How to make Powdered Sugar Glaze

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Are you going to make a cake soon or are you planning to make the best cookies? Then you can provide it with a layer of glaze at the end. In this article we will explain how you can get the best frosting and what Powdered Sugar Glaze exactly is.

What is the definition of Glaze

The meaning of Powdered Glaze is:

”Glaze, Icing or frosting is a base of powdered sugar for the finish of cakes and cookies”.


Types of Glazing

The main ingredient of Glazing is powdered sugar. Powdered sugar is known to most people, but it is finely ground granulated sugar. By grinding this sugar, a texture in the form of powder is created. Powdered sugar has the ability to dissolve much faster. You often use powdered sugar to sweeten desserts or making icing. Glaze comes in two forms:

  • Running Glaze
  • Firm / Solid Glaze

Running glaze

If you want to make glazing that is ”running” you need to mix the powdered sugar with some warm water or some lemon juice. You use this icing to decorate cakes and cookies. When you put the glaze on the cake you will see clear stripes or strings.

Solid glaze

You can make the Firm glaze by whipping the egg white. This egg white need the thickness of a half-whipped meringue. If you have the half-whipped meringue, you can add the powdered sugar. You can use the icing to stay firm on a dessert, for example for Christmas Cookies!

How to make Powdered Sugar Glaze

Powdered Sugar Glaze

Powdered Sugar Glaze is really easy to make. Kids can make it by themselves! You can use the glaze for a cake or cookies. Enjoy!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Cookies
Calories 102 kcal


  • Mixing Bowl
  • Digital Food Scale
  • Whisk
  • Sieve


  • 150 grams Powdered Sugar
  • 3 tbsp Water (Milk is also an option)
  • 10 ml Vanilla Extract
  • Food Coloring


  • Take a bowl for the Powdered Sugar en start measuring the 150 grams.
  • Start sifting the Powdered Sugar
  • Stir the Powdered Sugar with 3 tablespoons of milk or hot water. You will notice that the Powdered Sugar will become a white glaze. You have the option to add lemon juice or to add vanilla to give the glazing more flavor. If you want to give the glazing a color you can add food coloring.
  • Keep stirring until the icing is shiny.
  • Spread the glaze / icing on the cake or your homemade cookies. Smooth it with a knife or spoon.
  • The glaze will harden on its own.



The food coloring is optional.


Calories: 102kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSodium: 1mgSugar: 25g
Keyword Powdered Sugar Glaze
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FAQ Powdered Sugar Glaze

Below you can find the most frequently asked questions about the Sugar Glaze:

What is Sugar Glaze?

Glaze, Icing or frosting is a base of powdered sugar for the finish of cakes and cookies

What are the types of Glaze?

There are two types: Running Glaze and Solid Glaze.

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