Easy to make and adjust for consistency, this basic powdered sugar icing recipe uses just 3-ingredients to give your baked goods that little dash of sweetness for added flavor. Since this is a wet icing, this icing recipe does not dry hard, so take extra caution when packaging and transporting your treats.

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3-Ingredient Powdered Sugar Icing Recipe

Learn how to make icing with powdered sugar! Finish off donuts, cinnamon rolls, pound cakes, bundt cakes and much more with a simple drizzle of this incredibly versatile 3-ingredient powdered sugar glaze. 
4.20 from 10 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert



How to Make the Glaze:

  • In a medium bowl, stir milk into sugar until you reach the desired consistency. Finish by adding the vanilla extract to flavor. Drizzle on your favorite dessert.

To Flavor (Optional)

  • Add a few drops of the desired flavoring, such as coconut extract or almond extract. To flavor with orange juice or lemon juice, replace all or part of the milk with juice.

To Color (Optional)

  • Add gel food coloring, using a toothpick to avoid overcoloring.


  • For thicker or thinner consistency: May be thickened with additional powdered sugar or thinned with more milk or other flavored liquids.
  • Add to completely cooled treats: Heat makes this icing glaze runny, so make sure your treats have completely cooled before icing.
  • To store: Store powdered sugar icing in an airtight container for up to 1 week in the fridge. Bring back to room temperature before reusing.
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