Easy Dairy Free Glaze

Making a glaze or a dairy free glaze for your desserts is quick and easy. It only takes a few ingredients and is whipped up in less then 5 minutes. I find it the perfect topping for sweets like pumpkin muffins, apple crisp or some cake!

What Is Glaze?

A glaze is a type of frosting/icing that is a thin consistency and can be poured or drizzled over your favorite dessert. According to Domino Sugar:

“Glazes are used to give desserts a smooth or shiny finish. A glaze is usually drizzled onto a cake or applied with a pastry brush to give a glisten to pastries. Glazes also add a glassine look to fruit pies and tarts.”

What Is In A Glaze?

Glaze generally consists of milk, oil/butter, confectioners sugar and some flavor. For a quick simple glaze I like to make it with just milk and icing sugar. Other ingredients that can be added are vanilla extract, or another flavor you like and a pinch of salt.

How To Make a White Glaze, Dairy Free:

In order to make a glaze or a dairy free glaze all you need is some:

  • Milk, water or plant milk like unsweetened coconut or oat milk
  • Coconut oil, plant butter or regular butter
  • Vanilla extract or another flavor of your choice
  • Confectioners sugar

My preference for making a dairy free glaze is oat milk because of its sweet fatty flavor. Coconut is also a great option but will give it a slight coconut flavor.

Pro Tips for Glazing your Desserts:

1. Your cake or other dessert should be room temperature or slightly chilled.

2. For muffins and other small treats, I like to place them on a cooling rack over parchment or wax paper to catch the drips.

You can also place a cake on a cooling rack over parchment paper. Note that it will be tricky to move onto your plate without disturbing the glaze.

If I am glazing a cake I glaze it right on the plate I plan to serve it on. That way I don’t need to transfer it and cause any prints in the glaze.

3. When I am pouring glaze onto a cake or a muffin, I pour it onto the centre so that it will drip down the sides of my dessert.

If I am going for a drizzled look I pour the glaze into a small ziploc bag. Then I snip a small hole in one corner of the bag and use it to drizzle in a zigzag motion over the dessert.

4. Your glaze should be a pouring consistency. And it usually sets quickly, so if I’m adding any topping like sprinkles or nuts I it do it right after adding the glaze.

Allow the glazed dessert to set for about 2 hours at room temperature before serving.

How can I use glaze?

I love so many things with a good ol’ fashioned white glaze! Any type of a coffee cake, sweat bread like a banana bread or muffins pairs perfectly with this dairy free glaze. Really you just need to experiment and see what you want to use it with. After the recipe I have listed some fall inspired dairy free recipes for you to try with this glaze!

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Dairy Free White Glaze

A quick and easy dairy free glaze for all your favorite desserts.


  • Egg beaters or whisk
  • Medium sized bowl


  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1 TBSP coconut oil
  • 2 TBSP oat milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt optional


  • In a medium sized bowl, either with an egg beater or by hand, whisk together the ingredients. Start with 2 TBSP of milk and mix together. It should be a thin consistency but if it’s not thin enough add more oat milk. Add oatmilk by ½ teaspoons full until it is your desired consistency.


Use it to drizzle over top your dessert by using a spoon. Or you can pour it into a ziploc bag and cut a small hole in one corner and use it to drizzle over your desserts.
Try these Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffins by Science and Bread Crumbs.
My dairy free glaze would go perfectly with this Dairy Free Pumpkin Spice Dutch Baby by the Simple Homeplace.
These Blueberry Applesauce Muffins by Savor the Spoonful go perfectly with glaze.

Or give these Homemade Vegan Cinnamon Rolls a try, by Sugar Spice Everything Nice.

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