How to Make a Glaze

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 confectioners’ 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.

Recipes:

Fruit Glaze
Chocolate Coffee Glaze
Confectioners’ Sugar Glaze
Strawberry Glaze

Try our Chocolate Cream Roll with Chocolate Glaze
Honey Cake with Apple Glaze
Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Powdered Sugar Glaze
Strawberry Cheese Pie with Strawberry Glaze

Tips

  • 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.