mirror glaze mold and for the mousse to be completely frozen. 
mousse cake for mirror glaze

Once the glaze is poured over the cake it will set up in just a couple of minutes. Once it’s set, use a hot knife to trim off the drips and carefully transfer the cake to a plate to either enjoy right away or you can refrigerate it to enjoy later. Just keep in mind that mirror glaze loses it’s shine after 24 hours so if you want it to be super shiny, glaze the day of delivery. 

chocolate mirror glaze

What do you do with leftover chocolate mirror glaze?

You can re-use leftover mirror glaze. Just re-heat it in the microwave and let it cool to 90ºF again before pouring. If you want to glaze multiple cakes at once that is usually best done all at the same time to reduce the amount of time it takes to glaze multiple cakes. There will always be a small amount of glaze that cannot be used at the end. 

leftover chocolate mirror glaze

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chocolate mirror glaze

Chocolate Mirror Glaze Recipe

How to make beautiful, shiny mirror glaze for your cakes! 
5 from 9 votes
Print Rate Never Miss A Cake
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
cooling: 20 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Serves: 6
Calories: 330kcal


Chocolate Mirror Glaze

  • 350 grams good quality dark chocolate
  • 40 grams cocoa powder
  • 120 grams water
  • 300 grams sugar
  • 200 grams sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 100 grams cold water
  • 15 grams powdered gelatin


Chocolate Mirror Glaze Instructions

  • Make sure you have these tools on hand: Fine mesh strainer, thermometer, immersion blender
  • Combine chocolate and cocoa powder in a large heat proof bowl and set aside. 
  • Sprinkle gelatin powder over the second quantity of water and let bloom for 5 minutes. 
  • Place first quantity of water, sugar, sweetened condensed milk in a sauce pan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. 
  • Add in bloomed gelatin and stir until completely melted and remove from the heat. Add in your vanilla. 
  • Pour the mixture over chocolate/cocoa and let stand for 5 minutes then whisk to combine. Use the immersion blender to remove any remaining chunks or unmelted chocolate. 
  • Pass the mixture through the mesh strainer to remove any bits of chocolate or gelatin
  • Let the mixture cool to 90ºF before pouring over your frozen cake. Place frozen cake on top of a bowl or small cake pan inside a larger pan to catch the extra glaze. Trim of the drips with a hot knife and transfer to a plate. Enjoy within the hour or refrigerate. Keep in mind your glaze will lose it's shine after 24 hours so if you want it to stay shiny, I recommend glazing the day of delivery. 


Serving: 1g | Calories: 330kcal (17%) | Carbohydrates: 72g (24%) | Protein: 6g (12%) | Fat: 3g (5%) | Saturated Fat: 2g (10%) | Cholesterol: 11mg (4%) | Sodium: 51mg (2%) | Potassium: 225mg (6%) | Fiber: 2g (8%) | Sugar: 68g (76%) | Vitamin A: 90IU (2%) | Vitamin C: 0.9mg (1%) | Calcium: 103mg (10%) | Iron: 1mg (6%)
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25 comments on “Chocolate Mirror Glaze Recipe

  1. Helio, want to try this recipe but having problem with the measurements. Is it possible to get a conversion on the measurement on the ingredients . Thanks, May

      1. It’s best to always use accurate /electronic scales for baking. Baking recipes are a bit more sciency than say grilling a steak or making a stock, a lot less room for mis-measurement.

  2. I made my first mirror glaze by using your recipe. My cake was beautiful although I did not cover it in any cream outside. I recommend that recipe.

  3. I’m trying to figure out the best way to do a black wedding cake without the black ending up staining everyone’s mouth. How dark do you think this mirror glaze would come out if I used black cocoa instead of regular cocoa powder? I was just looking at your black fondant recipe as well, but i’m not sure if the bride wants to do fondant.

    1. Using black cocoa powder is a great way to reduce the amount of black that you use 🙂 Black fondant does not stain as bad as buttercream and is easy to peel off. Keep in mind that anything black will most likely stain the teeth but so does chocolate, even though it’s very temporary. Just a good heads up to give your bride.

  4. 5 stars
    Does the cake have to be frozen, as I have made the cake today and have almost finished the glaze, is it necessary to be frozen?

  5. Hi! Is this recipe enough to coat an 9″ round cake? Or do I have to increase? Kindly advise the ingredients amount to adjust. Thanks

  6. How do you recommending using this over cheesecake? Do I need to the freeze the cheesecake first, or is just well chilled fine?

    1. No reason why you can’t if the cheesecake is frozen but if it’s not smooth then the mirror glaze will show every lump and bump

  7. I was thinking this would be very cool to do along with a strawberry pound cake recipe I have. Do you think that would work (and is this recipe a sufficient quantity?

    Thank you!

    1. I don’t know about your pound cake recipe but any cake will work as long as it’s covered in buttercream or mousse and is frozen so it sets the mirror glaze

  8. How do you get the other color glaze to offset the chocolate colored glaze?

  9. Hey Liz, I was wondering if I could use milk chocolate instead.

  10. If I use this on an ice cream cake and put it back in the freezer for a few hours until serving will it keep its shine?

  11. Is this enough to coat a 12” cake?

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