Using my favorite glazed doughnuts recipe, let’s expand the menu and make 3 varieties of homemade frosted doughnuts including vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry.

homemade doughnuts with frosting

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First there were these wonderfully delicious and completely homemade glazed doughnuts. Using that exact doughnut recipe, let’s expand the menu and prepare:

√ Vanilla Frosted Doughnuts √ Chocolate Frosted Doughnuts √ Strawberry Frosted Doughnuts

And all with SPRINKLES.

Quick Overview: Homemade Frosted Doughnuts

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We use a basic soft and sweet dough for today’s doughnuts, the same exact dough as my homemade glazed doughnuts. You only need a handful of basic ingredients including milk, yeast, sugar, eggs, butter, salt, vanilla, flour, and a touch of ground nutmeg. A little nutmeg is the secret ingredient to that cozy, comforting bakery doughnut taste. The process is pretty straightforward and I detail it in the doughnuts recipe.

  • Prepare the dough, knead it, then let it rise until doubled in size. After that, punch it down to release the air. Roll the dough out and cut the doughnuts using a 3-3.5 inch doughnut cutter. Cover and let the doughnuts rest as you heat the oil. Fry the doughnuts in a heavy-duty pot 2-3 at a time. Use an oil thermometer to keep the oil’s temperature around 375°F (191°C).

Once they’re fried, you can add your toppings!

fried doughnuts

3 frostings for homemade doughnuts

Doughnut Toppings

All 3 frostings are made within about 5 minutes. Melted butter gives both the chocolate and vanilla frostings wonderful flavor. The melted butter solidifies after several minutes and helps the frostings “set” on the doughnuts for that iconic doughnut frosting look and taste.

  • Strawberry Frosting: The strawberry frosting is more like a glaze, but if you double or triple dunk the doughnuts, you’ll have a nice thick strawberry coating. You need pureed fresh strawberries, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract, and strawberry jam. I add the jam for extra strawberry flavor; it also helps mask some of the confectioners’ sugar flavor.
  • Vanilla Frosting: You need melted butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract, milk, and a little salt to offset the sweetness. Unlike vanilla icing, this vanilla topping includes butter. It will set as the doughnuts cool.
  • Chocolate Frosting: For the chocolate, you can use milk chocolate, semi-sweet, or dark chocolate chips. I like to use dark chocolate chips for deeper flavor. You also need butter, corn syrup for extra shine, and a little water. Warning: the second those warm doughnuts hit the chocolate glaze, your house will immediately smell like chocolate cake and doughnuts. PERFECTION.

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I imagine it would be so much fun to have a Homemade Frosted Doughnuts Party where you prep a big batch of the doughnuts and everyone can dunk and decorate as they please. Set out a bunch of little bowls of sprinkles and let the guests go to town!

homemade doughnuts with strawberry frosting

vanilla frosted doughnuts with sprinkles

chocolate frosted fried doughnuts


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