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Incredible Maple Glaze For Donuts Recipe

Last Updated on January 14, 2023

Where are all the donut lovers? They are my absolute favorite! I do not know if it is their fluffy texture or the amount of variety, but I have always loved them. And this maple glaze for donuts recipe is incredible! 

I have gone through phases regarding flavors. There was a time when I preferred donuts filled with custard and another with marmalade, but right now I am a fan of maple frosting. Is anyone else as obsessed as me?

As I am a baker, I could not help myself – I needed to make them! It took me a while but I finally found the best maple frosting recipe for donuts there is, and I want to share it with you. It comes from Sally’s Baking Addiction.

As a tip, prepare the glaze before you start making your donuts. Letting it rest will allow it to thicken and cool down, making it easier to coat them. You will end up with a thicker, more luscious glaze that doesn’t crack! Everyone will love it.

This recipe takes about 10 minutes and makes enough for 8 to 10 donuts, depending on how large the surface area to cover is. Remember to pipe your mixture into your donut tray to help clean up. You can also use a muffin tray! Any shape works with this glaze.

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Maple Glaze Frosting Recipe For Donuts

Ingredients

Equipment

How to Make Maple Frosting

Step 1

Melt the unsalted butter and maple syrup together over medium heat in a small saucepan. Occasionally, stir it. 

How to Make Maple Frosting

Step 2

Take away from the heat and add in the powdered sugar, whisking it vigorously.

How to Make Maple Frosting Adding Sugar

Step 3

Taste it. If you would like a stronger maple flavor, add in the maple extract. Set it aside to cool and thicken! Use it once your donuts are also cool.

How to Make Maple Frosting Maple Extract

Tips & Tricks on Maple Glaze For Donuts 

It is important to use pure dark maple syrup for this and not breakfast syrup. This will help with the color of the glaze and also with flavor. The regular syrup does not have the depth of caramelly goodness we need.

We think that this recipe is best over spice-flavored baked donuts. This choice will help bring out the greatness of the maple. Sally uses brown sugar, nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon in her recipe. The ones she makes are easy and fast to make, as they take less than 15 minutes to bake. Plus, the batter can be mixed by hand. 

How to Make Maple Frosting Tips and Tricks

We love how easy this recipe is and how effective. It really is as simple as melting maple syrup and butter together. This flavor is great for a special breakfast or for everyday snacking if you are not calorie-counting. 

Read more about How To Keep Donuts Fresh Overnight – The Ultimate Guide.

Incredible Maple Glaze For Donuts Recipe

Where are all donut lovers? They are my absolute favorite! I do not know if it is their fluffy texture or the amount of variety, but I have always loved them. I have gone through phases in regards to flavors. But right now, this maple glaze for donuts is my go-to recipe.
Prep Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: incredible maple glaze for donuts recipe
Servings: 8 donuts
Author: cakedecorist.com

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • optional: 1/2 teaspoon maple extract

Instructions

  • Step 1
  • Melt the butter and maple syrup together over medium heat in a small saucepan. Occasionally, give it a stir.
  • Step 2
  • Take away from the heat and add in the powdered sugar, whisking it vigorously.
  • Step 3
  • Taste it. If you would like a stronger maple flavor, add in the maple extract. Set it aside to cool and thicken! Use it once your donuts are also cool.

Notes

  • It is important to use pure dark maple syrup for this and not breakfast syrup. This will help with the colour of the glaze and also with flavour. Regular syrup does not have the depth of caramelly goodness we need.
  • We think that this recipe is best over spice flavored baked donuts. This choice will help bring out the greatness of the maple. Sally uses brown sugar, nutmeg, clove and cinnamon in her recipe. The ones she makes are easy and fast to make, as they take less than 15 minutes to bake. Plus, the batter can be mixed by hand.
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How Do You Make Maple Glaze for Donuts Without Powdered Sugar?

If you don’t have any powdered sugar on hand, don’t fret as there are other ways you can make the maple glaze for donuts. While powdered sugar is a traditional ingredient for making glazes, you can still make one without it.

For one option, you can use coconut cream to make your glaze. To do so, you will need:

  • 1/4 cup of maple syrup
  • two tablespoons of coconut cream
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • one teaspoon of vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until the glaze is smooth
  2. Then, add your maple glaze to your donuts or other baked goods.

You can also make your own powdered sugar with granulated sugar and cornstarch. To make:

  1. Add two cups of powdered sugar and two tablespoons of cornstarch to a food processor or blender.
  2. Blend on high speed for 30 seconds and then check the texture of the sugar. If you can still feel granules, keep blending. However, if it is smooth, light, and fluffy then it is ready to use. You can then proceed to use your homemade powdered sugar to make maple glaze for donuts.

