The anatomy of the TikTok-inspired mirror cakes at Eloise Market and Cakery

Eloise Market and Cakery is letting you have your cake and display it, too. And if you think these cakes look too good to eat, you’re totally right. 

Although they may look identical to your average cake, Eloise’s owner M.J. Schmidt finds most of her ingredients for these mirrored cakes at a craft shop rather than a grocery store. Shoppers can find the faux treats nestled among the real cakes at the Lee Drive bakery. 

Schmidt says she got the idea after seeing TikTok creators make fake cakes, cereal and smoothie bowls with mirrors to decorate the walls in their homes. 

“The first time I posted (my) mirror cakes, a lady was like ‘This makes no sense. Why would you put a mirror on a cake?’” Schmidt recalls. 

Since she spends her days icing cakes and confections, Schmidt thought it would be a fun project. 


Now, visitors can browse a selection of pre-made, decorative mirror cakes to purchase or head over to the bakery’s website to make custom orders, starting at $100. 

“I want to get them stocked up for Christmas because I think they’re a fun gift,” Schmidt says. “I also think it could be fun for first birthdays, because you can keep the cake forever.”

Though the ingredients are not the same, Schmidt still uses traditional bakery tools to achieve a realistic look. But don’t worry—she has a special set dedicated for fake cake making.


Schmidt says she has plenty of ideas for varieties of these faux desserts and plans to make a wall display in the bakery so customers can take photos and even find one to take home for themselves. 

“Everyone likes them as a cute little mirror to take pictures in,” she says. “I really want to make some with lights that turn on so you can use it as a makeup mirror.”

Schmidt says she’ll do it all, and will even write on a cake like she does to the real cakes she makes in shop. 

“Anything that we can put on a real cake,”  she says, “we can put on a mirror cake.”  

Click the dots on the image to learn about how the cakes are made:


This article was published in the December 2022 issue of 225 magazine.