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doughnut frostings on doughnuts including chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla-topped doughnuts.

3 Donut Frosting Flavors

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup frosting (enough for 12 donuts)
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Here’s how to make homemade frosted donuts 3 different ways. Vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry frosting recipes included! 1 flavor is enough to frost 12 donuts (and donut holes).


Strawberry Frosting

  • 5 large fresh strawberries (about 100g)
  • 1 and 3/4 cups (210g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon strawberry jam or preserves

Vanilla Frosting

  • 3 Tablespoons (43g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (180g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 Tablespoons (45ml) milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Chocolate Frosting

  • 3/4 cup (135g) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 Tablespoons (43g) unsalted butter
  • 1 Tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon water


  1. Prepare the donuts according to the recipe and directions. Set warm fried donuts aside as you prepare the frosting.
  2. Strawberry frosting: Puree the strawberries in a food processor. Whisk the puree, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract, and strawberry jam together in a medium bowl. Dip the donuts into the strawberry frosting 2 or 3 times (it’s thinner than the others), then cover with sprinkles, if desired.
  3. Vanilla frosting: Whisk the melted butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract, 2 Tablespoons (30ml) of milk, and salt together in a medium bowl. Whisk in the remaining 1 Tablespoon (15ml) of milk to thin, if desired. It’s easier to dip the donuts if the glaze is thinner. Dip the donuts into the vanilla frosting, then cover with sprinkles, if desired.
  4. Chocolate frosting: Place the chocolate chips, butter, corn syrup, and water in a medium bowl. Melt in 20 second increments in the microwave, stirring after each time, until completely melted and smooth. Dip the donuts into the chocolate frosting, then cover with sprinkles, if desired.


  1. Special Tools (affiliate links): Food Processor (for strawberry frosting) | Glass Mixing Bowls | Whisk
  2. Quantity: Each frosting recipe is enough for the 12 donuts and donut holes from my basic homemade donuts recipe. If you want to make all 3 frostings for the 12 donuts, you will have extra frosting leftover. You can always halve each frosting recipe instead. Or you can make the dough twice so you have more. (I don’t recommend doubling the dough—for best taste and texture, make two separate batches.)
  3. Baked Donuts: Instead of frying donuts, you can make these baked cinnamon sugar donuts, but skip dipping them in butter and the cinnamon-sugar topping. You’ll have a little extra frosting if using the baked donuts recipe (which makes 8), but if you double the baked donut recipe (to make 16) you will have enough frosting for each.
  4. Corn Syrup in Chocolate Frosting: Corn syrup adds a little smooth sweetness and beautiful sheen to the chocolate frosting. You can leave it out completely or substitute with honey or agave instead.

Keywords: donut frostings