Vanilla Bean Baked Donuts with Strawberry Frosting

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I hate to admit it, but the strawberry frosted donut from Dunkin’ Donuts (aka Homer Simpson donut) is one of my all-time favorites. When I came across this imitation recipe, and realized that they were baked, as in no waiting around for the dough to rise like yeast donuts, I set to work (well, actually I waited about a week for my donut pan to arrive in the mail, but you get the point :). I decided to go for baby-sized donuts since they’re guilt-free, but mostly due to the cute factor. A donut pan is necessary for the recipe, yet they are often hard to find. One alternate method includes placing dowels in a muffin pan, but I’d highly suggest going with the original. You’ll find the recipe, with some minor adaptations, below the pictures. Enjoy!!

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Miss Chloe always on the lookout for some scraps.

Vanilla Bean Baked Donuts with Strawberry Frosting

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

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine all donut ingredients until well blended. Fill a donut pan 1/2-3/4 full with batter. Place batter in a large Ziploc bag and snip off the corner, or use a piping bag. 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, dip donut tops into glaze and immediately add sprinkles. Stir the frosting before every dip since it hardens incredibly fast, and won’t fasten onto the donut as seamlessly if not stirred. Or, using a large spatula, spread glaze on top of donuts and add sprinkles, if desired. Allow to set, about 5-10 minutes.

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6 comments

  1. […] 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. Instructions. In a large mixing bowl, combine all donut ingredients until well …  […]

  2. Aimee @ ShugarySweets · · Reply

    So glad you enjoyed the recipe!! Love the mini doughnuts!

    1. Thanks so much for the recipe! It really is even better than the original. You have lots of great recipes that I’d love to test out!

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