Frosted Strawberry Cake Donuts

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Frosted Strawberry Cake Donuts

They’re fun,
They’re pink,
They’re girly,
They’re sweet,
They’re festive,
They whisper Valentine’s Day–
And they’re baked
(Woohoo! Fresh donuts with no smelly grease in the house.)

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.

I modified my original Baked Whole Wheat Donut recipe to make these strawberry lovelies. Instead of white whole wheat flour, I used all-purpose unbleached flour. Adding dry strawberry jello powder to the dry ingredients gives the expected pink color and intensifies the strawberry flavor. Instead of milk, I added 1/4 cup finely chopped or mashed fresh strawberries. Dress them up for a party with a glaze, flavored and colored with strawberry jello powder.

Now all I need is a little girl with a tea party set. Maybe some day, Lord??


Update:  I got my granddaughter.  Thank-you Lord for answering our prayers the way we wanted. 

Frosted Strawberry Cake Donuts
Recipe type: Quick Breads
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon dry strawberry jello
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh strawberries
  • ¼ cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • a few drops of almond flavoring
Strawberry Glaze:
  • 2 tablespoons softened cream cheese
  • 2-3+ tablespoons milk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon strawberry jello powder
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 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, 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 pastry bag or quart-size zippered plastic bag. Seal. Snip small corner of plastic bag and force dough out of hole in a fat rope that encircles each doughnut cup. Fill only ½ to ¾ 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 correct consistency. It should drip slowly without being runny.
  2. Dip donuts face down into glaze and turn over to dry on 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.

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Sheila February 7, 2012 at 5:35 pm

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 February 25, 2011 at 2:47 pm

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 February 21, 2011 at 10:36 am

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


Aidan February 18, 2011 at 7:21 pm

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! 🙂


mike February 16, 2011 at 10:40 am

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! 🙂


Betty @ scrambled hen fruit February 13, 2011 at 10:32 pm

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. 🙂


Michelle February 13, 2011 at 6:55 pm

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!


steph (whisk/spoon) February 11, 2011 at 5:08 pm

mmmm…delightful! happy valentine’s day!


Kat February 10, 2011 at 11:38 pm those look incredibly good! Perfect for a valentine tea! I’ve never tried making donuts, but these sound easy and tasty.



Der February 10, 2011 at 9:44 am

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


Mary February 9, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Yum–this looks so girly and perfect and pink! My niece is only 7 months old, but some day, we’ll have to make and eat these at a tea party. Here’s a link for a crumpet recipe. I use well greased mason jar lids for rings.


Paula February 10, 2011 at 6:31 am

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.


Paula February 9, 2011 at 10:12 am

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.


sis February 9, 2011 at 6:55 am

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?


Annie February 9, 2011 at 6:52 am

Absolutely gorgeous photo, Paula!


Carrie February 8, 2011 at 8:26 pm

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


ldh February 8, 2011 at 7:25 pm



Susie February 8, 2011 at 5:33 pm

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! 🙂


Katrina February 8, 2011 at 4:53 pm

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.


Paula February 10, 2011 at 6:36 am

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.


Paula February 8, 2011 at 11:24 am

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


TheKitchenWitch February 8, 2011 at 10:18 am

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


Nina February 8, 2011 at 7:38 am

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


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