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.

Rich, shiny chocolate glaze for drizzling over cakes or topping donuts.

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.

Four ingredients for a basic chocolate glaze,

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!


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 chocolate, cream, corn syrup, and vanilla together for a rich, shiny glaze for drizzling on bundt cakes.

Whisk everything together until it’s smooth, and glaze away!


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.

Drizzling shiny chocolate glaze over a cake with a drip edge.


This chocolate glaze is so versatile. You can use it in many different ways. Here are a few ideas:

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!


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!

An easy recipe for basic chocolate glaze for drizzling on all sorts of desserts.

If you like this recipe, then you might want to also check out my Homemade Chocolate Syrup and Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce! So many delicious possibilities with these recipes!

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Chocolate Glaze

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 sauce is to easy you'll find yourself making it over and over again.

Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 5 minutes Total Time 10 minutes
Serves 10     adjust servings


  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 4 ounces finely chopped semisweet chocolate (or chocolate chips)
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Place the cream in a small pot over medium low heat, until simmering.
  2. Pour the hot cream over the chopped chocolate (or chips).
  3. Add the corn syrup and vanilla.
  4. Whisk together until smooth.
  5. Drizzle while warm.


Recipe Notes

Use this for drip cakes, as a drizzle on a bundt, to top donuts, or to ice brownies:

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 168kcal Calories from fat 117
% Daily Value
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 15mg 1%
Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 14g
Protein 1g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g

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