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Start any birthday off with a bang with these birthday cake pancakes! The super fluffy birthday cake pancakes are loaded with sprinkles, and start your day off with a celebration. It doesn’t even have to be your birthday to dig into these sprinkle-filled pancakes. 

stack of birthday cake pancakes topped with a lit pink candle served on a white round plate

Now, these birthday cake pancakes are not like your everyday pancakes. Sure, they may look just like simple pancakes with sprinkles folded in the batter. But they are actually yellow cake mix cooked like pancakes. So, it’s basically like starting off the day with cake! The birthday pancakes are super fluffy like typical pancakes and are loaded with sprinkles for that funfetti effect. It’s the best way to start your birthday — or really any day!

stack of birthday cake pancakes cut into to see the cross section served on a plate

SIMPLE BIRTHDAY CAKE PANCAKES

If you love funfetti pancakes, boxed cake mix, or just plain pancakes, you are guaranteed to fall in love with this sweet birthday treat. Just like boxed cake mix, they are super simple to make. Even if your skills are not advanced in the kitchen, you’ll be able to pull off making these birthday cake pancakes.

TURNING CAKE MIX INTO PANCAKES

To get these birthday cake pancakes to come out just right, you’ll want to follow the directions on the back of the cake mix. Don’t stray from the basic ingredients, otherwise, you’ll lose that fluffy pancake texture or cake batter flavor. Once you mix up those ingredients, you’ll ditch cooking everything in a pan and opt for a griddle instead. They pop up like pancakes but taste just like birthday cake. It’s a true win-win situation.

Sprinkles make everything taste better. The colorful funfetti addition will not only make your tastebuds sing but light up your eyes as well. The sprinkles may not add a whole lot of flavor, but they take simple-looking pancakes and turn them into a real colorful celebration. When you have the batter ready to go, fold in the sprinkles. This will distribute them and give the pancakes a burst of color in every bite.

ingredients to make birthday cake pancakes

INGREDIENTS FOR BIRTHDAY CAKE PANCAKES

  • Yellow cake mix – any brand will work. 
  • Eggs
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Water
  • Sprinkles

steps to make birthday cake pancakes

HOW TO MAKE BIRTHDAY CAKE PANCAKES

1. PREPARE

Heat a griddle to low-medium heat.

2. MIX INGREDIENTS

In a large bowl, mix together the ingredients following the instructions on the back of the boxed cake mix.

3. ADD IN THE SPRINKLES

Fold in the sprinkles to the batter and mix well.

4. COOK

Scoop the batter onto the prepared skillet and cook just like pancakes. Wait until the batter starts to bubble like regular pancakes and flip to cook the other side. Cook until the sides are golden brown. Serve the pancakes plain or top with powdered sugar, whipped cream, or even more sprinkles.

stack of birthday cake pancakes topped with glaze served on white plate

FAQ

CAN YOU ADD ANY KIND OF SPRINKLES TO THE PANCAKE BATTER?

Yes! Any type of sprinkles will work. If you want to avoid the colors from blending together, avoid nonpareil sprinkles. They will bleed into the batter and make the colors harder to distinguish.

IS PANCAKE MIX THE SAME AS CAKE MIX?

No, this pancake mix is not actually pancake mix and rather cake mix cooked like a pancake. They do a great job of playing a trick on the eyes since they look just like pancakes but taste just like cake.

HOW MANY BIRTHDAY CAKE PANCAKES WILL THIS MAKE?

The recipe will give you a stack of pancakes that is great to start off your birthday celebration. If you make the whole boxed cake mix, you’ll have about 8-12 birthday cake pancakes, depending on how much batter you add to the griddle.

ARE THESE PANCAKES FUNFETTI PANCAKES?

While these pancakes are not traditional funfetti pancakes, they fall into the same family. Just like funfetti pancakes they, are filled with sprinkles, however, these birthday pancakes are made using a boxed cake mix and not traditional pancake batter. They are basically like if pancakes and cake mix had a baby. They have an almost cake batter pancake-like flavor.

close up image of a stack of birthday cake pancakes served on a white round plate

MORE FUNFETTI RECIPES

Birthday Cake Pancakes

The next time you need a quick and easy celebratory breakfast…try these Birthday Cake Pancakes. They are sure to be an instant hit!
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Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Kasey Schwartz

Ingredients  

  • 1 box of yellow cake mix
  • 1/4 cup sprinkles more for decorations

Instructions 

  • In a large bowl, make the yellow cake mix on the box as directed.
  • Add 1/4 of the sprinkles into the cake mixer and fold in gently.
  • Prepare a skillet with grease or butter and heat to low-medium heat. Add 1/4 of the batter to the prepared skillet and wait until bubbles start to form on the surface. When serval bubbles are present, flip to cook the other side of the pancake. Cook until the edges are golden brown.
  • Top with any extra sprinkles and serve with powdered sugar, whipped cream, or any other topping of your choice.
Keyword: birthday cake pancakes, homemade pancakes
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About Kasey Schwartz

Hi, I’m Kasey, Founder of All Things Mamma – where I am dishing up family favorite recipes that are easy to make with simple, everyday ingredients. Plus – tips and tricks for living your best life!

Comments

  1. Cat Davis says:

    So sweet! We did the same thing for Kaydee’s birthday, she loved them.

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