This basic cake glaze is perfect for a tube cake, bundt cake, or coffee cake. Or drizzle some glaze over muffins, cinnamon rolls, or quick bread.
The Basic Glaze
- 1/4 cup butter
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 to 4 tablespoons milk or hot water
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Melt 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) of butter in a saucepan or a bowl or cup in the microwave.
Sift 2 cups of powdered sugar into a medium size bowl.
Add the melted butter to the powdered sugar.
Add 2 tablespoons of milk or hot water.
Add the 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla. Stir to blend.
Beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy, adding a little more milk or hot water if necessary.
Drizzle the finished glaze over a cooled cake, quick bread, coffee cake, cupcakes, or other desserts.
- For a richer and creamier glaze or frosting, use heavy cream in place of the milk or water.
- For a citrus glaze, substitute orange or lemon juice for the milk or water and vanilla and add about 1/2 teaspoon of finely grated zest.
- For a chocolate glaze, increase the butter to 6 tablespoons and melt with 2 ounces of unsweetened chocolate. Reduce the vanilla to 1 teaspoon.
- For a butter-rum glaze, add 1 1/2 teaspoons of rum flavoring and omit the vanilla.
- If glazing a spice cake or cinnamon rolls, sprinkle the glaze with cinnamon-sugar while it's still soft.
- Freeze leftover frosting in freezer containers or zip-close freezer bags for up to 6 months.
- If your confectioners' sugar tends to leave lumps, sift if before adding it to the frosting or glaze.
- Brush away any loose crumbs on a cake before frosting or spreading glaze.
- Before the glaze hardens, sprinkle with chopped toasted pecans or other nuts or decorations.
- If a cake is particularly delicate, put it in the freezer for 20 to 30 minutes before frosting.
- It might be quicker to dip cupcakes or muffins in the glaze rather than spreading or drizzling.
- Put a sheet of wax paper under the rack when you glaze the cake. The wax paper will catch drips and make clean-up much easier. You might even be able to re-use some of the drips if they are crumb-free.