Translucent Sugar Glaze

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

Once dry, this simple, no-cook glaze forms a thin film over a cake or cookie crust. It may also be used as a decoration.

You can vary the flavor and instead of water, add lemon, lime, tangerine or orange juice or even rum or coffee to the powdered sugar.



Total Timeunder 15 minutes

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Taste and Texturecreamy, sweet


  • ½ cup (50 grams) unsifted powdered sugar
  • 4 teaspoons water


  1. Pour the sugar into a triple sifter and sift into a 1-quart mixing bowl. Add the water and stir with a rubber spatula until blended and smooth. The consistency should be thin enough so that a transparent film will cover the baked good. Adjust the consistency by adding water if it is too thick or sugar if it is too thin. Use immediately.



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I love that this glaze is something that you can build upon and make your own. You can use this simple recipe for just about anything from donuts to pound cake. I love recipes that are versatile and can have a variety of items added to them to create a new sauce or dish. It makes coming up with something on the fly much easier when unexpected guests drop by the house.


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