Strawberry Donuts (Cake Mix Donuts)

Cake Mix Donuts are the easiest way to make donuts for a quick family breakfast! These strawberries and cream donuts are baked in the oven in no time, and then topped off with a delicious powdered sugar glaze.

overhead view of strawberry donuts on a wire cooling rack.

What’s in a Strawberry Donut?

Turns out you can use cake mix to bake donuts at home. It’s so easy and quick, much better than trying to fry them or make them from scratch!

  • Cake Mix: Grab a standard box of strawberry cake mix for these strawberry donuts.
  • Eggs: Bind the cake mix together to create a rich batter.
  • Butter: Unsalted butter adds fat and flavor to these donuts.
  • Heavy Cream: Adds moisture to these donuts.
  • Powdered Sugar: Mixed with more heavy cream to form the base of the icing.
  • Strawberries: Fresh strawberries give the icing delicious, fresh flavor!

Pro Tip: You can also use white or yellow cake mix for a subtler strawberry flavor.

Variations on Cake Mix Donuts

You could easily change this recipe into other flavors simply by switching out the cake mix. We’re using strawberry here, but you could also buy vanilla, chocolate, or even birthday cake mix to make these donuts! That would be something fun to experiment with for family breakfasts.

step by step photos for how to make strawberry donuts.
Do baked donuts taste the same as fried donuts?

Because baked donuts are made without yeast, they have more of a cake/muffin texture than a doughy, bread-like texture.

How can I make cake mix donuts gluten free?

To make these donuts gluten-free, simply use your favorite brand of gluten-free strawberry cake mix!

Do I have to use a donut tin?

I have only ever made these donuts in a donut tin, but I have heard of readers having success baking them in a muffin tin with a small ball of aluminum foil set in the middle. You’ll need to spray extra well with nonstick spray, though!

Why are my donuts dry?

Sometimes, baked donuts have a tendency to be a little bit dry if cooked for too long. If you follow my recipe exactly, this should be easily avoided, but it can happen to even the best of us! Don’t worry, though. You won’t need to toss out the donuts. You can remedy their dryness by adding a little extra frosting on top!

three-quarters view of strawberry donuts on a wire cooling rack.

How to Store and Reheat Baked Donuts from Cake Mix

These cake donuts should be stored in an airtight container at room temperature. They’ll last 3-4 days, but will be best if eaten in the first 2 days. Don’t keep them anywhere too warm or the glaze will melt off. If you want to warm them up before eating, just pop them in the microwave for 10-20 seconds.

How to Freeze a Strawberry Frosted Donut

Freeze strawberry donuts in a single layer on a lined baking sheet until solid, about 1-2 hours. Transfer to an airtight container or Ziplock bag to store for up to 2 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.

What to Serve with Donuts from Cake Mix

These strawberry cake mix donuts are the perfect breakfast treat! Serve them with a hot cup of coffee, an iced espresso, a chai tea latte, or a glass of oat milk. For a summery twist, enjoy them with a pineapple matcha or Starbucks pink drink!

These donuts make a great accompaniment to a hearty sausage breakfast casserole or a couple of Starbucks egg bites. Take one with a coffee smoothie on the go, or indulge in some PB&J overnight oats. Any way you serve them, these donuts are sure to be a hit!

close up three-quarters view of a hand lifting a strawberry donut from a wire cooling rack.

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Strawberry Donuts Recipe

These baked Strawberry Cake Mix Donuts are so easy to make with just a few ingredients.
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 18 donuts
Calories 211kcal
Author Becky Hardin – The Cookie Rookie



For the Donuts

  • 15.25 ounces Strawberry Cake Mix 432 grams (1 box)
  • 2 large eggs 100 grams
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter 28 grams (¼ stick)
  • ¾ cup heavy cream 170 grams

For the Glaze

  • 2 cups powdered sugar 226 grams
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream 14 grams, plus more if needed
  • 1 cup finely chopped fresh strawberries 167 grams


  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • In a large bowl, stir the cake mix, eggs, butter, and cream together by hand until well combined.
    15.25 ounces Strawberry Cake Mix, 2 large eggs, 2 tablespoons melted butter, ¾ cup heavy cream
    strawberry donut batter in a glass bowl.
  • Pour batter into greased donut pan, making sure to not overfill. The donuts will rise quite a bit!
    strawberry donut batter in a donut tin.
  • Bake for approximately 8-10 minutes or until you can insert a toothpick and it come out clean.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool on a cooling rack. Repeat as needed until all of the batter has been baked.
  • While donuts cool, make the glaze: Beat the powdered sugar, cream, and chopped strawberries with a hand mixer until well combined. Make the glaze thicker or thinner by adding more or less cream.
    2 cups powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon heavy cream, 1 cup finely chopped fresh strawberries
    strawberry glaze in a glass bowl.
  • Dip each donut face down into the glaze and then allow to cool until the icing hardens a bit. It might not harden all the way because of the strawberries, but it will firm up quite a bit.
    overhead view of 7 strawberry donuts dipped in glaze drying on a wire cooling rack.


  • Use a donut tin to make these. You can find one most places where cookware and bakeware is sold.
  • Grease the tin before filling it with batter so they don’t stick while baking.
  • The donuts will rise as they bake, so don’t overfill the tin.
  • Make the glaze while the donuts are cooling on a rack.
  • To glaze, just dip each donut face-down in the icing.
  • If you want to warm them up before eating, just pop them in the microwave for 10-20 seconds.
Storage: Store strawberry donuts in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days, in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 2 months.


Serving: 1donut | Calories: 211kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 173mg | Potassium: 31mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 228IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1mg


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