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A basic vanilla buttercream glaze recipe is a must for every baker! If you want something a little more than a powdered sugar and water glaze, this is the recipe for you. Creamy, buttery and so very simple!
Whether you are lightly frosting a cake, quick bread, donut, cookies or cinnamon roll glaze, this vanilla glaze is perfect!
4-INGREDIENT BUTTERCREAM GLAZE
Simple ingredients you probably already have in your pantry, gather these and let’s make this simple but amazing vanilla butter glaze:
- BUTTER | it wouldn’t be a butter glaze without the butter, I used salted, if you use unsalted, add a pinch of salt.
- POWDERED SUGAR |that fluffy sweet, white stuff, aka confectioners sugar and icing powder.
- VANILLA EXTRACT | Real vanilla extract is important here! I also love using vanilla bean paste, or a teaspoon of each.
- HEAVY CREAM | binds everything together, adding to that creamy texture and taste. If no heavy cream, half and half or whole milk may be used.
HOW TO MAKE VANILLA BUTTER GLAZE
- In a large mixing bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, add all ingredients, beat on low until combined.
- Increase speed to medium-high and beat until smooth.
At this point it’s a light, airy, buttercream, which is perfect to ice a cake or quick bread, but keep reading to see how to make this into a pourable icing.
HOW TO MAKE BUTTERCREAM AN ICING GLAZE
- Simply place buttercream glaze into a microwave safe bowl and heat for 30 seconds, stirring until desired pourable consistency.
VARIATIONS FOR BASIC GLAZE RECIPE
Variations are the spice of life!
- Use a different flavor extract | for instance, you might try Bourbon Vanilla, Lemon Extract, Peppermint extract, Orange Extract, Almond Extract and Maple extract. Substitute teaspoon for teaspoon.
- ADD ZEST | Zest one lemon or an orange and toss it in during mixing, adds a bright and beautiful zing!
- ADD COLOR |Add a drop or two of food coloring (I like all natural food colorings)
TIPS FOR THE BEST VANILLA GLAZE
- Use immediately! Glazes will harden as they cool. If glaze hardens on you, simply stir in a teaspoon or two more of cream, stir and then microwave until pourable once again.
- Pour onto COOLED Baked Goods | For a visible glaze or icing on the cake, make sure your baked goods are cooled completely.
- Soaking a Cake | Some cakes use a glaze on the hot cake (like this Kentucky Butter Cake), the warm buttery glaze soaks into the cake giving it a sweet, slightly crunchy texture.
- USE REAL BUTTER | In all baking recipes, it is important to use real, creamery butter. If your butter is soft directly out of the fridge it is not real butter, but a blend!
- Storage | Store leftover icing glaze in the refrigerator in an airtight container, up to 7 days. Warm in microwave and stir well to use.
- SPRINKLES | I love sprinkles, if using, sprinkle quickly after drizzling as this buttercream glaze will harden rather quickly
SERVING SUGGESTIONS FOR VANILLA GLAZE
The list is limited only by our imaginations!
- Slather a little of this vanilla glaze on top of canned or store bought cinnamon rolls to spruce them up.
- Pour over the top of your favorite quick breads to add a dessert like flare.
- Drizzle butter glaze on top of your favorite cake or bundt cake recipe, like this Easy Chocolate Cake!
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