Vanilla Bean Baked Donuts with Strawberry Frosting

Vanilla Bean Strawberry Glazed Donuts: baked donuts that are ready in under 30 minutes #copycat dunkin donuts #strawberry

I rarely buy store bought treats. I mean, seriously, have you seen the amount of goodies I bake on a regular basis? However, one of my favorite indulgences is getting some Dunkin Donuts coffee and a strawberry glazed donut.

Vanilla Bean Strawberry Glazed Donuts: baked donuts that are ready in under 30 minutes #copycat dunkin donuts #strawberry @shugarysweets

I don’t do this often, but when I do, I repeatedly mumble and moan “OMG I need to do this more often.” I LOVE strawberry frosted donuts. I have found the Strawberry Donut flavored Dunkin Donuts coffee (in the bags) at the grocery store, and it’s delicious too!

A few years ago I recreated what I thought, and still agree, is the perfect copycat recipe for those glazed donuts:

Then why you might ask am I sharing another recipe? Well, I undertand some of you (and ME) don’t have time to make yeast donuts. Letting them rise, frying them up. And we all know how delicious fried donuts taste, but they really are only good on the first day.

So how about an easier, yet still delicious, strawberry donut recipe?

ENTER….Vanilla Bean Baked Donuts with Strawberry Frosting.  (look at the flecks of vanilla bean down there!!)

Vanilla Bean Strawberry Glazed Donuts: baked donuts that are ready in under 30 minutes #copycat dunkin donuts #strawberry @shugarysweets

My husband proclaimed these are his favorite donuts I ever made. The cake donut is very moist and flavored with vanilla beans. Not your typical dry cake donut. So don’t be expecting anything dry and crumbly. I glazed them with my favorite strawberry frosting. You can make this while the donuts are baking. And unlike yeast donuts, these are still good on day two and three (if they last that long). Plus, you can make them (from start to finish) in under 30 minutes!!! That’s a win in my book.

I know my kids are hoping a platter of these appears again on Valentine’s Day morning!

Vanilla Bean Strawberry Glazed Donuts: baked donuts that are ready in under 30 minutes #copycat dunkin donuts #strawberry @shugarysweets

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Vanilla Bean Baked Donuts with Strawberry Frosting

Yield: 8-10 donuts


For the Donuts:

  • 2 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extra
  • 1 vanilla bean, scraped
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup skim milk
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted

For the Glaze:

  • 1/4 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp strawberry gelatin powder
  • sprinkles, optional


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine all donut ingredients until well blended. Fill a donut pan 1/2-3/4 full with batter. I like to put my batter in a large ziploc bag and snip off the corner. Makes filling the donut pan much easier (and cleaner). Bake donuts in a 325 degree oven for about 12 minutes. Remove. Cool on wire rack for 5 minutes, remove from pan and cool completely before glazing.
  2. While donuts are baking, add milk, cream and vanilla to a medium sized saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir and heat until warm. Whisk in the gelatin mix and slowly whisk in powdered sugar. Remove from heat.
  3. To glaze donuts, either dip donut tops into glaze and immediately add sprinkles. Or, using a large spatula, spread glaze on top of donuts and add sprinkles, if desired.
  4. Allow to set, about 5-10 minutes. ENJOY!

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Want more BAKED donut recipes? Here are a few of my favorites…

Chocolate Donuts (baked) with a Chocolate Glaze: my kids LOVE these donuts, and like the strawberry ones today, these are quick and easy!

chocolate baked donuts

Cherry Donuts (baked) with Vanilla Glaze: another moist donut recipe, filled with maraschino cherries and topped with a vanilla glaze!

cherry baked donuts

Baked Eggnog Donuts: I know eggnog is not in season right now, so you may want to save this recipe for later. It’s definitely a keeper!

Baked Eggnog Donuts

You  may have seen this photo on my Instagram last week. Are you following me behind the scenes yet??

Strawberry glazed donuts

Vanilla Bean Strawberry Glazed Donuts: baked donuts that are ready in under 30 minutes #copycat dunkin donuts #strawberry

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94 comments on “Vanilla Bean Baked Donuts with Strawberry Frosting”

  1. ohhh my! I literally just bought a doughnut pan at Target about an hour ago – you read my mind w/ this recipe!!!

  2. Since I have a new donut pan, I can make these for my kiddies for Valentine’s breakfast! Thanks, they’re beautiful πŸ™‚

  3. Strawberry glaze and specks of vanilla – I think these are components of a perfect Valentine’s Day treat!

  4. These look perfect. I bought a donut pan in the last year and need to make more baked donuts. I love that your recipe uses skim milk!

  5. Now I am going to have to make donuts today! These have me craving πŸ˜›

  6. I just had to go buy a doughnut pan, thanks to you and these pictures! Wow!

  7. Aimee,
    These sound and look delicious! Love the heart sprinkles πŸ™‚

  8. Gorgeous frosting and the donuts themselves look so moist which can be elusive with cake donuts!

  9. My strawberry frosted donuts are the favorite donut of the household – and my coworkers are obsessed too lol. We can all never get enough! I love how pink the frosting is and pairing with a vanilla donut… I swear, not much can compare to it. I need to break out my donut pan again ASAP!

  10. I love that we both had donuts on the brain today πŸ™‚ I love how pretty the glaze is on these yummy donuts. Vanilla bean flecks are the best in baked goods!!!

