Chocolate Glaze: the effortless recipe for a chocolatey dessert glaze

Total time: 10 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 15 people
By Cookist
Confectioner’s sugar
1 1/2 cups
Cocoa powder
4 tbsp
2 tbsp
pure vanilla extract
2 tsp

If you've been looking for an easy way to jazz up your favorite homemade sweet treats, you'll love this easy chocolate glaze recipe. Originally used as a tasty, decorative coating for the rich Austrian Sachertorte cake, this chocolate glaze is amazing on everything from brownies to doughnuts, bundt cakes, cupcakes, and more. It has a thin yet somewhat firm texture, which means it sets once poured over a dessert but will remain somewhat soft (especially when you bite into it!). It's a one-bowl recipe that involves sifting powdered sugar and cocoa powder together and whisking in milk and vanilla extract to form a pourable glaze. It's so good, you may find yourself eating it straight out of the bowl!

Tips for Making Easy Chocolate Glaze

– If your glaze is too thick, add a little more milk. If it's too thin, you can add a little extra powdered sugar or cocoa powder.

– This easy chocolate glaze won't harden up the same way icing does. It should be pourable and harden up slightly, which will give it a relatively firm texture.

– If you're on a dairy-free diet, substitute the milk for water or your favorite non-dairy milk alternative.

– You can add a few drops of different flavored essences to put a fun spin on your chocolate glaze. Orange, peppermint, almond, and lemon are all tasty with chocolate.

How to Store Chocolate Glaze

Transfer the chocolate glaze to an airtight container and refrigerate it for up to 1 week.

How to Make Chocolate Glaze

In a large bowl, sift the cocoa powder and powdered sugar, then whisk to combine.

Gradually stir in the milk and vanilla, mixing until it's smooth.


Use unsweetened cocoa powder in this recipe.

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