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Drizzling a bundt cake on a wire rack with powdered sugar glaze in a yellow bowl.

Powdered Sugar Glaze

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This is a basic glaze for pound cake, scones, cookies, cinnamon rolls, coffee cakes and more. It can elevate simple bakes and make them sweetly irresistible! It's versatile flavor-wise, comes together in 5 minutes, uses 2 ingredients, and lasts for weeks. 

  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (or more) liquid of choice (see Notes below for options).


  1. Important: the liquid is always an estimate, as people might want a thinner or thicker glaze, and powdered sugars vary in terms of how much liquid they absorb. Start with a smaller amount than the one specified and adjust as needed. 
  2. Mix the powdered sugar with the lemon juice in a medium bowl until creamy and thick. 
  3. This is the thick glaze we use for the lemon brownies, but, depending on your use, you might want to add more liquid (thinner icing) or powdered sugar (thicker glaze) until you reach the desired consistency. 
  4. Do a test run by drizzling some glaze and letting it drip to see how thin it is. You'll be amazed at how fast it drips down even though you thought it was very thick. 
  5. Use immediately and let dry before serving. 
  6. Or store in an airtight container or tightly wrapped bowl for 2 days at room temperature and 2 weeks in the refrigerator. When ready to use, stir to remix it until completely smooth. 


  • Powdered sugar: also called confectioners or icing sugar, you can easily buy it online. Domino powdered sugar is a very popular one.
  • Liquid: citrus juice, fruit juice, syrups, prepared coffee, milk or cream, water, liqueurs, oil, vegetable milks. And more.
  • Storage time depends on the liquid used. It can be kept for a few days at room temperature and refrigerated for several weeks, but keep in mind that glazes with perishable ingredients like dairy or fresh fruit juice may have a shorter shelf life. 
  • Author: Paula Montenegro
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Glazes
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: International