Berry-Frosted Cake Donuts

Butter and Thyme
by Butter and Thyme
1 dozen
30 min

These donuts are baked, so they're super easy to make. Honestly, I'm usually kind of against baked donuts, because they taste more like cake than donuts if they're not fried. And don't get me wrong, I love cake!! Just don't call it a donut, know what I mean? But I will say, it's really nice having these take only 10 minutes in the oven, as opposed to bringing a pot of frying oil up to temp and making a big mess. And baked donuts are healthier too, so I thought I'd give it a try.

The frosting is really what makes these donuts great. Freeze dried strawberries and raspberries add big berry flavor without compromising the consistency of the icing.

Berry-Frosted Cake Donuts
Recipe details
  • 1  dozen
  • Prep time: 12 Minutes Cook time: 18 Minutes Total time: 30 min
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For the donuts
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
For the icing
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3-4 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1/4 cup freeze dried strawberries, pulverized
  • 1/4 cup freeze dried raspberries, pulverized

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a donut pan with nonstick spray.
In large bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients: egg, vanilla, milk, and oil.
Add the sugar, baking power, and salt, and mix until just combined.
Add the flour, and using a large rubber spatula, gently fold until combined. Try not to overmix.
Fill the prepared donut pan with about half of the batter (each cavity should be about 3/4 full) and bake for 8-9 minutes. Transfer to wire rack to let cool. Wipe out pan with paper towel, spray with nonstick spray, and fill pan again with the remainder of the batter. Bake the second batch, 8-9 minutes, and let cool completely on wire rack.
While donuts are cooling, make icing: whisk together powdered sugar and pulverized freeze-dried berries in a large bowl. Add vanilla and 3 T milk. Continue adding milk until you reach desired consistency.
Dip donuts one at a time into icing to coat half-way, and let set on a wire rack. Sprinkle with sprinkles or toppings before frosting dries, if using.
  • For the icing, sift the powdered sugar and pulverized freeze-dried berries if you want a super smooth frosting!