This easy chocolate glaze is perfect for chocolate glazed donuts, cookies, cakes and more! It takes just 5 minutes to whip up.

Chocolate glaze

Looking for a quick and easy chocolate icing? Try this Chocolate Glaze: fast, easy and oh so creamy and chocolaty! It’s ideal for chocolate glazed donuts, but it works for so much more: Bundt cakes, cookies, muffins, even banana bread! This one is a powdered sugar icing that requires no actual chocolate as a part of it. Here’s how it’s done, and when to use it!

Ingredients for chocolate glaze

This chocolate glaze is so simple: all you need are 5 ingredients and 5 minutes! You might have many of the ingredients on hand already: and even better, it requires no chocolate at all. Here’s what you’ll need (see the recipe below for quantities):

  • Powdered sugar
  • Cocoa powder
  • Heavy cream: or substitute milk! Cream has a richer flavor that sets up well; milk also works, the higher fat the better
  • Vanilla extract
  • Water

Sift, then whisk

There are two steps for this chocolate glaze recipe: sift the dry ingredients, then whisk it all together. Two small notes to keep in mind:

  • Sifting removes any lumps. You can use a fine mesh sieve and just shake it into a bowl, or an actual sifter.
  • Whisk until it’s smooth, adjusting the liquid as necessary. The liquid specified below (6 tablespoons) should create a smooth, glossy texture: but you may need a bit more liquid. Add liquid a teaspoon at a time until the correct texture is reached.
Chocolate Glaze

Ways to use chocolate glaze

This glaze is perfect for donuts, but it also works for cakes, cookies, and more! Keep in mind: this glaze does not set up glossy; it has a matte-like texture when dried. It’s best for more informal cakes like Bundt cakes, not fancy tiered cakes with dramatic glazes (go here instead). Here are some ways to use this glaze:

Chocolate glazed donuts
The texture of the chocolate glaze when dried is matte, not glossy

How to make chocolate glazed donuts

Our favorite way to use this recipe? For chocolate glazed donuts! This recipe makes enough for at least 12 donuts, maybe more depending on the size of your donuts. Here’s how to use it for chocolate glazed donuts:

  • Make your favorite donut recipe. Try this Easy Baked Donuts recipe.
  • Mix up the glaze in a medium-sized bowl.
  • Use your fingers to dip each donut into the glaze, twisting the donut to allow excess glaze to drip off into the bowl.
  • Add sprinkles! You can shake them on, or dip the donut face into a plate of sprinkles.

More chocolate recipes

Love chocolate? Here are a few more tasty chocolate desserts to try:

This chocolate glaze recipe is…

Vegetarian, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Chocolate glaze

Chocolate Glaze (for Donuts, Cake, & More!)

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: ½ cup icing 1x


This easy chocolate glaze is perfect for chocolate glazed donuts, cookies, cakes and more! It takes just 5 minutes to whip up.


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 4 tablespoons heavy cream (or milk)
  • ½ tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons water (or milk)


  1. Sift the powdered sugar and cocoa powder together in a medium bowl (use a sifter or simply a fine mesh sieve; this helps to break up any chunks).
  2. Slowly whisk in the cream and vanilla to make a smooth, pourable glaze, stirring constantly until it comes together. Stir in the water (or milk) if necessary. (If using milk instead of cream, use 4 to 6 tablespoons milk and skip the water.) If the glaze is too sticky, add a teaspoon more water until it comes to a smooth, thick consistency. Use for dipping donuts, or drizzle with a fork across cookies, muffins or cake (makes enough for at least 12 donuts).
  • Category: Essentials
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Dessert
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Chocolate glaze, chocolate glazed donuts

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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    1. Disappointed…used this recipe as the glaze on a Boston Cream Cake. Too thin, it never set up. Also overly chocolate flavor.
      It ruined my husband’s 75th birthday cake!

        1. It sounds like you used too much liquid! We’ve added a few precautions in the recipe for this. The way people measure powdered sugar can vary greatly. Next time we’d recommend not using the water!