Baked Cherry Donuts with Cherry Glaze and Fruity Pebbles Topping

Super easy baked maraschino cherry cake donuts with a simple cherry glaze and crunchy Fruity Pebbles for a topping!

cherry donuts with cherry glaze and fruit pebble topping 19

I have a special soft spot for cherry donuts. I really love them. They’re delicious and they’re one of my favorite. Sooo, yeah. :)

cherry donuts with cherry glaze and fruit pebble topping 1 cherry donuts with cherry glaze and fruit pebble topping 8

I don’t know what it is for me about a cherry donut, but there’s something nostalgic about them for me. I can’t figure out why I feel that way though! There’s no particular reason that I can pinpoint or recall, but they sort of remind me of happy times for some reason?? I’m sure this makes no sense.

cherry donuts with cherry glaze and fruit pebble topping 11

Maybe it’s because donuts in general though are a kind of a source of nostalgia for me. They remind me of the days when my Grandpa would run out to buy a dozen at our favorite local donut shop. When I’m in Erie visiting my family, I try to make a point to stop at H&K Donuts to get a dozen… both for old times’ sake, and because, um, we all love donuts, of course.

cherry donuts with cherry glaze and fruit pebble topping 16

With cherry donuts on my mind, I really wanted to create an easy baked cherry cake donut with cherry glaze. And this is just that. They’re very simple to make. The fruity pebbles? Well if I’m being perfectly honest, I thought they would look fun and colorful on top and would probably (hopefully) taste good too. They do. Yay!

We get to eat food that looks fun and cute, and tastes as good as it looks! I love when that works out. Sometimes ugly food is delicious, and sometimes really pretty food totally stinks in the flavor department. It’s nice when the two line up. The fruity pebbles also enhance the fruity cherry flavors and they add a nice little crunch for texture.

cherry donuts with cherry glaze and fruit pebble topping 24

The batter whips up quickly, the donuts bake in about 15 minutes, and the glaze is a cinch – just whisk together the ingredients in the bowl. You could be eating these in about 25 minutes, start-to-finish!

cherry donuts with cherry glaze and fruit pebble topping 17

5.0 from 2 reviews
Baked Cherry Donuts with Cherry Glaze and Fruity Pebbles Topping
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
These simple baked cherry donuts have a cherry glaze and crunchy Fruity Pebbles as topping!
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 1 dozen
Cherry Donuts:
  • 2 c. flour
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 c. buttermilk or sour milk
  • 3 tbsp. maraschino cherry juice
  • 1 tsp. cherry extract
  • 2 tbsp. melted butter
  • 1 - 10 oz. jar maraschino cherries, drained well (reserve juice), chopped
Cherry Glaze:
  • 1½ c. powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. cherry extract
  • 3 tbsp. maraschino cherry juice
  • 2 c. Fruity Pebbles
For donuts:
  1. Coat 2 regular-sized donut pans with cooking spray. (Regular-sized donut pans typically have 6 cavities.)
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together egg, buttermilk, cherry juice, cherry extract, and melted butter.
  4. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined.
  5. Fold in the chopped cherries.
  6. Pour batter into a gallon-sized ziploc bag, and snip off the corner of the bag.
  7. Pipe the batter into the baking pans, filling each donut cup about ¾ full.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then flip the pans over and tap the donuts out onto a wire rack. Cool completely.
For glaze and topping:
  1. Spread out the Fruity Pebbles on a small plate.
  2. In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar, cherry extract, and cherry juice. Whisk until smooth. This consistency was just right so that the glaze wouldn't run off the donut, but you can thicken or thin the glaze accordingly, if needed.
  3. To glaze the donut, dunk the donut into the bowl of glaze, covering about ⅔ of the donut. Allow the excess glaze to run off, then immediately dunk the donut into the plate of Fruity Pebbles.
  4. Place the donuts back on the wire rack to set for about 10-15 minutes before eating. Enjoy!


cherry donuts with cherry glaze and fruit pebble topping 21 pin

Won’t these fun and colorful donuts lull you into believing that spring will be here soon? Let them brighten your morning!


  1. says

    Sarah, I love these donuts! I’ve always wanted to make something with fruity pebbles (my favorite cereal) so these are perfect. And I don’t think I’ve ever had a cherry donut before! They sound delicious! Such a fun treat!

  2. christina says

    These look absolutely delicious! Do you think I could use the same recipe to make a cake instead of donuts? Thanks!

    • says

      You know, I really have no idea! I’m sorry – I haven’t tried that! I think it probably would make a good cake, but I can’t say for sure. If you try it, let me know! I’d be curious too because I wondered about using this batter for cupcakes at some point!

  3. says

    These are so eye-catching! They would be gorgeous at a brunch, yet kids would love them too! I was Fruity Pebbles obsessed as a child :) Thanks for sharing at Ducks N A Row!

  4. says

    So glad I stumbled across your blog! You have so many yummy recipes and I love the pictures :) Stopping by from Nifty Thrifty linky party – would love for you to stop by my baking blog to say hello! x

  5. says

    This reminds me of something my Nana woulda done, but they wouldn’t have been as pretty as yours. I love all your recipes they look delicious! Found you from Heartsie link-up :)

  6. says

    Saw this on the Happiness is Homemade link party. These looks so tasty, and the fact that they’re are baked and not fried is an incentive to give them a try. Not sure if I can get cherry extract but I’ll try, pinning. Diane @ Mrs U Makes.

    • says

      Hi Diane! You can get away without the cherry extract – the maraschino cherries and cherry juice are sufficient, but I like the extra oomph. I think I get my cherry extract from Walmart, so hopefully you can track it down! I don’t have a difficult time finding it!

    • says

      These are great donuts! The fruity pebbles add extra fruity flavor and the crunchy topping is fun for texture!! :) Don’t you love kid cereal? I still love it!

  7. Deb C says

    These donuts were amazing. I substituted the cherry extract for 1 tbsp of cherry preserves and it came out perfectly because none of my local stores had the cherry extract in stock. I also lightened them up a little by using low fat buttermilk and covered them with sprinkles. Great Recipe!

    • says

      Oh that’s great to know! Somebody else had trouble finding cherry extract too – the preserves are a great sub – I love that idea! I find Watkins brand cherry extract at Walmart. So glad you liked the donuts!!


  1. […] Baked donuts still taste like a donut – truly. These do, at least. And the cinnamon chips are not a must (I know they can be difficult to track down sometimes), but they certainly add a nice, sweet cinnamony flair! I highly recommend them if you can find them. I also think that butterscotch chips are a total delight in these donuts! […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Rate this recipe: