Powdered Sugar Glaze

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This recipe for a simple powdered sugar glaze is not only easy to make but delicious and incredibly versatile as well.

Use this on my cream cheese pound cake recipe, or try my Lemon Icing glaze for a lemony zing!

drizzling powdered sugar glaze on a cake

Powdered Sugar Glaze

The best part of any good cake or muffin is usually the sugar glaze on top, so why not make your own? This recipe uses cream, or half & half, as well as melted butter, to give a smooth, creamy and delicate consistency that clings to cakes and crackles instead of hardening into a single crunchy layer.

The butter in the recipe is what gives it that crackly finish! It’s the secret ingredient for the perfect glaze!                                                                                                                    

Powdered Sugar Glaze Ingredients

Make sure you look at the recipe card at the very bottom for the exact amounts, as there are a few fiddly ingredients here.

• Confectioners’ sugar

• Cream, half & half, or whipping cream

• Salt

• Vanilla extract

• Melted butter

ingredients for powdered sugar glaze

How To Make Powdered Sugar Glaze

• Combine all the ingredients in a measuring cup and stir until there are no lumps

• Alter the consistency using cream to your liking using cream

How To Alter the Flavor of Your Powdered Sugar Glaze

This recipe will make a good standard sugar glaze for use in all kinds of recipes but really only provides a basic, vanilla-forward flavor.

For something a bit more interesting, you could add all kinds of different flavorings. For an orange kick, you could add some orange juice and zest, or even some Cointreau liquor.

For something with a more delicate, macaroon-like flavor, you could add an equal amount of almond extract. It won’t make it taste like almonds but will provide a really interesting, unique flavor in addition to the vanilla.

Feel free to play around a bit with the additions, like using different types of citrus zest or other crazy flavors; just don’t vary too much from the base recipe.

powdered sugar glaze being poured on a bundt cake

What to Use Your Powdered Sugar Glaze on

This powdered sugar glaze is extremely multi-purpose, as you can use it in whatever recipes you like. This sugar glaze is simple but helps to amplify and expand existing flavors.

Use it on a baked dessert recipe, cakes or glaze a favorite muffin recipe, or even just use it as a sort of dipping sauce for something sweet like monkey bread to give you a big hit of sugar.

This will store pretty well in the fridge as well, as long as you keep it covered.

Looking for more delicious Dessert recipes? Try these out:

Blueberry Buckle

Cinnamon Spice Upside Down Apple Cake

Lemon Cherry Crunch Cake




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Powdered Sugar Glaze

The best powdered sugar glaze that drizzles perfectly for a crackly icing that is excellent for cakes, muffins, cinnamon buns and more!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time
2 minutes
0.75 cup
Karlynn Johnston


  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar aka confectioners or icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cream half and half or whipping cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tablespoons melted butter


  • Combine all ingredients in a measuring cup and stir together until there are no lumps.
  • To adjust the consistency, add more or less cream until desired consistency has been reached.
  • Drizzle on cakes, muffins, cinnamon buns and more!

Recipe Notes

  • you can omit the salt and use salted butter instead 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 1343kcal, Carbohydrates: 241g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 45g, Saturated Fat: 28g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 135mg, Sodium: 674mg, Potassium: 46mg, Sugar: 235g, Vitamin A: 1521IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 38mg, Iron: 1mg

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. Jillian says

    Used this glaze on something I baked up and it was delicious! I’ll never buy the store bought glaze again!5 stars

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