- Prep Time : 3 minutes
- Cook Time : 10 minutes
Prior to beginning have your ingredients ready to go. This is going to move quickly and you'll want/need to be prepared.
In a small bowl combine the corn starch and cold water until there are no more clumps. This is your thickening agent.
In a small saucepan melt the chocolate, sugar, hot water and corn syrup over medium heat. Bring to a boil and boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly at an even speed.
Add the cornstarch mixture. Let the mixture simmer for 4 minutes, stirring constantly at an even speed. It should thicken up just a bit.
Cool for 5 minutes and add vanilla, stirring to combine and until mixture is creamy.
Spread on your dessert. TIP: The glaze will cool very quickly so you'll want to work fast.
I used it on a basic yellow cake:
Start by pouring the entire batch of glaze on top of the cake. You'll be tempted but do not use your spatula to spread the glaze. You'll end up with a streaky glaze.
Holding both sides of the plate. Lift it up and begin to slowly tilt in various directions, moving the glaze to different areas.
TIP: As the glaze cools it will get heavier and will drip much more down the sides of the cake, creating a pool of glaze on the plate at the base of the cake. To reduce the chances of this happening, tilt the glaze so that it just starts to move over the sides of the cake, then let gravity do the rest. Also, place in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve to stop the glaze from continuing to travel downward.
My Grandma makes the very best chocolate glaze! She says the secret is in how consistently you whisk the mixture while it is cooking. A few years ago she gave me some old cookbooks she had purchased years ago. These are the types of cookbooks famous in small towns. Those that are compiled by the Ladies Aid and local churches. I grabbed one compiled in a small town in North Dakota (those ladies know how to bake!!) hoping I could find a chocolate glaze recipe close to Grandma’s. This particular cookbook was so old that it had advertising in the back with two and three digit telephone numbers. I also came across this ad:
This glaze is really perfect for any dessert. And it is so smooth and shiny that you can literally see yourself in it!
I especially love how quick and easy it is. It takes 5 minutes to cook, another 5 to let it cool and then 2 minutes to swirl it around on your cake. Done.