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Homemade Lemon Glaze Recipe

How to make a delicious homemade lemon glaze perfect for adding a tangy citrus twist to your baked goods. This easy-to-follow recipe will elevate your desserts to a whole new level of flavor.

Would you like to add citrusy flavor to your baked treats? Look no further than a delightful lemon glaze made with powdered sugar and freshly squeezed lemon juice. This simple yet versatile glaze is the perfect finishing touch for Bundt cakes, quick breads, and more. In this blog post, we'll explore how to make this tangy glaze and share some tips for achieving the perfect consistency.

lemon glaze made with lemon juice and powdered sugar
Homemade Lemon Glaze

This lemon glaze recipe elevates everyday baked goods, adding a touch of elegance and flavor. With only two ingredients, it's effortless to prepare—mix them in a bowl! Then drizzle over bundt cakes, cookies, or quick bread, for a sweet zesty kick. I love this recipe for fruity citrus quick bread, and it's equally fabulous for cookies! Depending on the cookie type, some recipes call for a thicker glaze. Adjust the glaze thickness to your preference by adding more or less liquid. Below, I will link some of my favorite quick bread and cookie recipes that pair beautifully with lemon glaze.

What ingredients are used for lemon glaze? All you need are two simple ingredients to create this effortless lemon glaze. Powdered sugar and fresh lemon juice. This lemon glaze will add a delightful zest to your baked treats.

1. Powdered Sugar: Also known as confectioner's sugar, powdered sugar serves as the base of the glaze, providing sweetness and texture.

2. Fresh Lemon Juice: The star ingredient of the glaze, fresh lemon juice adds acidity and bright citrus flavor. Opt for freshly squeezed juice for the best results.

3. Optional Addition: For added flavor, you can incorporate grated lemon zest into the glaze. This addition enhances the lemony goodness and elevates the overall taste.


  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

How to Make Lemon Glaze

1. Combine Ingredients: In a mixing bowl, whisk together powdered sugar and freshly squeezed lemon juice until smooth. Start with a smaller amount of lemon juice and gradually add more until you reach your desired consistency. If you prefer a thicker glaze, use less lemon juice; for a thinner consistency, add more juice.

2. Adjust Consistency: If the glaze is too thick, thin it out by adding more lemon juice or water. Conversely, if it's too thin, sprinkle in more powdered sugar until you achieve the desired thickness.

3. Drizzle Away: Once the glaze reaches the perfect consistency, it's time to drizzle it over your cooled baked goods. Use a spoon or a pastry brush to distribute the glaze evenly, allowing it to cascade down the sides for a beautiful presentation.

4. Let It Set: Allow the glazed dessert to sit for a few minutes to allow the glaze to set slightly before serving. This helps prevent it from running off too quickly. If your glaze seems to be dripping off the dessert, you can remedy this by refrigerating the dessert for 15 to 20 minutes to allow the glaze to set, then re-apply as needed.

Tips for Success

- Use Fresh Lemon Juice: For the best flavor, always use freshly squeezed lemon juice rather than bottled juice.

- Consistency Is Key: Achieving the right consistency is crucial for a perfect glaze. Start with less liquid and gradually add more until you reach the desired thickness.

-Cool baked goods: Be sure that your dessert, which you are glazing is completely cooled before applying the glaze.

- Storage: Store any leftover glaze in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Before using it again, let it come to room temperature and give it a quick stir to recombine.

A tangy lemon glaze made with powdered sugar and lemon juice is the ultimate finishing touch for bundt cakes, quick breads, and beyond. Its bright citrus flavor and smooth texture elevate any dessert, adding a burst of sunshine to every bite. Next time you're craving something sweet with a hint of zest, reach for this delightful glaze and prepare to be amazed by the transformation of your baked creations.

This Ricotta Cookie Recipe is delicious topped with lemon glaze. I make the glaze a little thicker for these cookies by adding an extra tablespoon or so of powdered sugar.

These Cake Mix Italian Cookies are not only deliciously irresistible they are simple to make. Thicken the glaze to your liking and dip the top of the cookie in the glaze mixture.

Lemon Blueberry Quick Bread Recipe drizzled with Lemon Glaze

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