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Birthday Cake Batter Pancakes

Birthday Cake Batter Pancakes

I’ve been looking for an occasion to make these fluffy, cake batter pancakes. That day arrived today when my sister called and said she’d had her baby! I was the proud aunt of a yummy little 4lb 12 oz baby boy! Yep, this was the PERFECT day  to celebrate with birthday cake batter pancakes!!

And man oh man was my taste buds HAPPY!!!

Yellow cake mix, colorful sprinkles and a butter cream glaze turned these regular homemade pancakes into fluffy, exciting, cake batter pancakes ready to celebrate any occasion. ( I think I’ll start putting cake mix in all my pancakes!)

birthday cake batter pancakes recipe butter cream glaze

Honestly, I really wasn’t expecting myself to like them that much. I mean, I love cake batter stuff, but I don’t like for pancakes to be REALLY sweet.  I just wanted to make them because they were pretty and I know how much Isaac loves sprinkles.

So imagine my surprise when I realized I was on my 4th pancake!  I really had to stop myself from eating the whole batch. They are just sooo freakin’ good! Sweet but not overkill. Isaac thought they tasted like doughnuts lol.

I’ll definitely be starting this tradition for Isaac’s birthday breakfast in the future.

You can easily make these cake batter pancakes fit any occasion by changing out the sprinkles. Christmas? Use green, white and red. Valentines Day? Use pink, red, and white. Easter? Use pretty pastels…You get the point.

But today it’s all about my new little munchkin pie. Happy birthday Little D!! Welcome to this amazing world that just got better today!!!

Watch me make these cake batter pancakes from start to finish.



birthday cake batter pancakes recipe


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Cake Batter Pancakes Recipe
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These birthday cake batter pancakes are so light, fluffy and delicious! Add yellow cake mix to the batter gives it a hint of cake flavor paired with buttercream glaze
Serves: 4
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup yellow cake mix
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 1¾ cup milk
  • Colorful sprinkles
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoon butter, melted
  • 2 Tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2-3 Tablespoon milk
  • ⅛ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • sprinkles
  1. In a large bowl whisk together flour, cake mix, baking powder,
  2. sugar and salt.
  3. Add in beaten eggs, milk, and butter.
  4. Stir gently just until dry ingredients are well incorporated. Batter should be a little lumpy.
  5. Let batter sit for 7-10 minutes.
  6. Fold in sprinkle
  7. Heat buttered griddle to 375
  8. Add batter to the griddle using a ¼ cup to scoop out the batter.
  9. When small bubbles start to break on the surface of the pancake, it is ready to flip.
  10. Stack pancakes on a plate when done.
  11. Make the glaze by combining all of the glaze ingredients.
  12. Stir until it reaches a glaze consistency. You may need to add more milk if it's to thick or more powdered sugar if it's too thin.
  13. Drizzle butter cream glaze over several pancakes and top with sprinkle.
  14. Enjoy!
~TIPS~ I haven't tried different kinds of cake mixes with this recipes, but I hear it tastes great with lemon, strawberry and other flavors. Yum! When making the glaze you may need to add more milk or powdered sugar to reach a glaze like consistency.


  1. These are seriously SO good! I don’t want to bother trying any other recipe after this one! :)

  2. I used red velvet cake mix because that’s what I had. The bomb.com

  3. Looks delicious. Have you tried making these in advance? Does the batter keep and the pancakes retain proper texture if they’re made from refrigerated batter?

  4. Excellent as always!!! I made these for my 4 year old’s birthday and she loved them! She told everyone about them everywhere we went! I did add a teaspoon of almond extract to the pancakes and had to use store bought frosting-microwaved- since I was short on time. Thanks so much for this great recipe.

  5. I made these and they were very good, but I couldn’t get the buttercream to be as white as yours. The butter and the vanilla made it too yellow.

  6. It must be the icing that makes these taste like cake batter. I even added an extra few tablespoons of cake mix to it and they tasted like my regular everyday pancakes. :( Too bad I didn’t know I was out of powdered sugar.

  7. My 11 year old daughter loves to bake. I let her make this recipe for her siblings and they loved it.

  8. I just have to say I LOVE YOUR RECIPES! I cook alot and I mean alot of ur recipes . My kids loved these pancakes. Made them this morning called them Christimas pancakes,used Christimas sprinkles. They wanted more! Love to make my kiddos happy. Just wanted to say Thank You! Ur Amazing person and ur Talet God gave you! Thanks again.

  9. Do these we’d to be made day of or can they be made the day before?

  10. Can these be made in a pan without using a griddle? Would love to make these for my son’s birthday.

  11. These were delicious! I originally made them for my daughter’s birthday and the kiddies have enjoyed them so much that I have made them several times since. They are not overly sweet but definitely hit that sweet tooth spot! Definitely addictive and definitely a keeper in the recipe file. Thanks for the recipe!

  12. I liked these doughnut-pancakes. They’re sweet like doughnuts but they have the texture of pancakes. The glaze also makes them taste like doughnuts. The sprinkles are a nice addition to make this dish extra special. I think they would be good with a strawberry or lemon batter like Monique suggested. Thanks for the idea and the inspiration, I can take this and run with it!

  13. These were so good. I just made them today for my daughter’s birthday and she was shoveling them in! I was skeptical at first but the pancakes came out fluffy and delicious. These are definitely a keeper. And don’t get me started on the icing….. DELICIOUS!!

  14. Well anyways today is my twin’s birthday and I made these Birthday pancakes and guess what one of my twins said? She was like, ” Mom? You know what I was thinking? I think you should make every time for dessert.” And I was like ‘Make it everyday? This must be her fav.’ So tonight they had another birthday pancake.

  15. I will be making these first thing in the mrng for my Hubby’s 40th, I’m so excited!!!

  16. Made them like I said I was. Loved them!

  17. Just in time for my bday on Sat. Shall be making these then! Thanks!

  18. I can’t wait to try this with my kids. They are going to flip and roll and dip. I think you should do a children’s cook book.

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