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Baked Strawberry Donuts

You will LOVE these baked strawberry donuts made with buttermilk and fresh strawberries. The strawberry glaze icing recipe is so easy and the perfect topping to strawberry donuts!

baked strawberry donuts

*Please note* this post was originally published in 2017. I’ve updated the photos and added headings but the original post and recipe remains the same

The other morning I made donuts. Whaaaaat MADE donuts you say!? It’s true. I did! And while there was no deep fryer involved, these baked strawberry donuts were every bit as delicious as a deep fried donut.

As buckets of snow fell from the grey sky, I decided we needed some color in our lives. It was the perfect mid-morning treat for my little family (Wally excluded). Spotting the shiny pink donuts on the counter after gymnastics class, Oscar promptly declared that he would like “3 donuts!!” while holding up all 10 fingers. I think you could say he was excited. Luckily, these donuts delivered.

I’ve been buying strawberries in mass quantities lately for a number of reasons:

  1. They always seem to be on sale
  2. They make up 70% of my 8 month old’s diet lately
  3. I have been wanting to put strawberries in a donut for a very long time and keep running out of strawberries before I have the chance

baked strawberry donuts


I first discovered the wonder of a homemade baked donut a couple of years ago, when I came across this Wilton Nonstick 6-Cavity Donut Pan. Now I find myself giving Tim Horton’s a run for their money on the regular (clearly, I’m Canadian). There is something about a donut that just gets people excited. Although the ingredients are fairly similar to what you’d find in a muffin, donuts just seem to be extra special. It must be the icing.

How do you make baked strawberry donuts?

I like to use buttermilk in my donut recipes; it makes them extra moist, puffy and adds a bit of tang to the taste. The sweetness from the strawberries lessens the need for a ton of added sugar, so I’ve only used 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar in this recipe. Granulated white sugar would work fine too.


Once you’ve got the donut batter prepared and you’re ready to pour it into the mold, use a piping bag to simplify your life!

How do you make the strawberry glaze?

The simple glaze on these donuts consists of 2 ingredients: strawberries and powdered sugar. I used my immersion blender to puree the strawberries but a regular blender would be perfect too. The glaze should be made while the donuts are baking; do not prepare it too far in advance or it will begin to set in the bowl and it will make dipping the donuts difficult.

Bake the donuts for 7-9 minutes; mine took 7. The donuts are done when they spring back slightly when poked. Once the donuts come out of the oven, cool them on a wire rack for 10 minutes before dunking them one by one in the glaze. Top with sprinkles if desired, and then let the glaze on the donuts set for 10 minutes or so.

Donuts are best enjoyed fresh, but they will still taste great the next day if stored in an airtight container.

baked strawberry donuts

baked strawberry donuts

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Baked Strawberry Donuts

  • Author: Katherine
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12 donuts 1x


You will LOVE these baked strawberry donuts made with buttermilk and fresh strawberries. The strawberry glaze icing recipe is so easy and the perfect topping to strawberry donuts!




  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar*
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup buttermilk*
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup diced strawberries, fresh*

Strawberry Glaze

  • 1/3 cup strawberries
  • 2 cups powdered sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 F and spray the donut pan with non-stick cooking spray
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and nutmeg.
  3. Melt the coconut oil in a separate bowl in the microwave, then allow to cool for a few minutes until slightly warm to the touch.
  4. Add the buttermilk, eggs and vanilla to the coconut oil, and whisk together.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry, and stir until just combined.
  6. Fold in the diced strawberries; be careful not to overmix. The batter will be very thick.
  7. Transfer the batter to a piping bag and pipe in the donut pan until just full.
  8. Bake the donuts for 7-9 minutes; mine took 7.
  9. Let cool in the pan for a few minutes, and then turn the pan onto a wire rack to completely cool.
  10. While the donuts are baking, prepare the glaze by pureeing the strawberries completely and slowly adding in the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time and whisking until smooth.
  11. Dunk the cooled donuts into the glaze 1 by 1, allowing to set on the wire rack for a couple of minutes before eating. Top with sprinkles if desired.