  11. I love that we both had donuts on the brain today πŸ™‚ I also love how pretty the glaze is on your yummy donuts. Vanilla bean flecks are the best in baked goods!!!

  12. These are such perfection!! They look just like what you’d get at DD or the bakery! I love the frosting, it’s that perfect glaze look.

  13. Those are SO gorgeous Aimee! Gah, I need to make donuts. I’m totally craving them. This strawberry frosting sounds so good!

  14. Wow these looks so good right now! Donuts are my weakness!

  15. These look absolutely fabulous! I need a donut pan so I can get to work!

  16. Nobody does donuts quite like you do πŸ™‚

  17. oh my goodness these donuts are screaming my name! Or maybe they’re whispering “come hither, Jess, and eat me.” Irresistible. And how do you get your photos to look so mouthwatering?? It’s like a constant struggle for me to get what I see are cute baked goods to translate to the photo >_<

  18. The only treat we buy around here is Dunkin Donuts as well! My kids go crazy over the strawberry glazed donuts! I will have to surprise them with home made!

  19. These look amazing! My children would love these. Thank you for sharing:) Visiting from the Chef in Training party!

  20. Those look yummy and so pretty! I cannot wait to make these. Can you tell me what font you used to spell out Strawberry and where you found it and how to use in a blog? Thanks. Love your blog!

  21. These look adorable! I just made baked chocolate glazed doughnuts last week, and I agree that they’re so easy and delicious. Will have to try your version with vanilla bean and strawberry very soon!!

  22. Aimee, I keep ALMOST buying a doughnut pan, then talking myself out of it. You, however, have convinced me that it is essential that I own one immediately!! These look just fabulous. I have such a soft spot for DD’s and cake doughnuts are my all-time fave. What a sweet treat!

  23. These are so fun. I am a sucker for anything with sprinkles πŸ™‚

  24. I’m pretty sure I’ve just spent the last hour of my life on your site. Everything is so pretty! And I just want to make every single recipe! I love it–all of it! πŸ™‚

  25. Jackie

    I am looking for suggestions on how to make pink icing/frosting without red food coloring (red 40). My daughter is allergic to it. I’ve made her pink frosting with raspberries but it wasn’t that pink. Any other suggestions? Thank you!

  26. These are so cute!! I’ve never made donuts before, but you’re really making me want to attempt them πŸ™‚

  27. I rarely buy store bought treats too. These donuts look amazing! My donut pan has collected some dust so I think it’s time to brush it off and bake these beauties! πŸ™‚

  28. Favorite Valentine’s post yet! I would only have to add a chocolate drizzle to please my husband but otherwise SOLD! Thanks for sharing!!

  29. they look so perfect! I love donuts and I will try out this recipe very soon! Thank you for sharing!

  30. LOVE baked donuts. The pans are only like $8 and mine has saved me probably $200 and 200 pounds from buying deep fried store donuts.

    This recipe sounds like a winner! The icing looks so good, but unfortunately I can’t have gelatin. Is this just for flavor and color or does it help thicken?

  31. I could have sworn I commented on these, so sorry if you see me twice. These look perfect for Valentine’s day morning. Thank you!

  32. I LOVE Dunkin Donuts. I’m lucky there’s one like 30 minutes away otherwise I’d eat some every single day.
    Yours look gorgeous Aimee! LOVE the vanilla dots and the sprinkles, so adorable!

  33. Oh yum – these look almost too pretty to eat, almost!

  34. OMG these look amazing. I was stuck in the snow storm this weekend and whipped up some chocolate doughnuts. We promptly ate them all.

  35. Aly

    Hi there! I’m obsessed with DD’s strawberry donuts but haven’t had it in forever since they don’t have it in the west coast. I was so excited to find this recipe but unfortunately I’m not the biggest fan of baked donuts (as much as I wanted to love them!). I was wondering if the icing recipe could also work as a glaze for vanilla cupcakes? I’m really just craving that DD strawberry donuts flavor. Thanks!!

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  37. penn

    bought a donut pan yesterday and tried this recipe today, yummy! made 20 mini donuts:)

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  39. Sarah

    Made these last night so I could have donuts Sunday morning with my coffee. These tasted amazing and I love that this is basically a two bowl recipe. I wish there was a way for the cake part not to stick if I wrap them in foil. I didn’t have them in Tupperware but still the moisture level made them sticky. Thanks for a great recipe.

  40. miranda

    do you have to you skim milk? i have only low fat thats not the same right?

  41. Zara

    These look perfect…Can I put the batter in a muffin tin instead? I don’t have a doughnut pan… Thx for the input.

  42. Patricia

    Can vanilla extract be substituted for the vanilla bean in the donuts recipe?

  43. Kayla

    So I made these today and the texture was really wrong. It was like cornbread??

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  45. Heather

    These look so delicious! The question I have is — can they (and your other baked doughnut variations) be made in a Babycakes doughnut maker? Thanks!

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  49. Lisa

    I made this recipe today and the donuts were delicious! Β The vanilla bean was a nice touch. Β I used my heart donut pan and wish I could include a picture.

  50. If I cannot get vanilla bean should I increase the vanilla extract?

  51. Jenny

    This glaze sounds yummy can it be made ahead of time and kept in an airtight bottle to be used for drizzling….. Im having a party with a donut bar and Im trying to find recipes for drizzling glazes on the donuts.

  52. Michelle

    Do you need the vanilla bean?
    Is there a substitute for heavy cream? Would half and half ruin it?

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