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Powdered Sugar Glaze {Vanilla Cake Glaze}

Quick and easy easy powdered sugar glaze recipe, homemade with 3 simple ingredients: powdered sugar, milk, vanilla. Dries semi-hard. Perfect for drizzling on cakes, especially bundt cakes, cupcakes, donuts, cookies and other baked desserts.

This is the quickest and easiest way to take any baked good from plain to perfection. Since it dries semi-hard, it’s very different than my Glace Icing or Royal Icing which are both predominantly used for cookie decorating and dry hard. Some of these other recipes also make a wonderful drizzle on top of desserts: Chocolate Ganache, Chocolate Gravy, Homemade Dulce De Leche, Homemade Caramel Sauce, and Nutella Syrup.

Black Bowl Full of Confectioners Glaze on Rustic Gray Background

How To Make Powdered Sugar Glaze Recipe For Cake From Scratch?

  1. Whisk ingredients– This includes powdered sugar, milk, vanilla extract.
  2. Thin/Thicken Glaze– Add more milk to thin it or add more powdered sugar to thicken it.
  3. Drizzle it– On top of your baked goods.

Does Powdered Sugar Glaze Harden?

It dries semi-hard. It will stay in place, but not become brittle. This way, you can slice cakes or other desserts cleanly.

Why Does Powdered Sugar Glaze Taste Weird?

Most powdered sugar has cornstarch added to it and that adds a subtle metallic powdery taste.

Do You Have To Refrigerate Sugar Glaze? How To Store Desserts With This Glaze?

The sugar to dairy ratio is very high and this prevents spoilage for up to 3 days at room temperature. Then you can refrigerate it for up to 2 days after.

How To Use Cake Glaze? What To Pair With Vanilla Glaze?

This is great for topping any of the following treats:

Spoonful of Powdered Sugar Glaze in Black Bowl- Closeup Shot

Variations For Confectioners Glaze

Try other extracts– Such as almond, maple, lemon, orange, or even anise.

Add zests– Such as lemon, orange, lime, or even grapefruit.

Use vanilla bean– For great flavor and a speckled appearance.

Add instant coffee– For a rich and bold flavor.

Add cocoa powder– To make a chocolate glaze.

Add some alcohol– Such as bourbon or rum.

Add spices– Such as ground cinnamon, ginger, apple pie spice, or pumpkin spice.

Milk substitute– You can use heavy cream, half and half, or evaporated milk, if you prefer.

Make it vegan– Use a non-dairy milk of your choice such as soy, almond, or coconut milk.

Replace milk with melted butter– For a richer, buttery flavor to the glaze.

Add food coloring– Liquid food coloring or gel food coloring can be used to match a theme for your next event or party.

Add browned butter instead of milk– For a nutty flavor that is extra rich and delicious.

Add shredded coconut– This adds some texture.

Vanilla Cake Glaze in Black Bowl With Silver Spoon- Overhead Shot

Tips And Techniques For Pourable Glaze Icing

Sift powdered sugar– Because this breaks up lumps and makes for an ultra smooth consistency.

Use clear extract– Because this prevents discoloration, leaving the glaze bright white.

Cake or other baked goods must cool completely before icing is drizzled– Because this prevents the icing from melting and sliding off the dessert completely.

Whisk until smooth– Because this makes the best velvety consistency, and produces a nice gloss finish.

Pour glaze slowly– So as to not drench the dessert, or make it too thick.

How to thin glaze? Start with 2 tbsp milk and add more to thin out the glaze to your preference.

How to thicken glaze? If icing is too thin, mix in some more powdered sugar.

Storage

Make ahead instructions– Follow recipe below and then store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days. It will have to whisked again, prior to being used. 

Refrigerate– In a sealed container for up to 2 days.

Freeze– This is not recommended as it may become watery and separate upon thawing.

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Powdered Sugar Glaze (Vanilla Cake Glaze)

Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Quick and easy easy powdered sugar glaze recipe, homemade with 3 simple ingredients: powdered sugar, milk, vanilla. Dries semi-hard. Perfect for drizzling on cakes, especially bundt cakes, cupcakes, donuts, cookies and other baked desserts.
Yield: 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Powdered sugar, Sifted
  • 2-3 tbsp Milk, Whole or 2%, Can also use heavy cream or half and half or evaporated milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract, Use clear extract to prevent icing discoloration

Instructions 

  • In a medium size mixing bowl, add powdered sugar, milk, vanilla extract and whisk until mixture is smooth and glossy.
  • Start with 2 tbsp milk and add more to thin out the glaze to your preference. If icing is too thin, mix in some more powdered sugar.
  • Drizzle it on top of your cakes or other baked goods and enjoy.

Notes

  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days and will have to whisked again, prior to being used. 

Nutrition

Calories: 963kcal, Carbohydrates: 241g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 3mg, Sodium: 18mg, Potassium: 50mg, Sugar: 237g, Vitamin A: 49IU, Calcium: 37mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 963
Author: Abeer Rizvi

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