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Strawberry Lemon Donuts

Strawberry Lemon Donuts

  • Author: Paige Adams
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes plus cooling
  • Cook Time: 10-12 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 40-42 minutes plus cooling
  • Yield: 15 donuts 1x


Pretty in pink, these baked strawberry lemon donuts have the tang of buttermilk to go with citrus. They’re finished with a coating of strawberry icing.


  • For donuts
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 22/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 11/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • For icing
  • 3/4 cup fresh hulled strawberries
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • Freeze-dried strawberries for decorating


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 6-cup donut pan with non-stick cooking spray. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, oil, granulated sugar and light brown sugar until smooth, about 3 minutes. Beat in the eggs followed by the vanilla extract. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and lemon zest. Mix in the flour in 3 additions alternating with the buttermilk in 2 additions, starting and finishing with the flour
  2. Transfer the batter to a piping bag or a Ziploc bag with a corner cut off, and pipe the batter into the pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes until a toothpick inserted into a donut comes out clean. Wait 3 minutes before carefully removing the donuts from the pan and letting them cool on a wire rack. Bake the remaining batter in the donut pan.
  3. Once the donuts have cooled completely, make the icing. Puree the strawberries with the lemon juice, buttermilk and vanilla extract in a food processor. In a large bowl, whisk the pureed strawberries with the confectioners’ sugar until smooth.  Dip the tops of the donuts into the icing letting the excess drip back into the bowl. Decorate with freeze-dried strawberries. Let set for 1 hour before serving.


Adapted from King Arthur Flour