Addictive Recipes from a Self-Taught Baker

Strawberry Frosted Donuts

See these donuts here?

Strawberry Frosted Donuts - baked not fried. And better than a bakery!

Strawberry Frosted Donuts - baked not fried. And better than a bakery!

They’re so simple. Even though they may seem complicated to some, baked donuts are surprisingly one of the simplest things that I make. They take about 20 minutes start-to-finish AND call for very simple ingredients that I usually always have on hand.

I bake my donuts in a donut pan rather than frying.  I’d rather not (1) splatter my entire kitchen with burning hot oil and (2) have a dozen leftover fried donuts laying around my kitchen.  The donut pan was $8 from Target and probably the best $8 investment I’ve ever made.  My Baked Banana Bread Donuts with Dark Chocolate Glaze are a personal favorite.

Do you have a donut pan?  I suggest buying one and start having fun! If you don’t have one and don’t plan to buy one, you may certainly make these donuts into muffins.

So today’s donuts. They’re fun. They’re girly. They’re pink! And they are certainly scrumptious.

These donuts are soft and cakey, but not dry in the slightest- the vanilla greek yogurt and milk keep them very moist. They are also bursting with vanilla flavor. I used Chobani Vanilla 0% greek yogurt, but you may use any vanilla or plain yogurt or even strawberry yogurt – the fat content is up to you. And don’t go skimping on the vanilla extract in these! You’ll want all the vanilla flavor you can get.

I dipped each donut into some homemade strawberry frosting and finished them off with a shower of red sprinkles. I think they kind of look like strawberry poptarts – my favorite kind!

I wanted the donuts to be completely smothered in strawberry frosting, so I dipped them each about 3 times. The thin frosting is so simple – puree 3 strawberries with 1 tablespoon strawberry jam.  Mix in your confectioners’ sugar, adding more and more until you reach the color and thickness you like.  It’s an easy frosting I can see myself making again and again –  I’d love to pair it with a pineapple cupcake of sorts or even drizzle over some banana bread.  Any other ideas? I need an excuse to make it again. 🙂

Strawberry Frosted Donuts - baked not fried. And better than a bakery!

This recipe yields a small batch (only about 6-7 donuts) which I loved. It can easily be doubled or even tripled, though. I think I’m going to triple the recipe next time and bring them into work for my coworkers.  I’m sure they’d love me for bringing in freshly baked homemade donuts on a mundane Monday morning one week. 🙂

Do you have any favorite donut recipes?  Link them up! 🙂

Strawberry Frosted Donuts



  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 Tablespoons Chobani 0% Vanilla Greek Yogurt (or plain or strawberry)
  • 2 Tablespoons milk (I used vanilla almond milk)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

Strawberry Frosting

  • 3-4 strawberries
  • 1 Tablespoon strawberry jam
  • 1 - 2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • red sprinkles, optional


  1. For donuts: Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. Spray donut pan (or muffin pan) with non-stick spray. Set aside. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, and baking powder. Set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, milk, egg, vanilla, and melted butter. Slowly mix wet ingredients into dry- just until fully combined. Do NOT overmix.
  2. Use a pastry bag fitted with a large round tip (or a Ziploc bag with a corner cut off) to pipe the batter into a 6-donut pan. Fill the donut cavities about 2/3 full.  Bake 8 to 11 minutes until donuts are set and golden brown. They will spring back when touched. Mine took exactly 10 minutes.
  3. Allow to cool slightly before removing from pan, about 5 minutes. Dip donuts into strawberry frosting 1-3 times, depending on how thick you'd like them frosted. Top with sprinkles.
  4. For frosting: Slice strawberries and puree with 1 Tbsp strawberry jam. Slowly stir in 1 cup sifted confectioners' sugar, adding more until you reached the desired consistency and coloring.  I wanted thick frosting, so I added 2 cups. Donuts are best served immediately. Leftovers keep well covered tightly at room temperature for up to 2 days.

FREEZING: You may freeze the donuts (glazed or unglazed) for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and warm up to your liking.

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I hope everyone had a happy and safe 4th of July! What did you do and/or make for it?  Mine was full of good friends, LOTS of good food (guacamole and strawberry margaritas!), and lots of sparklers. We watched the fireworks over the Baltimore Inner Harbor on my friend Lori’s rooftop deck. 


  1. Can you make these into donut holes?

  2. Ok! Thanks so much!! 🙂 I will make these either tonight or tomorrow!!! 😀

  3. How fun are these doughnuts? I love the bright pink strawberry frosting! I really need to buy a doughnut pan. 🙂

  4. I make doughnuts at home for my children. Your recipe has given me some really good ideas that make cooking easy, healthy and it’s easy on the pocket as well. As much as I love making doughnuts, I love eating them too 🙂 so baking them instead of frying is a great option. Also, dipping the donuts thrice so that they soak the flavors well is a great tip. Thanks. Strawberries are good for health and taste amazing. I have tried the strawberry doughnut frosting earlier for a different recipe, so I know how divine it tastes.

