Easy Chocolate Glaze for Cakes and Desserts

Chocolate Loaf Cake With Chocolate Glaze
Chocolate Loaf Cake With Chocolate Glaze. Diana Rattray
  • 8 mins
  • Prep: 4 mins,
  • Cook: 4 mins
  • Yield: 1 1/4 cups glaze (2 portions)
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Use this delicious chocolate glaze on slices of pound cake or on plain butter cookies or bars. Make it thin to drizzle over a cake or doughnuts, or thicken it with extra confectioners' sugar for a more substantial coating.

This recipe will make enough to drizzle over a loaf cake or Bundt cake, and it is easily doubled.

If you are looking for a thin chocolate icing that will become firm, not sticky, this is an excellent choice.

What You'll Need

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 ounces chocolate (unsweetened)
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water (boiling)

How to Make It

  1. Combine the butter and chocolate in a saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring until melted.
  2. Sift the confectioners' sugar into a small bowl. 
  3. Stir the sifted sugar into the melted butter and chocolate. Beat the mixture, adding boiling water until thinned as desired. If you happen to find it too thin, add a little more confectioners' sugar. If too thick, add more hot water.
  4. Drizzle the chocolate glaze over cake or use it as a cookie or brownie icing. It makes an excellent glaze for cream puffs, eclairs, or doughnuts. 
  1. If it stands too long, it will thicken. Just put it over the heat to thin it out again.

Variation Ideas

  • Add about 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla to the glaze for extra flavor. 
  • Garnish the glazed dessert with colored sugar or sprinkles before the glaze hardens.
  • Add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of mint extract for a chocolate mint glaze, and then sprinkle the glazed cake or dessert with chopped peppermint candies, if desired.