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How to Make a Glaze

Glazes are used to give desserts a smooth or shiny finish. A glaze is usually drizzled onto a cake or applied with a pastry brush to give a glisten to pastries. Glazes also add a glassine look to fruit pies and tarts.

A basic glaze contains powdered’ sugar and a liquid such as water or milk. More liquid is added for a thinner glaze. Flavor can be added with melted chocolate, extracts, jams, or fruit juice.

  • Cake should be at room temperature or slightly chilled.
  • Put a piece of parchment or wax paper under cake to catch drips.
  • Glaze should be of pouring consistency. Glaze sets quickly, so if you're applying decorations or toppings such as nuts, do so immediately after glazing.
  • Pour glaze on the center of cake. Allow excess to drip off cake. Touch glaze as infrequently as possible to avoid picking up crumbs.
  • Allow glazed cake to set for at least 2 hours at room temperature.

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