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How to Make Donut Glaze

Updated on March 13, 2015

How to Make Glaze for Donuts

Donuts are a yummy treat, and homemade donuts are even better. Making donuts at home is super easy once you know how to make donut glaze. Here you'll find a variety of donut glaze recipes, including the basic powdered sugar glaze and a very special chocolate donut glaze. Making donuts at home can be fun and a very special breakfast treat for your entire family. Below you will find several how to make donut glaze tutorial videos, donut glaze recipes, and a selection of donut makers. If you try one of my recipes, please come back and let me know how it turned out for you.

Thinking about making your significant other breakfast in bed for Valentine's Day? How about making homemade donuts with specialty glazes. Yum!

Image credit: Donut glaze by stu_spivack on Flickr.

Making homemade donuts at home is easy once you know how to make the glaze. In addition to using this recipe for a donut glaze, you can also use it for coffee cakes, angel food cakes, tea cakes, sugar cookies, and a variety of other sweet treats.

Image credit: Donut glaze by stu_spivack on Flickr.


  • 5 1/3 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup hot water


  1. Cut the butter into the powdered sugar in a medium bowl. Mix in the water and then the vanilla with an electric mixer until the glaze is smooth.
  2. Glazing the Donuts:
  3. When the donuts have cooled, dip the top of each into the glaze. Flip the donut over and cool on a plate until the glaze firms. Enjoy!
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How to Make Donut Glaze - How to make homemade donuts even yummier

These video tutorials show how to make variety of different donut glazes.

Chocolate Donut Glaze Recipe - How to make chocolate donut glaze

My favorite donuts are the ones with chocolate glaze. Now you can make your own chocolate glazed donuts at home with this simple recipe.

Image credit: Chocolate donut glaze by uberculture on Flickr.


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup warm whole milk
  • 1 Tablesppon light corn syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 oz. bittersweet chocolate chopped
  • 2 cups powdered sugar sifted


  1. Very gently warm the milk in a medium saucepan. Add the butter, corn syrup, and vanilla. Heat over medium heat until butter is melted. Decrease the heat to low and add the chocolate. Whisk until melted. Turn off the heat, add the powdered sugar, and whisk until the glaze is smooth. Fill a bowl with warm water. Pour the chocolate glaze into another bowl. Place the bowl with the glaze over the bowl with warm water and dip the doughnuts immediately. Allow the glaze to set for 30 minutes before serving.
Donut Glaze on Flickr
Donut Glaze on Flickr

Caramel Donut Glaze Recipe - How to make a caramel donut glaze

If you want to make homemade donuts but want to make them extra special, try this caramel donut glaze recipe.

Image credit: Caramel donut glaze on Flickr.


  • 6 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream


  1. Heat the butter on medium heat in a small sauce pan. The butter should foam and then settle down. Continue to cook until it begins to gently brown and develops a toasty aroma, then remove from heat.
  2. In a large saucepan heat the sugar on medium high. As the sugar begins to melt gently swirl the pan side to side frequently to ensure that the sugar melts evenly. Continue to cook and swirl until the caramel begins to slightly smoke and is a deep amber color. Remove the melted sugar from the heat and pour in the browned butter. Now add in the heavy cream, whisk until it is well blended.

Donut Makers - Donut making machines

Making your own donuts at home is so easy with one of these handy donut machines. I just recently bought the BabyCakes waffle sticks maker. One of these donut makers will be my next personal splurge.

Donut Pans - Donut cake pans

Bake delicious old fashioned cake donuts in your oven with these donut baking pans.

Wilton Nonstick 6-Cavity Donut Pan
Wilton Nonstick 6-Cavity Donut Pan

Wilton is one of the best names in bakewear.

Norpro 6-Count Nonstick Donut Pan
Norpro 6-Count Nonstick Donut Pan

Bake 6 fluffy cake donuts with this nonstick baking pan.


Donut Hole Makers - How to make donut holes

Making donut holes atd home is a cinch with an electric donut hole maker. You can even use the fun, round, yummy creations to make cake pops! My son loves donut holes.

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      RuthieDenise 4 years ago

      I have never tried a glaze for donuts. It has been a long time since I made donuts.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Great lens! Thanks for sharing. Now it's time to make some donuts!

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      othellos 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this information and these tips. Very thorough and so well done!

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      E L Seaton 4 years ago from Virginia

      As a lover of donuts as far back as 1964, this lens is outstanding! Thumbs up!!

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      chocochipchip 4 years ago

      Donuts are yummyyyy!

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      liamsquidoo 4 years ago

      Great job on the lens. Can't wait to try it out myself!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Mmmmmmmmm I Love Donuts.

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      Takkhis 5 years ago

      Love doughnut! It is yummy :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      Oh my gosh girl but you just stole my heart right out of my chest. I love doughnuts and the vanilla glaze looks heavenly.

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      beaworkathomemom 5 years ago

      Thank you for the recipes. I'd like to try them.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i really like this web .it help me that how i make my work easior.thanks for all

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Interesting and very useful information. Thanks.

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      SquidooMBA 5 years ago

      Sounds delicious!

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      I'm celebrating National Doughnut Day! Great recipes that I would love to try :>)

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      purpleclouds 6 years ago

      mmm, I love donuts and I make them all the time...I'll try it with your recipes the next time, thanks for sharing :)

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      AskLou1 6 years ago

      My wife used to make donuts in our restaurant, boy do I miss those! I'm going to show her this lens, maybe it will inspire her to make some! Very nice lens! Thanks!