Butter Glaze for Gingerbread Cupcakes

Makes 1 1/2 cups, or enough for 10 large cupcakes

Use this butter glaze recipe when making our Gingerbread Cupcakes.


  • 2 ½ cups sifted confectioners' sugar

  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter

  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons milk


  1. Place 1 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar in a medium bowl. In a small saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Remove the pan from heat; immediately pour the melted butter into the bowl with the sugar. Add 4 teaspoons milk; whisk until mixture is smooth. Working quickly, dip the top of each cupcake into the glaze, and place cupcake right-side up on a wire rack.

  2. Repeat step 1; glaze remaining cupcakes. Allow glaze to set, about 20 minutes, before decorating.

Cook's Notes

To color glaze, add food coloring drop by drop.

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