This chocolate glaze is so rich, shiny, and flavorful! It’s perfect for garnishing drip cakes, topping donuts, or drizzling over bundt cakes. With just 4 simple ingredients, this topping is to easy you’ll find yourself making it over and over again.
Sometimes you just need a good chocolate glaze recipe.
It’s such a simple thing, but it can really add so much. A luscious drip edge on a Black Forest Cake, a luxurious drizzle on a Marble Bundt Cake, a rich topping on Sour Cream Baked Donuts, or even a way to elevate your favorite Brownies.
You’ll love having this recipe to garnish so many of your favorite desserts. It’s so easy to make, with just 4 simple ingredients, and it’s so shiny, rich, and chocolate-y!
HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE GLAZE
This chocolate glaze is made with just a few basic ingredients from the pantry. You’ll need chocolate, heavy whipping cream, corn syrup, and vanilla extract. That’s it!
Just warm the cream over the stove until it’s simmering, then pour it over the chocolate. You can use chopped chocolate from a bar (like I do in the video below), or chocolate chips.
Let that stand for a minute or two, while you add the other ingredients.
Corn syrup makes this glaze gorgeously shiny, and keeps it pliable (more on that below). And vanilla extract just gives it a little flavor boost.
Whisk everything together until it’s smooth, and glaze away!
DOES THIS CHOCOLATE GLAZE HARDEN?
As the chocolate glaze cools, it does thicken up. But it really won’t become hard at all, so that’s good if you’re using it to top a cake or bars. You’ll still be able to slice through it easily.
If you find your chocolate glaze becoming thick before you’re ready, just warm it back up in the microwave for 20 to 30 seconds, and stir. That should keep it nice and workable for you.
WHAT TO USE THIS CHOCOLATE GLAZE ON
This chocolate glaze is so versatile. You can use it in many different ways. Here are a few ideas:
- As a decorative drip edge on cakes like this Heaven & Hell Cake
- To top Eclairs
- Drizzled on bundt cakes like this Chocolate Peppermint Bundt
- As a garnish on scones, like these Double Chocolate Scones
- On top of cupcakes, like these Tuxedo Cupcakes
And those are just a few ideas! Really you can let your imagination run wild.
I’d even love it just drizzled over fruit or ice cream, with a dollop of whipped cream on top!
CHOCOLATE GLAZE RECIPE VARIATIONS
You can adapt this chocolate glaze recipe to suit your own taste. For the pics and video you see here, I used a semi-sweet chocolate that has a rich, full flavor.
But you could easily replace that with milk chocolate or white chocolate. Or with a deep, dark, bitter chocolate like a 70% cacao. I think that would be fantastic drizzled on cookies, with a sprinkling of sea salt!
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- Place the cream in a small pot over medium low heat, until simmering.
- Pour the hot cream over the chopped chocolate (or chips).
- Add the corn syrup and vanilla.
- Whisk together until smooth.
- Drizzle while warm.
Use this for drip cakes, as a drizzle on a bundt, to top donuts, or to ice brownies: