Basic Powdered Sugar Glaze - The Southern Lady Cooks

Basic powdered sugar glaze is very simple and wonderful to drizzle over any kind of cake, muffins, breads, cinnamon rolls, waffles or any baked goods where you just want to add a little something extra or a little more sweetness.  This is not a frosting or icing.  It is a drizzle or glaze.  You can also double this recipe or even triple if you want to glaze something large.  We have hundreds of DIY, make your own tips on our site like this for you to check out.

Basic Powdered Sugar Glaze Ingredients:

Powdered Sugar


Vanilla Extract

This recipe is so simple but it really is a bakers dream, especially when you just want a great topping without having to make a full frosting. If you have followed our site for any amount of time you know we love this basic powdered sugar glaze.

Here are a few simple tips when making this basic powdered sugar glaze:

  • You can add more milk or more sugar to get the consistency you desire. Sometimes we will add more sugar to make it a little thicker so it will stand out more on the cake.
  • You can use water to make this glaze but we prefer milk. I have also used whipping cream or heavy cream many times and that works too.
  • We use vanilla extract most of the time, but it can tint the glaze, so if you need pure white glaze use clear vanilla flavoring.
  • You can use other extracts for other flavors, such as lemon, maple, almond, butter pecan, etc. This is a simple basic recipe and very versatile!
  • You could also use your favorite liquor such as bourbon or rum.


The Honey Bun Cake, is one of our favorites and this glaze takes it to the next level! You may also love this delicious Lemon Cake and these incredible Apple Fritters, both pictured.

Basic Powdered Sugar Glaze - The Southern Lady Cooks

Basic Powdered Sugar Glaze - The Southern Lady Cooks

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Basic Powdered Glaze

Judy Yeager
This glaze is wonderful over bread, cupcakes, waffles, and super easy to make. Perfect to top cakes or ice cream too!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Sauce
Cuisine American, southern
Servings 1 cup


  • 1 cup white powdered sugar
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons milk I use 2%
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract optional


  • Put sugar in a bowl and whisk in milk and vanilla extract until mixture is smooth. You can add more or less milk or sugar to get the consistency you want. When I add the vanilla extract, I usually use the clear vanilla extract to keep from darkening the glaze.
  • You can sift the powdered sugar if you want. I don't usually do this. I just make sure it is mixed well and smooth with no lumps. I use a pitcher to drizzle the glaze over my baked goods because I think it works better than just pouring. This makes about 1 cup of glaze.
Keyword powdered glaze
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