These Baked Strawberry Donuts are filled with summery sweet strawberry flavors, with freshly diced strawberries inside the donut, and a homemade fresh strawberry glaze on top!
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We LOVE donuts. They can be made in so many different ways, and with just about any flavor under the sun. But we don't always love getting out the oil to fry them. Which is why it's so fun to make baked donuts that are just as easy as making muffins as long as you have a donut pan!
This recipe for Baked Strawberry Donuts is a bit of a fave because, hello summer strawberries! It's also a super easy recipe to master, so if this is your first time making homemade donuts, then this recipe is for you.
These delicious donuts are an easy afternoon treat, but they are also perfect for Easter, Mother's Day, bridal showers, baby showers, birthday parties, breakfast, or brunches!
Why We Love This Recipe
- Try this donut recipe with another fresh fruit like raspberries, blueberries, or with a different topping!
- We'll be using simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.
- Quick and easy, these donuts only take 35 minutes to make!
What You'll Need
Scroll down to the recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.
- Flour - All-purpose flour is great here. You can try a gluten-free version if you prefer, but I haven't personally tried this yet.
- Baking powder & baking soda - Use a combination of these rising agents to ensure your donuts are light and fluffy!
- Salt - Enhances all the flavors of these donuts!
- Egg - Assists in binding the donut batter and getting a nice crumb.
- Granulated sugar - Sweetens the donuts along with the strawberries.
- Vegetable oil - Or you can also use canola oil or melted butter.
- Sour cream - Helps keep the donuts moist.
- Vanilla extract - Adds a subtle warmth that blends so well with the sweetness of the strawberries.
- Strawberries - Use fresh strawberries in the donut batter and the glaze for best results. You can use frozen strawberries in a pinch, or if you're making these out of strawberry season.
- Powdered sugar - Also known as confectioner's sugar, this will be the base of the strawberry glaze.
How to Make Baked Strawberry Donuts
- Prepare equipment. Preheat your oven to 350°F and spray a donut pan with a nonstick baking spray.
- Whisk dry ingredients. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
- Whisk wet ingredients. Whisk egg, sugar, oil, sour cream, and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl.
- Combine mixes. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and stir by hand just until combined.
- Add strawberries. Stir in the chopped fresh strawberries.
- Pipe donut batter into pan. Transfer the donut batter to a piping bag and snip off the end. Pipe batter into each donut cavity, enough to fill them about ⅔ full.
- Bake. Bake for 13-15 minutes until golden brown on top. Cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Make the glaze. Make the glaze by whisking powdered sugar and mashed strawberries together in a medium bowl. It should fall back into the bowl in a thick ribbon.
- Glaze donuts. The glaze should slowly drip off the end of the spoon in a thick ribbon. Dip each donut about halfway into the glaze. Allow the excess to drip off. Place the donuts back on the cooling rack and let them set for 10 minutes.
- Add second layer of glaze. This is optional, but worth it! Dip the donuts into the glaze to cover the tops again, then let the excess glaze drip off back into the bowl. Return the glazed strawberry donuts to the wire rack until the glaze has set up, about 15-30 minutes.
Baked strawberry donuts are best eaten the day that you bake them, but leftover donuts can be stored in an airtight container on the counter for up to 3 days.
You can, but if you are planning to freeze them, I would suggest freezing the doughnut prior to adding the glaze and doing the glaze on the day you serve them. Freeze in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to 4 months, with a piece of parchment paper between each one to prevent them from sticking together!
Tips for Success
- If strawberries aren’t in season, frozen strawberries can be substituted for fresh ones. Frozen strawberries may change the color of the donuts slightly.
- I haven't tried this recipe with freeze-dried strawberries, and the amount needed will vary compared to fresh strawberries, but you're welcome to give it a go and let me know how you get on!
- Serve with a cold glass of milk for a morning or afternoon treat!
Strawberry Glaze Presentation
Any glaze will start to be absorbed into the doughnut after about a day. The sweetness will still be there, however, the glaze will no longer be visible. You can add more glaze simply by repeating steps 8 & 9. Just bear in mind that you are adding more sugar and it will definitely taste sweeter.
Substitutions and Variations
- Try some other fresh berries to make your donuts a different flavor. Blueberries, raspberries, or cherries would work well here too.
- You can blitz your strawberries in a food processor to make a strawberry puree for the glaze if you prefer that over mashing them, although we like the flecks and bits of visible strawberry. You can also substitute some of the diced strawberries for strawberry puree for more of a natural pink color to them.
- Add some red or pink food coloring to give your donuts a vibrant color if you're making them for a special event!
- Try using some lemon juice and lemon zest in the sweet strawberry glaze for a Strawberry Lemonade flavor!
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Baked Strawberry Donuts Recipe
- 1 cup all-purpose flour (125g)
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg
- ½ cup granulated sugar (100g)
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- ¼ cup sour cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup fresh strawberries, diced
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 Tablespoons fresh strawberries, crushed (about 3 whole strawberries)
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a donut pan with baking spray.
- Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
- Whisk egg, sugar, oil, sour cream, and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Add dry ingredients and stir by hand just until combined.
- Stir in chopped strawberries. Transfer to a piping bag and snip off the end. Pipe enough batter into each donut cavity to fill them about ⅔ full.
- Bake for 13-15 minutes until golden brown on top. Cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Make the glaze by whisking powdered sugar and mashed strawberries together in a medium bowl. It should fall back into the bowl in a thick ribbon.
- The glaze should slowly drip off the end of the spoon in a thick ribbon.Dipeach doughnut about halfway into the glaze. Allow the excess to drip off. Placethe doughnuts back on the cooling rack and let them set for 10 minutes.
- Dip the donuts into the glaze to cover the tops, then let the excess glaze drip off back into the bowl. Return the glazed strawberry donuts to the wire rack until the glaze has set up, about 15-30 minutes.
- Storage: Baked Strawberry Donuts are best eaten the day that you bake them, but they can be stored in an airtight container on the counter for up to 3 days.
- Freezing: Freeze the donuts prior to adding the glaze. Make the glaze on the day you serve them as well for the best flavor. Freeze in an airtight container for up to 4 months.