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Everyone needs a great vanilla glaze recipe in their baking repertoire and my buttery vanilla glaze is IT! This is great on cakes, cinnamon buns and more!

 Vanilla Glaze
Vanilla Glaze

 Vanilla Glaze with Butter

How have I never put butter in my vanilla glazes? I am truly disappointed in myself. This is something I should have thought of years ago. Butter (like bacon) makes everything better. A simple vanilla glaze is a baking basic that everyone should know how to make. You need it for cakes, muffins, some cookies,sweet breads, the list goes on and on. The taste of this glaze however is far from simple.

The butter gives it a luxurious mouth feel that you just don’t get with a plain glaze and once you make this one, you’re never going back to a butter-free glaze life again. I might just have ruined you forever, I’m sorry. Now, I don’t mess around with any lil’ bit of butter. You are going to use a full two tablespoons of melted butter in this, that’s the same amount of cream that you use as well. Heck, if you are feeling frisky, just go ahead and use three tablespoons.

Buttery Vanilla Glaze from @kitchenmagpie

Now, I used this on my Quickie Cinnamon Buns,  a classic recipe that we have used for years in our house. However these beauties were just made better by my buttery vanilla glaze.
Keep this recipe in your back pocket for when you need an easy and delicious glaze. Let me know if you try it and what you think! Happy baking!


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5 from 3 votes
Buttery Vanilla Glaze
Prep Time
2 mins
Total Time
2 mins
How to make a rich, buttery vanilla glaze for your cakes, muffins and breads! Once you use butter in it, you'll never go back to a plain glaze again!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: vanilla glaze
Calories: 1010 kcal
Author: Karlynn Johnston
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tbsp cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tbsp melted butter
  1. Combine all ingredients in a measuring cup and stir together until there are no lumps.
  2. To adjust the consistency, add more or less cream until desired consistency has been reached.
  3. Drizzle on cakes, muffins, cinnamon buns and more!
Nutrition Facts
Buttery Vanilla Glaze
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1010 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 34g 52%
Saturated Fat 21g 105%
Cholesterol 102mg 34%
Sodium 508mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 180g 60%
Sugars 176g
Vitamin A 23%
Calcium 1.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Hi! I tried this, but (because of the butter?) the result was grainy, it wasn’t silk and smooth. Could it be that the cream was straight from the fridge? I did however mixed it very well, for 4-5 minutes with a fork, in ceramic bowl. Was it the bowl that wasn’t metallic? I can’t figure out what made it to be like that, like sand:) Did this ever happen to you? I really don’t know what to do for future batches, and the butter sounds like a great addition to the icing.
    Any help/suggestions would be appreciated!
    And of course, thank you for the idea and the recipe!

    • Did you use regular sugar and not confectioner’s? That would make it grainy.

  2. It says 4.5 hrs cooking time. Is that correct? Or a mistake? I don’t see any cooking.

    • Sadie Miller Reply

      This was for a soup recipe so I wasnt sure ,I used cream I had in the fridge says half and half 10% hope that is okay. Recipe just said cooking cream

    • The Kitchen Magpie Reply

      I use half and half for baking unless I specify whipping!

  3. The Kitchen Magpie Reply

    The cinnamon bun recipe is coming right up as well!

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