Christmas tastes better
Mirror Glaze Cake
SERVES 12 PREP TIME 1 hour + freezing
340g packet butter cake mix
1 cup strawberry jam
270g NESTLÉ PLAISTOWE White Chocolate, plus 360g extra chopped 10 sheets gelatine
3 cups (750ml) cream
²³ / cup (160ml) water
¾ cup caster sugar
200g NESTLÉ Sweetened Condensed Milk White and red gel food colouring
Mini meringues, raspberries and edible gold shimmer powder, to décorate
1 Prepare butter cake in 20cm round pan according to packet directions. Cool, then split in half. Line a 20cm round springform cake pan and spread with jam. Top with one cake round. Freeze 2 hours.
2 Melt 270g white chocolate. Soften 4 gelatine sheets in cold water for 5 min. Heat cup of cream until just boiling, remove from heat. Squeeze excess liquid from gelatine, whisk into cream to dissolve. Whisk in melted white chocolate until smooth, then cool. Whip remaining cream to firm peaks. Fold cream into chocolate mixture.
3 Grease and line the base and sides of a 22cm round springform pan with a smooth sheet of baking paper. Pour in half the mousse. Place frozen cake jam side down in centre. Cover with remaining mousse then press second cake layer cut-side down into mousse. Freeze 3 hours.
4 Soften remaining 6 gelatine sheets in cold water for 5 min. Stir the water, sugar and NESTLÉ Sweetened Condensed Milk over medium heat until just boils, then remove. Squeeze excess water from gelatine, whisk into condensed milk mixture. Add remaining 360g chocolate and set aside for 3 min. Blend with stick blender until smooth. Tint white with food colouring. Strain mixture through a fine sieve into a large jug. Pour ½ cup into a smaller jug. Tint larger jug with red food colouring. Tap jug on bench to remove bubbles and cool.
Pour ¼ cup of white mix into red.
5 Unmould mousse cake and invert onto a flat bottomed inverted bowl over a large tray. Pour glaze over cake to cover completely and create swirled patterns. Pour over dollops of remaining white glaze. Allow excess to slowly drip o . Trim drips underneath, then lift onto a serving platter. Keep chilled. Decorate with mini meringues, halved raspberries and gold shimmer powder, if desired.