It is time to show you "How to Make Fruit Cake Glaze". When you see all the wonderful German fruit cake recipes you might wonder how to make the shiny glaze that is on top of the fruit. In Germany we always use a glaze for the fruit cakes. We call it "Tortenguss" in German. And we can find it on any supermarket shelf in the baking section! Conveniently in a package. This glaze is not a substitute for frosting or icing! It is a simple clear glaze.
Why do we use glaze? It looks nice, makes the fruit shiny, it protects the fruit and won't let it dry out. And it tastes better than without a glaze. The problem is that in the USA you don't find these Dr Oetker glazes in super markets. Only in very special International stores. The only way is to buy them online or import them from Germany which is very complicated.
That's why we want to show you in this article how to make such a glaze. It is so easy and can be made very fast. You need tapioca or potato starch which will keep the glaze clear. Cornstarch makes it milky! Use different juices or water and a little bit of sugar. That's all. If you would want to buy the glaze online use the one from Dr Oetker (can be found on Amazon). This ready made glaze comes in a package and does not contain any sugar. Basically is contains the starch you need. So it's really the same when you make the glaze yourself. Happy Cooking!
For a Basic Clear Glaze (can be varied for different fruit)
240 ml water (apple, pear or green grape juice might work too)
10ml lemon juice
2 tbsp potato or tapioca starch (not corn starch, it will make the glaze milky!)
1-2 tbsp sugar
Instructions Make Fruit Cake Glaze
- mix the water with lemon juice.
- from this liquid take 4 tbsp into a cup or bowl, mix in potato starch.
- mix very well so that there won't be any lumps. It should be smooth.
- Bring remaining water to a boil, add 2 tbsp sugar (or less) then add the starch liquid. Bring it to a very brisk boil (only).
- let cool of a bit then with a spoon place it slowly and spoon by spoon on top of the fruit.
Make a Red Fruit Cake Glaze
Use red grape juice for cakes that contains red fruit (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries).
You always can use the juice of the fruit that your cake is containing.
Use less sugar or any at all because the juice is already sweet.
Use Fruit Puree
Instead of water and juice use pureed fruit with starch. You can create interesting effects like topping the cake with kiwi fruit and layer it with a strawberry glaze. This makes a nice contrast.
Don't buy American glazes even if it says organic! We found a product on Amazon listed and they use these Ingredients: Organic Evaporated Cane Sugar, Strawberry Jell-O Mix (Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sugar, Gelatin, Adipic Acid, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Red 40, Artificial Flavor), Non-GMO Cornstarch
It does not have to be that chemical! In Germany we bake and cook the old fashioned way: chemical free.