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Donut Strawberry Shortcake

Donut Strawberry Shortcake is a delicious breakfast, brunch or easy dessert! Made with fresh strawberries and sweet donuts, it’s a dish your whole family will enjoy. It’s the perfect way to transform glazed donuts with a fun new twist.

Donut Strawberry Shortcake dessert on a white plate.

 

Have you ever eaten a Donut Strawberry Shortcake? It’s like a full-on “dessert experience”!

I take the short cut and use store-bought glazed donuts. Make sure you get glazed, as cake donuts aren’t sweet enough to counter act the slight tartness of fresh strawberries.

Of course, you can make your own favorite donut recipe right at home, but I’m all about quick and easy recipes. So grab a box of your favorite glazed donuts and you’ll have this snazzy dessert put together in no time.

Why You’ll Love This Donut Strawberry Shortcake

These old-fashioned donut strawberry shortcakes are sure to be a favorite at brunch. Here’s why you’ll love it as much as your guests:

  • They’re so easy to make! You’ll only need 4 ingredients to make glazed donut strawberry shortcakes. 
  • The fresh strawberries in this recipe brighten up the sweetness of the donuts and whipped cream.
  • Once you’ve mastered this donut strawberry shortcake recipe, you’ll be able to improvise and invent new dessert creations with all kinds of delicious toppings!
  • The base is made of store-bought donuts making this an easy wow dessert for those of us who don’t like to spend all day in the kitchen.
  • It’s the best way to use up fresh strawberries!

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Why Do We Call Them Donuts?

Did you know donuts weren’t always called donuts? They used to be called oily cakes because they were quite literally cakes fried in oil. The name donut came soon after when a woman added nuts to the dough before frying it.

Kitchen Equipment Needed

There’s hardly any kitchen equipment needed to make this ultimate treat with strawberries and whipped cream! Here’s what you’ll want to have on hand:

  • Kitchen Knife
  • Serving Plate

Strawberry Shortcake Donut Ingredients

The best thing about this recipe is the ingredients. There are only four! Plus, they’re all things you can purchase at your local grocery store and donut shop. You will need:

  • 1 dozen glazed donuts (we used Krispy Kreme) 
  • 1 pint of fresh strawberries
  • 1 can of whipped cream or tub of cool whip
  • Chocolate Syrup

Donut strawberry shortcake ingredients displayed on counter top.

 

Prep for Old-Fashioned Donut Strawberry Dessert

There’s almost no prep involved in this easy recipe!

However, you will want to prepare your strawberries beforehand. First, you’ll need to wash them and pat them dry gently. Then, cut the tops off your sweet strawberries or core them.

Finally, dice the strawberries and you’ll be ready to make your own strawberry shortcake donuts.

How To Make Strawberry Shortcake Donuts

Are you ready to find out how you can recreate this classic dessert with a new twist that’s simple and fun? Of course, you are! Follow these four simple instructions and your strawberry shortcake doughnuts will be ready in 10-15 minutes.

STEP 1: Place a donut on a serving plate and top it with a layer of whipped cream.

Glazed donut with a layer of whipped cream added on top.

 

STEP 2:  Sprinkle diced strawberries on top of the whipped cream.

Glazed donut with whipped cream and chopped strawberries on top.

 

STEP 3: Place a second donut on top of the strawberries and repeat the process by topping it with whipped cream and fresh strawberries.

STEP 4: Drizzle chocolate syrup over the top and down the sides of the doughnut. Serve and enjoy!

Donut strawberry shortcake dessert on plate.

 

Variations and Substitutions

There are so many ways to get creative with these glazed donut strawberry shortcakes! Check out some of my favorite variations and substitutions below.

  • Skip the store-bought doughnuts and opt for homemade donuts, gluten-free donuts, or your favorite bakery donuts.
  • Swap out glazed donuts for jelly-filled or Bavarian cream-filled donuts instead.
  • Change up the toppings by adding fresh blueberries or raspberries if strawberry aren’t in season. 
  • Switch the chocolate syrup for a bright strawberry glaze or caramel sauce.
  • Add sprinkles to your creation or a little cinnamon sugar.
  • You can also fill the donut hole with chocolate or vanilla ice cream for a fun twist!
  • Use only half of the donut for each layer to make this recipe go further and save a few calories.
  • Switch out your donuts for donut holes and serve in a cup for dessert on the go.

Donut Strawberry Shortcake dessert on a white plate.

 

Do Baked Donuts Taste the Same as Fried?

That’s a question you might be asking f you’re wondering what kind of donuts to use for donut recipes like this one.

The texture of baked donuts is more compact and the taste is a bit different from the distinct flavor of deep-fried donuts. Baked donuts will also appear paler than fried. However, if you’re trying to avoid the added calories in a deep-fried donut, baked donuts are a good option.

How to Store

You can store leftover donuts in an airtight container at room temperature. But there is no way to store the whole donut strawberry shortcake dessert.

Once you’ve added chocolate sauce, strawberries and whipped cream, these will eventually soak into the donut and the whipped cream will melt and you’ll be left with a mushy mess. So, eat them right away!

 

Donuts have a pretty cool history, don’t they? Fortunately for us, these sweet treats make a great vehicle for all kinds of delicious foods. I hope you enjoy this Donut Strawberry Shortcake recipe and all my easy recipes with your family and friends.

Yield: 6

Donut Strawberry Shortcake

Donut Strawberry Shortcake dessert on a white plate.

Donut Strawberry Shortcake is an easy dessert with fresh strawberries your whole family will enjoy! It’s the perfect way to transform glazed donuts with a fun new twist for your next brunch.

Breakfast, brunch or dessert is the perfect time for this sweet treat. Yes, basically anytime!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 dozen Glazed Donuts
  • 1 pint Fresh Strawberries, diced into small cubes
  • 1 can Whipped Cream
  • Chocolate Syrup

Instructions

  1. Wash strawberries and pat them dry gently. Cut the tops off and chop.
  2. Place a donut on a serving plate and top it with a layer of whipped cream.
  3. Sprinkle diced strawberries on top of the whipped cream.
  4. Place a second donut on top of the strawberries and repeat the process by topping it with whipped cream and fresh strawberries.
  5. Drizzle chocolate syrup over the top and down the sides of the doughnut.

Notes

See recipe for tips and lots of variation ideas.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 566Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 95mgSodium: 416mgCarbohydrates: 79gFiber: 4gSugar: 41gProtein: 11g

Nutritional values are estimates and not exact.

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