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. It’s perfect for homemade baked goods—such as these classic cake doughnuts—or elevating a package of store-bought treats.

Psst! Ever wonder what doughnuts from around the globe look like? Find out!

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: Prep the sweet stuff

In a small saucepan, bring the whipping cream and corn syrup just to a boil. Then, while the cream and syrup are boiling, place the chocolate in a small, heat-proof bowl.

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

Step 2: Add the chocolate!

Once the cream and corn syrup are steadily bubbling, turn off the stove. Carefully pour the mixture over the chocolate. Add the vanilla extract. Stir with a whisk until smooth. Let the chocolate glaze cool for about 15 minutes or until the mixture thickens to a spreadable consistency.

Step 3: Time to glaze

To glaze the doughnuts, use an offset spatula (like this one) to spread a few teaspoons of icing over each fresh pastry. Finish with sprinkles, if desired.

You might end up with better doughnuts than the best doughnut shops in every state!

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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.