Cherry Donuts (Baked) with Vanilla Glaze

Easy Cherry Donuts that bake up in no time! Don’t forget the sweet vanilla glaze!
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Baked Cherry Donuts with sweet Vanilla Glaze. And sprinkles, of course!

Last week I surprised my youngest daughters with fresh donuts for breakfast.

On a school day.

Yeah, baked donuts are THAT easy! If you haven’t gotten around to trying them, maybe these juicy cherries inside a cake donut will persuade you????

Baked Cherry Donuts with sweet Vanilla Glaze. And sprinkles, of course!

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Cherry Donuts (Baked) with Vanilla Glaze

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 12 donuts

Easy Cherry Donuts baked in no time with a sweet Vanilla glaze!


    For the Donuts:
  • 2 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup milk (I use skim)
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 15 maraschino cherries, chopped
  • For the Glaze:
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • sprinkles


  1. In mixing bowl, add flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg. Mix until combined. Add in eggs, vanilla, milk and melted butter. Mix thoroughly. Fold in chopped cherries.
  2. Pour batter into a ziploc bag, snip off the corner of bag. Pipe into greased donut pans. Bake in a 325 degree oven for 10 minutes. Remove and allow to cool in pans 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.
  3. For the frosting, heat cream in small saucepan until just before boiling. Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla extract and powdered sugar. Add more cream (or powdered sugar) until desired consistency.
  4. To frost donut, dip cooled donut into glaze. Set on wax paper, apply sprinkles immediately (if desired), and allow to set (about 15 minutes) before eating. Enjoy!

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28 Responses to “Cherry Donuts (Baked) with Vanilla Glaze”

  1. posted Jan 16, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Making donuts at home IS’re so right and I never believed it til I got into it myself. And on a school day…you get mom of the year award for that :)

  2. posted Jan 16, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    It’s a donut kind of day! Those look delicious!

  3. Elizabeth
    posted Jan 16, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Thank you SO much for this non-chocolate baked donut recipe! I can now bake my favorite (cherry!) and modify it for my lemon donuts! Fantastic!

  4. posted Jan 16, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    YUM! I didn’t know donuts were that easy to make…I always thought it was some kind of long process. Thanks for sharing! I want to make some for breakfast now :)

  5. posted Jan 16, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Wow..Yummy one…Thanks for posting


  6. posted Jan 16, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    I do love cherries-yum! Usually cake donuts are very basic flavors, so I am glad to see a donut batter that has more unique flavor to it! I am saving this recipe! The donut pan is on the list to get at the end of the month. Great post.

  7. posted Jan 16, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    I’ve never had a cherry doughnut before but it sounds great! Icing is perfect.

  8. posted Jan 16, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    I should make these for my boyfriend! He would love these! At our local farmers market in the summer there is always a stand with cherry doghnuts!

  9. posted Jan 16, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Fresh baked donuts for breakfast = mom of the day award!!! And cherry ones too…mmmm!!!! I need more donuts in my life:-)

  10. posted Jan 16, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Oooh, these look so pretty! I am not hugely into donuts, but my wife loves them and would devour a whole batch in no time :) Great recipe!

  11. posted Jan 16, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Oh my gosh oh my gosh oh my gosh!!! These are amazing! There was this grocery store back when I lived in PA that had a cherry donut like this and they were my favorite…thank you SO much for sharing this. Made my day!

  12. posted Jan 16, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Oh yum!! I love cherries . . . and in donuts?? Brilliant!!

  13. posted Jan 16, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    I just got a mini doughnut maker for Christmas and these are inspiring me to actually test it out! I’m a new follower and fairly new at blogging about baking. Please check out and follow my blog. I just posted a recipe for a Nutella Chocolate Glaze and now realize I could use it on doughnuts!

  14. posted Jan 17, 2012 at 12:37 am

    Time to dig out my donut pan…yours look so tempting with that yummy glaze!

  15. posted Jan 17, 2012 at 3:39 am

    Baked doughnuts will fit nicely in my low fat diet right now!! 😉 Yum- me! I always love the amazing recipes you post!

  16. posted Jan 17, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Seriously heaven!!!

  17. posted Jan 17, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Yum! I just bought a heart shape pan and these would be so pretty to go in them! Thanks for the recipe!! Can’t wait to try it.

  18. posted Jan 17, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    I love how easy donuts are! These are beautiful and sound so good too. Thanks for sharing on Crazy Sweet Tuesday!

  19. posted Jan 18, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    oh, now this I must try!

  20. posted Jan 20, 2012 at 3:08 am

    I’m drooling…those look so good!

  21. posted Jan 23, 2012 at 4:50 am

    I never even consider making donuts..this recipe is easy enough to try..thanks..oh my family will love it!!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can!

  22. posted Jan 23, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes! I WILL be making these!

  23. posted Jan 10, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    These look AMAZING! I can’t wait to try this recipe!!

  24. Kendall
    posted Feb 9, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    I am going to attempt to make these today. Can I freeze them and frost them later?

    • posted Mar 16, 2013 at 3:36 pm

      Absolutely. =) It’s just me, so I freeze stuff all the time, donuts freeze great.

  25. posted Mar 16, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Made these today…. yummy…even without the glaze (I tend not to glaze unless being eaten soon). I halved the nutmeg, but it could actually go without; added some mini choc chips and some maraschino juice. =)

  26. Tressa
    posted Jan 29, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Just made these, yummy! However I do not have a donut pan so I used my mini muffin pan & worked great! Easy & quick recipe!

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