A romantic, grown and sexy treat: champagne glazed baked cake donuts filled with bursts of fresh strawberries and bubbly champagne in the batter. Originally posted in January 2018. Last updated April 2021.
When you think of romance a few things quickly come to mind: red roses, mood music, and strawberries & champagne, right? I'm personally a fan of all three but only the last item can be captured in my favorite treat to bake so that's what we're talking about today. In case you haven't gathered, baked donuts area fave in my kitchen. They're cute, compact, and easier to make than cupcakes. I've shared several cake donut recipes with you over the years but I think these dreamy strawberries & champagne donuts might be the best yet.
More baked donut ideas for you to try:
What You Need to Make Spiked Strawberry Donuts
- Baking Powder
- Fresh Strawberries
- Powdered Sugar
- Sea Salt
- Vanilla Extract
Making cake donuts from scratch is surprisingly easy. All of these simple ingredients (except for the powdered sugar) mix up into a cake batter, which you then pipe into a donut pan. While they bake, mix up an easy champagne glaze then dip them once they've finished baking. Pop the cork, get to baking, and sip on the rest (responsibly, of course) while you do it. These strawberries & champagne donuts are a wonderful way to treat yourself and anyone you love who's of legal drinking age, of course. The alcohol in the batter bakes out but the champagne glaze is plenty boozy so this isn't exactly a family-friendly recipe.
Tips for Making Champagne Strawberry Donuts
- What's the difference between a cake donut and regular donut? For cake donuts, you make a batter then bake them whereas with traditional donuts, you make a dough then fry it. Cake donuts have a more dense, cake-like texture and fried donuts are lighter and more airy.
- What kind of pan do I need for cake donuts? You'll need a donut pan. This six count donut pan will do the trick but I recommend making it easier on yourself with a 20-count pan for donuts. That way, you can make them all in one go rather than having to wait between batches.
- Can I bake fresh strawberries? You absolutely can bake with fresh strawberries. They get a bad rap for adding a lot of moisture to the batter and the color doesn't always remain such a vibrant red when baking but you should have any issues in this champagne cake donut recipe. The moisture is balanced to account for any that might be released by the berries. And, as you can see, the strawberries remain a bright red color and don't turn gray.
- When to serve champagne & strawberries donuts? These are great for a boozy brunch and obviously fit for romantic occasions like Valentine's Day, anniversaries, or any other at-home date night. You could also whip these up for New Year's Eve celebrations or even that morning-after breakfast on New Year's Day. Your resolutions can start on the second!
How to Bake Champagne Donuts with Strawberries
Romantic and sweet baked cake donuts flavored with fresh strawberries and bubbly champagne
- 3 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 pint strawberries diced
- 4 eggs
- ¾ cup butter melted
- 1 cup sugar
- ¾ cup champagne
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 6 tablespoons champagne
- 2 cups powdered sugar sifted
- sugar sprinkles optional
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk flour, baking powder, and sea salt together in a large bowl then add strawberries and dredge in the dry mixture to coat. Set aside.
In another bowl, mix remaining donut ingredients. Add this wet mixture to the bowl of dry mixture and stir until uniform and no lumps or dry pockets exist. Batter will be thick and sticky.
- Convey batter into a piping bag or zip-top bag with one corner snipped off and pipe into donut tin.
Bake for about 18 minutes or until donuts are risen and firm. Tops will not brown. Stick a toothpick through one donut near the middle of the pan to see if it comes out clean, if necessary.
Meanwhile, whisk together champagne and powdered sugar to form the champagne donut glaze.
Once donuts have cooled, dip each one, face down, into the glaze. Sprinkle sugar sprinkles over top, if desired.