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5 Donut Glaze Recipes

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Make the ultimate glazed donut. With a 3-ingredient base, my donut glaze recipe has no limitations.

Hi Bold Bakers!

You Bakers asked and now you shall receive! I’ve had loads of questions about how to make donut glaze. The glaze is essential whether you’re making my No-Yeast DonutsNo-Knead Donuts, or my Chocolate Cake Donuts. I’m so excited to share with you my five variations on the classic glaze. The only complex thing about these recipes are the flavors – really, they could not be simpler to make!

How to Make Donut Glaze

I know it’s bold of me to say, but I’m pretty sure anyone could make these basic icings. All of these glazes start with the same 3 ingredients: powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract. The fun really begins once you mix up that up. You can add anything to my base recipe, like cocoa powder, natural food coloring, or sprinkles. Of all my glazes, I’m most excited about making maple donuts. This maple donut glaze has sweetness, great depth of flavor, and lots of extra shine!

Homemade Glazed Donuts

This glaze recipe really does all of the work for you. Since the consistency is perfect, not too thin and not too thick, all you have to do is dunk your warm donuts into the glaze of your choice and then allow to set on a wire rack. If you want an extra thick layer of icing, I suggest dunking your donut once and then once again after the initial glaze sets. This method will yield a super sweet and professional-looking donut.

No homemade donut is complete without glaze! Make glazed donuts with my donut glaze recipe.

Adding Variety to My Donut Glaze Recipe

This donut glaze recipe is really about the method. I suggest you go wild with the base and add your favorite flavorings. From adding homemade extracts, orange or lemon zest, spices or homemade food colors, these donuts can be personalized however you’d like. Be Bold!

Have a go of my donut recipes:

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Gemma's 3 Donut Glaze Recipes

4.41 from 50 votes
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 10 -12
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 10 -12

Ingredients

Vanilla Donut Glaze:

  • 1 ½ cup (6oz/172g)) powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

Funfetti Donut Glaze:

  • 1 ½ cup (6oz/172g) powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 small drop Pink food coloring

Chocolate Donut Glaze:

  • cups (6oz/172g) powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Maple Donut Glaze:

  • 1 ½ cup (6oz/172g)) powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

Cinnamon Sugar:

  • 1 cup (8oz/225g) sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon

Instructions

Vanilla Donut Glaze:

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients.
  • Whisk until silky and smooth.
  • If you want it thinner add a little more milk
  • Store the icing at room temperature in an airtight container for 2 weeks.

Funfetti Donut Glaze:

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients.
  • Whisk until silky and smooth.
  • If you want it thinner add a little more milk
  • Store the icing at room temperature in an airtight container for 2 weeks.

Chocolate Donut Glaze:

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Slowly stir in milk and vanilla extract. Whisk until silky and smooth. If you need a touch more milk to make this a dippable glaze, add a bit more.
  • Dip doughnuts in chocolate glaze and let rest to harden slightly.
  • Store the icing at room temperature in an airtight container for 2 weeks.

Maple Donut Glaze:

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients.
  • Whisk until silky and smooth.
  • If you want it thinner add a little more milk
  • Store the icing at room temperature in an airtight container for 2 weeks.

Cinnamon Sugar:

  • Combine sugar with cinnamon in a medium bowl.
  • Dip donuts into cinnamon sugar while still warm.
  • Cinnamon sugar can be covered and stored for up to 2 years.

 

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Susan Briggs
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Susan Briggs
3 months ago

Hi Gemma! My daughter is getting married in October and instead of a wedding cake, we are serving donuts :). I’m wondering if your glazes are able to be made ahead (just the week of the wedding)? And if made ahead, will they work in a squeeze bottle for our guests to dress their own donuts? Thank you!

Lalita
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Lalita
5 months ago

Hello

I tried a glaze with fruits and icing sugar.

But we don’t find the taste of the fruit and it is too sugary.

Any idea for a glaze with fruits?

Isabela
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Isabela
6 months ago

Hi Gemma, 8 just found your website looking for glaze recipes and I’m just completely in love with all the info and love you have here! Beautiful work! <3

But I have a question, I'm afraid I misunderstood the directions. Am I supposed to store them for 2 weeks before using so it gives a better result or ifs just that it can be stored for that long? Hahaha sorry

Deeksha
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Deeksha
6 months ago

Hi Gemma, for the donuts recipe I was wondering if the maple glaze should be stored for two weeks and then will be done or can be stored for two weeks time. thanks!!????????

Jacquie Woo
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Jacquie Woo
7 months ago

Hi Gemma I wonder if you have a recipe for a thin butter cream icing I just made a 3 tier caramel mud naked cake on the weekend for my daughters baby shower The recipe called for a butter cream mixture made of 12oz room temperature unsalted butter and 5 1/2 cups icing sugar and 5 tablespoons to thick cream creamed well It worked out well especially for the between sandwich component but I would have liked a slightly thinner icing for the outer layer It really did look amazing but wonder if professional chefs have an added trick to… Read more »

marg
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marg
7 months ago

good morning. will the doughnut glaze ie choco or the others harden up so they can be used at a wedding on a display? thank you marg

Debbie
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Debbie
8 months ago

Gemma, I have made old fashioned donuts in the past that the flavor was great but not so much the texture. I am excited to try this recipe! Question. In the other recipe it called for 1/4 teaspoon of cardamom rather that the cinnamon and nutmeg. Can I substitute that here? Should I add more of something else?
Thanks

Daemon
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Daemon
8 months ago

What happens if you dont want to wait 2 weeks for the icing?

Cindy Do
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Cindy Do
8 months ago

Hi Gemma,

My kids love white chocolate glaze donut. Do you have a white chocolate glaze donut recipe to share?

Thank you so much!
Cindy

NatWensMom
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NatWensMom
8 months ago

Hi Gemma, I’m trying to make a Krispy Kreme-like glazed donut. Will your basic Vanilla glaze do the trick? I’m also wondering if, once these glazes are set, they are hard-ish (which is what I am looking of) to make transport/packing easier? Thank you!

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