Donuts are best if enjoyed immediately, but will keep for up to 2 days in an airtight container. The glaze will begin to melt into the donuts after a day or so if left at room temperature.


  1. If you do not have or want to use coconut palm sugar, you can substitute for granulated sugar
  2. If you do not have buttermilk, can you substitute by adding 4 1/2 tsp of white vinegar or lemon juice to 1 cup of whole milk.
  3. Frozen strawberries can be used as long as they are pre-diced; do not allow them to thaw before using them in the batter
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes

Keywords: strawberry donuts // baked strawberry donuts // strawberry glaze icing recipe

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Baked Strawberry Donuts


  1. Linda Stuart

    These look so good Katie ❣. Granny would be so proud of you….making donuts. I love your recipes. My new lifestyle kinda puts a damper on desserts! But I will make the donuts and the heart shaped cookies with the girls! Today I made the Coconut Cream Larabars. They are crazy good…it will be hard to stop at one bar!

    • Oh I’m so glad to hear you tried the larabars! They are so good, at least you don’t have to fill too guilty if you overindulge 🙂

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  7. Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen

    Best donuts ever! I’m a strawberry (any berry, really) fiend so I’d gobble up a batch of these in no time. And the fact that they’re pink doesn’t hurt–I think pink food just tastes better!

  8. I want to grab one right through my screen Katherine! Perfect for all the end of summer beautiful berries. Pinned!

  9. I like baked donuts WAY more than fried! Especially when they’re this pretty and packed with juicy strawberries! This is a great way to add more color to your life indeed. 🙂

  10. The photos are just gorgeous Katherine!! My Bugs would devour these in a very short amount of time; especially since little e is very into “pink food” right now. We need to give these a try!

  11. I tell you what – homemade donuts, especially these beauties, are hard to be topped!! I love how cake-y and tender baked donuts can be!! Brava!

  12. That strawberry glaze looks heavenly, Katherine!!! I’m going to miss strawberries so much this Winter…definitely one of my top 3 favorite fruits! I actually just baked donuts for the first time yesterday in my life…just recently bought a donut pan so you best believe I will be making these with my last bit of strawberry season!

  13. Oh, my, I could eat a dozen or so of these gems! So pretty, and that strawberry glaze! Beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration, Katherine!

  14. I love baked donuts and my donut pan gets a regular workout. I also love how loaded these are with strawberries. Yum

  15. So much yum Kathy!! My favorite part is the fresh strawberry glaze when compared to the usual artificially colored or freeze dried strawberry glazes. So much easier and better tasting:)

  16. Strawberries are probably my favorite fruit, I would happily devour punnets of them. I’m really intrigued by these donuts, they look delicious. I’m not surprised you give Timmies a pass in favour of these ones!

  17. 3 donuts and 10 fingers…too cute! These not only look beautiful, but bet they taste like summer with all those strawberries and strawberry glaze. Love one right about now to dunk in my coffee. Hope you’re having a wonderful week, my friend 🙂

  18. strawberry donuts is one my guilty pleasures. I have to try this recipe – looks to sweet but strawberry makes it better

  19. These are donuts are so pretty in pink and sound absolutely delicious! Love that they’re baked and that they have buttermilk for that bit of tangy flavor!

  20. These donuts are so pretty! I love the bits of strawberries in the donuts, and pink glaze is lovely! I’m with Oscar— I want 3 🖐🏻🖐🏻donuts too!!

  21. These are so pretty Katherine! Thank goodness we can get strawberries year round because I would crave these donuts in the dead of winter!

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  23. These donuts sound so good with the strawberries and buttermilk! The perfect recipe for summer time especially using local seasonal strawberries! Thanks for sharing!

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