Simple Vanilla Glaze

This simple vanilla glaze can be whipped up in just a minute or two, and I love to use it for a touch of elegance.  I use it most often on my pound cakes, but it is very versatile!  You may wish to experiment with different flavorings too.  Enjoy ;0)

Simple Vanilla Glaze by

There are so many variations of this recipe floating around—but they are all very similar.  This particular recipe is based on a Vanilla Glaze recipe featured in Shelly Kaldunski’s book, “Cupcakes”

1 cup confectioner’s sugar, sifted

2T milk

1tsp vanilla extract (use clear imitation vanilla if you need a true white glaze)

This makes a glaze with a thin consistency.

This glaze is a bit on the sheer side.  If you want a more opaque look, you have a few options– you can double dip your cupcakes into the glaze, frost a thin coat of buttercream beneath the glaze, or you can follow the thicker, spreadable variation below….

If you prefer a thicker, frosting-like consistency, try this variation….

1 cup confectioner’s sugar, sifted

1Tablespoon, plus 1 tsp milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

* This is one of the sugar coatings that we used in the Glazed Cupcake video.  I use a little spatula to spread the glaze, rather than dipping the cupcake.


****One more thing re: thinner consistency glazes–I usually do not level my cupcakes when glazing—but if you do, you’ll want to make sure that you frost over any holes that you have in your cupcake with buttercream before dipping.  If you do not do this, your glaze will seep down into your cupcake–and the hole will return.

Also, always cover your bowls of glaze with a damp paper towel when not in use to prevent the sugar from crusting over or crystallizing.

Category: Frostings and Glazes, Recipes


  1. Elizabeth Wood says: #1

    Adding whitener will also make it opaque.

  2. BeBe says: #2

    Thanks Elizabeth, that is good to know.

  3. Donna says: #3

    This glaze is great. Used it for orange muffins – it looked really pretty!

  4. Tatjana says: #4

    Hi :-)
    I wanted to ask if it is possible to cover a cake with the “simple vanilla glaze” an possibly also cover it with fondant afterwards? I want to make a really nice cake for my mum, but she doesn’t like buttercream that much and now I don’t know what to use instead to cover the cake! Thanks a lot for your help!

  5. Melissa Diamond says: #5

    Hi Tatjana– I have never tried covering an entire cake with the glaze. I’m just not sure. I think it may be more difficult to get the smoothness that is ideal for covering with fondant. How does your mom feel about ganache? You could use our “Simple Spreadable Ganache” which is just the common ratio of 2:1 chocolate to cream for dark or semi-sweet chocolate, or 3:1 ratio of chocolate to cream for white or milk chocolate. It firms up nicely and is a good foundation for fondant.

  6. Tatjana says: #6

    Oh perfect, well then I will try the “Simple Spreadable Ganache” with white chocolate! Thanks a lot for your advice!!!

  7. Michelle Machado says: #7

    Hi! I want to make a chocolate cake with white glaze over it. I would like to poure it and create the “falling”effect, but at the same time i would like an opaque look. Which one do you recommend?

  8. BeBe says: #8

    Hi Michelle, you can use the Simple Vanilla Glaze. If you want it to be a bit thicker just decrease the liquid used…..or leaving the liquid at 2 Tablespoons, add more confectioners sugar. You will achieve a more opaque look by doing a second pour over the first.

  9. Michelle Machado says: #9

    Thank you BeBe!

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