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Frosted Strawberry Cake Donut Recipe: Makes Breakfast a Party

Preview: This Frosted Strawberry Cake Donuts Recipe is flavored with strawberry jello and strawberries, then frosted with a cream cheese frosting. Sprinkle with colored sugar if kids will be eating them.

Are you looking for something to make breakfast celebratory and memorable for some children or grandchildren? These baked strawberry donuts are easier than fried doughnuts, quicker than yeast doughnuts, healthier than most grocery store donuts, and unique because you made them.


If you haven’t found yourself a donut pan yet and you have kids or grandkids, what are you waiting on? I’m having so much fun with mine. Although you could use a mini-muffin pan, something about the donut shape makes them irresistible.

How I modified this popular Baked Whole Wheat Donut recipe to make Frosted Strawberry Cake Doughnuts:

  • Instead of white whole wheat flour, use all-purpose unbleached flour. Adding dry strawberry jello powder to the dry ingredients gives the expected pink color and intensifies the strawberry flavor.
  • Substitute 1/4 cup finely chopped or mashed fresh strawberries for the milk.
  • Dress them up for a party with a glaze, flavored and colored with strawberry jello powder. Don’t forget the sparkly or colored sugar!

Kitchen secret for getting the batter into a doughnut pan:

Place the batter in a plastic bag and clip off a corner. Next, squeeze batter into donut pans going around each little post.

It seemed like too much trouble to scoop the batter into a plastic bag when I first saw this tip. But believe me when I say:  It goes better, faster, and neater for you with a bag. The batter is a bit stiff and won’t drop off a spoon easily, so the donut looks lumpy and irregular.

filling the muffin tin with a plastic bag
Use a Ziplock bag to fill the donut cups.

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Frosted Strawberry Cake Donuts Recipe

Frosted Strawberry Cake Donuts are flavored with strawberry jello and strawberries, then frosted with a cream cheese frosting. Sprinkle with colored sugar if kids will be eating them.
Paula Rhodes
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Breakfast
Servings 12 mini-donuts


  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour - 120 gr
  • cup granulated sugar - 66 gr
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon dry strawberry jello powder - 9 gr
  • ½ teaspoon salt - 3 gr
  • teaspoon nutmeg - freshly grated
  • ¼ cup fresh strawberries - (finely chopped) 42 gr
  • ¼ cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt - 71 gr
  • 1 egg - 50 gr
  • 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil - 25 gr
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • a few drops of almond flavoring

Strawberry Glaze:

  • 2 tablespoons softened cream cheese - 1 oz or 28 gr
  • 2-3+ tablespoons milk - 28-42 gr
  • 2 cups powdered sugar - 227 gr
  • 1 teaspoon strawberry jello powder - 3 gr


  • Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  • Grease doughnut pan well (I use spray oil with flour in it i.e. Baking by Pam).
  • Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, strawberry jello powder, salt, and nutmeg together in a medium mixing bowl. (You can leave the nutmeg out but it gives the characteristic donut flavor.)
  • Whisk yogurt, strawberries, egg, oil, and flavorings together in a separate small bowl. Pour all at once over dry ingredients and stir only until everything is moistened.
  • Spoon batter into a pastry bag or quart-size zippered plastic bag. Seal. Snip a small corner of the plastic bag and force dough out of the hole in a fat rope that encircles each doughnut cup. Fill only 1/2 to 3/4 full or you will lose the hole in the middle of your doughnut. Makes 12 donuts and possibly 3-4 "donut holes" in a mini cupcake pan. Bake for 9-10 minutes.

Strawberry Glaze:

  • Combine cream cheese and milk in a medium mixing bowl. Mix powdered sugar and jello powder with cream cheese until smooth. Add more milk (a few drops at a time) if necessary to achieve the correct consistency. It should drip slowly without being runny.
  • Dip donuts face down into glaze and turn over to dry on a rack (see picture) or pour over the top. Sprinkle with colored sugar or other edible decorations, if desired, before the glaze dries.


It has come to my attention that mini-donut pans do not all make donuts the same size. I bought mine from World Market and the donuts measure 2-3/4 inches in diameter.


Serving: 1gCalories: 177kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 2gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 171mgPotassium: 35mgFiber: 1gSugar: 26gVitamin A: 56IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 34mgIron: 1mg
Keyword homemade cake donuts, homemade strawberry donuts, strawberry frosted donut, strawberry glazed donut
Cuisine American
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Sunday 28th of October 2018

I want to make these now but I dont have a donut pan. Is it possible to make in a cupcake pan half full? Also I love strawberry things and one of the things i learned was using an extract bought at Walmart,Watkins Immitation strawberry extract. This really is good to mix for strawberry taste. Only Watkins. Thank you.


Sunday 28th of October 2018

Hi Sandy, Yes, you can use a cupcake pan instead. Your muffins may turn out slightly firmer than the average muffin but they should still be delicious. Good to know about the Watkins strawberry extract. Thanks so much for writing.


Tuesday 7th of February 2012

I want to make a bundt cake that is a Strawberry Cake Donut with Strawberry frosting. Do you think this recipe would work in a bundt pan?

Ann Hastings

Friday 25th of February 2011

I am so glad you posted this recipe :) I LOVED these, as did Tyler!!! I need to get a pan to make these!

Essential Oils

Monday 21st of February 2011

Yam Yam yam, Its too tasty, my mouth watering to see all of these pictures.


Friday 18th of February 2011

WOW, these look DELICIOUS! I stumbled across your site and I love it! Every recipe looks so good, my stomach is rumbling. I've been on a wanting-to-make-donut-but-they're-too-daunting kick lately, but these look and sound easy. I'll definitely be giving them a try... and bookmarking your site! :)