    • So glad to hear that Katie! I love donuts too, so I’m glad to have some healthier recipes for them. And i love this strawberry frosting too! 🙂

  5. I’m hoping that this batter will work well in my daughter’s new electric cake ball maker 🙂

  6. Hello! Ok, going to try to make these gluten free tonight or tomorrow and had a quick question on oven temp…most all donuts i bake are at 350 degrees…but your recipe says 325 and for less time than i normally bake for…I’m wondering if your temp was for a convection oven or regular? Thanks! LOVE the look of that frosting!

    • my temp/time is not for a convection oven, Sabrina. What are your other donut recipes like? The batter’s ingredients lack of a lot of butter and only 1 egg means these do not have to be baked for quite so long.

  7. I can’t eat fried things, and I do miss having the occasional donut. One of my faves is strawberry frosted, so I’m so excited to make these! 🙂 Can’t wait to check out your other yummy treats…

  8. I just made these with a few modifications (used strawberry regular yogurt, added lemon and raspberry extracts) and in the words of my little brother, ‘these taste just like Dunkin Donuts!’
    I’d say that is a win-win!
    Thanks for the great recipe!

  9. looks like I am going to try these but in muffin pans aince I dont have the donut ones.It will be a treat for the kids instead of pan cakes every Saturday we can make your donuts .

  10. This recipe is outrageously good!! The only change I made was I finely chopped the strawberries instead of pureeing them and omitted the sprinkles, so the glaze had bits of strawberries. Huge hit!

  11. Just ordered at heart-shaped wilton donut pan from and I think these pink donuts will make very pretty hearts! Can’t wait until it comes in the mail so I can try this recipe! 🙂

  12. Do you have any ideas for alternatives to this frosting? Since I’m not a big fan of strawberry icing, could I use the chocolate frosting in the other mentioned recipe? Maybe a cinnamon glaze…
    Thanks so much!

  13. If you hate the seeds, could you try straining out the seeds by mashing the mixture with a spoon in a strainer? I’m loving your recipes Sally!
    Here’s a crazy idea, what about this frosting over lemon ricotta cookies???

  14. Hi Sally,

    Just wanted to say that I love these!!

  15. Sally-these are so pretty and yummy looking! Of course most of everything you post does. Love your blog and its pretty layout.

  16. I always thought making donuts was super complicated, but this looks very doable! 😀 Thanks so much for sharing the recipe! They look glorious and I need to get my hands on some jam so that I can make em’!

  17. Wonderful recipe! I just made these donuts and only had one problem–getting the frosting as thick as yours. I must have added at least 3 cups of powdered sugar and it’s still more of a glaze. I’ve coated the donuts more than five times and it’s still transparent. Still very tasty though! I am sure there’s something I can do differently next time to get it thicker. Even if the recipe is perfect, some of us just aren’t as skilled and need to try it a couple times.
    I love your blog! You always have spot-on, delicious recipes. Yesterday I made your inside out chocolate chip cookies and they are perfect. I am going to try to make a recipe from your blog every day, Julie and Julia style.

    • Hey Isabel! So happy you enjoy my recipes. I’m glad you love my blog too, it means a lot! The “Frosting” is suppose to be a little thin, like a glaze. I call these “frosted” because that’s how donut shops refer to them. Try leaving out the milk/cream – sounds like your strawberries are extra juicy!

  18. Love your recipes. How do I store these once baked? Thanks

    • Donuts are best served immediately. Leftovers keep well covered tightly at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

  19. Sally,
    your recipe worked great and its very natural, The only issue I am having is that most of the people said the frosting is just too sweet. ( Which is kinda obvious if you see that its 99% sugar). Now the question is… any idea to reduce the sweetness? lemmon? salt? butter? nothing? all?

    Thank you so much!

  20. This may be a stupid question but I love the flavors and don’t have a donut pan. Do you think would be okay to make this in a muffin pan?

  21. Hello Sally!!!

    My sister and I adore you! I had a question about these amazing looking donuts. Since Valentine’s Day is coming up I wanted to make them but I really want to use Strawberry Milk (my sister’s kids love it). How can I incorporate that into these donuts to maximize the flavour of the strawberry milk?


  22. Hey Sally! These look wonderful! However, I am allergic to gluten. If you were to make them gluten-free, could you swap the flower for gluten-free or rice flower? Thanks for all you do!

  23. Hey Sally! I don’t have any strawberries (and I didn’t find any in the market yesterday), so can I possibly make the frosting without strawberries? Maybe only with jam? 

  24. I just made these, they’re so good and crazy adorable! I used rainbow sprinkles, jimmies,  stars and  hearts, it sort of looks like the lisa frank factory came to my house! My kid is going to LOVE them! 
    I’ve used 4 of your recipes recently(not all donuts) and they have all been a huge hit! 

  25. Hi Sally, I am about to make these donuts, I wanted to know about how many calories are in one donut?

  26. Hi Sally! Do the eggs and yogurt need to be at room temperature, or can they be straight from the fridge? Making these for Easter brunch this weekend and can’t wait. Thank!! 

  27. My daughter wants a Donut Cake for her birthday. Could this recipe be used in the Giant Donut Pan?

  28. Hi Sally, 

    These look amazing! Was wondering what the baking time would be for a mini donut pan? Thanks! 

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