Baked Apple Cider Donuts with Maple Glaze

Being from Cleveland, I’m blessed with some really great local apple orchards who curate some amazing apple cider. Not only does apple cider taste like the fall but it warms up so many baked goods and beverages. I typically use buttermilk in my baked donuts to ensure they stay nice and moist, but I figured I could swap it out for some fresh apple cider and BOY am I glad I did. It also pairs perfectly with the maple glaze! Add some seasonal sprinkles and/or nuts and you’re going to wish you doubled the recipe!

October 22, 2023
  • Can be stored in an airtight container for 4-5 days

Baked Apple Cider Donuts with Maple Glaze

Alissa DiSanto
  • Prep Time
    20 min
  • Cook Time
    15 min
  • Total Time
    40 min
  • Servings
    14 donuts
  • Difficulty


Dry Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder

Wet Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 4 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1tbsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg


  • 1 cup powder sugar
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tbsp maple extract (optional but highly recommended)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease donut molds with nonstick baking spray.
  2. In a large bowl by hand, whisk together all your dry ingredients.
  3. In another bowl by hand, whisk together all wet ingredients. Add your wet ingredients in with your dry ingredients and mix until full incorporated.
  4. Using a disposable pastry bag or Ziploc bag, add your batter to the bag. On an angle cut one corner of the Ziploc bag or the tip of the pastry bag. This will allow you to pipe the batter into your donut molds in an even and clean manner.
  5. Evenly distribute the batter into your greased donut molds. I use a silicon donut mold, but you can use whatever you have on hand.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. Allow to cool in the mold for 5 minutes.
  8. Carefully remove donuts from the molds and allow to cool completely on a cooling rack before glazing and decorating.
  9. While the donuts are cooling, make your glaze by adding all the glaze ingredients into a bowl and whisk vigorously until everything comes together. If the glaze is too thick, add a touch more maple syrup. If the glaze is too thin, add a tablespoon or so of powder sugar.
  10. Once the donuts are completely cooled through, dip each donut into the glaze and allow to dry on your cooling rack. While the glaze is wet, you can add sprinkles, nuts, or anything else you may have on hand.

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