The Best Danish, Pastry and Cinnamon Roll Icing Glaze or Frosting

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Everyone needs a good cinnamon roll icing glaze recipe that they can depend on time and time again. However let’s not forget that you can use this icing glaze on homemade Danishes or any pastry that you whip up at home!

Pastry and Cinnamon Roll Icing Glaze or Frosting on top of Cinnamon Roll

Basic & delicious cinnamon roll icing glaze recipe

This is a pretty basic icing glaze recipe, consisting of only 4 ingredients! It’s not fancy but it is one that you need to have in your back pockets at all times. The real secret to what makes this glaze delicious is the salted butter! A really good icing glaze shouldn’t be just milk and icing sugar, you aren’t going to get a icing glaze that cracks and crackles. It’s the melted butter that is going to give you that crust on your icing and not have it super sticky.

Cinnamon Roll with Cinnamon Roll Icing Glaze on Top

Now of course when you drizzle this cinnamon roll icing glaze on warm cinnamon rolls, they aren’t going to really harden up and be all crackly. This icing will be the best on danishes and other pastries that you don’t eat warm or hot, you’ll really see how it cracks and hardens up!

If you are looking for other icing, frosting, or glaze recipes try these winners:

  1. The Best Buttercream Icing Recipe
  2. Lemon Icing Glaze
  3. Lemon Buttercream Icing
  4. Cherry Icing Glaze

Happy baking! Make sure to use these on my Fast & Fluffy no Rise Cinnamon Rolls! 

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The Best Danish, Pastry and Cinnamon Roll Icing Glaze or Frosting

The Best Danish, Pastry and Cinnamon Roll Icing Glaze or Frosting! This buttery, crackly icing glaze is the best one ever! 
5 from 10 votes
Cinnamon Roll with Cinnamon Roll Icing Glaze on Top
Prep Time
3 minutes
Total Time
3 minutes
Karlynn Johnston


  • 1/4 cup salted butter, melted
  • 4 cups powdered/confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4-6 tsp heavy cream


  • In a large Pyrex 4 cup measuring glass, whisk together all of the ingredients until smooth. Start with 4 tsp of cream and then work your way until you reach the consistency you desire. 
  • Drizzle over the baked goods.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 214kcal, Carbohydrates: 43g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 13mg, Sodium: 38mg, Sugar: 42g, Vitamin A: 155IU, Calcium: 2mg

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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  1. Carol says

    I made this recipe today, and it tastes great. But I wanted a glaze for a Bundt cake, and this recipe made enough for six Bundt cakes. Next time for one cake I will make a third of the recipe. 4 cups of confectioner sugar makes a whole Lotta frosting.

  2. Victoria says

    I made the icing today for some blueberry biscuits and it was absolutely delicious! The best icing recipe I’ve found thus far. My only question is can leftovers be refrigerated and still used another day?

  3. Carol Robb says

    There are many frostings out there for cinnamon rolls, but this one was the best that I’ve found. I am dairy free and used your recipe with my dairy free substitutions. It was fabulous! Instead of butter, I used Melt Organic, and to replace the cream, I used Canned Coconut cream that I get from Trader Joes. I used the same amounts. Thanks for a great recipe! No one who ate my gluten free dairy free cinnamon rolls knew they were not wheat. The frosting did the trick!5 stars

    • Jen Malooly says

      Excellent frosting!! I burnt the butter to a darker color and it made this frosting amazing!! Used for cinnamon rolls for christmas.5 stars

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