Just like any finishing touch, the application of glaze to your patisserie creations, will take your product to the next level! A qualitative patisserie glaze gives your cakes a reflective and mesmerizing surface, and also keeps the cakes fresh during the shelf life (to avoid drying out). Additionally, you can add more visual and textural experience by adding colours, flavours, inclusions like nuts, pralinés, … The key to obtaining an optimal result, lies in the technique to apply the glaze onto your cakes, as a poor application of glaze could negatively impact your creation. Continue reading to know about the top tips to perfectly apply a glaze.
The support for application of glaze also plays a very important role in obtaining an optimal result. When the mousse cake is too firm or too dry, you might experience a glazed surface with air bubbles. Similarly, if your mousse cake surface is extremely glossy or humid on top, you have a high risk of your glaze sliding or you risk air bubbles again. A pro-tip to avoid your glaze from drying out is to ensure the mousse cake is kept to set in a freezer, with a temperature of minus 20° degrees constantly, without opening the freezer, which could lead to the outer layer of the mousse defrosting & frosting again. When the outer layer of the mousse is exposed to different temperatures, the surface can either become too dry or too humid leading to the glaze sliding off or air bubbles on top.
Heat up the required amount of glaze in the micro-wave or “au bain-marie”, avoiding direct heat, that could potentially damage and impact the stability or the visual aspect. Respect the temperatures mentioned on the packaging for an optimal viscosity to apply the glaze.
Mix your glaze using a hand blender with variable speed. Avoid using the blender with a unique high speed as it could lead to the creation of extra air bubbles. The quality of the blender construction is important, because a blender which has a blade vibrating while mixing, will create air bubbles.
There are different ways to apply your glaze, find out what works best for your creations.
Now that you have mastered the art of Glaze application, lets seek some inspiration on how to customize your glaze to create your signature finish, click here!