Matcha Vanilla Bean Glaze adds a sweet accent to muffins, cakes, scones, cinnamon rolls, quick breads, and more! It only takes a couple minutes to whip up and is packed with matcha green tea and vanilla flavor.
We love to drizzle this glaze on our matcha muffins, blackberry lemon bread, scones, pancakes and even cinnamon rolls. Make some and leave it in your fridge or freezer for the next time you want to to brighten up your baked goodies!
About Matcha Vanilla Bean Glaze
- Taste - The combination of matcha green tea flavor, sugar, and vanilla will add a unique accent to any sweet.
- Texture - The glaze is thick but light enough to drizzle.
- Effort - All you need to do is mix the ingredients then store or use it.
- Time - It takes just 5 minutes to mix.
- Powdered sugar - Powdered sugar is the sweet base for the glaze.
- Matcha powder - Matcha powder provides a distinct earthy flavor. We suggest using culinary grade matcha for this recipe because it is the most economical while still offering a rich matcha flavor.
- Vanilla bean paste or extract - Vanilla adds a delicious complexity to the glaze. Use high-quality vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract for a true distinct vanilla flavor. Vanilla bean paste will show flecks of vanilla bean in the glaze.
- Milk or heavy cream - Milk provides the moisture in the glaze. Use heavy cream for a thicker glaze and milk for a thinner glaze.
See recipe card for quantities.
Substitutions and Variations
- No vanilla - Omit the vanilla for a more pure matcha flavored glaze.
- Miso glaze - Replace the matcha with miso paste for a unique umami flavored glaze.
- Add powdered sugar, matcha powder, vanilla bean paste, and milk to a bowl and whisk until smooth. Use for donuts, muffins, cookies, cakes, and more.
Pro tip - Be sure the baked goods are cool before you glaze them. This ensures the glaze won't run off the baked goods or soak into them too much.
Store leftover matcha powdered sugar glaze in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week for best results. You can also freeze the glaze in a freezer bag for up to 1 month.
Matcha powder is ground young green tea leaves. The green tea powder is traditionally used in Japanese tea ceremonies, but is also delicious in various drink and baking recipes. Since it is 100% green tea leaves, it is more concentrated than normal green tea and has a stronger green tea flavor.
Frosting is typically thicker than an icing or glaze. Frosting also usually has a cream cheese or butter base while a glaze is usually made from powdered sugar.
If you want to make it thicker, add a little more powdered sugar. If you want to make it thinner, add a little more milk.
You can buy matcha at Japanese markets, like Mitsuwa or Nijiya, some common chain grocery stores, and online retailers, including Matcha Bloom (use code KAT for 10% off).
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Matcha Vanilla Bean Glaze
- Add powdered sugar, matcha powder, vanilla bean paste, and milk to a bowl and whisk until smooth. Use for donuts, muffins, cookies, cakes, and more.1 cup powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon matcha powder, 2 tablespoon milk or heavy cream, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
- Be sure your baked goods are cool before you add your glaze. This ensures the glaze won't run off the goodies or make them soggy.
- If the glaze is too thick, add more milk one teaspoon at a time. If the glaze is too thin, add more powdered sugar one teaspoon at a time until it reaches the right consistency.
- Refrigerate leftover vanilla matcha glaze in an air-tight container for up to 1 week for best results. You can also freeze the glaze in a freezer bag for up to 1 month.