There’s no better way to start the day than with homemade Strawberry Cake Donuts. It’s the perfect breakfast treat or even an afternoon snack. Each donut is speckled with bits of fresh strawberries, topped with a fresh strawberry glaze, and a drizzle of cream cheese frosting. They taste so fresh and sweet, one bite will have you completely hooked. Serve them to friends or family and they will be requesting them on the regular. Because the donuts are baked, they take no time at all to make. So head to the kitchen and whip up a batch today!
Aren’t these donuts so pretty?
They are my birthday donuts! I made them for myself last month to celebrate another year older. Technically, I don’t really “celebrate” my birthday. I’m more low key and would prefer to do nothing and watch trashy t.v. all day.
I took the day off, made these donuts, and let the hubster cook for me. Those simple things made the happiest.
These pretty pink donuts would also be great for Valentine’s Day. I know I’d be very pleased if I woke up to tasty strawberry donuts as a V-day gift.
Making baked strawberry cake donuts is so easy!
You mix the wet ingredients then mix the dry ingredients and combine them all together. You really don’t even need a mixer. Everything comes together easily with just a whisk.
This recipe yields about 18 donuts. I used this 6-cavity donut pan but the recipe also works in a mini muffin pan. Fill the cavity of the donut pan about 2/3 of the way full, taking care not to overfill or they’ll bake up super puffy.
For the donuts, I turned to my baked old fashioned donuts recipe. The only changes I made were adding a bit more vanilla, omitting the nutmeg, and stirring in fresh strawberries. I love how they came out and can’t wait to try them with other delicious fruits. Maybe apple cinnamon for fall?
The strawberry glaze was tricky to get right. It’s not a thick frosting type of glaze. Instead, it’s very thin and appears slightly translucent once it’s set on the donut. You could dip them a couple of times to form a thicker layer of glaze if you wanted.
The printable recipe card with full ingredient amounts and instructions can be found at the bottom of this post.
Start by cooking a cup of diced strawberries on the stovetop until they have softened and the juices thickened. Just like if you were making jam. Then strain the strawberries through a sieve and discard the pulp. The juice is combined with confectioners’ to form the glaze.
Make sure you cook the strawberries long enough for the juices to thicken. This will make or break your glaze. If it isn’t thick enough, you’ll need to add extra confectioners’ sugar in order to get the glaze to the right consistency. This will leave you with a coyly sweet glaze.
In addition to the strawberry glaze, I added a drizzle of cream cheese frosting. You could also use just the cream cheese frosting if you wanted. Or mix-n-match any way you like.
The glaze won’t set completely but it shouldn’t be dripping off. If you want the glaze to harden, you can pop the donuts into the refrigerator for about 20 minutes.
Since this recipe makes 18 strawberry cake donuts, it’s perfect for feeding a crowd. Or you can hoard them all for yourself. I won’t judge.