Today, we’re sharing how easy it is to make these festive 4th of July Strawberry Cake Donuts with Buttercream Icing! In fact, these donuts are so easy, they can be made with simple ingredients that are readily available at the grocery store for a no-fuss holiday breakfast.
Simple Ways to Celebrate Patriotic Holidays
If you had a chance to read any of our posts last you week, know you we’re all about quick and easy ways to prep for the 4th of July. We shared How to Create a First Aid Cabin Sign for those of you looking for a simple way to decorate a breakfast bar or mantel. We made DIY Patriotic Party Cones for those of you who will be hosting parties soon. And finally, we shared How to Make a Serving Tray from a Breadboard for those of you who want a laid-back way to display festive party platters during the year.
We totally get summertime is filled with two big things: traveling for vacation or hosting company. There are so many fun activities to enjoy right now! And if there is one meal of the day, we can take it easy on ourselves, it’s breakfast. Am I right?
I made these patriotic donuts for all the guys at S’s work last week. Most of them are former military so we thought it would be a fun way to surprise them and kick off the 4th of July holiday. These strawberry cake donuts can easily be made in an afternoon, depending on how many donut pans you have. They can be customized with whatever topping, sprinkles or frosting flavor you like best too!
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Strawberry Cake Donuts with Buttercream Icing Supplies:
- Strawberry Cake Mix (We used Pillsbury Strawberry Moist Cake Mix)
- 3 Eggs
- ½ cup Oil
- 1 cup Water
- Canned Frosting (We used buttercream, but these would also be really good with cream cheese Icing)
- Patriotic Edible Embellishments
- Non-Stick Cooking Spray
- Donut Pan (other sizes available)
- Mixing Bowl & Whisk (we use this stand mixer)
- Pastry Bag & Tip (optional)
- Cooling Racks
- Parchment Paper
- Baking Sheet
Strawberry Cake Donuts with Buttercream Icing Steps:
Preheat Oven to 350 degrees and spray your donut pan with non-stick cooking or baking spray.
Mix together strawberry cake donut mix, eggs, oil and water.
Fill measuring cup or pastry bag with strawberry cake donut batter and fill donut molds about 1/2 – 2/3 full. Some of mine were too full in the beginning and they looked like bagels when they came out of the oven. You’ll see how I covered them up below ?
Using caution and care as oven will be hot, bake strawberry cake donuts for 10 minutes. Again, using caution and care, remove the donut pan from the oven and allow the strawberry cake donuts to cool in the pan for 4-5 minutes.
Then remove strawberry cake donuts from the donut pan and allow the donuts to cool completely on a wire baking rack.
Lay a piece of parchment paper over a baking sheet, then lay the cooling rack with the strawberry cake donuts on the parchment paper. This will help corral your edible embellishments if they start falling through the cooling racks and will make for an easy clean up as well.
Next, frost the strawberry cake donuts with the frosting of your choice. We used buttercream which has a tint of yellow but cream cheese frosting would also taste good and would be pure white.
These are the donuts I overfilled just a bit so I made sure to pile them high with icing.
Embellish your strawberry cake donuts with edible candies, nuts or fruit, if desired.
We picked these embellishments up at a big box store but I know they also sell something similar at craft supply stores too.
Serve & Enjoy
These 4th of July strawberry cake donuts with buttercream frosting can easily be placed by your coffee bar for a quick grab and go breakfast idea or they can be enjoyed as an afternoon snack with coffee. If you’re brave, because the icing and embellishments can be a bit messy sometimes, you could also have the littles help you create these celebratory donuts as well.
Sit Back & Relax
I realized a few weekends ago when my parent’s hosted my Dad’s family for a fun casino inspired event just how easy it is to get caught up in hosting parties and entertaining guests. You have to clean the house, plan exciting activities, create allergy friendly menus, prepare goodie baskets, and cook multiple meals.
Is it worth it? Absolutely!
Making memories with our friends and family is what makes our lives full. That said, when it comes to celebrating patriotic events like the 4th of July, give yourself permission to make things as easy as possible, especially if you’re the host. You won’t regret the time you spend laughing and visiting with each other this summer.