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!
Dairy Free White Glaze
- 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.
Or give these Homemade Vegan Cinnamon Rolls a try, by Sugar Spice Everything Nice.