Frosted Strawberry Cake Donuts Recipe: Makes Breakfast a Party

Sneak 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.


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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 a donut pan yet and have kids or grandkids, what are you waiting for? 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.

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 stiff and won’t drop off a spoon easily, so the donut looks lumpy and irregular.

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Use a Ziplock bag to fill the donut cups.

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Frosted Strawberry Cake Donuts Recipe

Paula Rhodes
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.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 12 mini-donuts
Calories 177 kcal


  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour120 gr
  • cup granulated sugar66 gr
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon dry strawberry jello powder9 gr
  • ½ teaspoon salt3 gr
  • teaspoon nutmegfreshly grated
  • ¼ cup fresh strawberries(finely chopped) 42 gr
  • ¼ cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt71 gr
  • 1 egg50 gr
  • 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil25 gr
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • a few drops of almond flavoring

Strawberry Glaze:

  • 2 tablespoons softened cream cheese1 oz or 28 gr
  • 2-3+ tablespoons milk28-42 gr
  • 2 cups powdered sugar227 gr
  • 1 teaspoon strawberry jello powder3 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: 1 | Calories: 177kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 171mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 56IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg
Keyword homemade cake donuts, homemade strawberry donuts, strawberry frosted donut, strawberry glazed donut
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  1. 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.

  2. 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?

  3. 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!

  4. Essential Oils says:

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

  5. 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! 🙂

  6. 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! 🙂

  7. 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. 🙂

  8. 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!

  9. steph (whisk/spoon) says:

    mmmm…delightful! happy valentine’s day!

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


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

    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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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?

  14. Absolutely gorgeous photo, Paula!

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

  16. 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! 🙂

  17. 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.

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

  19. TheKitchenWitch says:

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

  20. 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