Frosted Strawberry Cake Donut Recipe: Makes Breakfast a Party

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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.

FROSTED STRAWBERRY CAKE DONUT Recipe - on a rack

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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.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Breakfast
Servings 12 mini-donuts

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Notes

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.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Frosted Strawberry Cake Donuts Recipe
Serving Size
 
1
Amount per Serving
Calories
 
177
Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
4
g
6
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Cholesterol
 
17
mg
6
%
Sodium
 
171
mg
7
%
Carbohydrates
 
34
g
11
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
26
g
29
%
Protein
 
2
g
4
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Author: Paula Rhodes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keywords: homemade cake donutshomemade strawberry donutsstrawberry frosted donutstrawberry glazed donut
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25 Comments

  1. Paula, beautiful job with these and perfect for a VD breakfast….love that you used fresh strawberries instead of milk. I bet these are delicious. Add to top of my to-do list today: get that wonderful pan!! xo

  2. TheKitchenWitch says:

    These are so pretty and sweet! My girls would be thrilled to have such a treat on Valentine’s morning!

  3. with strawberries it must be so summery! love this idea!

  4. I tried baked doughnuts a while back, in that same kind of mini bundt pan and they just did not turn out well. I’m sure it was just the recipe and now I want to try these. The boys love donuts, but I really try not to let them eat so much fried food.
    I posted your French Silk Pie today. It’s really good! Thanks.

    1. Katrina, I’m curious as to what you didn’t like about your doughnuts. I did not like any of the recipes I tried in the beginning either which is why I started from scratch using one of my favorite muffin recipes. Basically, I added less liquid (texture better with a thicker dough) and a touch of nutmeg. I’ve also found they are easy, easy to overbake. The mini-donuts bake fast because of the post up the middle.

  5. look yummy! feel free to drop some off if you need taste testers. hopefully someday your request for a little girl will be answered. for now, kent i’m sure would love to have a tea party with you, boy style….especially if donuts are involved! 🙂

  6. I am so making these tomorrow. Thank you for this lovely recipe!

  7. Absolutely gorgeous photo, Paula!

  8. I think this is definitely something that Ellie and I can do in the next few days. Just one question, what is Jello and where can you buy it?

  9. Your donuts look delicious and I can’t wait to purchase a donut pan and start baking donuts for my grand-kids. (I’m sure I’ll just have to eat a few myself too). Thanks for posting this recipe.

    1. Fabulous idea to use the mason jar lids. I certainly have plenty of those sitting around. And thanks for the link. I will put that on my list.

  10. These are absolutely adorable. Ellie and i think the sprinkles on top add the perfect amount of cuteness!!!!

  11. Oh.my.word those look incredibly good! Perfect for a valentine tea! I’ve never tried making donuts, but these sound easy and tasty.

    Hugs,
    Kat

  12. steph (whisk/spoon) says:

    mmmm…delightful! happy valentine’s day!

  13. Definitely getting baked here asap. I’ve only used my new donut pan once and I’ve been looking for a great recipe to try a second batch. This is it, for sure!

  14. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit says:

    These really are pink and girlie! (And I hear your little girl tea party wish…I have three boys, five nephews and a grandson. I’m just waitin’ for that little girl!) I love that these are baked. There aren’t enough pink things at my house- I’ll have to remedy that. 🙂

  15. What pretty donuts! We used to have one of those ‘1970’s donut makers – like a george foreman grill, only for donuts. Wasn’t that great – but now I need to get a new baking pan,,, a donut pan! 🙂

  16. 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! 🙂

  17. Essential Oils says:

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

  18. Ann Hastings says:

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

  19. 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?

  20. 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.

    1. 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.