Easy Cake Glaze Recipe

LAST UPDATED: Oct 01, 2019 | PUBLISHED: Oct 04, 2013 | By: Julie Blanner
This easy cake glaze recipe is so simple to make and it’s great on so many baked goods!  It only takes 5 minutes to make and uses just 4 pantry staple ingredients. It’s the perfect way to finish your favorite cake recipe!
 
Cake glaze drizzled over a pound cake
 
You know the saying, “the icing on the cake”? Well, it’s just as important, if not more important than the cake itself. This basic glaze recipe never disappoints!

To Make This Easy Cake Glaze Recipe, You Will Need:

Just 4 basic ingredients!
  • Butter
  • Powdered sugar: Also known as confectioners sugar or icing powder.
  • Vanilla extract: Pure rather than imitation if possible.
  • Heavy cream: You can substitute this for milk if you wish.

How to Make Easy Cake Glaze

It really couldn’t be easier to make this yummy glaze!
  1. Combine ingredients, beat on medium until smooth.
  2. Warm in microwave 30 seconds to make it a pourable glaze for easy topping.

What are the uses for this glaze?

This cake glaze recipe is perfect for topping pound cake, angel cake, bundt cake and even doughnuts!  Try it on all of these baked goods:

Glaze being poured onto a cake

Powdered Sugar Cake Glaze

The base of this cake glaze recipe is powdered sugar (also known as confectioners sugar and icing powder), it is extremely fine so it creates a wonderfully smooth finished glaze. It’s easy to make this glaze in a stand mixer, but if you don’t have one, you can also beat it by hand with a spatula in a large bowl, just make sure everything is well combined with no lumps.

Add A Glaze To Your Cake!

One of the reasons I love using a glaze is that it is beautiful without any effort at all. Just make, warm and pour! It’s such an easy way to elevate your baked goods and add a hit of sweetness. It’s perfect to decorate cakes fro friends and family, as well as occasion cakes.

How To Add Flavor To Your Cake Glaze

I used vanilla extract in my cake glaze recipe, but you can easily swap the vanilla extract for another flavor like lemon or orange. Add the extract in small quantities and taste as you go so that it’s not too strong. 

Shot of the icing being poured

Top Tips for This Recipe

  • Use the glaze as soon as you’ve made it or it will harden.
  • Before glazing your cake, ensure that the cake has full cooled, or the glaze can run off of it.
  • You can use milk in place of the heavy cream if you prefer.
  • If not enjoying the glazed cake straight away, store it in the fridge in an airtight container.
  • Use it on all of your favorite baked goods!

A glazed cake on a marble surface

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The best glaze recipe - perfect for cakes, donuts and more!

Basic Glaze Recipe

You know the saying, "the icing on the cake"? Well, it's just as important, if not more important than the cake itself. This basic glaze recipe never disappoints. It's perfect for topping pound cake, angel cake, bundt cake and even doughnuts!  It requires just 4 staple ingredients and less than 5 minutes of time to make.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 219kcal

Ingredients

  • 6 Tbsp butter melted
  • 3 c powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 Tbsp heavy cream {can substitute milk}

Instructions

  • Combine ingredients, beat on medium until smooth. Warm in microwave 30 seconds to make it a pourable glaze for easy topping.

Notes

  • Use the glaze as soon as you've made it or it will harden.
  • Before glazing your cake, ensure that the cake has full cooled, or the glaze can run off of it.
  • You can use milk in place of the heavy cream if you prefer.
  • If not enjoying the glazed cake straight away, store it in the fridge in an airtight container.
  • Use it on all of your favorite baked goods!

Nutrition

Calories: 219kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 63mg | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 280IU | Calcium: 5mg
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