Strawberry Glaze for Cookies, Scones & Loaf Cakes

Using macerated berries, this Fresh Strawberry Glaze takes just 5 minutes to whisk together. It's the perfect thick, opaque glaze loaded with strawberry flavor that will perfectly coat your favorite scone, cake, loaf cake, bundt cake, donut and sugar cookie recipes. Did I mention it uses only five ingredients?!
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The hunt is over for the perfect Strawberry Glaze! This berry glaze or icing can be used on your favorite sugar cookies, these awesome Fresh Strawberry Scones (or any scone recipe), drizzled over a lemony cake (such as this Lemon Olive Oil Cake), citrus loaf cakes, donuts and more!

It’s super versatile and after macerating your berries (see the Q&A for more details) for anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes, it will take you just 5 minutes to whisk this glaze up. It’s that quick!

Whisk in a bowl of glaze.

Why You Should Make This Berry Glaze (Icing)

  • It’s uses only five ingredients: fresh strawberries (see note on Frozen Strawberries below), fresh lemon juice, granulated sugar, confectioners’ sugar and heavy whipping cream.
  • It’s the prettiest soft-pink color.
  • Adds extra strawberry flavor to whatever you’re pairing it with.
  • It’s awesome on cakes, scones, muffins, donuts, loaf cakes, sugar cookies or whatever you’re looking to add a little berry flavor and jazz hands (plus it’s pretty, see the next point 👇🏼)
  • It is beautifully opaque and does really nice drips down the sides of your baked goods.

Can I use frozen strawberries?
YES! Allow the frozen strawberries to come to room temperature, strain out any excess moisture and then combine with the granulated sugar and lemon juice.

A bunch of strawberry scones with one getting glaze on top.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Perfect Strawberry Glaze

Below are step-by-step photos (with captions) to make Perfect Strawberry Glaze for cookies, scones, loaf cakes, donuts and more, every time! My biggest tips are:

  • Give the berries time to release their juices. Depending on how juicy your strawberries are, they’ll release more or less juice. Additionally, less ripe strawberries may take a touch longer to release any liquid.
  • Sift the confectioners’ sugar. It’s easy to get impatient and just throw it all in (and if you don’t have a fine-mesh sieve, that’s fine), but you will get the best results with the smoothest glaze if you sift beforehand.
  • Add the cream in 1-tablespoon (15 g) increments. Since we want a nice thick glaze you’ll add the cream slowly, whisking well in between additions. This will insure that you get the best texture and dripability (not a word, but you get the gist) from your glaze.

To Macerate the Berries

Ingredients to make strawberry glaze.
STEP ONE: To a medium bowl, add the diced strawberries, fresh lemon juice and sugar, stirring to coat.
Berries in a glass bowl.
STEP TWO A: Periodically stir the berries over a 10 to 20 minute period. They should start releasing juices. If they don’t, let them sit longer.
A bowl of macerated berries.
STEP TWO B: You’ll know the strawberries are ready then you see bright strawberry juice on the bottom of the bowl and the berries look soft and glossy.

To Make the Glaze

Chopped strawberries in a sieve.
STEP THREE A: Strain the berries in a fine mesh sieve catching the juice in a medium bowl below. Reserve strawberries for another use (see recipe notes).
Straining berries into a bowl.
STEP THREE B: It will look like this! There will be about 3 to 5 tablespoons (about 39 to 65 g) of strawberry juice on the bottom of the bowl.
A bowl with confectioners' sugar and strawberry juice.
STEP FOUR A: Combine the strawberry juice with the confectioners’ sugar until a smooth paste forms…
A glaze bowl with glaze in it.
STEP FOUR B: It will look something like this. Add heavy whipping cream in 1 tablespoon (15 g) increments until you have a nice, thick, pourable glaze.
A glass bowl with pink glaze and a whisk on a white background.
Whisk until smooth. When finished, the glaze will be thick and opaque. It will also be thin enough to pour but thick enough to hold its shape on top of your baked treats and desserts. If using the glaze for sugar cookies, error on the side of adding less whipping cream so it holds its shape more. Did I mention the heavily sweet flavor of fresh strawberries?! ;)

Fresh Strawberry Glaze Q&A

What do I do if my glaze is too thin?

Since the amount of juice that your berries release will vary, there can be some consistency variables. Typically they will release anywhere from 3 to 5 tablespoons of liquid (about 39 to 65 g); some extra delicious and juicy berries may release more.

If your glaze ends up too thin, simply add in more confectioners’ sugar. Add in 1 tablespoon (7 g) increments until you reach the desired thickness.

