Vanilla Icing or Glaze for Cake and Cookies

Vanilla Icing/Vanilla Glaze
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  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 16 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
73 Calories
2g Fat
15g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 16 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 73
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 2%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 38mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 0g
Calcium 4mg 0%
*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.)

Use this easy thin icing for pound cake, a Bundt cake, or cookies. Thin the icing as much or as little as you like to make a spreadable or drizzling consistency. This glaze pairs with most baked desserts, so try it out on a variety of dishes.


  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar (sift before measuring)
  • 2 tablespoons butter (softened)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons milk

Steps to Make It

  1. Combine all icing ingredients in a small mixing bowl.

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  2. Stir until smooth and well blended.

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  3. Adjust for spreading consistency if necessary, adding more milk or more confectioners' sugar.

  4. Spread the icing or drizzle on warm cookies, Bundt cake, muffins, or pound cake.


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  • For cupcakes, doughnuts, or muffins, it might be easier to dip them in the icing.
  • When glazing a cake, place it on a rack over a sheet of wax paper or foil to catch the drips.
  • Extra icing may be frozen in freezer containers or zip-close freezer bags. Thaw it in the refrigerator overnight.
  • If desired, sprinkle the iced cake or dessert with cinnamon sugar, chopped nuts, or toasted coconut before the icing sets.

Recipe Variations

  • Orange Icing: Replace the vanilla and milk with orange juice and 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of finely grated orange zest.
  • Lemon Icing: Replace the milk and vanilla with fresh lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon of finely grated lemon zest. Add 1/2 teaspoon of lemon extract, if desired.