Indulge in warm cinnamon sweetness with this 1 Minute Cinnamon Glaze! This thin icing has a deep warm cinnamon flavor, and comes together easily in just one bowl. It’s perfect to drizzle over cakes, cinnamon buns, or any dessert that you want to take over the top.
This easy cinnamon glaze is a simple mixture of powdered sugar, ground cinnamon, and milk or cream. The combination of these three ingredients creates a smooth, thin glaze that is perfect for pouring over bundt cakes, cookies, or cinnamon rolls.
The best part? This cinnamon cake glaze is incredibly easy to make! You literally only need one minute, a small bowl and a whisk! As a trained pastry chef I appreciate the time it takes to make gorgeous desserts but I also LOVE when there is something so simple that can really elevate a dessert!
Simply combine the powdered sugar and ground cinnamon in a small bowl, then add in the milk or cream and whisk until everything is well combined. The result is a beautiful glaze that is packed with flavor and ready to be drizzled over your favorite desserts.
My favorite way to use this icing is to pour it on top of this Cinnamon Bundt Cake. You can also drizzle it over these Phyllo Dough Cinnamon Buns, freshly baked Apple Coffee Cake or Coffee Cake Muffins for a sweet and warm twist.
No matter how you choose to use it, this glaze is a great way to add flavor and complexity with little effort!
The consistency of this glaze is thin but you can read up on how to thicken frosting quickly if you prefer it thicker!
WHY YOU SHOULD MAKE THIS RECIPE
- It literally takes 1 minute to make- SO easy!
- Its very hard to mess it up, you can always fix it!
- The warm cinnamon spice elevates anything that already has cinnamon in it.
- Powdered Sugar – Makes up the base of the glaze and provides the sweetness and texture necessary for creating a smooth and creamy consistency. It also helps to thicken the glaze and provides a glossy finish.
- Ground Cinnamon – Adds a warm, spicy flavor to the glaze and complements the sweetness of powdered sugar. It also gives the glaze a beautiful brown color and a lovely aroma.
- Milk or Cream – Used to thin out the glaze and create a pourable consistency. You can also use water to make this dairy free, however the glaze will be more translucent.
A note on milk versus cream- you can use either although using cream will make it creamier and milk will make it a little thinner. You can also make this dairy free using a plant based milk.
HOW TO MAKE CINNAMON GLAZE
Combine the ingredients: Measure out the powdered sugar, cinnamon, and cream, then add them to a bowl. To ensure there are no lumps, you can sift the powdered sugar but it is not necessary.
Whisk to combine: Use a whisk to fully combine the ingredients until a smooth and thin glaze is formed. Adjust with more cream or more powdered sugar if necessary. See how to thicken frosting quickly if needed!
Pour over desserts: Drizzle or pour the glaze over your favorite desserts. Let it harden and enjoy!
TIPS FOR RECIPE SUCCESS
- For best results, sift the powdered sugar before adding it to the glaze. This will help to ensure that there are no lumps which will create a smooth, creamy consistency.
- To achieve the perfect consistency for your cinnamon cake glaze, start with a small amount of milk or cream and gradually add more until you reach the desired texture.
- For a more intense cinnamon flavor, consider using freshly ground cinnamon rather than pre-ground cinnamon. This will give your glaze a stronger, more aromatic flavor.
You really cant mess this up! If it is too loose, add 1/4 cup more powdered sugar till you reach your desired consistency. If it is too thick, add 1 tsp milk (or any liquid) to loosen it up.
STORAGE AND FREEZING
Unfortunately, I don’t recommend storing or freezing this glaze. It hardens quickly so that it sets over your dessert nicely. If you store it it will just harden and won’t allow you to pour over your goodies.
It’s best to make only what you need and use it immediately- it really only takes 1 minute so it’s not a big deal!
- For a festive twist, add a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice to the glaze. This blend of warm spices, including nutmeg and allspice, will give your glaze a seasonal flair.
- To create a tangy glaze that pairs well with fruity desserts, add a tablespoon of lemon juice or orange juice to the mixture. This will give your glaze a bright, zesty flavor that will complement the sweetness of the powdered sugar and the spiciness of the cinnamon.
- For a chocolatey twist, add a tablespoon of cocoa powder to the glaze. This will give your glaze a rich, chocolatey flavor that will complement the warmth of the cinnamon and the sweetness of the powdered sugar.
You will have to add a little more milk or cream to keep the glaze loose enough to pour if you add cocoa powder.
MORE EASY DESSERT SAUCE RECIPES
1 Minute Cinnamon Glaze for Cake
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- 1-2 tbsp milk or cream start with 1 tbsp
- Combine the ½ cup powdered sugar with ½ tsp cinnamon and 1-2 tbsp cream in a small bowl. Start with 1 and if its too thick add more.
- Whisk to combine to create a smooth thin glaze.
- Pour over bundt cakes or cookies!