Chocolate Glaze Recipe

Chocolate Glaze Recipe
Scroll down to the bottom of the page to get my recipe for a rich, not-too-sweet dark chocolate glaze that pours and sets well. It maintains its shiny luster due to the inclusion of oil. Here are some photos of cakes that I have made with this recipe.

Donut Cake with Dripping Chocolate Glaze and Rainbow Nonpareils

Chocolate Glaze Recipe

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Chocolate Glaze Recipe

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Chocolate Glaze Recipe

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Chocolate Glaze Recipe

Baseball Cupcakes Dipped in Chocolate Glaze

Chocolate Glaze Recipe

3D Motorcycle Cake with Chocolate Glazed Berm and Wheels

Chocolate Glaze Recipe

I’ve used this same idea for dipping the wheels of car cakes too.

3D Pig Cake Covered with Chocolate Glaze ‘Mud’

Chocolate Glaze Recipe

Chocolate Glazed Spider Cake with Inlaid Spider Web Design

Chocolate Glaze Recipe

Chocolate Glazed Heart Cake with Inlaid Heart Vine Design

Chocolate Glaze Recipe

Glazed Flourless Chocolate Cakes

Chocolate Glaze Recipe


  • 1 Cup Bittersweet Chocolate (chips or bar, chopped)
  • 1 1/3 Cup High Quality Cocoa Powder
  • 12 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 2 Cups Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Canola (or vegetable) Oil
  • 3/4 Cup Water or Coffee

For this formula, use a high quality chocolate and cocoa powder. Depending on where you live in the world, the best brands will differ. For U.S. shoppers, I recommend Ghirardelli Unsweetened Cocoa and Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Buttersweet Chocolate Chips, which are available in most supermarkets. 

Chocolate Glaze Recipe

Step-by-Step Instructions

This sized recipe is best stirred gently by hand. For scaled up versions, a standing mixer with a whisk attachment set to the slowest speed is recommended.

Chocolate Glaze Recipe
1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the oil, chocolate, and cocoa. Add the oil to the bowl first to lubricate the sides, preventing the cocoa from sticking and forming lumps.

Chocolate Glaze Recipe
2. Bring the butter, sugar, and water to a boil in a sauce pan. Watch carefully once it begins to simmer as it will boil over if left unattended. Pour the hot liquid over the oil, chocolate, and cocoa mixture.

Chocolate Glaze Recipe
3. Stir slowly with a whisk to incorporate.

Chocolate Glaze Recipe
4. Continue stirring gently with the whisk. Do not beat vigorously. The idea is to achieve a smooth emulsion without incorporating any unnecessary air bubbles. Run a spatula around the edges and bottom of the bowl to incorporate any dry bits that may remain.

Chocolate Glaze Recipe
After a few minutes, the glaze will begin to turn glossy.

5. Stir until all the lumps are gone. If lumps persist, strain the glaze through a chinois/fine sieve.

6. Allow the glaze to cool to a lukewarm/room temperature before use. Optimal control is achieved when glazing a cold cake so this recipe is calibrated to yield the loose pour required for a cold product. If you intend to glaze a room temperature cake, consider cutting a 1/4 cup of water from the recipe. In general, water can be added or subtracted to this formula to alter the density of the glaze.

How to Store Chocolate Glaze

To store glaze, cover its surface directly with plastic wrap. To reheat it, warm it over a simmering – not boiling – hot water bath or microwave it in a bowl on low power, stirring frequently. Chocolate is sensitive to hot temperatures. If overheated, the glaze may split or worse, scorch. A split glaze may be saved with the addition of more fat like melted butter. A scorched glaze cannot be saved.

Chocolate Glaze Recipe

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Chocolate Glaze Recipe — 7 Comments

  1. Excellent recipe! Glazed sugar cookies and it turned out beautiful! Will be using it on cup cakes next. Best recipe I have found!

  2. Wow….it’s beautiful. I haven’t put it on the cakes yet, but…it’s beautiful cooling in the bowl. Satiny. Shiny. Too hot to taste yet but it LOOKS like a piece of art..wish me luck with it! (This coming from a gal who tried making fudge for the first time with 3 utter failures so far. Not from any recipes you might have, different pins)

  3. Thank you for sharing this recipe! Could you tell us what adjustments need to be made (if any) to use this formula with white chocolate?

    Thank you!