By Mike Pomranz
Updated May 13, 2016
Credit: @olganoskovaa

Cakes are more than just a dessert. Sure, it’s a bonus if they taste good, but more so than other sweets, they are also a form of expression – whether it be creating a life-sized version of your favorite actor, Benedict Cumberbatch, or passing along an important message like “Happy Birthday” or “You make poor choices when you’re drunk.”

Russian baker Olga Noskova is the latest baker to take the online world by storm with her cakey vision. She finishes off her baked goods with an eye-popping, extremely reflective icing that gives them the appearance of being made of something like glass or plastic. spoke with Thomas Vaccaro, dean of Baking and Pastry Arts for The Culinary Institute of America, who said the technique is called a “mirror glaze,” and, indeed, as is evident in the Instagram photo below, you can literally see your reflection in their shiny outer shell.

Interestingly, as cool and unique as these cakes may look to people who spend more time on the internet than in pastry shops, her method actually isn’t anything game-changing. “This is old school stuff,” Vaccaro was quoted as saying. “Chefs have been doing mirror glazes for 30 or 40 years, but it's just not mainstream.”

Even Noskova has been surprised by the reaction, exploding from relative obscurity to racking up over 386,000 followers on Instagram. “I am shocked!” she posted on the social photo site. “My phone can't deal with all the messages!”

It just goes to show you that you never know what old school technique might be waiting to capture the imagination of an entirely new generation. Think of it like the Ghostbusters reboot but in cake icing form! Except the Internet doesn’t hate these cakes.