How to Make Strawberry Glaze at Home

6 minutes
February 27, 2023
RosieJump to Recipe

Good morning, Loves! I just woke up with an insane appetite for anything with strawberry glaze! Maybe it’s because of the season and all the fresh scents from the garden, or I just want to find some excuse to make some homemade glaze. Or perhaps you want to use it for a cake? Who really knows?

So, if you crave some 100% homemade strawberry glaze too, here it’s the perfect place for you. Let’s learn how to make fresh glaze for tarts, ice cream, pancakes, pound cakes, and other sweet treats in less than 15 minutes.

Homemade Strawberry Glaze Recipe

What Is Strawberry Glaze Made of?

The classic strawberry glaze is made from only four ingredients: strawberries, sugar, water, and some cornstarch for consistency. However, I noticed that a lot of the Internet recipes add extra lemon juice, vanilla extract, and even red food coloring.

When it comes to easy and quick recipes, you know I like to keep them as simple as possible. I want to deliver some easy and still delicious recipes for all of you, so I don’t complicate it. Still, I love to let you know all the alternatives that are out there. Therefore, go for whatever extra flavor you prefer, but I recommend not using artificial food colors. Synthetic food color dyes can destroy the nutrients in the food we prepare because of their chemical composition.

How to Use Strawberry Glaze for your Cake?

Strawberry glaze is usually used to top cheesecakes or pound cakes, but you can easily use it with other desserts, too. I used it to dress pancakes and the result was delicious and also so good-looking!

Here are some choices you can try strawberry glaze with at home anytime:

  • Dress waffles or pancakes;
  • Dress brownies if you love the chocolate-strawberry flavor;
  • Pair your fruit glaze with some vanilla ice cream;
  • Dress white cake, cream cheese pound cake, or angel food cake with your glaze;
  • Use it as a tart or pie filling;
  • Add it to your oatmeal for a fresh breakfast;
  • Blend the strawberry glaze with creamy ice cream for the most delicious milkshake.
strawberry glaze on pancakes

How Long Is Homemade Fruits Glaze Good For?

Usually, the homemade strawberry glaze will stay good for up to one week, if kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Here is the tricky part: keep in mind that strawberry glaze is not the same thing as marmalade. That’s why you shouldn’t make a large amount, as it will go bad in only one week. You’ll see that I wrote the recipe for only 2 cups of glaze, even though I made much more. I prepared glaze to fill up 4 small jars because I’d planned to offer it to some friends, too. They all love my strawberry glaze, so I thought of surprising them!

How to Make Strawberry Glaze at Home for a Cake

Now that we know some basic information about this easy-to-make glaze, it’s time to try the recipe! As I said before, don’t stress too much: the ingredients are few and more than affordable and the instructions are so simple. Just take a look and convince yourself!

Ingredients List

Here are the ingredients you need to make the classic strawberry glaze:

  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, cleaned and mashed;
  • 1 cup granulated sugar;
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch;
  • ¾ cup water.
ingredients for homemade glaze

Step-by-Step Recipe for Strawberry Glaze

Now, let’s prepare the glaze together in less than 15 minutes, with these easy and quick steps:

  1. Cut and mash the fresh strawberries and set them aside. I didn’t mash them thoroughly because I like to have fruit pieces in my strawberry glaze.
strawberries on cutboard
mashed strawberries
  1. Combine the sugar and the cornstarch in a pan. Then, stir in the mashed strawberries and water.
sugar and cornstarch in a pan
  1. Next, bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly.
strawberry glaze in making
  1. Cook while stirring the composition for 3-5 minutes, until thick.
thick strawberry glaze
  1. Finally, remove the pan from heat and transfer the strawberry glaze to a glass container. Let the glaze cool for 10-15 minutes before serving.
homemade strawberry glaze in glass container

If you want really smooth strawberry glaze, you can either put the final composition through a sieve and smash them with a fork, or use your food processor.

Tips & Tricks

  • Extend the life of your glaze by 3 months by freezing it in an airtight container.
  • If you want a warm, runny strawberry sauce, just heat the glaze in the microwave or stove.
  • This recipe also works with blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries.
  • If you are planning to serve the glaze to adults, you can add a bit of your favorite liqueur to the composition for an extra kick.
  • Cornstarch is not a necessary ingredient. I use it because I love my glaze to be thick. However, if you prefer runny glaze, use a smaller quantity of cornstarch or even none. Also, tell me how you prefer your glaze in the comment section below!
  • Even though fresh strawberries are the key to the classic glaze, I clearly understand the case when you can’t seem to find fresh fruits. For those times, I recommend using frozen strawberries. The result won’t be the same. However, the taste is really similar.
  • If you are planning to use the glaze on sweeter desserts like brownies, add a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice to your composition. In this way, the final result won’t be too sweet, and it will go just fine with any cake.
strawberry glaze
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strawberry glaze

Strawberry Glaze

Learn how to prepare homemade strawberry glaze in less than 15 minutes using only 4 ingredients! This natural glaze pairs amazingly with tarts, ice cream, pancakes, and pound cakes.

  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x




  1. Cut and mash the fresh strawberries and set them aside.
  2. Combine the sugar and the cornstarch in a pan.
  3. Then, stir in the mashed strawberries and water.
  4. Next, bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly.
  5. Cook while stirring the composition for 3-5 minutes, until thick.
  6. Finally, remove the pan from heat and transfer the strawberry glaze to a glass container.
  • Author: Rosie
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Enjoy Your Fresh Strawberry Desserts!

Lastly, there you have it: a deliciously quick, easy, and 100% homemade strawberry glaze that your family is sure to love. Loves, please, don’t forget that delicious food doesn’t have to be fancy; it just has to taste good.

However, I noticed that during the past few years is quite popular for the food to be visually appealing too. So, we all try a little more, but nothing is necessary! If you cook with your heart and you enjoy your final result, is it really necessary for the strawberry glaze to be good-looking? I don’t think so!

Furthermore, don’t forget that your input on everything I write about is extremely valuable. It really helps me know what you think and how would you improve my recipes and ideas. Therefore, keep on asking any further questions in the comments section. I will make sure to respond as soon as possible. Also, feel free to share your experience with this homemade strawberry glaze recipe and all your advice on it.

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