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Simple Powdered Sugar Glaze / Icing Recipe

An easy way to elevate cakes, cookies, muffins, and countless other baked goods! This simple 2 ingredient recipe will instantly step up any dessert. Read below for how to make this same recipe into either an icing or a glaze.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 to 3 tablespoons water, milk, heavy cream, or lemon juice * see notes


  • In a medium bowl, combine powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon of your choice of liquid. Whisk to combine.
    If your icing/glaze is too dry, gradually add more liquid, whisking well, until it reaches your desired consistency. If it gets too loose, sift in more powdered sugar, and mix.


* The amount and type of liquid you use depends on the recipe you're making (see blog post above for more details). For a thicker icing, use 1 to 2 tablespoons of your preferred liquid. For a thinner glaze, use 2 to 3 tablespoons of liquid.
Also an important thing to keep in mind is different brands of powdered sugar have different amounts of cornstarch worked in. So it's safest to start with less liquid and work up to your desired consistency! It's easier to add liquid than to have to add powdered sugar (speaking from experience!)
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