What does it mean to macerate strawberries?

When you macerate berries, you are softening them. Adding sugar and acid (lemon) both soften the strawberries allowing them to release liquid. This is an especially helpful technique when using fruit that isn’t super ripe.

Leave any other questions in the comments below! xx

A close up photo of some strawberry scones with glaze on them.

Tools for Making Extra Fabulous Strawberry Glaze

A nice Silicone Spatula for stirring.

These nested, heat-safe Glass Bowls are perfect for macerating the berries and whisking up the glaze. 

Don’t forget my favorite scale. I wrote both of my books with this one, it will serve you well on your baking journey!

Fine-Mesh Sieve. Use when sifting your confectioners’ sugar and when straining the strawberry juice. I use mine all the time!

That beautiful Williams-Sonoma whisk with the wooden handle that’s in my videos. It’s so pretty. But when I’m being practical (and not making videos), this Material whisk is THE BOMB. I love their stuff!

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A bowl of strawberry glaze with a pink spatula.

Recipes To Use Your Fresh Strawberry Glaze

This recipe was created specifically for my Fresh Strawberry Scones, but it honestly has so many uses! You could add the small-dice macerated strawberries to this Lemon Olive Oil Cake and use this glaze over the top for a delicious Strawberry-Lemonade Cake.

Enjoy your Fresh Strawberry Glaze!

Rebecca Firth

Fresh Strawberry Glaze (Icing) for Scones, Cakes and Cookies

Using macerated berries, this Fresh Strawberry Glaze takes just 5 minutes to whisk together. It's the perfect thick, opaque glaze loaded with strawberry flavor that will perfectly coat your favorite scone, cake, loaf cake, bundt cake, donut and sugar cookie recipes. Did I mention it uses only five ingredients?!
5 from 2 reviews
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Glazes, Frosting, Icing
Keyword: Fresh Strawberry Glaze, Icing, Frosting, Cookies, Cakes, Donuts, Scones

Ingredients

For the Strawberries

  • 1 pint (12 ounces or 340 g) fresh, ripe strawberries  (cleaned and cut in a small dice)
  • 1 tablespoon (13 g) fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon (12 g) granulated sugar

For the Glaze

  • 1 1/2 cups (180 g) confectioners' sugar
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons (60 to 90 g) heavy whipping cream

Instructions

For the Strawberries

  • In a medium bowl combine your chopped strawberries, lemon juice and granulated sugar. Set aside for 10 to 20 minutes (or longer), stirring periodically.

For the Glaze

  • Use a fine-mesh sieve to strain the berries, reserving the juice for the glaze. (See note below regarding the Strawberries).
  • Whisk together the juice from the berries with the confectioners' sugar until a thick paste forms. Add the heavy whipping cream in 1 tablespoon (15 g) increments until you get a glaze that is thin enough to pour and thick enough to hold its shape. Keep whisking until smooth and use immediately. See storage notes below.

Notes

Strawberries 

You’ll be left with some delicious strawberries! You can add the strained berries to loaf cakes (such as this lemon cake), to these Fresh Strawberry Scones (the recipe I create *this* recipe for!) or any cake, donut, muffin, loaf cake or bundt cake that strikes your fancy. 
If you don’t want to add them to a baked good, they can be eaten as a side fruit salad (you could add mint, maybe some fresh watermelon or blueberries. Or, one of my favorite uses, make Strawberry Mojitos! 

Strawberry Juice

Some berries yield a ton of juice when macerated, others not much. It can depend on the time of year and ripeness. If you want to thicken your glaze, add more confectioners’ sugar. If you’d like to thin it, add more heavy whipping cream.

Sugar Cookies

If you’re using this glaze as icing for your sugar cookies, then add the lower range of heavy whipping cream. This will make it into a thick icing that will stay on top of the cookie rather than drizzle off the sides. 

Storage Notes

The strawberry glaze will thicken as it sits. If using the same day it’s made, keep on the counter in an air-tight container until ready to use. If storing longer than the day, it will keep in the fridge for up to 1 week. Bring to room temperature before using. It may need more heavy whipping cream to bring it to the proper consistency before serving.
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  • Mia June 29, 2023 at 6:02 AM

    5 stars
    10/10 I love how simple yet delicious this glaze is. I always have the dry goods on hand, have used this recipe with different berries and all were delish! Highly recommend for a quick and simple glaze

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    • Rebecca Firth June 30, 2023 at 8:41 AM

      You will love it. Let me know if you have any questions! xo

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