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! 

lemon icing glaze

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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4.78 from 54 votes
How to Make a Lemon Glaze
Prep Time
3 mins
Total Time
3 mins
 

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

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Lemon Glaze
Servings: 1 batch
Calories: 868 kcal
Author: Karlynn Johnston
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 Facts
How to Make a Lemon Glaze
Amount Per Serving
Calories 868 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 40mg 2%
Potassium 62mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 214g 71%
Sugars 207g
Vitamin A 2.5%
Vitamin C 38%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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74 Comments


  1. 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!


  2. 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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