There's nothing like a good Instagram account to make you realize everything you've ever eaten is hideous. Russian confectioner Olga Noskova churns out impossibly pristine cakes that look like they were carved out of stone. The technique is called a mirror glaze, which is a smooth and shiny coating that creates the illusion of polished marble. To get the desired effect, the baker creates a thick gelatin-based liquid in a cup and pours it over a freshly baked cake. Thanks to Redditor SuperDrew124, we now have an idea how the Russian food magician pulls off her amazing cakes: 

20g Gelatin Powder, 120g Water, 300g Glucose, 300g Sugar, 150g Water, 200g Sweetened Condensed Milk, 300g Chocolate (White, Milk, Dark, or a combination), Food Coloring

  • Bloom the gelatin in the water.
  • Boil the glucose, sugar and water.
  • Remove from heat and add the gelatin.
  • Add the condensed milk.
  • Pour over chocolate and buerre mix to remove air bubbles.
  • Use at 35C/95F

The marbling effect is with different color glazes poured together over the cake.

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