How Do You Make Maple Dipping Sauce?

The maple dipping sauce is great for dipping donuts, as well as cookies too. You can also use it as a topping on cheesecakes, cakes, pies, and other desserts.

Maple dipping sauce for dessert is simple to make. You need three ingredients maple syrup, heavy cream, and butter. To make it you will need:

  • one cup of maple syrup
  • two tablespoons of butter
  • 1/4 cup of heavy cream

Instructions:

  1. Add your maple syrup to a saucepan and boil it until it reaches 235 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Then remove the maple syrup from the heat and add in the butter and the heavy cream.
  3. Mix until combined and allow your maple dipping sauce to cool before eating.

How Do You Dip Donuts in Icing?

To dip your donuts, add your glaze to a large bowl or shallow plate. Carefully holds the sides of the donut as you dip the top in the glaze.

Then, turn it upside down and place your donut on a wire rack with parchment underneath to catch any drippings. It is best to do this when the donuts are still slightly warm but are not hot. Continue with all of the donuts and allow the glaze to set before eating.

Why is My Donut Glaze Runny?

If your donut glaze is runny, it might be because you have not given it enough time to set. It might also be runny because you have too much liquid in your glaze. If this is the case, mix in more powdered sugar until your glaze reaches its desired consistency.

How Long Does it Take for Donut Glaze to Dry?

It typically takes between five to 10 minutes or less for the glaze to dry on donuts. You should let your glaze dry on your donuts at room temperature.

How Long Do You Cool Donuts Before Icing?

You should wait for the donuts to cool for at least 10 minutes before dipping them in icing. They should be cool enough to handle, but it is okay if they are still slightly warm.

To help your donuts cool faster, place them on a wire cooling rack. If they are too hot when you go to dip them, then the frosting will melt off so it is essential to allow them to cool first.

Maple Syrup Icing Glaze

While we’ve already looked at how to make maple syrup icing glaze, there are a few ways you can try if you want to try something slightly different for your donuts. For this recipe, you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tablespoons of milk

Now all you need to do is:

  1. Grab a bowl and add the maple syrup, vanilla extract, powdered sugar, and one tablespoon of milk.
  2. Using a whisk, mix the ingredients together until it becomes smooth and the ingredients are combined.
  3. If the glaze appears too thick, you can add an extra tablespoon of milk to help thin it out.
  4. Once you have allowed your donuts to cool, dip them into the glaze.
  5. Let any excess icing drip off and then place it onto a wire rack with something underneath to catch the falling drips.
  6. At this point, you can add chopped pecans or even bacon pieces.
  7. Leave to set before enjoying.

Maple Glaze With Maple Extract

To make the most authentic maple glaze, you can use maple extract. This will really help to bring out that flavor. For this recipe, you’ll need:

  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
  • 1-2 tablespoons of milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon of maple extract
  • a pinch of salt

Now all you need to do is:

  1. Grab a bowl and add the following ingredients: powdered sugar, maple extract, maple syrup and salt.
  2. Also add around 1 tablespoon of milk and mix the ingredients until you have a smooth mixture.
  3. If your glaze appears too thick, you can try adding another tablespoon of milk to thin it.
  4. Now all you need to do is dunk your donuts into the glaze and leave to set on a cooling wire rack.
  5. If you want an extra thick glaze coating, you could even try dunking them twice into the glaze.

Maple Donuts Recipe

Now we’ve covered how to make maple glaze for donuts, you may be wondering how to maple donuts themselves. For this recipe, you’ll need:

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cloves
  • 1/2 cup of melted butter
  • 1/2 cup of maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of sour cream
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. Before you begin, you’ll need to grease a donut pan with non-stick spray and preheat your oven to 400F.
  2. Now all you need to do is grab a bowl and add the baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and flour.
  3. Whisk until the dry ingredients are combined.
  4. In a separate bowl, add the butter, sugar, syrup, milk, vanilla extract, sour cream, and eggs.
  5. Mix the wet ingredients together until well combined.
  6. Now add the dry to the wet and mix well. Keep mixing until no lumps remain.
  7. Add a heaped tablespoon of batter into your prepared donut pan. They shouldn’t be filled more than 3/4 full.
  8. Place into the center of your preheated oven and bake for around 8-10 minutes. Donuts should bounce back when touched when fully baked.
  9. Cool your donuts before glazing them for the best results.

Conclusion

I hope this post has helped you to become more familiar with how to make maple glaze for donuts from the comfort of your home. It occurred to us that you could maybe add some crispy bacon bits on top of the glaze while it’s still setting. The saltiness in the bacon will elevate the donut to a whole other level.

Have you tried making this maple glaze for donuts at home? Show us a picture in the comments! 

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