Easy Donut Frostings (Strawberry, Vanilla, & Chocolate)

Whether you’re frying up some classic glazed donuts or baking some cake-style donuts like these baked cinnamon-sugar donuts, give your homemade treats a sweet topping with these 3 donut frostings. Choose from vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry—or make all 3 for a fun variety. Don’t forget the sprinkles!

Have you ever made my homemade glazed donuts before? If you have (or even if you haven’t!), you should most definitely try the same donut recipe with various donut frostings. Time to expand the menu! Today I’m showing you how to make 3 donut frostings, including:

  1. Vanilla Frosted Donuts
  2. Chocolate Frosted Donuts
  3. Strawberry Frosted Donuts

I also have a recipe for homemade maple bacon donuts, just in case you want to win at breakfast and make all 4 flavors. 😉

bowls of doughnut frostings including chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla.
vanilla frosted doughnut with bite taken out on gray plate.

Quick Overview: Homemade Frosted Donuts

Start with your favorite recipe for homemade donuts. The ones you see pictured here are my homemade glazed donuts. These classic donuts are made from yeasted dough and fried in oil. You 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 donut taste. The process is pretty straightforward, and today you can replace the glaze with classic frosting and sprinkles.

If you prefer baked, cake-style donuts, you can use this recipe for baked cinnamon sugar donuts; you’ll replace the cinnamon sugar topping with these donut frostings.

plain homemade yeast doughnuts on cooling rack.

As soon as your donuts are fried or baked, you can dip them—while they’re still warm—in these frostings and add your toppings! All 3 of these donut frostings come together in just minutes.

Strawberry Donut Frosting

The strawberry frosting is more like a glaze, but if you double-dunk the donuts, you’ll have a nice thick strawberry coating made from real strawberries. You need just 4 ingredients:

ingredients on counter including confectioners' sugar, strawberries, jam, and vanilla.
  1. Fresh Strawberries: You need about 5 large berries, with the stems cut off.
  2. Confectioners’ Sugar: The sweet base of most icing recipes.
  3. Vanilla Extract: A little vanilla pairs perfectly with strawberry.
  4. Strawberry Jam or Preserves: For a little extra strawberry flavor and sweetness.

Start by pureeing 5 large strawberries in a food processor or blender. Then simply whisk the strawberry puree with the rest of the ingredients. Your strawberry donuts will have delicious real strawberry flavor, and look so pretty in pink!

strawberry frosting glaze in glass bowl.

Vanilla Donut Frosting

Here’s everything you need for the vanilla frosting:

ingredients on marble counter including confectioners' sugar, milk, salt, vanilla, and melted butter.
  1. Melted Butter: Unlike a drippy, glaze-like vanilla icing, this vanilla donut frosting includes butter so it will set on top as the donuts cool.
  2. Confectioners’ Sugar: No need to sift it, but you can if you want to guarantee perfectly smooth icing.
  3. Vanilla Extract: The pure stuff gives the best flavor, or you can use clear artificial vanilla flavor to keep the frosting stark white.
  4. Milk: A little milk thins out the icing and keeps it creamy.
  5. Salt: To balance out the sweet.

Whisk it all together, and you’re ready to dunk!

vanilla doughnut frosting glaze in glass bowl.

Chocolate Donut Frosting

For the chocolate frosting, you’ll start with real chocolate and melt it together with the rest of the ingredients:

ingredients on counter including corn syrup, water, chocolate chips, and butter.
  1. Chocolate: You can use milk chocolate, semi-sweet, bittersweet, or dark chocolate chips. Or chop up some baking chocolate (like Ghirardelli or Baker’s chocolate baking bars), which melts even better.
  2. Butter: The butter re-solidifies after a few minutes and helps the frosting set on the donuts.
  3. Corn Syrup: This provides that glossy shine that makes these look like they came straight from a bakery display case. If you don’t want to include it, just leave it out, or swap for honey.
  4. Water: A little water helps thin out the glaze.

Warning: The second those warm donuts hit the chocolate glaze, your house will immediately smell like chocolate cake. PERFECTION.

chocolate frosting glaze in glass bowl with spoon in it.

How to Frost Donuts

This is easy! Grab the warm donuts and dip the tops into the frosting. To keep the mess to a minimum (this still gets messy!), place the frosted donuts on a wire cooling rack over a lined baking sheet. The baking sheet can catch any frosting that drips down.

Frosted Donut Toppings

I always reach for sprinkles, of course, but feel free to get creative with your donut toppings. Set out bowls of fun cereals (think Fruity Pebbles or Lucky Charms), crushed Oreos or graham crackers, chopped nuts, shredded coconut, freeze-dried berries, and mini chocolate chips, and let your lucky donut eaters create their own donut masterpieces! Homemade Frosted Donuts Party, anyone?

More Donut Flavors


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doughnut frostings on doughnuts including chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla-topped doughnuts.

3 Donut Frosting Flavors

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  • Total Time:
    10 minutes

  • Yield:
    1 cup frosting (enough for 12 donuts)

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Here’s how to make homemade frosted donuts 3 different ways. Vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry frosting recipes included! 1 flavor is enough to frost 12 donuts (and donut holes).

Strawberry Frosting

Vanilla Frosting

Chocolate Frosting


  1. Prepare the donuts according to the recipe and directions. Set warm fried donuts aside as you prepare the frosting.
  2. Strawberry frosting: Puree the strawberries in a food processor. Whisk the puree, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract, and strawberry jam together in a medium bowl. Dip the donuts into the strawberry frosting 2 or 3 times (it’s thinner than the others), then cover with sprinkles, if desired.
  3. Vanilla frosting: Whisk the melted butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract, 2 Tablespoons (30ml) of milk, and salt together in a medium bowl. Whisk in the remaining 1 Tablespoon (15ml) of milk to thin, if desired. It’s easier to dip the donuts if the glaze is thinner. Dip the donuts into the vanilla frosting, then cover with sprinkles, if desired.
  4. Chocolate frosting: Place the chocolate chips, butter, corn syrup, and water in a medium bowl. Melt in 20 second increments in the microwave, stirring after each time, until completely melted and smooth. Dip the donuts into the chocolate frosting, then cover with sprinkles, if desired.


  1. Special Tools (affiliate links): Food Processor (for strawberry frosting) | Glass Mixing Bowls | Whisk
  2. Quantity: Each frosting recipe is enough for the 12 fried donuts and donut holes from my basic homemade donuts recipe. If you want to make all 3 frostings for the 12 donuts, you will have extra frosting left over. You can always halve each frosting recipe instead. Or you can make the dough twice so you have more. (I don’t recommend doubling the dough—for best taste and texture, make two separate batches.)
  3. Baked Donuts: Instead of frying donuts, you can make these baked cinnamon sugar donuts, but skip dipping them in butter and the cinnamon-sugar topping. You’ll have a little extra frosting if using the baked donuts recipe (which makes 8), but if you double the baked donut recipe (to make 16) you will certainly have enough frosting for each.
  4. Corn Syrup in Chocolate Frosting: Corn syrup adds a little smooth sweetness and beautiful sheen to the chocolate frosting. You can leave it out completely or substitute with honey or agave instead.
  5. Reference my Baking with Yeast Guide for answers to common yeast FAQs.

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