Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Fresh Lemon and Strawberry Frosted Donuts

Hello all,

Daylight Savings Time has passed this weekend and I have to tell you, I am LOVING the extra sunlight. It just makes the days so much cheerier, granted I am currently writing to you from Florida (the Sunshine State). I am sure when I get back to NJ I will be greeted by the lovely gray, overcast weather I have come to call my own.

But while I'm still down here catching the rays, I thought I'd share these fresh fruit-frosted donuts with you!

I can't say I looked up the lemon frosting, but sadly I did discover that Strawberry Frosted Donuts, from say Dunkin Donuts, are not frosted with anything that resembles real strawberrries. Gross. 

How are we still okay with that? I mean I understand that if you use real strawberries it wont be as smooth and glossy, but I think that might very well be a sacrifice we are willing to make for real fruit frostings.

Regardless, mine utilize the wonderful fresh strawberries down here in Florida, along with some lovely fresh lemons as well.

I ran into some trouble with lighting for my photos (when does that not happen) but discovered that the sun was the perfect accompaniment to my donuts. Now if only NJ was this bright all the time I'd take all my photos outside each morning!

I've included the basic sour cream donut recipe below along with the new fruit glazes/frostings. Feel free to switch out the lemon juice for lime (key lime donuts anyone?) or use your favorite fruit in place of the strawberries. The possibilites are endless, not to mention delcious.

Happy Baking!

Sour Cream Donuts (makes about 2 dozen mini donuts)
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup sour cream
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla

1. Combine all dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
2. In separate bowl whisk together remaining ingredients. Pour liquid ingredients over dry ingredients. Using a mixer on medium speed, blend until smooth.
3. Fill each cooking reservoir with about 2 tbsp of batter.
4. Bake about 4-5 minutes or until donut springs back when touched.
5. Glaze or coat with powdered or cinnamon sugar.

Fresh Lemon Frosting

2 cups powdered sugar
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
splash of milk

1. Sift powdered sugar into a medium bowl. Add lemon juice and begin to stir. Add milk slowly, until consistency is smooth but still thick.
Fresh Strawberry Frosting

1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup strawberries
splash of milk

1. Sift powdered sugar into medium bowl. Pulse straberries in food processor until completely chopped. Scrape strawberry puree into powdered sugar and whisk until it comes together. Add splash of milk as needed to create smooth consistency.

 To frost donuts: dip donut in frosting, pull up and allow excess to drip off. Poke hole in center with finger to allow frosting to form to shape of donut. Then allow to dry on cooling rack or dip in sprinkles.


  1. These look so pretty and totally remind me that spring is just around the corner. Thanks for sharing!

  2. These donuts are totally drool worthy. Very summery too! It really nice NYC too. Hopefully the weather holds out for your return.

    1. Thanks Emily!

      Fingers crossed that the nice weather welcomes me back to NJ! :D

  3. These donuts look amazing. Seriously I will kill for a glimmer of sunshine like that in Seattle. It's so grey here the 10 day forecast is nothing but rain. I love using fresh fruit in the glaze... I wonder if using dried strawberries would give you that glossy glaze you speak of.

    1. Thanks S.V.!

      That's such a shame that the whole forecast is rainy :( Hopefully it will clear up and surprise you.

      I do wonder about the dried strawberries, or even using frozen and letting them thaw. That means I'll just have to whip them up again :D yum.

  4. When it comes to fruit flavor, I detest the artificial-so I will not be buying any fruit frosted donuts.
    When it comes to cake donuts, the way you ice them does make all the difference. Yours here do look enticing. I would love to see these sitting by my coffee in the morning. Your pictures are so vibrant and eye catching. Great post!

    1. Thanks Tina!

      Always love the positive reinforcement :D

  5. Those doughnuts are absolutely stunning--and have the benefit of real fruit being involved. Make mine lemon, please!

    1. Thanks Cucina49!

      The lemon were my favorite as well :D

  6. These are too cute! I love fresh lemons and strawberries, especially right now since it's just about to turn into spring around here. I wish I had that donut pan right about now so I could back up a batch of your perfect looking donuts!

    1. Thanks Sara!

      I actually used my BabyCakes Donut Maker to whip these up. If you ever have a little money to splurge it's totally worth every penny :D Saves money on electricity and a lot easier to clean and operate.

  7. These donuts are heavenly - lemons and strawberries are the perfect delicious combination :D
    And the colours are too pretty!

    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: Strawberry Hot Fudge Choc Cobbler

    1. Thanks Choc Chip Uru!

      What can I say, sometimes a girl just have to have her favorite pastel colors mix with her sweet treats :)

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    1. Thanks Baker Street!

      I would've loved to share but they vanished in minutes! :D