Lemon Glaze

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  • An easy, refreshing Lemon Glaze made with just 3 ingredients! You can whip up this amazing Lemon Glaze recipe in 5 minutes. Lemon Glaze Icing is perfect for breads, pound cakes, angel food cakes and so much more!

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    You know spring is here when lemons have become a staple. In our home you’ll find a large bowl of them on the counter, one in just about every water and infused into many of my favorite recipes (listed below).

    This 3 ingredient lemon glaze recipe is the perfect addition to breakfast rolls, pound cakes, sweet breads, a bundt cake, angel food cake, donuts, scones, cookies, cheesecake and so much more! This Lemon Glaze Icing turns even the most basic pastries into something special! 

    When life gives you lemons, make glaze.

    It has a fresh lemon flavor you’ll crave again and again! It’s slightly tart, slightly sweet – perfect for all lemon lovers!

    honey lemon cake with lemon glaze refreshing summer dessert recipe

    I’d like to think a glaze is icing without all the guilt, wouldn’t you agree? Just a little touch of lemon glaze to quench your spring or summer sweet tooth without all the calories of a pile of icing.

    There’s so much flavor in each bite. This glaze is soft, yet sets just enough for a beautiful slice, every time. 

    If that’s not enough, lemon glaze creates the prettiest drizzle that enhances any basic dessert, making it feel more like a centerpiece. No cake decorating skills required, which is always an added bonus! I still long to take cake decorating classes, but until I find the time, this glaze will do just fine!

    What is in Lemon Glaze?

    Lemon Glaze Icing is made with just three staple ingredients which is perfect to mix up on a whim!

    • Butter – at room temperature is the base for this delicious glaze. I always use salted in my recipes, but unsalted works as well. It’s truly your personal preference.
    • Powdered Sugar – You can make it with granulated sugar, however it won’t have the same amazing consistency. Confectioner’s sugar gives this glaze the most incredible texture and soft bite.
    • Lemon Juice – Freshly squeezed or store bought lemon juice adds just the right amount of refreshing flavor to this lemon glaze icing. You can add a little lemon zest to garnish if you’d like but this glaze is delightfully sweet and the perfect compliment to desserts.

    blueberry bread blueberry loaf cake with glaze

    The Easiest Lemon Glaze Recipe

    Lemon Glaze is so quick and simple! It truly is the best way to elevate a dessert or breakfast treat – even if it’s store bought! To see just how easy it is, watch the video in this recipe!

    1. Combine butter, powdered sugar and lemon juice in a medium bowl until smooth.
    2. Once your cake, cookies or bread have cool completely, warm the glaze and drizzle over the top of the cake or bread!

    You can also use a bowl to dip the top of muffins in the sweet glaze.

    lemon loaf on a platter

    Tips to Make the Best Glaze

    • Warm the glaze in the microwave (you can use a measuring cup).
    • Whisk until smooth to remove any lumps.
    • Pour over your baked goods.

    This method ensures a beautiful drizzle. This glaze hardens just enough to set, but still offers a soft, supple bite. It’s thick, yet translucent,  This way you get a pretty slice and unbelievable flavor and texture!

    lemon bread recipe

    How to Store Glaze

    You can make glaze ahead of time and store covered in the refrigerator for up to a week. Bring to room temperature before warming. Freezing glazes is not recommended.

    There’s a glaze for everything! Don’t forget to try these amazing glazes as well: Cream Cheese GlazeCinnamon Roll GlazeApple Pie GlazeBasic Glaze, and Orange Glaze!

    Serve this Lemon Glaze Icing On

    honey lemon cake with lemon glaze refreshing summer dessert recipe
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    Lemon Glaze

    This 3 ingredient lemon glaze recipe is the perfect addition to breakfast rolls, pound cakes, sweet breads, honey lemon cake, angel food cake and so much more! Just a little touch of lemon glaze to quench your sweet tooth without all the calories of a pile of icing.

    Course Dessert
    Cuisine American
    Keyword dessert, easy recipe, frosting, glaze, icing, lemon glaze, lemon glaze icing, lemon glaze recipe
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Total Time 5 minutes
    Servings 12
    Calories 168 kcal

    Ingredients

    • 6 Tbsp butter melted
    • 3 c powdered sugar
    • 1/4 c lemon juice

    Instructions

    1. Combine butter, powdered sugar and lemon juice until smooth.

    2. Warm, mix with a whisk to eliminate and clumps and pour over your baked goods.

    Recipe Video

    Recipe Notes

    Try this lemon glaze on one of these easy recipes!

    • Lemon Pound Cake Recipe
    • Honey Lemon Cake
    • Easy Pound Cake Recipe
    Nutrition Facts
    Lemon Glaze
    Amount Per Serving (1 g)
    Calories 168 Calories from Fat 45
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 5g8%
    Saturated Fat 3g15%
    Cholesterol 15mg5%
    Sodium 51mg2%
    Potassium 5mg0%
    Carbohydrates 30g10%
    Sugar 29g32%
    Vitamin A 175IU4%
    Vitamin C 2mg2%
    Calcium 2mg0%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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