Eat In Recipe: Birthday Pancakes

Do you have any special birthday traditions?  I love traditions, so when I saw this Cake Batter Pancake recipe, I thought it would be a fun tradition to start:  serve up these fun pancakes the morning of each birthday with a candle on top!  Sounds fun, huh?

Sweet Diner had the first birthday since I noticed the recipe, so she was the recipient of the first batch of these sweet breakfast treats.  Everyone was excited to try them, but we discovered that a few alterations needed to be made (adapted recipe with alterations below).

Cake Batter Pancakes

  1. The colored sprinkles we used lost their color in the batter as we mixed them up, resulting in little color in the cooked pancakes.  We tried sprinkling them onto the poured pancakes, but then they were only visible from one side.  Moral:  Be careful about the sprinkles you pick…and add a lot of them!
  2. The sugary glaze in the original recipe was too thick, resulting in almost a frosting.  We added more milk till it was more of a syrup consistency…much better.  Moral:  If you’re going to serve the sugary glaze, make it thin like a syrup.
  3. We still thought the sugar glaze was too sugary even in a syrup consistency.  We finally opted for regular maple syrup and liked them much better.  Moral:  Don’t bother making the special glaze; use what you already had on hand…maple syrup!

Ultimately, everyone thought the pancakes were really fun and loves adding extra sprinkles & a candle on top, but when I asked who wanted special Cake Batter Pancakes for their birthday, not one person raised their hand.  Hmmm…I think we’ll be searching for another birthday breakfast tradition.  Got a good one that you do?   Let me know what it is!

Birthday Cake Batter Pancakes

Cake Batter Pancakes
(adapted from
How Sweet It Is)
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2/3 cup yellow cake mix
1 tablespoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-2 cups milk
3-4 tablespoons assorted sprinkles (or to taste)

  1. Combine flour, cake mix, baking powder, sugar and salt in a bowl and mix. Add 1 cup of milk, egg and vanilla extract and stir until smooth.  Start with 1 cup of milk and add more if needed to bring it to a normal pancake batter consistency.
  2. Preheat a skillet on medium heat.  Right before you are ready to pour your first pancake, fold desired amount of sprinkles into batter. Pour batter in 1/4 cup measurements onto skillet and let cook until bubbles form on top, about 2-3 minutes. Flip and cook for 1 minute more. Serve with your favorite syrup (we preferred maple).

Notes:  Try to choose sprinkles that are large or that you think may not loose their color or dissolve in the batter.

Average Fork Rating:  2.6
Mr. Diner:  3
Mrs. Diner:  2
Amazing Diner:  2
Sweet Diner:  3
Little Diner:

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  1. Good to know–I had looked at that recipe a few times.

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