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How to Make an Orange Icing Glaze for your cakes, sweet breads, cupcakes and more! It’s so simple and easy – and orange is SO under loved when it comes to baking! Well, not anymore! This orange icing glaze will be amazing on a ton of baked goods, mix and match the flavours! 

How to Make an Orange Icing Glaze
How to Make an Orange Icing Glaze

Everyone loves a good orange icing glaze.

We need to stop ignoring oranges for lemons, right about now. I get it, I really do because I adore everything lemon as well and admittedly lemon is my favourite out of the two. Oranges however are a much ignored fruit when it comes to making sweet breads, loaves and icings and they shouldn’t be. Oranges are cheaper, more plentiful and the colour is simply spectacular. If you feast with your eyes first as they say then oranges win over lemon for me every time. This has become a new favourite in the house ever since I made it!

How to Make an Orange Icing Glaze

How can I pick the most flavourful oranges to use?

Navel oranges can be hard, juice-less and downright nasty in the middle of winter. I have good luck usually with Sunkist when I can find them, it seems that there is a better quality to them when they have that label. Cara Cara oranges are also a good bet for juice and flavour, they are slightly pink inside as well. When it comes down to picking a good orange to use, try to detect which ones are really thick skinned and avoid them at all costs- those are always terrible inside. If you can, try to find Florida grown oranges, those are usually the best but when everything is off season you’re going to have to look extra hard for good oranges. Here’s a really interesting article about oranges with some great information.

How to Make an Orange Icing Glaze for your cakes, sweet breads, cupcakes and more! It's so simple and easy - and orange is SO under loved when it comes to baking! Well, not anymore!

Orange Icing Glaze Tips & Tricks

  • Pick the freshest, best oranges that you can find.
  • Look for oranges that have healthy peel on the outside, remember that you are going to zest the peel so look for skin that is unblemished.
  • Smell the oranges when you are picking them. Sometimes you can get a really good sense of the orange inside when it smells very fragrant. That also means that the oils in the peel are strong, which means you will get a strong flavour when you zest it.

If you are looking for another delicious icing glaze recipe, try my Lemon Icing Glaze Recipe. It’s one of the most popular on my website!

Happy baking everyone! Make sure to use this glaze on my Amazing Orange Loaf Cake recipe, it’s a match made in heaven.




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How to Make Orange Icing Glaze

How to make the best and most delicious orange icing glaze for your cakes and sweet breads.

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Total Time
5 minutes
Karlynn Johnston


  • 1 3/4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 1 tsp salted butter melted


  1. In a large Pyrex measuring cup (the 4 cup capacity ones are the best to use for this) combine the sugar, orange juice and orange zest. Whisk until there are no lumps.

  2. Add in the butter then whisk together again until smooth. If it is not pourable, you can microwave it for 30 seconds or so. 

  3. Let the mixture sit if you microwaved it, otherwise you can pour it over your cake or loaf. 

Recipe Notes

You can adjust the consistency of this to your liking by adding more powdered sugar or juice, to thicken or thin it out.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 88kcal, Carbohydrates: 21g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 4mg, Potassium: 12mg, Sugar: 21g, Vitamin A: 0.5%, Vitamin C: 4.7%

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. sonny boyes says

    brilliant although you should add to the recipe that you should add a drop of water to get the right thickness.

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