Dairy-Free Chocolate Glaze

Dairy-Free Chocolate Glaze

Miri Rotkovitz

  • Total: 22 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 12 mins
  • Servings: 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
194 Calories
4g Fat
37g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 194
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 91mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 2g
Calcium 33mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Necessity was the mother of invention for Giora Shimoni when he created this dairy-free chocolate glaze. He says he'd frequently bake a cake, only to find that he "lacked the powdered sugar needed to make the icing." Then he hit on this combination -- a DIY cocoa powder-based chocolate syrup enriched with dark chocolate and vanilla -- which produces a thick, glossy, almost ganache-like glaze.

This recipe will thicken considerably as it cools, so if you're using it to glaze a cake, try to work with it quickly while it is still warm. Note that if you refrigerate the frosting, it will become very firm and hard to spread -- but it will be perfect for rolling into truffles, or for stuffing into dried fruit.


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons virgin coconut oil (or non-hydrogenated margarine)
  • 2 ounces/50 grams dark (or semi-sweet pareve chocolate, chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Steps to Make It

  1. In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan set over medium-high heat, whisk together the sugar, cocoa powder, and water until lump-free. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, and simmer gently for 10 to 12 minutes, or until thick and syrupy. Remove from the heat.

  2. Add the coconut oil or non-hydrogenated margarine and chocolate. Stir until the oil and chocolate melt, the ingredients are thoroughly combined, and the icing is slightly thickened. Add the vanilla, and mix well. 

  3. While still warm and spreadable, use the glaze to frost cake, brownies, or cookies.

  4. Set the decorated cake or cookies aside to allow the glaze to cool and firm up.