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Frosted Strawberry Cake Donuts Recipe: Make 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 special 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

If you haven’t found yourself a donut pan yet and you have kids or grandkids, what are you waiting for? I’m having so much fun with mine. You could use a mini-muffin pan but 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.

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

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

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Yield: 12 mini-donuts

Frosted Strawberry Cake Donuts Recipe

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.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour (120 gr)
  • 1/3 cup sugar (66 gr)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon dry strawberry jello powder (9 gr)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (3 gr)
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh strawberries (42 gr)
  • 1/4 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

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Grease doughnut pan well (I use spray oil with flour in it i.e. Baking by Pam).
  2. 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.)
  3. 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.
  4. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 173Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 174mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 0gSugar: 24gProtein: 2g

Nutritionals may vary according to the size of donut pan you use.

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