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Lemon Icing Glaze is very easy to make and consists of four simple ingredients. Read on to find out how to make this great, simple lemon glaze that will be amazing on your cakes, cupcakes and more! 

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Lemon Glaze Recipe

In order to make my Lemon Blue berry Bundt all it could be and more, it needed an amazing lemon icing. To achieve this, one needs to mix icing sugar with lemon juice as the base. I decided to add in a ton of lemon zest and a teensy, weensy bit of butter to try and give it a good slick, crackly crust. This was loaded with lemon flavor, no taming the taste buds here! My lemon dishes have to scream lemon, then slap you in the face with flavor, and this is exactly what this glaze did.

What do you need to make lemon glaze?

  • 1 3/4 cups of confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 cup of lemon juice
  • the zest of one lemon (or more!)
  • 1 tsp of salted butter

In a large Pyrex measuring cup, the 4 cup capacity ones are the best, combine the sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Now, again, I use salted butter. If you want to add another layer to the lemon flavour, feel free to toss just a pinch of salt into the mix now. We all know how I feel about salt in icings, such as my Buttercream Icing / Frosting Recipe. The salt is a necessity to cut the sugar taste and add some complexity past that overwhelming sweet rush. Just the tiniest pinch, depending on how salty your butter is.
  • Add in the butter then microwave on high for 45 seconds.
  • Take out the measuring cup and whisk until smooth, making sure there are no lumps.
  • Let it sit for a few minutes then pour it over your c
    reation. This would be beyond amazing on scones, cakes, bundts of course, anything that you can think of that needs a lemon glaze works.

Troubleshooting this Lemon Glaze

  1. If you have a watery glaze, you have too little icing/powdered/confectioners sugar. It can get really packed together in the bags that it comes in, so someone that uses 2 cups of packed icing sugar is going to have a very different result from the person that uses 2 cups of loosely packed or sifted confectioners sugar.
  2. Don’t use lemon juice to make the flavour more prominent, use lemon zest and make it as small as you can. It works wonderfully to add that lemon flavour!

Happy Baking!  You can use this lemon glaze on:

  1. Lemon Strawberry Bundt Cake
  2. Lighter Lemon Blackberry Muffins
  3. Glazed Meyer Lemon Scones
  4. If you want to try another amazing icing glaze, try my Cherry Icing Glaze!

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How to Make a Lemon Glaze

Perfect lemon icing glaze, with salted butter giving it an amazing taste.

4.33 from 95 votes
Prep Time
3 minutes
Total Time
3 minutes
Course
Dessert
Cuisine
American
Servings
1
Calories
868
Author
Karlynn Johnston
Keywords
Lemon Glaze

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 zest of one lemon
  • 1 tsp salted butter

Instructions

  1. In a large Pyrex measuring cup, the 4 cup capacity ones are the best, combine the sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest.
  2. Now, again, I use salted butter. If you want to add another layer of taste, feel free to toss just a pinch of salt into the mix now. We all know how I feel about salt in icings, such as my buttercream icing recipe. The salt is a necessity to cut the sugar taste and add some complexity past that overwhelming sweet rush. Just the tiniest pinch, depending on how salty your butter is.
  3. Add in the butter then microwave on high for 45 seconds.
  4. Take out the measuring cup and whisk until smooth, making sure there are no lumps.
  5. Let it sit for a few minutes then pour it over your creation.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 868kcal, Carbohydrates: 214g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 10mg, Sodium: 40mg, Potassium: 62mg, Sugar: 207g, Vitamin A: 2.5%, Vitamin C: 38%

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian Prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Barbara Sheridan says

    Made a single layer lemon cake in the microwave, looked on the web and found your blog and your great recipe for the lemon icing glaze. Followed your recipe to the letter, sifted the confectioners sugar added a pinch of salt and the 1/4 cup of lemon juice (from the bottle) ran out of fresh lemons, hence no lemon zest, and one tablespoon of melted unsalted butter. The glaze is delicious on the lemon cake, my family loves anything with a lemon flavor. Thank you, Karlynn, for publishing your lemon glaze recipe on your blog. I signed up to follow you on twitter as well. I will certainly come back to your blog to check out your other recipes.

  2. Chey says

    Perfect on my lemon bread loaf! Glad to have found you! : ) Looks like I’ll be back to try out the delicious recipes I’m finding. Thank you!

  3. Rosie says

    Don’t know if you have changed the receipe since the comments from a year ago BUT I followed the receipt to the letter and it came out perfect! Used on my Summertime Lemonade Cookies, Oh My Goodness! Lemon perfection. Thank you.

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