How to Make Chocolate Glaze for Doughnuts

Say goodbye to plain doughnuts. Treat yourself (and your chocolate-loving friends) by learning how to make chocolate glaze for doughnuts in your kitchen.

Mmm… doughnuts! Whether you consider the sweet rings of perfection breakfast or dessert, there are few things more satisfying than sinking your teeth into a fresh doughnut.

That’s why we’re here to teach you how to make a delectable chocolate glaze recipe. It’s perfect for homemade baked goods—such as these classic cake doughnuts—or elevating a package of store-bought treats.

How to Make Chocolate Glaze for Doughnuts


  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Sprinkles, optional


Step 1: Create the glaze

Place your chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl and set aside.

Then add the whipping cream and corn syrup to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Once this mixture is steadily bubbling, turn off the stove and pour the mixture over the chocolate. Add in the vanilla extract then whisk until smooth.

Let the chocolate glaze cool for about 15 minutes or until the mixture thickens slightly. Learn how to make the best glaze for doughnuts.

Editor’s Tip: If you haven’t already, check out our guide to making homemade doughnuts.

Step 2: Glaze the doughnuts

Once the glaze has cooled slightly, take your doughnuts and dip the tops right into the glaze and turn upright; be quick to avoid drips! Then finish with sprinkles, nuts or any other extras. You might end up with better doughnuts than the best doughnut shops in every state!

Tips for Making Chocolate Glaze

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How can you prevent a lumpy doughnut glaze?

If you’re noticing that your chocolate doughnut glaze isn’t as smooth as you’d like, the mixture could just need a little bit of extra love with the whisk, so keep on stirring.

Otherwise, add a little bit more liquid to the mixture to get rid of those lumps. You can thin out the glaze with a bit more whipping cream. Add this a teaspoon at a time and continue to whisk until it’s a smooth texture.

Can you cover the entire doughnut with chocolate glaze?

While this chocolate gaze can be addicting and you might want to dunk the entire doughnut in it, we don’t recommend it. A chocolate glaze for doughnuts is only to be used as a topping to your doughy dessert. If the glaze is used to entirely cover the dessert, it won’t set properly and you’ll find yourself in a sticky situation.

How do you store chocolate-glazed doughnuts?

Chocolate doughnut glaze should be stored in an airtight container and placed in the refrigerator. This will keep the glaze good to use for up to three days. If you haven’t eaten all the deliciously chocolate-glazed doughnuts and need to store those leftovers as well, you can either store them in an airtight container or place them in a paper bag. The doughnuts can last up to a week in the refrigerator or up to two days at room temperature.

Other Ways to Use Chocolate Glaze

Don’t stop at just using this chocolate glaze for doughnuts! Try this topping on some of your favorite desserts to make beautifully designed bundt cakes, chocolate glazed brownies or as an upgrade to quick bread. Chocolate glazed banana nut bread? Yes, please!

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Ceara Milligan
Ceara “Kiwi” Milligan is a professional marketing strategist and copywriter who is proud to call Milwaukee home. She loves baking, cooking, writing, listening to music, dancing, playing and hosting trivia, watching college basketball (Go Marquette!), telling lame jokes, and petting every dog that crosses her path.
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