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


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

Yield: 10 donuts

Vanilla Bean Baked Donuts

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes


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!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 415Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 51mgSodium: 455mgCarbohydrates: 86gFiber: 1gSugar: 65gProtein: 5g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Posted on February 4, 2013

Comments & Reviews

    1. Half and half would be okay. You’ll definitely lose flavor without the vanilla bean…but it will still taste good.

  1. 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.

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

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

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  7. 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!!

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

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. 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?

    1. Kelly, you can totally use fresh strawberry or preserves to color and flavor this icing. The gelatin is purely for fast flavoring…

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

  13. 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! 🙂

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

  15. 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!

    1. Hi Jackie, you could try adding a couple teaspoons of strawberry preserves or mash up some fresh strawberries. I know some people use beet juice to color their food too! Hope this helps!

  16. 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! 🙂

  17. 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!

  18. 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!!

  19. 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!

  20. 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!

    1. Haha! I love your kids 🙂 I think we would all get along just fine, unless they took my last strawberry donut! Ha!

  21. 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 >_<

    1. Jess, they called my name too. Loud and clear! You’re so sweet on the photos…lots of practice, natural light and about 200 photos. Hehe.

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

  23. 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.

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

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

  26. 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!

    1. Haha, that cracks me up! It’s about time you had one though! Baked donuts aren’t the same as fried, for sure, but the fact that they are nearly instant gratification makes up for that!

  27. 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!

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

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

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