Translucent Sugar Glaze

Make a clear sugar glaze to decorate your desserts.

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

Editor's Note: This simple recipe for a clear, sugar glaze is ideal for just about any kind of dessert. Simple and easy to make, this glaze can be added as decor or used to enhance the taste of your recipe. With just two ingredients, this glaze has a sweet, yummy taste that won't overpower your treat. Add it to your favorite cookie recipes,  use it to enhance simple cakes, and more!

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.




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.

Baking Tip from the Editors of

We have a secret for you! Most talented bakers and brilliant cake makers do not pull a perfect treat out of the oven every single time. They have a ton of tricks up their sleeves to make their baking look like mouth-watering perfection. 

If you're looking to step up your baking game, try using this tip! This glaze works perfectly.

To add a stunning, sparkly, and crunchy look to your desserts brush this glaze onto your recipe and then bake it for last 10-15 minutes. This will allow the glaze to harden and crackle without burning or changing colors. It'll be picture-worthy every single time.

Source: Add a Crunchy, Crackly Top to Cakes and Quick Breads


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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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