How to Make Strawberry Glaze at Home

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May 23, 2024
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Good morning, Loves! I just woke up with an insane appetite for anything with strawberry glaze! Maybe it’s because of the spring season and all the fresh scents from the garden, or I just want to find some excuse to make a homemade glaze to put on top of the lemon-poppyseed pound cake on my counter.

If you are crazing a 100% homemade strawberry glaze, here is the perfect recipe for you. Let’s learn how to make fresh fruit 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 recipes add 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 things. 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 use it to dress pancakes and waffles instead of syrup and the result was delicious and also so visually stunning!

Here are some dishes you can top with this delicous strawberry glaze:

  • Dress waffles or pancakes, a delicious alternative to syrup;
  • 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, lemon-poppyseed pound cake (my favorite!) or angel food cake with your strawberry fruit glaze;
  • Use it in a tart or as a part of a strawberry or raspberry 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?

If kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator, the homemade strawberry glaze will usually stay good for up to one week. It can also be frozen and stored in the freezer for up to 4 months. If freezing I recommend doing so in small batches so you can thaw what you need each time. I love to make a big batch and freeze it so I can thaw it out for my weekend breakfasts.

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, unless you plan on freezing it, as it only lasts about 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 freeze some and 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 give it a try!

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 fruit, sugar, water cornstarch mixture for 3-5 minutes, until thick. Cornstarch needs to reach 180 degrees in order to thicken so it needs to come to a simmer.
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 sauce through a sieve and smash them with a fork, or use your food processor or blender.

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, blackberries, and mango.
  • If you are planning to serve the glaze to adults, you can add a bit of your favorite liqueur to the sauce for an extra kick.
  • Cornstarch is not a necessary ingredient. I use it because I love my glaze to be thick and shiny. However, if you prefer a runny glaze, use a smaller quantity 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 quite 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 glaze after removing it from the stove. You do not want to cook the lemon juice as it will get more bittter. This way, the final result won’t be too sweet, and it will go just fine with any cake or dessert.
  • For a unique flavor, try adding a tablespoon of fresh lime zest, lemon zest, or finely chopped mint leaves. You can do a combination of these, and they can really make your fruit glaze stand out. Just add these items at the end after removing from the heat.
  • You can also add a sachet with a tablespoon of whole black peppercorns while cooking the strawberries. This will give a nice pepper note. You can remove and discard the peppercorns once the sauce has cooled.
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt to enhance flavors and balance the sweetness. I always add the salt slowly, as you do not want it to be “salty.”
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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!

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 you would 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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Rosie is the proud owner of two rescue cats and her current obsessions are fitness, photography, and ethnic cuisine. Her mission is to share easy and scrumptious recipes that anyone, even the busiest of readers, can recreate.

1 comment

1 month ago

Thank you so much for this wonderful and easy recipe! I made it exactly as printed and it’s an amazing glaze! I will make this for years to come!

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