Orange Glaze

LAST UPDATED: Mar 01, 2021 | PUBLISHED: Dec 01, 2019 | By:

This orange glaze recipe is so easy and straight forward to make with just four simple ingredients. It’s perfect for topping breakfast rolls and cakes and it is amazingly tangy and sweet.

orange glaze over an orange roll

You know breakfast rolls are just calling to be covered in icing. I made a sweet and refreshing orange glaze to drizzle, okay, pour over my orange rolls and I shamelessly couldn’t stop licking the beater. This recipe is a blend of my standard vanilla glaze and sweet orange glaze for a not-too-sweet, perfectly drizzly topping!

Orange Glaze Ingredients

You just need 3 ingredients to make this delicious glaze.

powdered sugar butter and orange juice in bowls
  • Orange Juice – Freshly squeezed or store-bought. Fresh squeezed is more concentrated without added sugar.
  • Butter – Salted or unsalted, it’s your choice
  • Powdered Sugar – Also known as confectioners’ sugar. This ingredient is a must for this recipe. as it is very light and combines well with the other ingredients. If you don’t have any powdered sugar, you can add granulated sugar to a blender, and whizz it until it is light and fluffy.
  • Optional: Orange Zest – For even more orange flavor, add orange zest or orange extract.

How to Make Orange Glaze

It’s so easy to make this recipe.

  1. Combine ingredients together. powdered sugar and orange juice in clear glass mixing bowl
  2. Pour over your rolls or cake.

Recipe Variations

You can substitute the orange juice for fresh lemon juice to make a zesty lemon glaze!

orange roll with orange glaze on plate with fork

What Do You Use Glaze On?

As you can see from the pictures, this glaze is perfect with my orange rolls but it’s also delicious to top bundt and pound cakes. Drizzle it on my Easy Pound Cake Recipe for hit of zesty sweetness! It’s such an easy way to elevate baked goods, I’ve been known to dip my Bakery Sugar Cookies in it!

It’s also perfect for Lemon Shortbread Cookies and Cranberry Orange Bread!

Top Tips To Make This Orange Glaze Recipe

  • Warm the glaze for the perfect pour / drizzle.
  • Want a drizzle rather than a drench? Use a condiment bottle!
  • This glaze can be refrigerated covered for up to 1 week.
  • Ideally you want whatever you are glazing to cool slightly so the glaze doesn’t melt off.

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A not too sweet orange glaze recipe for rolls & scones

Orange Glaze Recipe

Author: Julie Blanner
A delightfully simple orange glaze that's tangy and sweet – perfect for rolls, breads, pound cakes, and more!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 3 mins
Total Time 3 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 89 kcal


  • 6 tablespoons butter melted
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • cup orange juice


  • In a medium mixing bowl or stand mixer, combine all ingredients together until smooth.
  • Pour over the top of rolls, scones, cakes and more!


  • Warm the glaze for the perfect pour / drizzle.
  • Want a drizzle rather than a drench? Use a condiment bottle!
  • This glaze can be refrigerated covered for up to 1 week.


Calories:89kcalCarbohydrates:20gProtein:1gFat:1gSaturated Fat:1gCholesterol:3mgSodium:9mgPotassium:9mgSugar:20gVitamin A:38IUVitamin C:2mg
5 from 3 votes
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